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 172 - TIM GREENE June 14, 2024
    The Southern Gospel News podcast welcomes Tim Green of The Greens as a guest. The conversation begins with some lighthearted banter between the hosts and guests. They discuss their experiences in the music industry and reminisce about their early memories of The Greens. They highlight the exceptional vocal talent of Kim Green and the impact […]
  • The Impact of the 80s on Gospel Music: Unfair Criticism Faced by Female Artists June 7, 2024
    The conversation covers the SGMA Hall of Fame ceremony, the production quality, the selection process, and the significance of inductees. It also delves into the experience of attending gospel music events, the impact of live performances, and the evolution of gospel quartets. The conversation delves into the evolution of gospel music, the impact of the […]
  • EPISODE 170: Exploring the Legacy of Gospel Music with Darien May 30, 2024
    The Southern Gospel News podcast features a solo episode with host Darien Southerland, who discusses various topics related to gospel music. He shares insights on the history of gospel music, top male and female voices, and the impact of gospel music on listeners. He also reflects on the importance of singing and encourages engagement with […]
  • EPISODE 169 - JEANETTE COOKE May 24, 2024
    In this conversation, Daniel Britt, Darren Sutherland, and Arthur Rice discuss various topics before introducing their special guest, Jeanette Cook of the Cook family. They talk about Arthur's recent podcast appearance, the nostalgia of radio, and meeting radio personalities in person. Jeanette shares stories about her early music career, recording her first album, and the […]
  • EPISODE 168: Pat and Lindy Boone May 10, 2024
    In this episode of the Southern Gospel News Podcast, host Darien Southerland interviews Lindy Boone, daughter of legendary musician Pat Boone. Lindy shares her experiences growing up in a famous family and the impact it had on her life. She also discusses her journey as a singer and songwriter, including the inspiration behind her song […]
  • EPISODE 167 JOSEPH REED May 3, 2024
    Dive into the heart of Southern Gospel with a special episode that brings Joseph Reed from Singing News Radio center stage. Join hosts Arthur, Darien, and Daniel for an engaging conversation filled with laughter, insights, and a few surprises along the way. "What's wrong with living right anyways?" From this compelling opening to the final […]
  • EPISODE 166: THE CATHEDRALS April 26, 2024
    In this episode of the Southern Gospel News Podcast, join hosts Daniel Britt, Darien Southerland, and Arthur Rice for a nostalgic deep dive into the legendary Southern Gospel group, The Cathedrals. Since their formation in 1963, The Cathedrals have carved a significant niche in the heart of gospel music enthusiasts with their divine harmonies and […]
  • EPISODE 165: KEVIN SPENCER April 19, 2024
    Southern Gospel News Podcast Episode Description: In this soul-stirring episode of the Southern Gospel News Podcast, your hosts Darien Southerland and Arthur Rice welcome a special guest whose voice has echoed through the hearts of gospel music lovers for years—Kevin Spencer. As we delve into the life and legacy of one of Southern Gospel's cherished […]
    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 […]