Best Of The Last Decade (2007-2016)

Somebody’s Coming (2011) – Gold City (New Haven): “Peter, James And John“; “I Get Down“; “Footprints On The Water“; “It Won’t Be Long“; “Showers Of Blessings“; “Lord Of Life“; “Somebody’s Coming“; “Leave That Burden“; “I Have An Anchor“; “Never Too Broken To Belong“.

Love Came Calling (2010) – Triumphant Quartet (Mansion Entertainment): “Saved By Grace“; “Love Came Calling“; “I Can Take You To The Place“; “Mercy, Forgiveness And Grace“; “Movin’ Up To Gloryland“; “The Undertaker“; “Jesus Is Your Ticket To Heaven“; “We Shall Overcome“; “Holy Hands“; “The Cross Of Christ“; “You’ll Find Me There“.

Whatever The Road (2015) – Jason Crabb (Sony): “Never Gonna Let Me Go“; “Chance For A Miracle“; “He Knows What He’s Doing“; “If I Shout“; “He Won’t Leave You There“; “Home“; “This Life For You“; “It’s A Good Life“; “Opened Up My Eyes“; “Mysterious Way“.

Best Of The Last Decade (2007-2016)

Through The Night (2012) – Perrys (Daywind): “I Got A Hold Of God This Morning“; “Whosoever Will“; “Everywhere I Go“; “Through The Night“; “He Is Good To Me“; “Too Good Not To Be True“; “The Blood And Its Power“; “One Of These Mornings“; “Unspoken Request“; “When He Spoke“.

Jason Crabb (2009) – Jason Crabb (SpringHill): “Somebody Like Me“; “Walk On Water“; “Daystar“; “Worth It All“; “I Will Love You“; “Through The Fire“; “Sometimes I Cry“; “Hope For Me Yet“; “One Day At A Time“; “Ellsworth“; “No Love Lost“; “Forever’s End“.

A Beautiful Thing (2007) – CrossWay (Big Ten House): “70 x 7“; “On My Way To Heaven“; “That’s All“; “Beautiful Thing“; “Took It All Away“; “Greatest Love“; “Hallelujah Side“; “When I Hear The Thunder“; “Wherever You Are“; “Surrendering“; “Thank God I’m Not Jesus“.

Best Of The Last Decade (2007-2016)

In the ‘ask me anything’ feature, a reader asked me about the last Southern Gospel album I was really excited about.  It got me to thinking about the last decade in Southern Gospel music and the definitive albums released over the last ten years.

During the summer of 2017, I will be giving you my list of the (20) best albums in Southern Gospel music over the last decade.  I will just be printing track listings.  Click on the links to read the original reviews and hear the songs from the recording.

Count Me In (2012) – Hoppers (SpringHill): “Mighty Is The Word”; “That’s What I Love About Him”; “I’ll Take You Home”; “He Didn’t Just Carry The Cross”; “I Just Feel Like Something Good Is About To Happen”; “If I Can Help Somebody”; “Count Me In”; “I’ll Worship Only At The Feet Of Jesus”; “I Am Whatever You Need”; “I Will Serve Him”; “I Wish We’d All Been Ready”.

Living In The Moment (2013) – Beyond The Ashes (Stow Town): “So Amazing To Me”; “Living In The Moment”; “Oh The Thought That Jesus Loves Me”; “No Sin Greater Than God’s Grace”; “Peace In The Midst Of The Storm”; “Walking With My Eyes On Jesus”; “I Can’t Do This By Myself”; “Where The Gold Begins”; “When Love Whispers Your Name”; “Your Love Comes Shining Through”; “Over For Good”.

Southern Gospel’s Best Songs: Happy Goodmans

Last year I started a new series that highlights the ten best songs an artist recorded during their career.  We’ve seen lists for the Steeles, Anchormen, Downings, Down East Boys and Dixie Echoes.  Today, I wanted to look at the best songs recorded by the Happy Goodmans.

