Friday, May 17, 2013
LIVE-IT is a non-profit organization serving the less fortunate in the Sevier and surrounding counties.
LIVE-IT’s motto is…”Taking the Bible out of the box!” LIVE-IT believes everyone has something to give,
therefore encourage those we help to LIVE-IT Forward and give of their talents. They help organize
projects giving many schools, church and community groups an opportunity to work together and serve.
The projects benefit both those that give and receive. The recipients of LIVE-IT’S ministry are sometimes children, sometimes the elderly, disabled veterans, single moms or widows. Some projects include house, yard and car repair and some projects include gathering and delivering basic survival supplies. In order to fund these projects, LIVE-IT operates a thrift store and uses profits earned to purchase needed supplies.
Maybe you’re asking- “What does this have to do with gospel music?” I’m glad you asked! By becoming involved with a local ministry during our stay in Pigeon Forge, we’re putting our message that we proclaim into action! I like to say, “We’re putting hands and feet on the songs we sing!” We can sing about loving God and loving people all day long, but this is a GREAT chance to show it to those outside the doors of the Smoky Mountain Convention Center!
We’re asking our Creekside guests and participants to donate to LIVE-IT’s thrift store during the week
of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. LIVE-IT will bring a truck to collect donations- all you have to
do is give. Items needed are used clothing, used jewelry, shoes, accessories such as ties, scarves, shoes,
belts etc. Other items needed are books, CD’s, games, toys and general household items. I realize
some of our guests will be traveling long distances, but ANY donation is appreciated! I was really proud of the participation we had last year. In fact, LIVE-IT later received donations from guest that had planned on coming, but got caught in the bad weather and couldn’t make it. Many of our guests gave items. So…. Come on, Southern Gospel artists and fans… Let’s stock the LIVE-IT thrift store and leave Pigeon Forge a better place!
We’re looking forward to a great week all together. Monday night will be a special night to honor legendary, Ed O’Neal, Tuesday night will be the Diamond Awards. We’re hosting the Pauline Patterson
showcase, devotions with Dr. Jeff Steele and filling the mornings, afternoons and evenings with the greatest music in the world. Whew! It’s going to be awesome!
Make plans now- October 28,29,30 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge,
Tennessee. Special rates are available onsite. Reservations can be by phone or online. By phone,
call toll free at: 1-800-223-6707 or local call 865-908-3015. Online Reservations- go to http://www.smokymountainconventioncenter.com .
For more information regarding 2013 Creekside Gospel Music Convention, email Rhonda at
email@example.com or Rob Patz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The 2012 Creekside Gospel Music Convention came to a close, Wednesday, October 31, but great
memories are etched in hearts and minds forever! Friendships were made; achievements were
celebrated as well as awards were presented. We experienced an incredible three days and are already
looking forward to next year’s Creekside Gospel Music Convention! Dates for next year’s event are
October 28, 29, 30. We will gather again in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee at the Smoky Mountain Convention
The Creekside Gospel Music Convention got started off right with prayer and then announcements.
Paul Danis of LIVE-IT spoke briefly about their work in Sevier County and expressed gratefulness for the
raised awareness of the ministry and for the items donated. Channing Eleton then set the tone for the
evening with a beautiful piano prelude.
Phil Cross, Chariot, Promise, Kingston Drive and Channing Eleton blessed the crowd before the
Celebration for Ms. Lou Hildreth began. At 7:00, Channing started the Celebration with “Joyful, Joyful”
and then the evening’s host, Tim Lovelace was introduced. J.P.Miller, coordinator of the night’s
program shared a few comments regarding Lou Hildreth, and then Ms. Lou thanked everyone for
Many friends and family gathered to honor Lou Hildreth for 75 years of outstanding service in the
Gospel Music Industry. Many industry dignitaries were present including representatives from the
Singing News, Christian Voice, Homecoming Magazine and Southern Gospel Times. There was great
music including performances by Phil Cross, Ann Downing, The Blackwoods, Clayton Inman, David
Sutton, Jeff Stice, the Southmen and Ava Kasich as well as memorable video clip messages from Larry
Gatlin, Larry Ford and Bill Gaither. There were special presentations from Dr. Jim Moss, a founder of
PTL, Rick Francis of Singing News Magazine and John Lanier of Christian Voice Magazine.
