Monday, November 17, 2014

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2015 - A Small Peek...

For those of you who can't wait until Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2015, here is a small peek about the details of the Event of the Year. You don't want to miss this...

DATES: November 2nd through 5th, 2015

LOCATION: Creekside returns to Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This resort provides special pricing for those attending the Convention. Rooms can be reserved by phone at: 1-800-223-
6707 or local call 865-908-3015.

EVENTS: Creekside annual events include the Lou Hildreth Honors on Monday night. This year, Lou Hildreth honored Willie Wynn. The Diamond Awards take place on Tuesday night with many special guests. See elsewhere on this blog for the 2014 Diamond Awards. Other events include showcases and an evening of choir singing. New for 2014 was the evening Midnight Prayer. This is sure to be repeated in 2015! Creekside artists will be performing every night, as well as in showcases during the day. Stay tuned to this blog for more news!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Be sure to watch this blog, SGN Scoops monthly digital magazine and the Creekside facebook page at

Creekside Gospel Music Convention is an extension of SGN Scoops digital magazine and Coastal Media Group.

Artists interested in being a part of Creekside 2015, please email Rob Patz at

2014 Diamond Award Winners Announced At Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Pigeon Forge, TN.(November 5, 2014) – SGN Scoops and Creekside Gospel Music Convention was proud to present the 2014 Diamond Awards on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The gala celebration was hosted by Tim Lovelace and included appearances by The Blackwoods,  Karen Peck and New River, the Dixie Melody Boys, the Freemans and many others. The evening was also filmed by WATC, Channel 57 of Atlanta, Georgia, to be aired/streamed at a later date.

The big winners of the night were Karen Peck and New River, who were honored with Song Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Mixed Group Of The Year and Trio Of The Year. Karen Peck Gooch was the 2014 Female Artist Of The Year.

Ken and Jean Grady of Gospel Music Today were award winners and Jean also contributed to the planning of the program. “It was a
Southern Gospel star-studded night in Pigeon Forge at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention Diamond Awards. What a blessing to see so many artists and friends for the annual Awards show.  Although it was a lot of work, it was well worth it as the artists sang and the artists and industry professionals received their awards.”

Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and publisher of SGNScoops, commented, “The Diamond Awards are always a special time of honoring the Gospel artists that fill our world with the music we love,” said Patz. “It’s great to take this opportunity to thank them and to be able to share the ceremony with fans across the nation and the world by internet. We are grateful to Tim Lovelace, our special musical guests and to WATC for

recording the Diamond Awards. We had a great time at the ceremony and we hope everyone will tune in and watch!”

“What an awesome night at the Diamond Awards at Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2014. What a blessing to be a part of such a great event!” said Vonda Easley, from Strictly Southern With Vonda Easley. Vonda is also a vocalist with Hope's Journey and part of the SGN Scoops staff. “The music was amazing and the winners were deserving. I loved it!”

Jonathan Edwards, from Faith’s Journey, is part of the Creekside crew and the voice of SGN Scoops Radio. He stated, “I am always thrilled at the amount of talent that is featured on the Diamond Award program and this year was no different. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a small part of this special event.”

Lorraine Walker, acting editor of SGN Scoops digital magazine, was unable to be present but noted that a lot of work goes into the planning and execution of the Diamond Awards. "Many people have contributed to this year's Diamond Awards event and I am thrilled that it was such a beautiful night. My thanks to the volunteers and staff of Creekside and SGN Scoops for making the Diamond Awards an exceptional evening. Congratulations to each of the very deserving winners!"

The 2014 Diamond Award Winners Are:
MIXED GROUP OF THE YEAR: Karen Peck and New River
QUARTET OF THE YEAR: Brian Free and Assurance
TRIO OF THE YEAR: Karen Peck and New River
DUET OF THE YEAR: Aaron and Amanda Crabb
SONG OF THE YEAR: Revival – Karen Peck and New River
ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Revival – Karen Peck and New River
CHRISTIAN COUNTRY ALBUM OF THE YEAR: James and Jeff Easter – Like Father, Like Son
VIDEO/DVD OF THE YEAR: Lead Me Home – The Freemans
PAUL HEIL AWARD (Broadcasting): Ken and Jean Grady- Gospel Music Today

Creekside Gospel Music Convention is being held at the Smokey Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee from November 3rd through 6th, 2014. The CGMC is presented by SGN Scoops and Coastal Media Group at Pigeon Forge and is the home of The Diamond Awards and other special events. For more information on Creekside Gospel Music Convention visit

