Best Of 2014 – #8

MTQThe countdown is moving at warp speed as today we take a look at the album and recorded song ranked 8th among the best of 2014.  Getting ever closer to crowing the #1 album and recorded song of the year.

The Mark Trammell Quartet proved in 2014 that you don’t need the aid of a major record label to record and release the best quartet album of your career; Your Walk Talks.  The group got away from the big, over the top productions to record a no frills, traditional Southern Gospel quartet album.

This was the group’s final album with bass vocalist Pat Barker and they allowed him to shine on several cuts.  Lead vocalist Nick Trammell is coming along as a songwriter as he (co)wrote a couple of songs on the album.

Personal favorites from this recording include:  “When The King Comes To Claim His Throne”; “God’s Been Faithful”; “Your Walk Talks”; “I’ll Take It To The Grave”; “Don’t Stop Running”; “Man Of Sorrows” and “I’ll Go Over Jordan Someday”.

TaylorsThe Taylors are batting two for two in terms of top ten lists.  Their 2014 album, Measure Of Grace, was already named the 10th best album released in Southern Gospel music this year.

Now, the title track from that album (“Measure Of Grace”) finds a home at #8 among the best recorded songs for 2014.  Sometimes you don’t need the big, over-produced songs to create a great musical moment.

“Measure Of Grace” proves you can take a simpler arrangement and let the vocals shine to create a great listening experience.  Also, this song has bass vocalist Christopher Taylor step out to sing lead.

Here is a YouTube clip (published by Various Artists – Topic) of the audio version of this Caleb Collins/Sue C Smith masterpiece.  Enjoy!

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