Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #9

Today we look at the song ranked 9th among the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.

The Hinsons had their greatest chart success in the 1980’s with four #1 songs on the Southern Gospel radio singles chart.  In July 1984 the group would garner their second #1 song from the same album, Hinsongs.

“Call Me Gone” would ultimately become a signature song for Kenny Hinson, who also penned this chart topper.

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Enjoy The Journey: Mylon Hayes Family

GRADE:  B+

  • Album:  Enjoy The Journey
  • Artist:  Mylon Hayes Family
  • Label:  Custom
  • Style:  Traditional
  • Release Date:  09/28/18
  • Digital Download:  Yes (iTunes)
  • Running Time:  50 Minutes

SYNOPSIS:

Today, we take a look at the new album from the Mylon Hayes Family; Enjoy The Journey.

This is the first album of new music from the group since 2015 (Devoted).  As a result the family gave listeners 14 songs, just in case it takes another three years for new music.

The Mylon Hayes Family is composed of Mylon Hayes (lead/baritone), wife Wendy Hayes (alto), twin sons Bailey Hayes (baritone/lead) and Conner Hayes (baritone/bass) and daughter Kennedy Hayes (soprano).

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • It is not hyperbole when I say the Mylon Hayes Family are the best traditional, mixed quartet, Southern Gospel artist touring today.
  • The album starts strong as the three best songs on Enjoy The Journey are the first three songs.  “We Come In Jesus Name” is not only a great up-tempo live concert song but can also be a great radio single choice.
  • Next, Bailey sings the grammatically incorrect, “Ain’t It Good”.  Bad grammar or not, this is a great song.  Anytime I hear, ‘ain’t it good’, all I can think of is Peg McKamey singing “Do You Know How It Feels”.
  • The best song on the album is third in line, “Resurrection Power”.  Rebecca J Peck contributed to four songs on the album and “Resurrection Power” could ultimately become the Mylon Hayes Family biggest song.  This is a must listen!
  • The Mylon Hayes Family excel at convention style singing.  They give listeners a James Rowe/James D Vaughan classic, “I Rejoice In The Lord”.  You may find yourself hitting repeat on this one.
  • Another great up-tempo song is the Bailey feature, “Time To Walk On Water”.  The Mylon Hayes Family recorded six Rachel McCutcheon songs on Enjoy The Journey.
  • Mylon, Baily and Conner join together in a male trio to give listeners “What Manner Of Love”.  Another winner from the pen of Rebecca J Peck.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Resurrection Power”, “Ain’t It Good”, “We Come In Jesus Name”, “What Manner Of Love”, “I Rejoice In The Lord”, “Time To Walk On Water”, “Give It To Jesus”, “Joy On The Journey” and “God Can Still Turn It Around”.
CRITIQUE:
  • The royal musical procession given to “All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name” does not fit with the rest of the album.  I thought it was time for a Disney princess to start singing.
  • While the Mylon Hayes Family gave listeners 14 songs, a 50 minute recording can be a bit daunting for the listener.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name” and “I Want To Live For Jesus”.

WRAP UP:

Each new recording from the Mylon Hayes Family tends to build off the last.  Enjoy The Journey is the best traditional Southern Gospel music you’ll get all year!

SONG (tempo)/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “We Come In Jesus Name” (Fast)/Kennedy – Rebecca J Peck  2. “Ain’t It Good” (Mid)/Bailey – Rachel McCutcheon  3. “Resurrection Power” (Slow)/Mylon; Wendy; Kennedy – Rebecca J Peck  4. “He Is Alive” (Fast)/Kennedy – Diana Blythe  5. “Give It To Jesus” (Mid)/Wendy – Richard Blythe, Sandy Blythe  6. “All Hail The Power Of Jesus Name” (Slow)/Ensemble – Oliver Holden, Edward Perronet  7. “Joy On The Journey” (Mid)/Ensemble; Conner – Rachel McCutcheon  8. “I Want To Live For Jesus” (Slow)/Kennedy – Rachel McCutcheon  9. “Time To Walk On Water” (Fast)/Bailey – Rachel McCutcheon  10. “God Can Still Turn It Around” (Slow)/Wendy – Leah Lowronce, Nathan Newell, Rebecca J Peck  11. “God Is Always Faithful” (Mid)/Kennedy – Rachel McCutcheon  12. “I Rejoice In The Lord” (Fast)/Ensemble; Conner – James Rowe, James D Vaughan  13. “What Manner Of Love” (Slow)/Ensemble; Mylon – Rebecca J Peck  14. “I Praise You Now” (Slow)/Wendy – Marcia Henry, Rachel McCutcheon

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #10

We have finally made it to the top ten Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.