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 and views as well as concert and book reviews, inspirational articles and features reaching beyond our gospel music world. SGNScoops is the home of the Diamond Awards, a fan-based annual awards program recognizing the best in Southern Gospel and Christian Country music.  SGN Scoops is always digital, always free. For more information:

For more pictures and information on Creekside 2014 please read the November issue of SGN Scoops found at
For information on Creekside 2015 to be held on November 2-5 2015 at Pigeon Forge TN , visit
Pictures courtesy of Robert York, Michelle Drummond, Meagan Pledger, Karen Peck and New River

Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2014 Wrap-Up

       Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2014 is in the books! What a great time to be a Gospel music fan at the Gospel music capital, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hundreds gathered at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center from November 3rd through 6th to experience music, fellowship, fun…and doughnuts!
       Monday night began with set-up in the Exhibit Hall of artist booths. It’s always fun to get together with the artists before the concerts. There had been snow in the area on the weekend but we were glad that Monday was sunny and mild. The evening concert began at 5:30pm to a crowd who were excited and enthusiastic. At 8:00pm, we welcomed our honored guest, Little Willie Wynn and all of his friends for a “Bash” like Creekside has never seen before. Laughter, fun and a whole lot of great music from Woody Wright, The Kramers, The Tennesseans and Sweetwater members. What a terrific evening!

      Tuesday was the Chapel Valley Showcase, the evening concert and then the 2014 Diamond Awards. You will see the winners elsewhere in this edition. Wow! We had a great celebration with special guests Karen Peck and New River, Blue Highway, the Dixie Melody Boys, the Freemans, Danny Jones, and of course the impeccable Tim Lovelace as emcee.
       Wednesday we had the Morris Music Group Showcase, the Red Back Hymn Book Choir and the special evening concert. On Thursday, we were privileged to have Ken and Jean Grady of Gospel Music Today do live tapings for their show. They had been with us all week and also worked with us in the producing of the Diamond Awards. What a precious couple! Our last evening concert was a special night with music from 20 groups and an audience who didn’t want to leave.
       New this year was the Midnight Prayer service, from Monday night through Wednesday night. It was a memorable time of prayer and praise from artists and fans who joined together to pray for the singing and for any needs within the group. On Tuesday night, those who had listened to the Strictly Southern Show with Vonda Easley were treated with doughnuts before the prayer service. There was more than one set of sticky hands!
We want to thank all of the artists, fans and volunteers who joined together to make this a wonderful event. Be sure to check this space next month where we will begin to tell you about next year’s event! And don’t forget to check

“Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2014 was everything I expected and more. Great singing, great showcases, and what a blessing Midnight Prayer was each evening. I am making plans now to attend Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2015! Meet me there.” – Vonda Easley, Strictly Southern Show with Vonda Easley

“It is always a joy working with the artists at Creekside, the ones who have become close friends after three years together at this event, as well as the new artists experiencing Creekside for the first time this year. I look forward to the continued growth in this event and the introduction of new ministries to the Creekside family.”- Jonathan Edwards, Faith’s Journey

“Creekside was a great time of fellowship and getting together with all the artists and fans. It was wonderful to see the auditorium full each night and to feel the enthusiasm of the crowd. Midnight Prayer really caught on. The Diamond Awards were spectacular. All in all, the event was even better this year. I can’t wait until next year! Join me!”- Rob Patz, Publisher of SGN Scoops
For more pictures and information on Creekside 2014 please read the November issue of SGN Scoops found at
For information on Creekside 2015 to be held on November 2-5 2015 at Pigeon Forge TN , visit us on Facebook at
Pictures courtesy of Robert York, Michelle Drummond, Meagan Pledger

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Getting To Know The 2014 Diamond Award Nominees

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 everyone, no subscription required. 

Since January 2014, voting has been held to select the nominees for this year's Diamond Awards, to be held at Creekside Gospel Music Convention at Pigeon Forge on November 3rd through 6th. Artists were selected by voters from across the internet to become a top-ten nominee and then a top-five nominee. Voting commenced on the top-five selections and has now closed.

SGN Scoops would like you to meet our top-five finalists for each category of the 2014 Diamond Awards. Today's category is the JD Sumner Living Legend Award.

J.D. SUMNER LIVING LEGEND AWARD: A once-in-a-lifetime honor to recognize the living performer for whom the fans feel has made the greatest contribution to Southern Gospel music over a career spanning 25 years or more. (Note: previous winners are no longer eligible for this award)

2014 Top Five Finalists:
1. Michael English
2. Karen Peck Gooch
3. Tim Riley
4. Ed O'Neal
5. Gerald Crabb

Get Your Free Tickets For The Diamond Awards At Creekside 2014 Here

Friday, June 6, 2014

Creekside Welcomes Ava Kasich

Ava started singing professionally at the age of 3 yrs old featured in local churches in the Dallas-Ft Worth area of Texas. Ava loves the Lord with all her heart and it shows in her anointed singing! Her testimony of God’s healing power in her body alone is worth having her come and minister to your Church.

