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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Since 1993

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 157- Joseph Habedank November 18, 2022
    Two time Grammy nominated, Dove award winning Southern Gospel singer Joseph Habedank joins the show today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  • Episode 156- Squire Parsons October 28, 2022
    Darien Southerland returns to join Arthur Rice and welcome Southern Gospel main stay Squire Parsons to the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  • Episode 155 Matthew Holt September 9, 2022
    Pianist Matthew Holt joins the program to chat about his career and Gospel music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  • Episode 154- Mike Lefevre August 12, 2022
    Mike Lefevre of the Lefevre Quartet joins Daniel and Arthur today. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  • Episode 153-Scotty Inman June 24, 2022
    Singer Scotty Inman comes on the show to talk Gospel Music.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  • Episode 152-Primitive Quartet June 5, 2022
    Arthur Rice and Daniel Britt sit down with gospel group the Primitive Quartet.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  • Episode 151-Jonathan Buckner November 26, 2021
    Jonathan Buckner of Chosen Road joins the podcast to talk with Darien and Arthur.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  • Episode 150-Les Butler October 8, 2021
    Les Butler joins Arthur and Darien to talk about his new project REAL GOSPEL MUSIC Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  • Episode 142-Mark Forester September 24, 2021
    Mark Forester of the Foresters comes on the show to talk with Arthur and Darien about his life as a travelling gospel musician.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
  • Episode 141- Remembering Jeff Stice September 17, 2021
    Darien and Arthur look back on the life and career of Gospel pianist Jeff Stice  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit