The Definitive Southern Gospel Collection – 2003

legacyfive2003londonmaxHave you ever wondered what the best Southern Gospel albums were, by year?  I have attempted to come up with a list of the 20 definitive albums released by year.  Look back over this category to see the years already covered.  Today I want to go back ten years to the year 2003.

goldcity2003walkthetalk1502003 was one of the best years in the modern era of Southern Gospel music for albums released.  I weeded through a list of over 60 albums to come up with what I consider to be the 20 best.

Gold City (quartet), Hoppers (mixed group) and Greater Vision (trio) won their respective categories at the Singing News fan awards in 2003.  Album of the year was Quartets (Greater Vision) and song of the year went to “We Need To Thank God” (Jeff Steele) performed by the Inspirations.

The Crabb Family dominated the Dove awards winning Southern Gospel song (“Don’t You Wanna Go”) and Southern Gospel album (A Crabb Collection).

lordsong2003refusetobeafraid150The twenty best albums released in 2003 are:

  1. London – Legacy Five (Daywind)
  2. Great Day – Hoppers (SpringHill)
  3. Going On With The Song – Kingdom Heirs (Sonlite)
  4. Quartets – Greater Vision (Daywind)
  5. Walk The Talk – Gold City (Cathedral)
  6. This Is The Day – Perrys (Daywind)
  7. rac2003betterland150Stand By Me – Signature Sound Quartet (Cathedral)
  8. Booth Brothers – Booth Brothers (SpringHill)
  9. The Walk – Crabb Family (Daywind)
  10. Places To Go, People To See – Hoskins Family (Daywind)
  11. Refuse To Be Afraid – LordSong (Daywind)
  12. Greater Still – Brian Free & Assurance (Daywind)
  13. Betterland – Ricky Atkinson & Compassion (Lamp Music Group)
  14. Nothing Less Than All – Anchormen (AMG)
  15. dunaways2003beautifulday150Born Again – Dove Brothers Quartet (Ambur)
  16. The Message – Talley Trio (Horizon)
  17. For His Glory – Karen Peck & New River (SpringHill)
  18. A Thing Called Love – Taranda Greene (ACA)
  19. Beautiful Day – Dunaways (Family Music Group)
  20. Remember The Time – Down East Boys (Crossroads)


Listen to a mash-up of music from the twenty best albums released in Southern Gospel music in 2003.  Enjoy!


5 thoughts on “The Definitive Southern Gospel Collection – 2003

  1. What’s interesting to note is, in the last 10 years, Cathedral Records (who had both Gold City and Signature Sound) is gone and Spring Hill (once a top contender with a killer roster) has all but disappeared into Gaither Music Group.

  2. Steve,
    I agree with many of your picks for the top 20 of 2003, but disagree with the order.

    Gold City’s _Walk The Talk_ is their best release from the Parrack/Wilburn/Trammell years. It would be the clear number one on my list, followed by Greater Vision’s _Quartets_.

    I would round out my top five with the self-titled Booth Brothers CD, _The Walk_ (one of my favorite Crabb Family recordings), and _Great Day_ by the Hoppers (mainly on the strength of “Jerusalem” alone).

  3. 2003 was indeed a great year! “London” is still my all time favorite Legacy Five album and “Walk the Talk” is in my top 5 favorites for Gold City. “Quartets” is also my favorite Greater Vision album. I really hope Greater Vision does another album like this soon! Signature Sound and either Brian Free and Assurance or the Kingdom Heirs recordings would round out my top 5.

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