In 1980 she began traveling with Wally Fowler of Nashville, Tenn. as a featured and background vocalist. The group was called Wally Fowler and the Tennessee Top Ten. They traveled throughout the United States performing Southern Gospel Music at major venues.

In 1989 Ava moved to Branson, Missouri and began working with several known artists in the gospel music industry, such as Boxcar Willie and Barbara Fairchild. While in Branson, Ava became a major part in the Branson Gospel Music Association. Not only performing but also helping to bring in new talent to perform in the Branson area.

In 2001 Ava was named the Branson Gospel Female Vocalist of the Year. Since winning that award Ava has been traveling throughout the United States singing Southern Gospel Music in churches and other venues. She has been the opening performer for such known Southern Gospel Talent as, Karen Peck & New River, The Hemphills, and others.

In 2001 Ava recorded and released her first album entitled Singin 4 Him. It was a compilation of old and new Southern Gospel Songs.

In 2003 Ava became a national recording artist with the release of her second album entitled “Try Once Again.” Several songs on this album were released to the national media. They included the title song Try Once Again and He Came Through. These songs are being played throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Asia and the Caribbean. This album was produced by Les Butler of Butler Music Group and Family Music Group and recorded in Nashville, TN. Jason and Aaron Crabb of the Crabb Family were gracious enough to sing back up on two of Ava’s songs on this album.

Not long ago at the National Quartet Convention Ms Dottie Rambo agreed to record two duets with Ava. Dottie was called home to heaven before that happened. Ava has spent most of her time touring throughout the Midwest and Southeastern United States singing and giving her testimony at churches, women’s conferences and other venue’s. She has been seen on National TV on the Jim Bakker Show out of Branson, MO and the Jimmy Snow show in Nashville, TN. She would love to come and lift up the name of Jesus through song at your next event.

In 2009 Ava recorded and released her third album entitled His Grace Is Amazing.

In 2011 Ava recorded and releaser her fourth and newest album entitled Stones.

Ava won the 2012 Beacon Award for Soloist of the year and her new single "Stones" won the 2012 Beacon award for song of the year.

Ava has a wonderful testimony of how God has healed her body that she loves to share with others. Ava has shared the stage with such artist’s as; Marty Robbin’s, Mel Tillis, Merle Haggard, Marty Haggard, Roy Acuff, Willie Nelson, Howard & Vestal Goodman, Johnny Minick, The Florida Boy’s, Gold City, Karen Peck & New River, The Hemphill’s, and the Chuckwagon Gang, as well as others.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Creekside Welcomes Tina Wakefield

My love of music was instilled in me from my Childhood, my Father was a band leader and singer until our salvation when I was 11 years old. My grandparents,parents, aunts, and uncles all played and sang. I started singing for a local nursing home once a week when I was 15 and that is something I do one a month even now. I have played piano for church since I was 16 years old. I am now a Music Minister at Amazing Grace Worship Center in Alabaster, Al where I have served for the last 19 years. I am very excited to have several Cd’s available on my website and to have reached # 67 in the Singing News Charts and #28 on the SGN Scoops charts and also charting in Powersource Gospel. It is a joke that when you join our family, you can choose if you would like to sing, play, teach or preach, but my family is extremely anointed to work in the Kingdom of God, and everyone who joins by marriage eventually is called with a talent. My time and life are spent in a constant relationship with God and how I can be of assistance to Him. My talents and skills include Piano, singing, teaching, writing for SGN Scoops, writing church dramas and directing them. If you would like to contact me for a singing or speaking engagement I am available at tina wakefield ministries on facebook, or 205-259-3227.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Creekside Welcomes Faith's Journey

Welcome to one of America's Premier NEW Southern Gospel Trios, Faith's Journey! Expect to hear
strongly anointed singing with God's message clearly presented to encourage and lead the lost to Christ. The faces may look familiar as the members have served for many years in different groups and in different capacities, but are now excited about this new chapter. Let me introduce you to Faith’s Journey.

