Voting Rounds – Video (Short Form)

Don’t let the creepy’s scare you on this Halloween.  If you are dressing up for a party or taking the kids trick or treating, have fun!  Today I thought I would continue the voting rounds with just one category, best short form (concept) video of 2014.  Concept videos are still a new concept (no pun intended) for Southern Gospel music, but they are becoming more prevalent nowadays with the ease of viewing on social media (most importantly YouTube).

I actually had about ten contenders to sort through of Southern Gospel concept videos released in 2014.  These are the five I thought most deserving of a nomination.  Now you decide which you consider to be the best Southern Gospel concept video of the year.


1.  “Angel At The Crossroads” – High Road III

2.  “Put It Right There” – LeFevere Quartet

3.  “Rise Above The Fall” – Horn Family

4.  “Say Amen” – Brian Free & Assurance

5.  “Where I’ve Been” – Freemans

Voting Rounds – Solo Artist/Pianist

1stWe are half way through the voting rounds for the 1st annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors.  Today you get the chance to vote for best solo artist and pianist of 2014.  Here is where we are so far in your winning choices.

Alto Vocalist – Libbi Stuffle (Perrys)

Soprano Vocalist – Amber Nelon Thompson (Nelons)

Tenor Vocalist – Chris Allman (Greater Vision)

Lead Vocalist – Arthur Rice (Kingdom Heirs)

Baritone Vocalist – Mark Trammell (Mark Trammell Quartet)

Bass Vocalist – Jeff Chapman (Kingdom Heirs)


  1. Mark Bishop
  2. Jason Crabb
  3. Taranda Greene
  4. Joseph Habedank
  5. Gordon Mote


1.  Kim Collingsworth (Collingsworth Family)

2.  Matthew Holt (Gaither Vocal Band)

3.  Michael Howard (Soul’d Out Quartet)

4.  Blaine Johnson (Jason Crabb Band) – at 2:42 mark on video

5.  Gordon Mote

Voting Rounds – Songwriter/Songwriting Collab

1stToday’s voting rounds for the 1st annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors will celebrate the best songwriting in 2014.  There are two separate songwriting categories.  One for best songwriter and the other for best songwriting collaboration.  Most of the biggest songs written in Southern Gospel music nowadays are part of a collaboration of two or more writers.  A musical mash-up is provided to honor the best songwriting in each category.  The best songwriter category lists the hit songs written (co-written) by each nominee in 2014.


  1. Matthew Browder (“He Is Alive”, “Lift Up His Name”, “Listening For The Shout”) – all recorded by the Browders
  2. Don Poythress (“He Heals”/Legacy Five, “Grateful”/Amber Nelon Thompson, “Revival”, “Finish Well”, “Everybody’s Going Through Something”/KPNR, “If I’m Guilty”/Aaron & Amanda Crabb)
  3. Sue C Smith (“Deliver Me Through”/Mercy’s Well, “Holy All Over Again”/Down East Boys, “Church In The Kitchen”/Dunaways, “Measure Of Grace”/Taylors, “That Story Is Mine”/Dixie Melody Boys, “Unashamed”/Brian Free & Assurance)
  4. Kenna Turner West (“Nothing But Love”, “Say Amen”/BFA, “Somebody’s Believing”/Bowling Family, “Revival”, “Finish Well”, “Everybody’s Going Through Something”/KPNR, “Satisfied”/Three Bridges, “Faith”/Kingsmen, “He Can Do It Again”/Tribute Quartet)
  5. Dianne Wilkinson (“Footprints On The Water”/Gold City, “A Man Like Me”/Wilburn & Wilburn, “Borrowed Tomb”, “I’ll Know I’m Home”/Kingdom Heirs, “Long Live The King”/Old Paths, “How Will You Plead”/11th Hour, “Christ Is Still The King”/Legacy Five, “Someday”/Ball Brothers, “Prayer Meeting”/Mylon Hayes Family, “It Should Have Rained”/Kingsmen)


  1. Lee Black/Jason Cox/Kenna Turner West – wrote “Satisfied” recorded by Three Bridges (Jesus Saves)
  2. Gina Boe/Ronnie Freeman/Tony Wood – wrote “Falling” recorded by Amber Nelon Thompson (Without Your Love)
  3. Jason Cox/Michael Farren/Kenna Turner West – wrote “Say Amen” recorded by Brian Free & Assurance (Unashamed)
  4. Joseph Habedank/Marty Funderburk – wrote “Whenever I Hear His Name” recorded by Hoskins Family (A Gathering)
  5. Wayne Haun/Joel Lindsey – wrote “I Can Trust Him” recorded by the Perrys (Into His Presence)

Voting Rounds – New Artist/Musician

Back to voting for the best of 2014 in Southern Gospel music.  Today you will be able to vote for new artist and musician that best represented Southern Gospel music in 2014.  Today you will get YouTube clips of each nominee.


