Best Of 2014 – #12

MartinsThe best of 2014 continues today with the album and recorded song ranked 12th among the best of the year.

The song, “When I Go Away”, found a place among the best recorded songs of 2014 (17th).  The Martins decided to record their first all A Cappella album since their original a cappella release in 1996.  One thing they proved to listeners on this 2014 release is they have still got the vocal talent to pull off what was required for the album.

The intricate arrangements found on A Cappella are mind-blowing.  It is a rarity for an all a cappella recording to hold my interest, but the Martins were able to do that.  It just so happens that A Cappella was just nominated for a Grammy for Best Roots Gospel Album.

Personal favorites from this recording include:  “When I Go Away”; “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”; “He’s Everything To Me”; “Shut De Door”; “Fairest Lord Jesus” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

Amber-ThompsonOne young lady in Southern Gospel music has had a great 2014.  Readers of Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row voted her best soprano vocalist of 2014 in the 1st annual Southern Gospel View from the Back Row honors about a month ago.

Amber Nelon Thompson has proven to Southern Gospel listeners she is one of the best female vocalists in the industry.  She released her first solo (EP) recording this year with four outstanding songs.  Two of those songs find a home in the twenty best recorded for the year.

Written by group member Jason Clark, “What Do You Say” showcases Amber’s modern country side on a song that the listener could hear mainstream country artist Martina McBride tackle.

Here is a YouTube clip (published by Various Artists – Topic) of the audio version of the song ranked 12th among the best recorded songs of 2014.  Enjoy!


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