Buzz Worthy 2017: “Never Gonna Give Up On You”

buzzworthyThis week’s buzz worthy clip comes from the Dunaways.  I decided to go back to their acclaimed 2014 album, Church In The Kitchen.

The fifth single from the album, “Never Gonna Give Up On You”, is a powerful message in song, featuring Tammy Dunaway.  This album is one every Southern Gospel listener should have in their collection.  I would easily rank it as one of the ten best albums released over the last five years.

“Never Gonna Give Up On You” was penned by Julie Anne Miller.

The Fab Five – February 2016

It is time to kick off February 2016.  The 2016 political process starts today in the state of Iowa.  No matter what state and what side of the aisle you fall, participate in this political process.  The most played Southern Gospel radio songs (or should be) in my musical playlists over the preceding month ranks as follows.

Wisecarvers

*Video Credit (#TheWisecarvers)

Jason Crabb

*Video Credit (#JasonCrabb)

Dunaways

*Video Credit (#TheDunaways)

AustinEthan

When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

GV

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VOTE: Artist – Breakthrough (New) And Underrated

INVITATIONToday you get a chance to choose the best breakthrough (new) and underrated artist for 2015.  You get one vote per day and polls will remain open for one week.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.

Artist – Breakthrough (New)

  1. Goodman Revival
  2. Jim Brady Trio
  3. Jordan Family Band
  4. Jay Parrack & Vocal Event
  5. Williamsons

Artist – Underrated (overlooked by majority of listeners)

  1. Dunaways
  2. Freedom Quartet
  3. LeFevre Quartet
  4. Taylors
  5. Three Bridges

The Fab Five – November 2015

Is it November already?  As I do at the start of each new month, it is time to take a look at the five most played Southern Gospel radio songs (or should be) in my musical playlists over the preceding month.  The Gaither Vocal Band top the list for November with a classic as new quartet Master’s Voice lands in the runner-up spot.  The Dunaways, Barry Rowland & Deliverance and the Bowling Family complete the top five.  Enjoy!

GVB

*Video Credit (#GaitherVocalBand)

Master's Voice

It’s Still Through The Blood

Dunaways

*Video Credit (#TheDunaways)

BRD

*Video Credit (Various Artists – Topic)

bowling-family

*Video Credit (Various Artists – Topic)

The Fab Five – May 2015

Summer is fast approaching.  It is time to kick off the month of May and highlight the most played Southern Gospel radio songs in my musical playlists over the preceding month.  The Kingsmen return to the top of the list with the title cut from their latest album.  The Dunaways revive a former #1 hit for the Hinsons while the Ball Brothers, Browders and Down East Boys round out the top five.  Enjoy!

Kingsmen

*Video Credit (#TheKingsmen)

Dunaways

Mercy Built A Bridge

Ball Brothers

*Video Credit (ejwis1)

Browders

*Video Credit (Various Artists – Topic)

Down East Boys

*Video Credit (Various Artists – Topic)

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!

Best Of 2014 – #16

Mercys WellRolling along with the best of 2014.  Today, we take a look at the album and recorded song ranked 16th among the best of the year.

Speaking of Today, that happens to be the title of the album coming in at #16 on the annual count down.  Mercy’s Well got the talents of Donna King to produce another of their recordings.  I would classify Today as the most Southern Gospel friendly album since their songbook series.

There is still enough progressive moments on the album to not make it 100% traditional but it doesn’t cross too far a line that traditional Southern Gospel listeners would not enjoy this recording.  I would go as far to say this is the best album in Mercy’s Well entire discography.

Personal favorites from this recording include:  “I’ll Trade This Valley For A Mountain”; “Deliver Me Through”; “That’s Who I’m Giving My Heart”; “The Gospel Of The Second Chance”; “Today” and “Come As We Are”.

DunawaysThe Dunaways had a great 2014 with the release of Church In The Kitchen.  They picked up quite a few nominations in the 1st annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors as a result of the album.

There was one song in particular that I kept going back to more than any others in the many listens to this album.  Ronny Stoots penned the country flavored, “Reassure Me”.  Featured vocalist Kanah absolutely sells the country-style of this tune.

While Church In The Kitchen had many worthy songs of landing in this list, “Reassure Me” stood out above the rest to rank 16th among the best recorded songs for all of 2014.

Here is an audio clip of “Reassure Me”.  Enjoy!