Thursday night is done and not too soon. Maybe it was the long day at work and getting home after missing the first four artists, but tonight truly lacked in memorable moments. So hold on to your hats because tonight the misses may actually outnumber the hits.
- Master’s Voice was the first artist of the evening that actually grabbed my attention. It may have only been one song (“This Ship Was Made To Sail”), but it was a good one. When you see a new artist like this come out and give everything they got on one song and the crowd (at least from what I could gather from the webcam) seems like they could care less, it is a bit disheartening. I guarantee you if it was the Booth Brothers out there singing this same song the crowd would have been on their feet cheering for an encore. Am I missing something? Was Southern Gospel ever really a song driven market? Is the artist on stage really all the audience cares about? Would it even matter what songs those artists would stage? The crowd would probably still eat it up. Ugh….
- The Isaacs are always a bright spot in a sea of mediocre. Live instruments, powerhouse vocals and great song selection. Can’t ask for more than that.
- I was really impressed with the Taylors set tonight; even more so than their Tuesday set. Leslie’s husband, Aaron came out and sang some bass on a couple of quartet classics. Strong set!
- Ed O’Neal proved again tonight why he is one of Southern Gospel’s greatest quartet men. He introduced another young tenor singer (who showed out on “Little Is Much”) to the Ed O’Neal university. With that voice it won’t be long before another group comes along and snatches him away from Ed.
- Speaking of the Dixie Melody Boys, I thought it was a bit disrespectful to put the Dixie Melody Boys on last. Ed is a true elder statesmen of this industry and he should be treated as such. Any of the number of younger, currently more popular groups could have taken the stage last (ie Booth Brothers/Brian Free & Assurance) so the crowd wouldn’t be leaving in mass exodus while the group was singing. NQC, overall you do well but then there are some moves like this that are oh so bad.
- I guarantee you as the Florida Boys neared the end of their musical journey they were never put last on an NQC program.
- Speaking of Brian Free & Assurance; was the mix off for certain groups tonight? I thought the group sounded a bit out of their element vocally. Their set lacked any type of power house song.
- I missed High Road III, Karen Peck & New River, Gospel Harmony Boys and the Bowling Family. I will watch it back on demand but maybe someone can fill me in on how these groups did tonight.
- Since I was at work I missed the Singing News fan awards but did Gerald Wolfe say the Hyssongs won best new trio. The same group that sang one song tonight? You can’t be serious….
- Some of the other one song artists deserve a full set next year (see Master’s Voice and Driven).
- The Kingdom Heirs shouldn’t feel too bad about Steve French’s absence this week. I think the group is sounding great with Andy singing baritone.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “This Ship Was Made To Sail” – Master’s Voice (**Favorite song performance of the evening) (2) “The Living Years” – Isaacs (3) “I’ll Know I’m Home” – Kingdom Heirs (4) “I’ll Worship Only At The Feet Of Jesus” – Hoppers (5) “Thanks To Calvary” – Taylors (6) “Until You’ve Known The Love Of God” – Greater Vision (7) “Little Is Much” – Dixie Melody Boys
Best Set of the Night: Because you proved to the Southern Gospel world you’ve still got it, best set of the night goes to Ed O’Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys.