Buzz Worthy 2017: “The Song Of The Ransomed”

buzzworthyThis week’s buzz worthy clip comes from the Down East Boys.  I named their 2016 release, Ransomed, one of the top five albums of 2016.  It was also the highest ranking quartet album of the year.

The third single from the album, “The Song Of The Ransomed”, is a soaring power ballad featuring Ricky Carden.  If you still don’t have any songs in your musical playlists from this album, this is the song you want.

“The Song Of The Ransomed” was penned by master composers Sue C Smith and Dianne Wilkinson.

Buzz Worthy 2017: “Somewhere Between Conviction And Grace”

buzzworthyThis week’s buzz worthy clip comes from the Old Time Preacher’s Quartet.  The group came together in 2016 to release their debut album, The Old Time Way.

The best song from that recording should be in every Southern Gospel quartet lover’s musical playlist.  It shouldn’t be any surprise Dianne Wilkinson penned a quartet gem featuring Southern Gospel legend, Mike Holcomb, with the song “Somewhere Between Conviction And Grace”.

Best Of 2016: #12

lefevre-qtHappy Monday!  Time to get a new work week started.  Also time to take a little break out of your day to keep up with the annual countdown of Southern Gospel’s best.

The LeFevre Quartet find a home at #12 in the best of 2016 with the album, Home.  Now with Jeremy Peace anchored as tenor vocalist, the LeFevre Quartet offered Southern Gospel listeners with one of the best quartet albums of the year.

Mike continues to show why he remains one of Southern Gospel’s best baritone vocalists while lead vocalist Jordan LeFevre continues to climb the ranks.

The (5) Best Songs From The Album:  (1) “He Left No Stone Unturned”, (2) “He Saved Me Anyway”, (3) “Something”, (4) “He Was There” and (5) “Unseen Things Above”.

11th-hourAnother group having the best year of their career in 2016 is 11th Hour.  Amber Eppinette, Grant Gibson and Jaquita Lindsey are giving Southern Gospel listeners the best the industry has to offer.

The 2016 album release, What A Moment, has already given the trio two #1 songs on the Southern Gospel radio singles chart.  The group’s progressive style is a throw back to what the Martins were providing listeners in the late 1990’s.

Track #7 on What A Moment, “When God Shows Up”, is 12th among the best recorded songs of 2016.  You can’t get much better than Lee Black, Kenna West and Dianne Wilkinson, who penned the song.

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: 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).

VOTING: Greatest Songwriter: Round 2 – Poll 2

Today continues round 2 voting in our search for Southern Gospel’s greatest songwriter.  Please click on the link in the poll to hear a song written by poll 2’s fourteen contenders.  Here are the rules for voting:

  • All readers of this blog can vote.
  • You are allowed to vote for up to three choices.
  • You are allowed one vote per day.
  • The top (6) by vote tally will advance to round 3.
  • Voting closes Monday (09/26/16).

VOTING: Greatest Songwriter: Round 1 – Poll 2

Today continues the voting in our search for Southern Gospel’s greatest songwriter series.  The song of the day on the sidebar is a sequence of ten songs that were written by poll 2’s ten contenders.  Here are the rules for voting:

  • All readers of this blog can vote.
  • You are allowed to vote for up to three choices.
  • You are allowed one vote per day.
  • The top (5) by vote tally will advance to round 2.
  • Voting closes Wednesday (07/13/16).

Southern Gospel Tidbits

DID YOU KNOW?:  There are over 200 songs penned in Southern Gospel music with the word ‘Love’ in the title.  Paul wrote to the Corinthian church and stated, “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love”.  One of the biggest songs in Southern Gospel chart history that used the word love in its title was the Cathedrals cut of Dianne Wilkinson’s; “Boundless Love”.

*Video Credit (Kyle Boreing)