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 91- Jason Crabb December 4, 2019
  • Episode 90 Charlie Daniels November 15, 2019
    Charlie Daniels talks God, country, faith and life .. and a special interview with Daywind Music President Ed Leonard!   #CharlieDaniels #devilwentdowntoGeorgia #america #faith #country #southerngospelmusic #daywind #edLeonard #XMsirus
  • Episode 89 - T. Graham Brown - Wine into water, His story October 11, 2019
    T Graham Brown tells his story of forgiveness and love, how The Lord helped him off the path of drugs and booze. Here his story first hand..   #tgrahambrown #lorettalynn #countymusic #arabigeorgia #athensgeorgia #oakridgeboys #jasoncrabb #God #testimony #repent #wineintowater
  • Episode 88 - NQC 2019 October 3, 2019
    Darien and Arthur discuss the 2019 National quartet convention. Their likes and dislikes. Hall of Fame ceremonies even some fun future predictions 
  • Episode 87-SGNP Award Show September 20, 2019
    Darien and Arthur pick their winners and their favorites!      #audiblevoiceofgospelmusic #southerngospelnewspodcast #SGNP #pegmckamey #themckameys #jasoncrabb #thenelons #theperrys #christianmusic #countrymusic #gospelmusic #southerngospel
  • Episode 86 - Clarke Beasley September 13, 2019
    Clarke Beasley Executive Vice President at National Quartet Convention, Clarke discusses with Darien, Arthur and Jeff this years convention, some of the exciting things happening, his late father Les and some special things.
  • Episode 85 - Architect Of A Gospel Song August 30, 2019
    What makes a good gospel song, is it the fact the song contains a few inspirational or a inspirational story? Perhaps it crosses over and becomes a hit in other formats of music . Perhaps it has a few biblical words and tells a story.  Perhaps it’s a hymn or praise song? Perhaps it as […]
  • Episode 84 - Peg McKamey August 8, 2019
    Join us this week on SGNP for a new episode with none other than The one and only legend Hall of Fame member , Peg Mckamey! Peg talks about her upcoming concert's with The Mckamey's in Marietta, GA, and what she is looking forward to the most after her last few months on the road […]
  • Episode 83 - McCray Dove August 1, 2019
    Join Arthur and Jeff this week as they are joined by special guest McCray Dove! Hear about his time with The Gaithers and other bands he was a part of, and some history on Southern Gospel Music!    #southerngospelnewspodcast #southerngospel #mccraydove #jeffturner #arthurrice #dariensoutherland #countrymusic #christianmusic #jasoncrabb #kingdomheirs #karenpeck #thegaithers 
  • Episode 82 - Richard Hyssong July 5, 2019
    Sit back and relax as your hosts Darien Southerland and Arthur Rice talk life with Richard Hyssong! Richard is on the board of directors for the SGMA Hall of Fame and Museum. We hope everyone had a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!