At #10 is a song that dates back so far, it is now in the public domain.  The songwriting credits are given to sisters, EM Cantwell and Nettie Washington.  The earliest Southern Gospel recording of “I Bowed On My Knees And Cried Holy” was the Blackwood Brothers in 1956 (Hymn Sing).

The song didn’t become a huge Southern Gospel hit until the mid 1980’s when the Singing Americans recorded it on their 1984 album, Live And Alive.  By January 1985, the song went #1 and became a signature song for the Singing Americans and most notably Michael English.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #11

Just about to the top ten Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s, but first lets take a look at the song ranked 11th.

It was 1981 when Heaven Bound released a song that not only became the signature song for the group but is now counted among the best Southern Gospel classics.

“Canaanland Is Just In Sight”, penned by group member Jeff Gibson, never got to #1 but its lasting impact far outweighs where it landed on the chart.

Jesus Can: Westward Road

GRADE:  B

  • Album:  Jesus Can
  • Artist:  Westward Road
  • Label:  Chapel Valley
  • Style:  Progressive; Country
  • Release Date:  08/03/18
  • Digital Download:  Yes (Apple Music)
  • Running Time:  42 Minutes

SYNOPSIS:

Today, we take a look at an album from new artist Westward Road; Jesus Can.

I always enjoy being introduced to new music and this is my introduction to the music of Westward Road.  They are a family trio out of Indianapolis Indiana.  They have a progressive Southern Gospel sound mixed with some country flavor.

The group is composed of Scott Roberts (lead/tenor), wife Kelli Roberts (soprano) and son Garrett Roberts (baritone).

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Westward Road comes barreling out of the gate with the album’s opening title track, “Jesus Can”.  This is the first single from the recording.  As a listener you immediately are set up for what you are in store for on the rest of the album.
  • This family has great harmonies.  The album has an awesome pace mixing up-tempo songs with mid to slower tempo.  Something many Southern Gospel albums have missed the mark on this year.
  • Another stand out is “I Met A Man”.  This country flavored tune sounds like a song I’ve heard before but I can’t seem to place it.  Love this song!
  • Jesus Can has some rocking progressive Southern Gospel barn burners.  “Gonna Take A Ride”, “I Will Not Be Shaken” and “Keep Holdin’ On” all fall in this category and all three deserve a listen.
  • Kelli’s endearing country vocal excels on a song like “Lay My Burdens Down”.
  • Lee Black, Joel Lindsey and Sue C Smith combined for the big Southern Gospel ballad, “I Won’t Forget”.  This would be a great choice for radio single possibilities.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “I Met A Man”, “Jesus Can”, “I Won’t Forget”, “I Will Not Be Shaken”, “Lay My Burdens Down”, “Gonna Take A Ride” and “Keep Holdin’ On”.
CRITIQUE:
  • As is the case with most album’s, there were a couple of songs that weren’t as strong as others.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “What Is This Game” and “He’s Making Me”.

WRAP UP:

Jesus Can is a rollicking, fresh progressive Southern Gospel/country sound that I couldn’t get enough of.  What a pleasant surprise.  I can’t tell you how pleased I am when I am introduced to a new artist and they are actually recording music you want to add to your musical playlists!

SONG (tempo)/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Jesus Can” (Mid/Fast)/Ensemble – Scott Roberts  2. “He’s Making Me” (Mid/Fast)/Scott – Marty Funderburk, Scott Godsey  3. “Lay My Burdens Down” (Mid)/Kelli – David Pellegrini, Billy Sprague  4. “What Is This Game” (Fast)/Kelli – Scott Roberts  5. “Amen Like Thunder” (Mid)/Scott – Lee Black, Belinda Smith, Kenna West  6. “I Won’t Forget” (Slow)/Scott – Lee Black, Joel Lindsey, Sue C Smith  7. “I Will Not Be Shaken” (Fast)/Scott – Jason Cox, Kenna West  8. “I Met A Man” (Mid)/Garrett; Ensemble – Scott Roberts  9. “Keep Holdin’ On” (Fast)/Scott – Scott Roberts  10. “This Is The Lamb” (Slow)/Scott; Kelli – Scott Roberts  11. “Gonna Take A Ride” (Fast)/Scott – Scott Roberts

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #12

Getting ever closer to the top ten Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.  Today, we take a look at the song ranked 12th.