Smiling continuously, it was obvious Ms. Lou enjoyed every performance, every kind word spoken
and each presentation given! Ms. Lou shares, “My heart is overflowing with THANKS to Rob Patz,
President Coastal Media, and Rhonda Frye, Editor-In-Chief of SGNScoops, for honoring me with
the "Celebration Of 75 Years In Gospel Music.” JP Miller, my TV co-host, helped coordinate the
event, and I basked in the fabulous artists, their music, and their tributes. Pat Mathis and her crew
from Atlanta's TV 57, WATC, taped this memorable evening for a TV special to be shown later. Howard
and I joined our son David, daughter Kathryn, and many family members who were there, in gratitude to
all who joined us in celebrating. May the Glory go to our Heavenly Father who blesses beyond anything
we can ask or imagine!”
There couldn’t been a more fitting closure to the celebration than reading of scripture followed by
worship. Ellen Moss, wife of Dr. Jim Moss held the crowd captivated as she read God’s Word. Many
artists and family members squeezed onto the stage for a finale of “Bless The Lord, Oh My Soul/ How
Great Thou Art” medley.
Reflecting on the special celebration, J.P. Miller shares, “What a great time we had honoring Lou
Hildreth. Artists, fans, and Industry professionals piled into Pigeon Forge to pay tribute to a founder of
the industry we have today. Lou's life is a life lived to bless the Lord.”
Great Gospel Music followed Ms. Lou’s Celebration with performances by Declaration Trio and more.
It was truly an incredible first day at Creekside!
Early Tuesday morning, a few brave souls braved the chilly weather and enjoyed a chapel service.
John Mathis Jr. challenged participants with a message of “Being Faithful In The Small Things.” By noon,
Gospel Music filled the Convention Center once again with performances by Faith’s Journey, Lindsay
Huggins, Jim Sheldon, Logan Smith, Chariot, Shannon Knight and many more wonderful artists! Music
continued throughout the afternoon, right up until time for the Diamond Awards Show.
Excitement filled the room as special guest performers arrived. It was truly a great time of fellowship
and posing for pictures! Special Performances by Watts, Rowsey and Bean, Phil Stacey, the Griffins plus
more kept the audience blessed and entertained leading up to the Diamond Awards Show.
After a few opening words from the owner of Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Rob Patz, the
hosts for the evening, Christy Sutherland and Daniel Ball took the reins of the program. The night
included humor along with great performances from Christy Sutherland, The Ball Brothers, Promise, Phil
Stacey, Declaration, Ann Downing, Watts, Rowsey & Bean, The Williamsons, Logan Smith, David Bryan,
The Porter Family, and Faith’s Journey.
Monday, March 4, 2013
We hope you have already marked your calendars for October 28, 29 and 30 th! We are excited
about Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2013! The Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon
Forge is the location again this year. We’ve had a great response from artists who plan on participating
in this year’s event. If you or your group would like booth information, please contact Rob Patz at
We are looking forward to a showcase sponsored by Patterson Music Group to take during the
Convention. Pauline Patterson has served the Southern Gospel Music Industry for many years. She has
promoted Southern Gospel music into the airwaves and charts for over seven years and has recently
broadened her company services by adding a new song publishing company. The services of Patterson
Music Group include radio promotions, song publishing under Patterson Publishing, the Southern Gospel
Times ezine, and publicity for artists on the radio promotions roster.
Patterson Music Group’s artists will take the stage from 10:00 AM until 2:00 on Tuesday, October 29.
Special guests will include Phil Cross, the Hoskins Family and many more! Remember, this event as well
as all other events are free to the public.
The Diamond Awards Show will take place during the Creekside Gospel Music Convention too! We’re
working diligently to put together an outstanding program. Remember, the fans choose the winners,
so make sure you start voting with Round One. Round One nominations open on Monday, February
18. Please vote and then encourage your friends, family and fans to as well. We encourage all artists to
send the link in newsletters and post it on websites and all social media outlets.
Sharing the gospel is truly at the core of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention! Now is the time to
organize special church groups to attend! And please know, Creekside Gospel Music Convention will
serve again as a collection location for a local ministry called, “Live-It!” Live-It is a non-profit ministry
serving the less fortunate in Sevier and surrounding counties. We had a great response from last year’s
guests and participants and we’re asking everyone to not come to Creekside empty handed. Live-It
will provide a truck to receive donations of items including used clothing, jewelry, books, toys, shoes,
fashion accessories and music CDS! All items collected will be used for re-sale in LIVE-IT’S thrift store,
profits earned purchases needed products and supplies to those in desperate need.