1.  Canton Junction

2.  Erwins

3.  High Road III

4.  Horn Family

5.  Mylon Hayes Family


1.  Eli Akin (Akins) – Lead/Acoustic Guitar; Mandolin; Banjo

2.  Ben Isaacs (Isaacs) – Bass

3.  Anna Grace Kimbrough (High Road III) – Fiddle

4.  Michael Rowsey (Jason Crabb Band) – Percussion

5.  Mike Salley (Dove Brothers Band) – Steel Guitar

Enter To Win: Friday Fun Give Away

cjrevivers1993letshavechurchmaxI thought I would break away from the voting rounds today (I don’t want to cause voter fatigue) and give away another classic Southern Gospel CD.  With the passing of Gospel music legend Charles Johnson, I thought I would give away the group’s landmark 1993 album, Let’s Have Church.

The song’s found on Let’s Have Church included “A Place Prepared For Me”, “I Believe He Died For Me”, “I Know What Lies Ahead”, “I’m Going To A Meeting”, “Let’s Have Church”, “Love Of Jesus”, “Until Then” and “Winds Of This World”.  Remember all CDs are used (but I have been the only owner).

This was released during an era in Southern Gospel music I label the ‘high energy’ era.  The charismatic stage performances of many of the groups of this time defined ‘high energy’.  The first person to email me ( the answer to the question will win Let’s Have Church by Charles Johnson & Revivers.

Name the five ‘high energy’ artists included in this musical mash-up.


I want to congratulate Jeremy for providing the winning entry in this week’s Friday fun give away.  He wins Let’s Have Church by Charles Johnson & Revivers.  Keep on the lookout because I will be giving away the majority of my personal Southern Gospel CD collection as part of the Friday fun give away.  The answers were:

  1. McGruders (“I’m Going Home With Jesus”)
  2. Reinhardts (“If You Think I’m Shouting Now”)
  3. Wilburns (“The Old Story Will Never Grow Old”)
  4. Cedar Ridge (“I’ve Got Something To Praise God For”)
  5. Greenes (“There’s A Miracle In Me”)

Voting Rounds – Cutting Edge/Underrated Artist

1stThe 1st annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors continues today with best cutting edge and most underrated artist of 2014.  Cutting edge artists are those who think outside the box; who create their own brand/style of Southern Gospel.  Most underrated are artists who had a strong album release or hit single that gets little recognition from fans/industry.  There is a musical mash-up of each category to showcase why they were chosen to represent the best of 2014.


  1. Akins
  2. Brian Free & Assurance
  3. Ball Brothers
  4. Jason Crabb
  5. Taranda Greene


  1. Ball Brothers
  2. Down East Boys
  3. Dunaways
  4. Freemans
  5. High Road III

Voting Rounds – Tenor/Bass Vocalists

1stWhile some of us may not be happy that it is already Monday and another weekend over, we have the chance to take a little time away from work and vote for best tenor and bass vocalists in Southern Gospel music for 2014.  This will close out the six vocal spots that make up Southern Gospel music.  Voting polls will be open one week.  A music mash-up is provided for each category to showcase why the nominees were chosen to represent 2014.


  1. Chris Allman (Greater Vision)
  2. Riley Harrison Clark (Tribute Quartet)
  3. Gus Gaches (Legacy Five)
  4. Thomas Nalley (LeFevre Quartet)
  5. Jeremy Peace (Old Paths)


  1. Daniel Ashmore (Old Paths)
  2. Jeff Chapman (Kingdom Heirs)
  3. Anthony Davis (Tribute Quartet)
  4. Matt Fouch (Legacy Five)
  5. Paul Harkey (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)

Voting Rounds – Soprano/Lead Vocalist

1stToday we continue with our voting rounds for the 1st annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors.  Things started strong yesterday with alto and baritone vocalist.  If you haven’t voted yet, bet sure to do so.  Today we take a look at the nominees for the best soprano and lead vocalist of 2014.  Voting polls will be open for one week.  I have provided a music mash-up of the five nominees in each category that showcases why they were chosen to represent 2014.


  1. Angie Aldridge (Hoskins Family)
  2. Kelly Bowling (Bowling Family)
  3. Amber Eppinette (11th Hour)
  4. Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
  5. Amber Thompson (Nelons)


  1. Mike Bowling (Bowling Family)
  2. Devin McGlamery (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  3. Tim Rackley (Old Paths)
  4. Arthur Rice (Kingdom Heirs)
  5. Bill Shivers (Brian Free & Assurance)

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