Best Of 2014 – #2

DunawaysIf you are feeling sluggish this Monday (if you are back at work that is), you are probably not going to get much done anyway so why not take some time and check all your favorite Southern Gospel websites.  If you stumbled upon this one, we are near the end of the annual countdown of the best Southern Gospel albums and recorded songs of the year.

Runner up (#2) among the best Southern Gospel albums released this year is the Dunaways; Church In The Kitchen.  I have been a listener of this group’s music since their first album, Born Again Experience (2002).  The Dunaways are also not the type of group to spoil you with a new album every year.  They make you wait until they can provide you with the absolute best album they can put together.

It has been three years between the release of It’s A God Thing (2011) and Church In The Kitchen (2014) and boy was the wait worth it.  This album contains zero filler; instead is filled with 13 songs that could all be top ten hits.  The Dunaways have a traditional country sound mixed with their Southern Gospel.  They remind me a lot of the Rambos style mixed in with a little Whites.

Personal favorites from this recording include:  “Reassure Me”; “Somewhere Around The Throne”; “When My Tears Wash The Scars”; “Again And Again”; “Never Gonna Give Up On You”; “Mercy Built A Bridge”; “Better Than My Best Day”; “His Word Is Written In Stone”; “Let Go Of This World”; “Church In The Kitchen”; “Your Prayers Were Pulling Me Through” and “Muddy Mississippi”.

11th hourWhen the year 2014 closes, the two songs that land at the top of the best recorded song list happen to be the two most played songs in my iPod/musical playlists this year.

11th Hour already scored one of the top five Southern Gospel albums with Picture This.  One song in particular took this album to a whole other level of greatness, the song that ranks at #2 among the best recorded this year.

Group member Amber Eppinette along with songwriting legend, Dianne Wilkinson penned one of the best songs of 2014.  This song also received tons of airplay at Southern Gospel radio becoming a top five song on the radio singles chart.  It also became a nominee for best recorded song of the year at the 1st annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors.

Here is a YouTube clip (published by The 11th Hour – Topic) of the audio version of the song ranked 2nd among the best of the year; “How Will You Plead”.  Enjoy!

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