Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Creekside Update: CT Townsend to Preach

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will echo with the sound of gospel music this fall as the Creekside Gospel Music Convention returns to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center for the sixth year, from Oct. 28 through Nov. 1.

Creekside hosts keynote speakers, more than 40 musical guests, unique events and a large exhibit hall. C.T. Townsend is one of the speakers invited to address the Creekside audience. Townsend is a young preacher whose ability to reach people of all ages with the message of Jesus has brought about revival and allowed the presence God to change lives.

Gospel music artists appearing include the Jordan Family Band, the Williamsons, the Pine Ridge Boys, Mark209, Sunday Drive, Hope’s Journey, Children of the Promise, Eagle’s Wings, the Chandlers, Mercy Rain, Day Three, the Riders, the Coffmans, the Bates Family, Hazel Sain, Gloryland, the Connells, the Journeys, the McKay Project, Sacred Harmony, and many more.

One of the unique events this year is the Alabama Quartet Convention Road Revival, which is coming to Creekside on Oct. 31 from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by Scott Washam and Amy Dunham, and headlined by Barry Rowland and Deliverance as well as other Alabama ministries.

The Creekside schedule is full each day, featuring musical showcases, evening concerts, the Jerry Goff Honors, the 2018 Diamond Awards and the Red Back Hymnal Choir. Midnight prayer is also planned for each evening.

SGNScoops recently announced the top 10 nominees for the 2018 Diamond Awards, to be presented on Oct. 29. The award evening is full of wonderful music, surprise guests and memorable moments, all made special through the emcee talents of Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff. Fans can vote for their favorite artists from the top 10 nominees on the SGNScoops website,

The top 10 nominees for the 2018 Diamond Awards are:

J. D. Sumner Living Legend Award: Peg McKamey, Tim Greene, Jimmy Blackwood, Roger Talley, Mike Holcomb, Elaine Wilburn, Gerald Williams, Tim Riley, Ed Hill, Reagan Riddle

Mixed Group Of The Year: the Hoppers, the Williamsons, the Collingsworth Family, Karen Peck and New River, the Freemans, 11th Hour, the Hyssongs, the Whisnants, the Nelons, the Mylon Hayes Family

Quartet of the Year: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, LeFevre Quartet, Triumphant, Gold City, the Kingsmen, the Mark Trammell Quartet, Tribute Quartet, Master's Voice, Pine Ridge Boys, Down East Boys

Trio of the Year: Master’s Promise, the Talleys, Karen Peck and New River, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Jim Brady Trio, the Guardians, the Martins, the Hyssongs, 11th Hour, Brian Free and Assurance

Duet of the Year: the Tacketts, Josh and Ashley Franks, McKay Project, Blake and Jenna Bolerjack, Broken Vessels, Aaron and Amanda Crabb, Zane and Donna King, the Singing Contractors, C. T. and Becky Townsend, the Schofields

Female Vocalist of the Year: Sheri Easter, Karen Peck , Ashley Franks, Lauren Talley, Kim Hopper, Lisa Williamson, Taranda Greene, Amber Nelon Thompson, Chris Freeman, Ava Kasich

Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Crabb, Joseph Habedank, Matt Felts, Ivan Parker, Jim Sheldon, Christian Davis, Mike Bowling, David Phelps, Michael English, Pat Barker

Sunrise Award: Peter Christie, Jason Davidson, Tonja Rose, Alex Utech, Lisa Ferguson, Kennedy Hayes, Canaan Coffman, Allen Kendall, Randa Jordan, Fayth Lore

Sunrise Duet of the Year: Rocky and Gail Smith, Chronicle, South of Heaven, Blake and Jenna Bolerjack, the Peyton Sisters, the LeBeaus, the Padgetts, Crosby Lane, the Tacketts, Austin and Ethan Whisnant

Sunrise Trio of the Year: Master’s Promise, the Coffmans, Day Three, the Riders, Children of the Promise, Purpose, the Jordan Family Band, Westward Road, the Wisecarvers, the Sheltons