Jonathan Edwards - Baritone, Group Manager
Jonathan was saved at the age of 5 in Humboldt TN where his dad was Pastor. In 1994 his father Zane,
mother Cindy, and brother Benjamin went to Auckland, New Zealand as missionaries through Baptist
Bible College. He attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield Mo where he began his radio career at
KWFC ( 100,000 watt Christian Radio station in Springfield MO). He has worked in Southern Gospel
radio for 14 years and has been nominated the past two years in The Singing News Magazine top 5 DJ’s
in all of America, also the past two years he has been a finalist for Scoops Magazine’s for the coveted
Paul Heil Award. While attending BBC, Jonathan toured with a gospel group called Tribute. He has
served as Youth pastor, Music pastor and Senior Pastor, but his love for Southern Gospel Music keeps
bringing him back to radio and singing. He has traveled with Final Call and The Ascension Quartet before
meeting his wife Deana and forming/owning Faith's Journey.

Deana Edwards – Soprano
Deana Edwards was born in Bratt, Florida and saved at the age of 11 in her home church. She began
singing at the early age of 4 singing harmony with her mother Rose. She began singing with Southern
Heritage, a regional group in the Southeast formed with her mother in 1989, where she remained until
getting married and moving to Branson in 2012. Deana loves music with harmony and never meets
a stranger at a concert. She has three children and is married to Jonathan Edwards. She is extremely
excited to embark on this new chapter in her life with a new ministry serving with her husband on a full
time basis.

Josh Adams- Tenor
Josh was born and raised in Springfield, Mo. At the young age of 8 years old, he began ministering in
song. Josh has a heart for people and the ministry. He is blessed and humbled by the opportunities God
has already given him at such a young age. Josh currently resides in Springfield, Mo, and is very excited
to see what God is doing, and going to do, in the future.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Creekside Welcomes The Stephens

The Stephens, a Southern Gospel Trio,
 have been singing throughout the country since 2007.
The group is composed of husband and wife team, 
Thom and Melody Stephens, of Northport, AL 
and Melody’s sister, Bethany Dunnam, of Hayden, AL .

Melody’s soaring voice captures the hearts of listeners wherever she sings. She has sung
with the legendary gospel family group, The Nelons and earned the reputation as one of the
most recognizable and outstanding soprano voices in all of southern gospel mu
sic. She has
appeared on the award winning Bill Gaither Homecoming videos and earned Dove Award
nominations. She has performed commercial jingles and background studio work and
recorded numerous projects for many different record companies.

Bethany bringsa solid, yet distinctive alto blend to the trio. Her genuine love for The Lord
brightens every stage she sings on. Being sisters, they have sung together all their lives.
Learning harmony at a very early age makes their family harmony unmistakable.

Thom creates a smooth baritone part that brings their unique sound together. He serves as
emcee, plays several instruments and does all the group’s bookings. His love and
commitment to God along with his very outgoing and witty personality add much excitement
to the ministry.

Kyle, Bethany ’s husband, is the group sound engineer. He is an excellent solo vocalist and
musician and is a tremendous help in every area of The Stephens’ ministry

Monday, June 2, 2014

Creekside Welcomes Forever Changed

Forever Changed has answered God’s calling to use our talents to share the life-
changing message of Jesus Christ through Southern Gospel Music. Formed  in Lexington, SC in 2010 the group’s vision is to present the message through  song with a harmonic blend that will inspire and encourage. Group consists of  members: Vernon Murphy of Orangeburg, SC…Dan Duncan of Aiken, SC… and
Becky and Mike Barfield of Lexington, SC. To schedule Forever Changed for your concert or church event, contact Becky or Mike Barfield at 803-356-9542 or e-mail


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rob Patz On WPIL Talking About Creekside 2014

Rob Is Going To Be On With Vonda Easley On This Friday ... Going To Talk About Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SGN Scoops Diamonds Awards Nomination Evening

A Free Event – The SGN Scoops Diamonds Awards Nomination Evening – April 3 at 7:30 pm, eastern
You won’t want to miss your opportunity to watch live and online an exciting evening of music, worship, and fun, at no cost! On April 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm, SGN Scoops Digital Magazine will announce the top 10 nominees for each category in the 2014 Diamond Awards. The SGN Scoops’ Diamond Awards Nominations will be broadcast live and online! Chapel Valley, SGN Scoops and The American Society of Gospel Music (ASGM) have underwritten the costs for this live, online broadcast, so you can watch it live online for free! All you have to do is register for the event by going to
This event will be hosted by Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group; Shane Roark, co-owner of Chapel Valley; and Richard Hyssong, Marketing and Artist Director of Chapel Valley. The evening will include performances by several Chapel Valley artists, and of course the nominees for the SGN Scoops’ Diamond Awards will be announced. This free event will be broadcast on ASGM at the leader in providing live online Southern Gospel concerts.