Plan to stay at the onsite hotel and enjoy Creekside Guest rates! http://www.ramadapigeonforge.com/
We’re looking forward to a great time of fun and fellowship as we share the good news of Jesus Christ
and help the less fortunate in Sevier County. If you have any questions regarding the Creekside Gospel
Music Convention, please email me at Rhonda@sgnscoops.com or Rob Patz at email@example.com.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Coastal Media Group and SGNScoops is excited to announce that the 2013 Diamond Awards nomination period begins February 18, 2013! Everyone who enjoys Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music is encouraged to nominate a top artist who they feel is the finest talent in their category. The ten artists receiving the most nominations in each category will be voted upon to create a top-five artist list. The top-five artists will then be voted upon and the artist who achieves the most votes in their category will be awarded a Diamond Award at the gala ceremony to be held at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention on October 29, 2013 at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
The Diamond Award categories are determined by the following criteria:
Diamond Awards Definitions 2013
J.D. SUMNER LIVING LEGEND AWARD: A once-in-a-lifetime honor to recognize the
living performer who has made the greatest contribution to Southern Gospel music over a career spanning 25 years or more.
TRADITIONAL MIXED GROUP OF THE YEAR: A group of any number with male and female vocalists. Must be full-time Southern Gospel artists.
TRADITIONAL QUARTET OF THE YEAR: A traditional male group, four vocalists featuring four-part harmony. Must be full-time Southern Gospel artists.
TRADITIONAL TRIO OF THE YEAR: A traditional group, three vocalists featuring three-part harmony. Must be full-time Southern Gospel artists.
TRADITIONAL DUET OF THE YEAR: A traditional group featuring two vocalists. Must be full-time Southern Gospel artists.
TRADITIONAL FEMALE SOLOIST OF THE YEAR: A full-time female Southern Gospel artist recording as a soloist.
TRADITIONAL MALE SOLOIST OF THE YEAR: A full-time male Southern Gospel artist recording as a soloist.
CHRISTIAN COUNTRY GROUP OF THE YEAR: A group of any number with male and female vocalists. Must be full-time Christian Country artists.
CHRISTIAN COUNTRY FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: A full-time female Christian Country artist recording as a soloist.
CHRISTIAN COUNTRY MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: A full-time male Christian Country artist recording as a soloist.
BLUEGRASS GOSPEL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: A solo artist or group of any number with male and female vocalists who are full-time Bluegrass Gospel artists.
SUNRISE AWARD: A new or developing full-time artist who has seen major growth in their career, as evidenced in airplay or personal appearances during the past year. Nominees in this category must have released their debut single only two years prior to the eligibility date of January 1, 2013. This award is also a once-in-a-lifetime honor. This award can be given to any artist in the Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music genres.
SONG OF THE YEAR – This song must have been recorded by a full-time Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music group or artist, released nationally as a single during the eligibility period of February 2012 to January 2013.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: This album must have been recorded by a full-time Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music group or artist, released nationally during the eligibility period of February 2012 to January 2013.
ANTHONY BURGER INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR: A full-time artist in Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music who plays any musical instrument.
DOTTIE RAMBO SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: A nationally charting songwriter in Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music whose songs are recorded by Southern, Country or Bluegrass artists.
VIDEO/DVD OF THE YEAR: A short form video or a DVD released within the eligibility period of February 2012 – January 2013, featuring a Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music artist or group.
FAVORITE ARTIST WEBSITE: An independent, artist-owned website that showcases a full-time Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music artist.
FAVORITE INDUSTRY WEBSITE: A news, magazine, supporting business, or event that supports or promotes the Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music industry.
PAUL HEIL AWARD (Broadcasting): A disc jockey/radio or television host that supports or promotes Southern, Country or Bluegrass Christian music.
###About The Diamond Awards: The annual Diamond Awards recognize the best in Southern, Country and Bluegrass Christian music and are hosted by SGNScoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group. Originating in 1991, they were the first Southern Gospel fan-based awards and are still open to all fans, no subscription required. For more information on the 2013 Diamond Awards: http://www.sgnscoops.com/2013-diamond-awards/
About Creekside Gospel Music Convention: Creekside Gospel Music Convention will be held at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, October 28-30, 2013. Presented by SGN Scoops and Coastal Media Group, the CGMC showcases The Diamond Awards and other special events. For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention: http://www.creeksidegospelmusicconvention.com/
About SGNScoops: SGNScoops Digital is a fully-downloadable monthly magazine that exists to promote the gospel by unveiling what is intriguing and real about Southern Gospel and Christian Country music. SGNScoops offers music news, concert and book reviews, inspirational articles and features reaching beyond our gospel music world. SGNScoops is the host of the Diamond Awards and is always digital, always free. For more information: http://www.sgnscoops.com/