Sunrise Quartet of the Year: Brothers 4, GloryWay Quartet, the Chordsmen, ClearVision Quartet, Promised Land, Redeemed Quartet, Jordan's Bridge, Music City Show Quartet , Zion's Way Quartet, the Lore Family

Christian Country Group of the Year: the Tacketts, Mark 209, the Freemans, HighRoad, de la Croix, the Jordan Family Band, the Amundruds, BloodBought, McKay Project, Kevin Rowe and the Prodigal Sons

Anthony Burger Instrumentalist of the Year: Tim Kinchen, Josh Singletary, Jeff Stice, Gordon Mote, Sarah Davison, Andy Stringfield, Corey Pearson, Kim Collinsworth, Tim Menzies, Trey Ivey

Dottie Rambo Songwriter of the Year: Lisa Williamson, Dixie Phillips, Kenna West, Phil Cross, Mark Bishop, Gerald Crabb, Shane Roark, Dianne Wilkinson, Joseph Habedank, Sue C. Smith

Bluegrass Gospel Male Artist of the Year: Matthew Wilson, Peter Christie, Roger Johnson, Bradley Walker, Tim Maze, Andy Wilks, Rodney Johnson, Doyle Lawson, Tim Surrett, Reagan Riddle

Bluegrass Gospel Female Artist of the Year: Debra Wilson, Tammy Jones Robinette, Shona Wilkes Smith, Lizzy Long, Madison Daily, Emily Grace Reith, Becky Rochester, Brooke Aldridge, Kaila Wisecarver, Deborah Johnson

Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year: Eagle's Wings, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Heaven's Mountain Band, Bama Blu-grace, the Farm Hands, Southern Raised, Canaan's Crossing, HighRoad, Living Waters, Lakeside

Paul Heil Award (Broadcasting): Bruce Edwards, WCGW; Mickey Bell, WXJC; Rejena Leeth, WZCT; Lottie Squires, WCKB; Vonda Easley, WPIL; Richard Hyssong, Joy For The Journey;
Dave Taylor, KWFC; Jerry Edgil, WBTG; Richard Chambers, WGUS; Les Butler, Les Butler and Friends

Gospel Music Today Video/Dvd of the Year: “I'll Keep On Praying,” Heaven’s Mountain Band; “The First Baseball Game,” Matt Felts; “Behold The Lamb,” Exodus; “He Can Take It,” Brian Free And Assurance; “Let The Church Arise,” the LeFevre Quartet; “I Miss Them All,” the Jordan Family Band; “Love Is The Golden Rule,” Michael English; “I Love You This Much,” the Whisnants; “Hope For All Nations,” Karen Peck and New River; “Hallelujah, What A Savior,” the Nelons

Bluegrass Gospel Song of the Year: “Born Again,” Peter Christie; “A Rugged Cross And An Empty Grave,” Eagles Wings; “I Went Under The Blood,” Heavens Mountain Band; “Burden Bearer,” Doyle Lawson And Quicksilver; “Wish You Were Here,” Balsam Range; “How Does It Feel To Be Home,” Bama Blu-grace; “More Than I Could Tell,” Jeff Tolbert; “Instead,” Southern Raised; “Somebody Prayed For Me,” King James Boys; “I've Been Touched,” Primitive Quartet

Christian Country Song of the Year: “He Can’t Stop Loving You,” Christian Davis; “Love Found Me,” Lisa Daggs; “God’s Country,” Michael Lee; “Heaven Above,” Kevin Rowe and the Prodigals; “We Are Broken,” HighRoad; “Wingin’ It ,” Bruce Hedrick; “Old School,” Jim Sheldon; “Where I’m Going,” Johnny Rowlett; “That’s What Jesus Would Do,” Justin Todd Herod; “Looking Back,” Ava Kasich