If you have not yet voted for your favorite artist, please go to to cast your vote for your favorite artist. The SGN Scoops has reported that they have received the highest vote totals to date. This will be an incredible evening of good Southern Gospel Music, as well as an exciting night when you see and hear your favorite artist receive a nomination for a coveted SGN Scoops’ Diamond Award. Mark this date in your calendar and be sure to join us!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Creekside Gospel Music Convention On Facebook

Hey Creekside Friend! Did you know there is an official Creekside Facebook Page? You can find it HERE. Click on the page and read all the fun and exciting Creekside news. Be sure to invite all your friends to stop by as well. You can do that here:

Friday, February 7, 2014

Creekside Gospel Music Convention Welcomes Morris Music Group

Pigeon Forge, TN (February 7, 2014) - SGN Scoops Magazine welcomes a new guest to the 2014 Creekside Gospel Music Convention this November. The three-day event in Pigeon Forge that features Gospel, Country and Bluegrass music will now feature the Morris Music Group from Alabama, an organization that is quickly growing into one of Gospel's outstanding record companies. The Morris Music Group which represents such artists as The Steeles, Eagle's Wings, Hope's Journey and Jay Parrack and Vocal Event, will be hosting a Showcase on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014.
Kelly Morris, CEO and Owner of Morris Music Group, says that MMG is thrilled to be part of Creekside this year. "We are very excited about what God is doing with Morris Music Group and can't wait to share our artists with the Creekside crowd!" says Morris. Co-owner and Director of Radio Promotions for MMG, Vonda Easley, adds, "I had the opportunity to attend Creekside in 2013 and was very impressed. Rob Patz put on a great event with some awesome, talented artists."

Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media Group and publisher of SGN Scoops Magazine, is happy to welcome MMG to the Creekside family. "Creekside is growing each year, creating wonderful, memorable moments and engaging fans in a fantastic three-day experience of good music and fellowship. It truly is a spiritual retreat for many, including our artists. We welcome the many fans and artists that are planning on joining us for the first time in 2014, including our friends at the Morris Music Group. It's going to be a great Convention!"

Creekside Gospel Music Convention will run from November 3rd to 5th in The Smoky Mountain Convention Center with such highlights as The 2014 Diamond Awards, Lou Hildreth's Night of Honor, Old Fashioned Gospel Singing with Artists' Choir, as well as a daily chapel service and afternoon showcases. For more information, latest news and artists scheduled to appear, visit the Creekside page on Facebook, here: . Artists wishing to participate, please email 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Creekside 2014 Update

By Rhonda Frye


We are still praising the Lord for a successful 2013 Creekside! Believe it or not, the planning for 2014’s
convention started before we left Pigeon Forge. We are praying for God’s continued blessing as we
strive to reach more people for Christ and introduce our music to new fans. We are thankful for the
growth we’ve seen thus far and are confident that “He that began a good work will complete it!” The dates for 2014 are: November 3rd, 4th, & 5th Convention Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Stay tuned to our website and social media outlets for more news and information.and the location will remain at the Smoky Mountain


We are thrilled with each passing year at the level of participation in the Diamond Awards voting  process. Although we surpassed voting records this past year, we still are frequently asked how artists are nominated. Please help us spread the word that the Diamond Awards are fan-based from the nomination process all the way until voters choose the winners. The first round of voting opens January 3, 2014. At the time, everyone is on equal ground. At the end of round one, we take the top ten names in each category, compile a list, and then we open round two. At the closing of round two voting, we then take the top five names and then the winners are picked from those choices. Again- the fans choose the nominees and winners, so let your voice be heard! Please remember to share the voting link on your website and all social media outlets.


We’re blessed that God has allowed great relationships to evolve among our family of participating
artists. Friendships have been built, business relationships have been established and for that we are
grateful. Several of our artists have already reserved a booth for next year. If you would like to participate as an artist, email Rob Patz at for registration information.


There are numerous tasks involved in planning and executing an event. If you would like to volunteer through various promotional activities throughout the year, or with onsite tasks during the convention, please email Rhonda at


From the time we first started planning our Gospel Music Convention, it was important to us to reach
beyond the walls of the convention center with the good news of Christ. In 2011, we partnered with LIVE-IT, a local organization in Sevierville and helped stock their community thrift store. In 2012, we teamed up with LOVE A CHILD and provided hot meals to children in Haiti. We ask that you keep us in your prayers as we seek God’s direction as we select an outreach ministry for 2014.