The Nelons were at their prime during the 1980’s.  The vocal line-up of Rex Nelon, Kelly Nelon, Karen Peck and Jerry Thompson were unmatched in what was provided to listeners in the mid to late 1980’s.

Jerry penned the song ranked 12th among the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s, “Bring My Children Home”.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #13

Let’s get back to counting down the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.  The goal is to have the countdown complete before the month ends.

Ranked 13th among the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s is the only song to make the list from the Spencers.  This Ohio based family was at their peak during the decade racking up quite a few top ten hits.

It wasn’t until the decade was closing (1989) that the Spencers finally got their first #1 song with the Gene and Val Johnson penned, “Coming Soon”.

Silhouette: Wisecarvers

GRADE:  B

  • Album:  Silhouette
  • Artist:  Wisecarvers
  • Label:  Skyland
  • Style:  Progressive; Modern Country
  • Release Date:  09/28/18
  • Digital Download:  Yes (Apple Music)
  • Running Time:  47 Minutes

SYNOPSIS:

Today, we take a look at the newest album from the Wisecarvers; Silhouette.

This marks the third recording from the family and Skyland Records (Crossroads).  The Wisecarvers are a country band, as far as style.  The music is built around the main vocalists in the group, Chase and Kaila.

The Wisecarvers are composed of Chase Wisecarver (lead vocalist), Kaila Wisecarver (alto/lead vocalist/pianist), Dustin Wisecarver (baritone vocalist/bass guitar), Vince Wisecarver (harmony/acoustic guitar) and Tammy Wisecarver (harmony).

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The family contributed to every new song on Silhouette.  The only exception is the closing track, “Amazing Grace”.
  • The country alto vocal of Kaila Wisecarver takes the lead on the stand out tracks from Silhouette.  The mid tempo, “Jesus To Me” was the first song to hit my radar.  This song is reminiscent of classic Crabb Family.  This would make for a strong radio single possibility.
  • The modern country sounds of the ballad, “Go Down Again” had a stand out melody and that alto vocal of Kaila makes it that much better.
  • Lead vocalist Chase Wisecarver also has a recognizable country sound that lends to ballads like “Potter’s Wheel”.  This deserves a listen.
  • The first single from the album, the title track (“Silhouette”), is one of the only mid to up-tempo songs on the recording.  For that reason alone, it makes for a must listen.
  • A traditional country sounding ballad, “When You Look At Me” features Kaila and could do well at Southern Gospel radio.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Go Down Again”, “Jesus To Me”, “Potter’s Wheel”, “Silhouette”, “When You Look At Me”, “Begin With You” and “Manufactured Smiles”.
CRITIQUE:
  • While the cover of “Amazing Grace” showed off the band and allowed each member of the group some vocal time; it tended to seem like a filler compared to the rest of the recording.
  • Nine of the twelve songs on Silhouette is in the slow to mid tempo range.  It makes for a long listen where several songs tend to run together.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Amazing Grace” and “You Have My Attention”.

WRAP UP:

Do you enjoy your Southern Gospel with some country sounds?  Were you a listener of classic Crabb Family?  If you answered yes to both of those questions, then you need to introduce yourself to the Wisecarvers.

SONG (tempo)/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Begin With You” (Mid)/Chase – Chase Wisecarver, Kaila Wisecarver  2. “Jesus To Me” (Mid/Fast)/Kaila – Kaila Wisecarver  3. “Best Of Forever” (Slow)/Chase – Chase Wisecarver, Kaila Wisecarver  4. “When You Look At Me” (Slow)/Kaila – Kaila Wisecarver, Tammy Wisecarver  5. “Silhouette” (Mid/Fast)/Chase – Kaila Wisecarver  6. “You Have My Attention” (Slow)/Chase – Kaila Wisecarver  7. “Go Down Again” (Slow)/Kaila – Kaila Wisecarver  8. “Manufactured Smiles” (Mid)/Chase – Dustin Wisecarver  9. “Love You Still” (Mid/Fast)/Chase; Kaila – Kaila Wisecarver  10. “Someone Else’s Valley” (Slow)/Chase – Kaila Wisecarver, Tammy Wisecarver  11. “Potter’s Wheel” (Slow)/Chase – Dustin Wisecarver  12. “Amazing Grace” (Slow)/Instrumental with Ensemble Singing – Traditional