Sunrise Song of the Year:“Where Did The Wind Go,” Chronicle; “Trust Me With The Trial,” Matt Felts; “This Is The Day,” the Jordan Family Band; “Press On,” River’s Edge; “Might Go Home Today,” Day Three; “Joyous News,” the Lore Family; “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” Parson’s Redeemed; “Elijah,” the Villines Trio; “Have Faith,” the Journeys; “I Promise You,” Caleb’s Crossing

Song of the Year: “Hope For All Nations,” Karen Peck And New River; “Chain Breaker,” Triumphant Quartet; “Prodigals,” the Steeles; “Still,” Greater Vision; “Here He Comes,” Joseph Habedank; “Put It Into God’s Hands,” the Browders; “For The Record,” the McKameys; “Let The Hallelujahs Ring,” the Hyssongs; “He Will Carry You,” Brian Free and Assurance; “God’s Got A Better Plan,” Canton Junction

For more information on Creekside 2018, including keynote speakers, the Diamond Awards and other special activities, visit or For a $25 VIP pass, booth space or other information, contact Rob Patz by calling 360-933-0741 or by emailing

Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Diamond Awards at Creekside Gospel Music Convention

A special part of every year’s Creekside is the Diamond Awards ceremony on Tuesday night. The 2017 Diamond Awards were hosted by Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff, with many artists presenting awards. Some of the guest artists appearing during the evening included Brian Free and Assurance, the Hyssongs and the Williamsons.

Special thanks to Jean and Ken Grady from Gospel Music Today for working with Rob Patz, owner of SGNScoops, to produce the 2017 Diamond Awards.

We so appreciate Pat Mathis and all of the WATC TV family from Atlanta, Georgia who came to film the Creekside event at Pigeon Forge. We look forward to the televising of the program, both on television and online at WATC-TV.

And the winners for the 2017 Diamond Awards are…

The J.D. Sumner Living Legend: Brian Free
Mixed Group of the Year: The Williamsons
Quartet of the Year: Triumphant Quartet
Trio of the Year: The Hyssongs
Duet of the Year: Broken Vessels
Female Vocalist of the Year: Kelly Nelon Clark
Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Crabb
Sunrise Award: Matt Felts
Sunrise Trio of the Year: Sacred Harmony
Sunrise Quartet of the Year: Old time Preachers Quartet
Song of the Year: “Somebody’s Miracle” - Brian Free and Assurance
Album of the Year: “Nature’s Symphony in 432” - The Isaacs
Christian Country Group of the Year: Mark209
Anthony Burger Instrumentalist of the Year: Jeff Stice
Dottie Rambo Songwriter of the Year: Kenna West
Bluegrass Gospel Album of the Year: “This Ole’ House of Mine” - Heaven’s Mountain Band
Bluegrass Gospel Song of the Year: “I’ll Ride This Ship to Shore” - Heaven’s Mountain Band
Bluegrass Gospel Male Artist of the Year: Tim Maze
Bluegrass Gospel Female Artist of the Year: Debra Wilson
Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year: Eagle’s Wings
Gospel Music Today Video/DVD of the Year: “Live in Bessemer” - New Ground
Favorite Industry Website: WATC TV Channel 57
Paul Heil Award for Broadcasting: Mickey Bell - WXIC
Publisher’s Choice Award: John Whisnant

Congratulations to each of our Diamond Award winners and nominees. All of the artists that give of their time and talents to present quality music that glorifies the Lord are winners in our eyes. Thanks to each and every one of you.

Special mention goes to all of our award presenters, photographers and all who worked behind the scenes to make this evening possible.

