Meet the Host

Darien Southerland’s energy is plumb contagious, and its no secret his true passion is Southern Gospel Music. He got his start working with Salem Communications back in the 90's, and started his own advertising agency, BG AD Group in early 2000's. He loves his wife Mary, and his kids Jacob and Kendall.

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Co-host Arthur Rice

Arthur Rice is the lead singer for the Kingdom Heirs. He has been with the Kingdom Heirs since 1995. He previously traveled with The Kingsmen and Squire Parsons.

Married to Tammy Rice, they have 2 boys; Kaleb and Bradley.

Arthur Rice has been nominated for numerous Singing News Fan Awards, including favorite newcomer (twice), male vocalist (18 times), favorite lead (19 times), favorite baritone (once), and along with the rest of the band has won favorite band (8 times). The Kingdom Heirs have also been voted favorite group once during his tenure with the Kingsmen. Rice is a deacon at FBC Sevierville TN and current President of the Southern Gospel Music Association and a member of its board of directors. He also produces Gospel recordings.

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Contact Us

Have any questions? Want to leave a comment about the show? Just give us a call at 770-874-3200. Just tell sweet Darleen you are calling about SGNP

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What is SGNP?

SGNP is just our fancy little acronym for Southern Gospel News Podcast. On SGNP you can listen to our host, Darien Southerland, interview some of the industry's top leading influencers, like Jason Crabb, Mac Powell, Jeff Whisnant, and so many more.

Southern Gospel News Podcast will give you information that you wont be able to find anywhere else - not on the radio, not in a magazine- strictly on SGNP.

Every Friday morning SGNP releases a new episode. Never miss an episode by subscribing to our podcast on your cell phone. Find the purple app labeled "Podcast", search "Southern Gospel News Podcast", look for our SGNP Microphone, and click the purple button that says "Subscribe". Or, if you have an Amazon Alexa, just say "Alexa, Play Southern Gospel News Podcast", and you will hear our latest episode.




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  • Episode 105 - Ernie Haase March 26, 2020
    This week SGNP host, Darien Southerland will be interviewing Ernie Haase of Signature Sound and you are not going to want to miss this one! Ernie Haase, Darien Southerland, and Aurthur Rice discuss the effects of living faithfully on Gospel Singers and their families during this time. Episode 105  of Southern Gospel News Podcast, with […]
  • Episode 104- Brian Free March 20, 2020
    This week SGNP host, Darien Southerland will be interviewing Brian Free of Assurance and you are not going to want to miss this one! Brian Free, Darien Southerland, and Aurthur Rice discuss the realities and tribulations of walking to the beat of your own drum for Christ. Brian offers an encouraging hand to those discouraged, […]
  • Episode 103 Jeff Easter March 13, 2020
    Join your favorite team, Darien and Arthur as they share laughs with the one and only Jeff Easter!  #arthurrice #kingdomheirs #easter #jeffeaster #blessingbox 
  • Episode 102 Jason Clark of The Nelons March 5, 2020
    Darien and Arthur talk with Jason Clark on his recent surgery and delve into the Nelons history.  An enlightening episode full of laughs!   
  • Episode 101 Gospel History Records February 28, 2020
    Join Darien Southerland and Jeff Turner as they talk about records through Southern Gospel History. Also enjoy a mock Hall of Fame Awards discussion.    Only on Your Audible Voice Of Gospel Music!
  • The Sound 100 February 21, 2020
    Join Darien and Arthur today as they talk with The Sound! An Iconic Family Trio.  Enjoy learning about the past and the present of The Sound, listen to a sweet story about Arthur and as always enjoy Dariens funny banter!    #SGNP #southerngospelnewspodcast #TheSound #tourbus #florida #ArthurRice #DarienSoutherland 
  • Episode 99- Marty Raybon February 6, 2020
    On this episode of SGNP, the team tries something a little different, featuring the artist Marty Raybon. Join us here on your Audible Voice Of Gospel Music      #SGNP #CacklingHens #ArthurRice #kingdomheirs #southerngospelnewspodcast #podcast #MartyRaybon 
  • Episode 98 Paul Secord January 30, 2020
    Join Darien and Arthur as they wade into deep water with Paul Secord. In this episode, the three men discuss controversial topics, and Arthur gets his spot in the limelight! Only on SGNP!      #southerngospelnewspodcast #SGNP #podcast #paulsecord #arthurrice #kingdomheirs #deepwater #womensconference 
  • Episode 97 Doyle Lawson with Quicksilver January 24, 2020
    Join Darien as he talks with The King of Bluegrass! The one and only Doyle Lawson sits down and talks about his travels, his past and the evolution of Gospel Music. You won't want to miss this one!    #SGNP #southerngospelnewspodcast #DoyleLawson #BusIsOnFire #greyhound #markstavern #rollandwhite #billmonroe #bluegrass #halloffame #dearlord #illnotbeable #tourbus #gospel #podcast #gospelnews […]
  • Episode 96 - Sammy Ward January 17, 2020
    Join us as we talk with Sammy Ward, a man who's mission is re-inventing the Classic Gospel! We are fired up this episode, drop by and join the laughs as Darien Southerland talks with Sammy Ward. Only on SGNP!    #SGNP #southerngospelnewspodcast #PowerInTheBlood #OhHowILoveJesus #NothingButTheBlood #sammyward #DCTalk #GeraldCrabb #churchhymn #RodneyGriffin #DianaWilkerson #Gaithers #GaitherVocalBand