1.”Had It Not Been” (Rusty Goodman; Portrait Of Excitement, 1968)

2. “What A Beautiful Day” (Eddie Crook/Aaron Wilburn; Happy Goodman Family Hour, 1974)

3. “He Pilots My Ship” (Ronny Hinson; Leave Your Sorrows And Come Along, 1972)

4. “This Is What Heaven Means To Me” (Michael Summer; This Happy House, 1969)

5. “I Believe He’s Coming Back” (Rusty Goodman; Refreshing, 1978)

6. “When Morning Sweeps The Eastern Sky” (Oren Parris; Good N Happy, 1967)

7. “Who Am I” (Rusty Goodman; What A Happy Time, 1966)

8. “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now” (Jimmie Davis/Rusty Goodman; The Best Of, 1964)

9. “How Much More” (Rusty Goodman; The Legendary Goodmans, 1973)

10. “I’m Too Near Home” (Charles Wycuff; I’m Too Near Home, 1963)

Southern Gospel’s Best Songs: Dixie Echoes

Last year I started a new series that highlights the ten best songs an artist recorded during their career.  We’ve seen lists for the Steeles, Anchormen, the Downings and Down East Boys.  Today, I wanted to look at the best songs recorded by the Dixie Echoes.

1.”I Want To See Jesus” (Billy Dale Sexton; Live, 1973)

2. “Close To The Master” (Paul Hughes/Alphus LeFevre; Close To The Master, 1964)

3. “I’ll Take Jesus” (Dale Shelnut; Today, 1975)

4. “Trouble In My Way” (Traditional; Exciting And Inspiring, 1968)

5. “Salvation’s Plan” (Billy Dale Sexton; Harvest Of New Hits, 1974)

6. “Walkin’ On With Jesus” (Randy Shelnut; Walkin’ On, 1987)

7. “So Many Reasons” (Jimmie Davis/David Reece; For God So Loved, 1967)

8. “Suddenly A Rainbow” (Ray Holliday; Reunion, 2000)

9. “Too Near The Crown” (James Payne; 30th Anniversary, 1989)

10. “Tell It To Him” (Randy Shelnut; Assurance, 1982)

And Southern Gospel’s Greatest Songwriter Is….

DOTTIE RAMBO

It was clear from the beginning of voting that Dottie Rambo was the choice of the majority of my readers for Southern Gospel’s greatest songwriter.  When it was all said and done she led the closest competitor by over 475 votes.

Now I will present a breakdown of top five songwriters (by vote tally) by decade.

1960’s:

  1. Mosie Lister
  2. Albert E Brumley
  3. Henry Slaughter
  4. Rusty Goodman
  5. Ira Stanphill

1970’s:

  1. Dottie Rambo
  2. Nancy Harmon
  3. Ronny Hinson
  4. Andrae Crouch
  5. Gordon Jensen

1980’s:

  1. Kirk Talley
  2. Squire Parsons
  3. Sandy Knight
  4. Carroll McGruder
  5. Joel Hemphill

1990’s:

  1. Kyla Rowland
  2. Phil Cross
  3. Roger Bennett
  4. Jeff Steele
  5. Niles Borop

2000’s:

  1. Dianne Wilkinson
  2. Rodney Griffin
  3. Gerald Crabb
  4. Jim Brady
  5. Rebecca Peck

2010’s:

  1. Joseph Habedank
  2. Kenna West
  3. Lee Black
  4. Chris Allman
  5. Karen Peck Gooch

VOTING: Greatest Songwriter: Championship Round

We have made it to the championship round in our search for Southern Gospel’s greatest songwriter.  After several months of voting we have arrived to the final five contenders.  Please click on the link in the polls to hear a song written by the championship contenders.  Here are the rules for voting:

  • All readers of this blog can vote.
  • You are allowed to vote for one choice.
  • You are allowed one vote per day.
  • The songwriter with the most votes at the end will be crowned Southern Gospel’s greatest songwriter.
  • Voting closes Tuesday (11/22/16).

VOTING: Greatest Songwriter: Semi Finals

Happy Monday.  Today is the semi-final voting in our search for Southern Gospel’s greatest songwriter.  Championship round will be next week.  Please click on the link in the polls to hear a song written by the semi-finals 30 contenders.  Here are the rules for voting:

  • All readers of this blog can vote.
  • You are allowed to vote for one choice in each of the five polls.
  • You are allowed one vote per day.
  • The winner of each poll will advance to the championship round.
  • Voting closes Monday (11/14/16).