Next month we will have the roundup of events and pictures from Creekside 2017. If you missed it, next year’s event is Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, 2018 at the Smoky Mountain Resort, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. For more information contact event convener and Coastal Media CEO, Rob Patz at 360-933-0741.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

VIP For Christmas

It's less than six weeks until Christmas. Are you looking for a unique gift for the gospel music lover on your list? How about a VIP pass to one of the fastest growing musical events in southern gospel? Creekside Gospel Music Convention celebrates its sixth anniversary in 2018 and this year will be bigger and better than ever. A $25 VIP pass for the best seats, best giveaways and best surprises Creekside has to offer will show that loved one how much you care. If you want your loved one to feel like a Very Important Person this Christmas, c If you are interested in purchasing your $25 VIP ticket call Rob at 360 933 0741 Or You Can Buy Below

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Creekside 2017 In Picture Of The Day

Day one - great crowd at Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Pigeon Forge, TN. Join us for Creekside 2018 October 28 - November 1 2018 In Pigeon Forge Tn Find Creekside On Facebook HERE

Saturday, November 4, 2017

2017 Creekside Gospel Music Convention: "God Was There"

The 2017 Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, was a great time of fellowship, music, and ministry. The seats were full and hearts were touched by the preaching of Eric Bennett, David Ring, Dr. Jerry Goff, Matthew Browder and more. The music of more than 40 artists filled the halls of the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, day and night. The altars were filled with people looking for a special touch from God. From the chapel services to the showcases to the evening concerts to the midnight prayer sessions, it was obvious this was no ordinary musical event.

Folks from all over have been filling Facebook with their comments on Creekside. Robert Reece writes the following:

Linda and I went up to Pigeon Forge Tenn. for a two-night trip and to attend the Creekside Gospel Convention. And WOW, GOD was there the entire week. 

The singing was made up with some of the big name groups such Triumphant Quartet, Soul'd Out, The Browders, Jerry and Jan Goff, the Nelons and others. But, it was also filled with some amazing soloists and groups who maybe are not so well-known, but whose talent is just as good as any thing you'll hear at the NQC. 

These lesser known folks brought their own songs written out of their own life stories and were just filled with the Spirit. 

I'm not taking away from the NQC, but Creekside's quality of singing is just as good, maybe even better. 

And the preaching/teaching by Dr. Jerry Goff, Eric Bennett, Matt Browder and David Ring was just amazing. GOD is good, Y'all.

The unwritten theme of the week, for me anyway, was "ARE YOU DOING ALL THAT GOD HAS INSTRUCTED YOU TO DO." This seemed to jump out in most of the songs and definitely in the sermons that we heard. And my answer is no, what is yours? 

As David Ring says, "Why what is your excuse?"

Good job, Vonda Easley and Rob Patz.

Robert Reece
Creekside 2017. We are family. Become part of our family and join us for Creekside 2018 on Oct. 28 through Nov.1. For more information contact Rob at or Vonda at

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

East Tennessee Gospel Artists At Creekside 2017

Looking forward to seeing everyone next Monday! 12:30-2:30 Angela Marie, Eternal Vision, Leonard & Joyce Repass, Bishop Curtis Manning, and GloryBound Singers. Come and support your East Tennessee Gospel Artists! Free Admission no charge!!!

For More Info About Creekside 2017 Call Rob At 360 933 0741

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2017 Update

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2017 is quickly approaching. Artists and fans are preparing to descend on Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Smoky Mountain Convention Center from Oct. 30 - Nov. 2. Those who haven’t already booked their rooms are urged to reserve them today. Please call Creekside owner Rob Patz at 360-933-0741. Convention tickets are free but must be reserved at

Creekside is hosting several great artists and events. Highlighting this year’s schedule are some of the best trios and quartets in Southern Gospel:

Brian Free and Assurance: This trio led by the unmistakable tenor voice of Brian Free, has been awarded and nominated often. A favorite of many, their latest Dove Award song, “Say Amen” has brought even more recognition. BFA is among the list of Top Five Diamond Award nominees for 2017.

Browders: This family has been growing in popularity over the last few years. Original songs and country vocals, along with members that love their audience, combine to produce a fantastic group of artists.

Hyssongs: The Hyssong family has seen their last few radio releases climb to the top of Gospel charts, including their latest hit, “Let the Hallelujahs Ring.” Engaging and down to earth, this family is a favorite wherever they present their three-part harmony.

