I trust everyone had a wonderful Christmas day. As we get close to turning the page on 2012 and starting 2013, it is time to take a final look at the best Southern Gospel album and recorded song of the year. Today we take a look at the runner-up (#2).
Runner up for the best Southern Gospel album of 2012 is Count Me In by the Hoppers. Released in October, Count Me In is a different album for the Hoppers, in comparison to their last half-dozen. This time the group called on Michael Sykes to produce and the end result is an album that hearkens the listener back to the Hoppers of the early 1990’s.
I had the opportunity to see the Hoppers in concert at the beginning of December and Taranda Greene happened to be with them that weekend. If this revamped Hoppers 2.0, with Taranda, is going to be a regular part of the group’s tour in 2013 prepare yourself now for one power house performance.
Personal favorites from this recording include: “I’ll Take You Home”, “I’ll Worship Only At The Feet Of Jesus”, “He Didn’t Just Carry The Cross”, “Count Me In”, “I Wish We’d All Been Ready”, “That’s What I Love About Him” and “I Am Whatever You Need”.
Roger and Debra Talley were both members of the Hoppers back in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s. Here we are, 30+ years later and both groups are still at the top of their field releasing the best Southern Gospel music of 2012.
I named the Talleys 2012 album Love Won #4 among the best albums released this year. There were several strong songs on that album, but there was one in particular that stood out above the rest. “Broken World” sounded like a follow-up to another Talleys mega-song, “Broken Ones”.
Bev Herrema, Sean Smith and Terry Wilkins penned this power house tune that found a home in my iPod all year. Lauren Talley’s vocal work coupled with the strong lyric made this one of the best songs recorded in Southern Gospel music is 2012. Listen to a clip of “Broken World”.
Tomorrow will crown the #1 album and recorded song of 2012!