Best Of 2012 – #1

PerrysThe time has come to crown the best Southern Gospel album and recorded song of 2012.  When the dust settled on everything I listened to this year the Perrys had the best album.

Through The Night released in October for the Perrys and the album is one of the strongest of the entire year in terms of song selection.  I enjoyed the approach the Perrys took with several stand out ballads.  They didn’t do their traditional power ballad treatment but instead took the, singing and let the vocal convey the message approach.  That is most evident on “Whosoever Will” and “Too Good To Not Be True”.

While not as strong as the group’s landmark album Almost Morning, Through The Night is still one of the top five albums of the group’s entire discography.  I have read that 2012 was a slump year for strong Southern Gospel albums.  I guess it depends on one’s definition of Southern Gospel and exactly how many recordings were listened to.  While I would agree that if Through The Night was released in 2011 it may have not been the #1 album last year, but guess what it is not 2011.  As far as 2012 is concerned, the Perrys can relish in the fact they have the best Southern Gospel album released this year.

Personal favorites from this recording include:  “Whosoever Will”, “One Of These Mornings”, “Too Good To Not Be True”, “He Is Good To Me”, “Through The Night”, “Unspoken Request” and “I Got A Hold Of God This Morning”.

SistersDepending on your definition of Southern Gospel, could probably disqualify the song I chose as the #1 recorded song in Southern Gospel music for 2012.  Good thing my definition is a bit broader than most or one would miss out on this power house performance.  Sisters showed their artistic excellence in 2012 by releasing one of the best a cappella albums ever in Southern Gospel music with An A Cappella Collection.

Sisters decided to record a song made popular by the Brooklyn Tabernacle, “Thou Oh Lord”.  A soaring praise song that builds in intensity was a perfect fit for a group with the vocal talents of Sisters.  I remember the moment I first heard Sisters performance of this song.  To say I was blown away would be an understatement.

It would be hard for any listener of Southern Gospel music to argue that Sisters is not one of the best vocal groups in the industry.  Their performance of the #1 recorded song of 2012 in Southern Gospel music, “Thou Oh Lord” is proof.

Here is a YouTube clip of Sisters performing the #1 recorded song of the year.  Enjoy and thanks for making this a great blogging year for me!  I enjoyed bringing you this list of what I consider to be the best of 2012.  Look forward to bring you more of the same in 2013!

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One thought on “Best Of 2012 – #1

  1. We have both counted down our top 20 recordings for 2012 and we ended with the same number one. I too feel that “Through the Night” by the Perrys is the best album for this year. The Perrys are so good at performing both power ballads and toe tappers and this album gives the listeners a great mix of both. In fact, the song selection is so strong on this CD that I simply cannot decide on a favorite. “I Got A Hold Of God”, “Whosover Will”, “Through the Night”, “Too Good to Not Be True”, “One of These Mornings”, and “When He Spoke” are all five star songs and could go to number one on the charts if released to radio.

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