Mark209: This Christian Country group has combined their distinctive harmony, style and humor to produce a sound that is welcomed from Elvis Week to Gospel Music Today. The quartet is a favorite at Creekside, and the emcee abilities of member Nate Justice always bring the audience to life.

Nelons: Kelly Nelon Clark is a legend in Southern Gospel, having performed on stage since the late 1970s. Her family joins her now to produce a sound as unique and identifiable as the Nelon name has always been. The Nelons are also Top Five Diamond award nominees.

Pine Ridge Boys: Since 1963, this traditional quartet has been gracing Gospel music stages with their seasoned vocals. Larry Stewart, Wayne Shuford, Ivory Luke and Steven Craps return to Creekside, one of their most appreciative audiences.

Soul’d Out: For more than a decade, this quartet has been bringing encouragement as well as evangelism to their listeners. Matt Rankin, owner of the group, has now added a four-member band, joining a growing number of Gospel music artists who travel with live music.

More Gospel Music artists: Also appearing will be the Sneed Family, Eagle’s Wings, the Williamsons, the Bates Family, Jason Runnels, Hope’s Journey, the Shireys, Day 3, the Drummond Family, the Connells, the Chordsmen, the Berry Brothers and Steve Bridgmon in addition to Gospel Music Today and many more.

Eric Bennett: Bennett is the original bass singer with the ever popular Triumphant quartet, a former pastor and a family man. Bennett comments, "One of the highest achievements is to be honored by your peers. I am truly honored to receive the Life Achievement Award from the SGNScoops Magazine."

Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff: This beloved couple will be returning to Creekside for the entire convention. Goff will present a Life Achievement Award from SGNScoops Magazine in a special service on Oct. 30. The pair will also host the 2017 Diamond Awards.

David Ring: Motivational speaker David Ring brings his presentation of resilience and hope during the evening concerts on Monday, Oct. 30, and Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Pat Barker: This popular bass vocalist, who has been a part of the Mark Trammell Quartet, Second Half Quartet and the Guardians – will be there to lead the Pat Barker University, offering training from vocal coaching to stage presence. The PBU is available to artists and attendees for a nominal cost on a first-come, first-served basis. Please call Patz at 360-933-0741 or Vonda Easley at 256-310-7892 to reserve your seat today. The fee is $25 per person.

Red Back Hymnal Mass Choir: The Board Of Directors of Creekside Gospel Music Convention have once again invited Charlie Sexton – along with his co-hosts, Troy and Tammy Burns – to present the ever-popular Red Back Revival. All of the artists at Creekside will gather on the stage to form a mass choir, singing from this time-honored songbook.

2017 Diamond Awards: Voting for the 2017 Diamond Awards Top 5 is now open at Fans, friends, artists and industry personnel are all invited to vote and to encourage their supporters to vote as well. To vote, visit
The 2017 Diamond Awards will be held on Oct. 31, with Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff as guest hosts. The awards ceremony is a unique evening of recognizing the best in Gospel music.

Creekside Events: The Convention will begin on Monday with an open-air event and breakfast. Veterans will be honored with a free meal that morning. Showcases are held daily, and midnight prayer follows each evening concert. There will be a special breakfast with the Pine Ridge Boys on Wednesday and more events to be announced.

VIP Bracelets: These special bracelets will provide entry into the preferred seating section at each event. Wearers will also receive a Creekside gift bag and be the special guest at select backstage happenings. VIP bracelets can still be obtained from Creekside assistant, Vonda Easley, by calling 256-310-7892 or by e-mailing at

Volunteering: Creekside organizers are always looking for volunteers to help spread the news on social media, be an extra hand during the event, and also praying that this will be more than just an event. Pray for all attending that God will turn this week into an incredible experience. Contact Easley by e-mailing at for more information.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2017 tickets can be reserved by visiting For more information on tickets, lodging and special VIP tickets, contact Patz at 360-933-0741 or

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