You get one vote per day. Poll closes 12/05/17. Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.
- What childhood memories came flooding back during the Squire Parsons/Kingsmen set. Happy Squire was gracious to share his set with the Kingsmen to sing some classic Kingsmen songs.
- Give all the awards to the Mylon Hayes Family. I am a sucker for proper technical singing and this family is one of the best. Mylon and Wendy have trained their kids to sing with proper technique, something Mylon learned from his own parents.
- 11th Hour sounded great tonight running through several hit songs, most notably, “He Welcomes The Beggar”.
- The Erwins were the highlight early in the program with their performance of “He’s Still Alive”.
- Another young group that continues to excel at their craft is the Ball Brothers. Their classy, sometimes jazzy sound infused with impeccable harmonies is hard to beat.
- Thank you Loren Harris for returning to Southern Gospel music.
- The Whisnants had the longest set of the evening, clocking in just under 30 minutes but they kept it enjoyable with a great set list.
- Scott Fowler already making money off the latest political issue. Paint me surprised. I’m assuming Scott has not read the United States code on patriotic customs and proper respect for the flag. It clearly states the flag should never be used as wearing apparel or used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. Should I boycott Legacy Five now?
- I didn’t get the Browns set. By the end it became a train wreck of moos and quacks.
- The Kingdom Heirs had horrible sound issues at the beginning of their set.
- Lauren Talley had to carry hosting duties on her shoulders this evening and she did really well. Her co-host looked like they’d rather been anywhere but there.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “Chasing After You” – Erwins (2) “He’s Still Alive” – Erwins (3) “Mercy Tree” – Ball Brothers (4) “Never Made A Promise” – Kingdom Heirs (5) “He Welcomes The Beggar” – 11th Hour (6) “Beulah Land” – Squire Parsons (7) “Look For Me At Jesus Feet” – Kingsmen (*Best Individual Performance of the Night) (8) “Is That The Old Ship Of Zion” – Kingsmen (9) “Victory Is Mine” – Karen Peck & New River (10) “Why He Came” – Mylon Hayes Family (11) “I Call Him Lord” – Whisnants (12) “Hear The Word Of The Lord” – Kingsmen (13) “The Light Just Came On” – Hinson Family
Best Set of the Night: The Squire Parsons/Kingsmen segment.
On the solo artist side, I would easily swap out Ivan Parker with Jason Crabb. “Home” and “If I Shout” are more than enough reason.
Taking a look at trio, the Booth Brothers would be swapped out with Goodman Revival. The musical concert experience offered the audience by Goodman Revival with actual musicians is a missed art in Southern Gospel music.
So, how would you handle the swapping of Southern Gospel’s current most popular artists?
DID YOU KNOW?: As the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated around the world, I thought it fitting to feature these songs of resurrection. He Is Alive!!
The first single from that recording happens to be the title track, “Only Faith Can See”. The songwriting talents of Jeffrey Bumgardner, Daniel Doss and Kenna West combined to create a song that should find a home in every Southern Gospel listener’s musical playlist.
I thought I would take a break from the countdown today and officially announce the winners in the 3rd annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors. I picked the nominees, you picked the winners
AND THE BEST OF 2016 IS:
Recorded Song of the Year (song recorded on a 2016 album, did not have to be a radio single)
**”In The Hands Of A Carpenter” – Lee Black, Jerry Salley; recorded by Legacy Five (In The Hands Of A Carpenter)
I consider recorded song of the year the highest honor in this presentation. Lee Black and Jerry Salley are given that honor in 2016 for penning, “In The Hands Of A Carpenter”. And to Legacy Five, for bringing the song to life for listeners.
Single of the Year (had to be on the radio singles chart from January to December 2016)
**”Amazing God” – Lee Black, Janice Crow, Sue C Smith; recorded by the Triumphant Quartet (Living In Harmony)
After already winning song of the year at the 2016 edition of the Singing News fan awards, “Amazing God” grabs another honor, this time for single of the year.
Song Cover of the Year (a previously recorded song covered on a 2016 album release)
**”The Prodigal Son” – Second Half Quartet (Refreshing); Lavon Cantrell
The Cathedrals will forever have an indelible mark on Southern Gospel music. That shows as 2016 found the Second Half Quartet picking up honors for covering a Cathedral classic, “The Prodigal Son”.
One of the biggest margins of victory in the 3rd annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors is Lee Black winning songwriter of the year!!
**Here For You – Tribute Quartet (Daywind Records)
Tribute Quartet walks away with Southern Gospel’s best album of 2016, hands down the best recording of the group’s career thus far.
**What A Moment – 11th Hour
I like to honor the graphic designers/photographers who create album covers and add a little something special to a great recording. Aesthetic’s are important. The win for 11th Hour’s What A Moment, belongs to Kim Brantley (photographer) and Lynn O’Hara (graphic design).
When you combine three power house vocalists like Taranda Greene, Doug Anderson and Jody McBrayer you are left with nothing short of spectacular. Readers chose Cana’s Voice as best new artist of 2016.
Talk about another group having a monster year. 11th Hour picks up their first win as best vocal duo/trio of the year.
This was the closest vote tally among the five contenders than any other category. When the dust settled and voting closed, the Erwins grabbed their first mixed group honor. These youngin’s seem unstoppable at the moment.
**Mark Trammell Quartet
Another clear victory came with Mark Trammell Quartet picking up their first quartet of the year honor. So many first time winners this year!
Vocalist – Alto
Connie Hopper has remained in a league of her own as one of the greatest individuals to ever grace a Southern Gospel stage. When the vote tally ended, Connie beat out Sheri Easter by one vote to win best alto vocalist of 2016.
**Mark Trammell (Mark Trammell Quartet)
Mark Trammell was the clear front-runner from day one of voting. He held that lead and won with 57.7% of the vote total.
**Paul Harkey (Signature Sound)
Paul Harkey picked up his first win as best bass vocalist. I imagine it won’t be his last.
**Wes Hampton (Gaither Vocal Band)
Some readers were surprised I nominated Wes Hampton in the lead vocalist category. What readers weren’t surprised about is voting Wes best lead vocalist of 2016.
**Amber Thompson (Nelons)
This is the 3rd annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors and this is the third win for Amber Thompson as best soprano vocalist.
**Riley Harrison Clark (Tribute Quartet)
I believe 2016 is the best year yet for the Tribute Quartet. It showed in the way readers voted this year. Riley Harrison Clark grabs his first win as Southern Gospel’s best tenor vocalist.
**Thanks to all the readers who came by during the voting, making for the most participated annual honors yet. I’ve got a smart bunch of readers because I think your choices definitely represent the best of 2016**.
Happy Friday! The album ranked 14th among the best Southern Gospel releases of 2016 is the Perry Sisters, Lineage. For those long time Southern Gospel listeners who thought the group had long since retired, they’re back.
Yesterday, the stand out song from the recording, “No Stranger To The Pain” landed at #15 among the best recorded songs of the year.
The trio gave listeners a 16 song collection of newer songs and Perry Sister classics. “In The Ark Of Safety and “Build My Home” were two cases where the remakes were better than the original.
The (5) Best Songs From The Album: (1) “No Stranger To The Pain”, (2) “In The Ark Of Safety”, (3) “Heaven Holds All To Me”, (4) “Build My Home” and (5) “The Writing’s On The Wall”.
Caleb Bumgardner and Jeffrey Bumgardner combined to write the song ranked 14th among the best recorded Southern Gospel songs of 2016.
Track #4 on Only Faith Can See is “Chasing After You”.