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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    In this special "Best of" episode, the Southern Gospel News Podcast takes you on a heartfelt journey through the musical and spiritual world of Jimmy Fortune. Hosted by Darien Southerland, this episode compiles the most memorable moments from our conversations with Jimmy, a revered figure in both country and gospel music.   Jimmy Fortune, known […]
  • EPISODE 163: RICKY LUSTER April 5, 2024
    Hosts Darien Southerland and Daniel Britt welcome the iconic Ricky Luster to the show, a figure synonymous with excellence in Southern Gospel music. Throughout the episode, Ricky opens up about the inspiration and personal faith journey that have shaped his chart-topping hits, giving listeners a rare insight into the heart and soul of his musical […]
  • EPISODE 162: SGNP IS BACK! March 29, 2024
    Unlock the Soul of Southern Gospel Music with the Southern Gospel News Podcast – the audio haven where divine sounds meet inspiring conversations. Join hosts Darien Southerland and Arthur Rice, as they celebrate the rich legacy of gospel music culture and bring you exclusive access to the voices that shape it. Each episode delivers up-front […]
  • Episode 161: Jeff Chapman April 14, 2023
    Jeff Chapman, long time bass vocalist with the Kingdom Heirs and new member of Gold City joins the show to talk about a new chapter in his career. 
  • Episode 160: Allen Cox of the Florida Boys February 24, 2023
    Darien, Daniel, and Arthur are joined by Allen Cox of the Florida Boys to talk life on the road, his gospel influences, and great memories from his career. 
  • Episode 159- Bradley Steele January 18, 2023
    Arthur, Darien, and Daniel sit down with Bradley Steele of the Steeles to talk about the newer wave of gospel music, and how the younger generation is still influenced by the classics. 
  • Episode 158- A Southern Gospel Christmas December 20, 2022
    Join SGNP hosts Daniel Britt, Darien Southerland, and Arthur Rice as they discuss Southern Gospel Christmas Music. From great classic songs like Beautiful star of Bethlehem to #MarkLowerys #marydidyouknow. In addition, the guys weigh in on 2023 and what is coming. From SouthernGospellegends and Grand ole opry members #theIssacs, and their tour with Country Music […]
  • 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