DID YOU KNOW?: The Freemans were birthed out of the family of group member Darrell Freeman. Darrell’s parents and siblings traveled as the Pathways during the 1970s.
After Darrell married Chris, she left the Hinsons and traveled with the Pathways for a couple of years before the group decided to change their name to the Freemans. The first Freemans album (1983) included Darrell’s parents and brother.
DID YOU KNOW?: Southern Gospel music truly is a family business. Did you know that Darrell and Joe Freeman of the Freemans are cousins. Not only that, but Jeanette and Hubert Cooke of the Singing Cookes is their aunt and uncle.
Two days ago I announced the winner of Southern Gospel’s greatest song series. Today we look at the opposite end of the spectrum by singling out Southern Gospel’s least remarkable songs. It took me a few weeks to go through a catalog of over 30,000 songs recorded by Southern Gospel artists over the course of the last 60 years.
While there were more than twenty songs to include in this list and some back and forth, I settled on this list of twenty. It can’t be argued that Ronny Hinson is one of Southern Gospel music’s greatest songwriters. “The Lighthouse” was in the final ten among Southern Gospel’s greatest songs.
But, even the greatest songwriters can pen a tune that leaves you scratching your head after you hear it. Such is the case with the song landing at #20 among Southern Gospel’s least remarkable songs; “Already Sold Out”. In 2005, the Freemans released a greatest hits album titled, The Very Best Of…And More.
The album was mainly filled with prior hits, but did include three new songs. One of those songs was “Already Sold Out”. In all the years I’ve been listening to Southern Gospel music, I don’t think I ever had a picture painted of the devil pushing a shopping cart or a reference to a shopping mall or bargain basement sale.
On the rare occasion this song pops up on my shuffle, I am still left scratching my head at the concept presented in the song. Do you think this song deserves to be considered among Southern Gospel’s least remarkable? Discuss among yourselves.
It is April 1st, 2015. Time to take a look at the most played Southern Gospel radio singles in my musical playlists over the preceding month. The Hoskins Family top the list in April while we have two other families in the list; the Freemans and Whisnants. Mercy’s Well have a career record with their latest single and one song tends to be a little out-of-place. Oh well, Enjoy!
The holiday season is upon us and a new year is just around the corner. Time to kick of December 2014 and as each new month begins, it is time to take a look at the five most played Southern Gospel radio songs in my iPod over the preceding month. The Taylors have a career record with the title track off their 2014 album. Oklahoma based trio, Master’s Voice has a chart topping single as the Freemans, Wilburn & Wilburn and Legacy Five round out the top five. Enjoy!
Back to one of my regular features this week; the definitive Southern Gospel collection. I take a look at a specific year in Southern Gospel music and determine the (20) best albums released in that given year. I am taking a look at the year 2007. I started with a list of 75 albums and worked on narrowing it down to the (20) best.
The Booth Brothers started their award show domination in 2007 by winning artist of the year at the Singing News fan awards. Live In Music City by Legacy Five won album of the year as “I Have Not Forgotten” (Inspirations) won song of the year. “Give It Away” (Gaither Vocal Band) won both album and recorded song at the Dove Awards in 2007.
The (20) best albums released in 2007 were:
True To The Call – Kingdom Heirs (Sonlite)
A Beautiful Thing – CrossWay (Big Ten House)
Look No Further – Perrys (Daywind)
Journey Of Joy – Karen Peck & New River (Daywind)
You Gotta Love It – Triumphant Quartet (Daywind)
Eyes On The Prize – Freemans (Goldenvine)
Far Down The Road – Greenes (ACA)
Austins Bridge – Austins Bridge (Daywind)
Once Upon A Cross – Mark Trammell Trio (Daywind)
The Cross Still Stands – Down East Boys (Crossroads)
Life Is Great And Gettin’ Better – Jeff & Sheri Easter (Daywind)
Get Away Jordan – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Gaither Music)
Real Faith – Brian Free & Assurance (Daywind)
Big Sky – Isaacs (Spring House)
Vocalized – Ball Brothers (Permanent)
Know So Salvation – Legacy Five (Daywind)
Carry On – Booth Brothers (Custom)
Stages – Talley Trio (Horizon)
Come Eat Bread – Hayes Family (Crossroads)
Hope Is Alive – Crystal River (BSA World)
Listen to a musical mash-up from the (20) best Southern Gospel albums of 2007. Enjoy!
Today you get to decide the best radio single and song cover of 2014. Eligibility for radio single was any song that was a Southern Gospel chart hit between January 2014 and present. Song cover for 2014 had to be a previously recorded song covered by an artist on a 2014 album release. A musical mash up of each category highlights the nominees.
“I’ll Know I’m Home” – Jeff Crews/Dianne Wilkinson; recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (Redeeming The Time)
“Lead Me Home” – Randy Houser/Craig Monday; recorded by the Freemans (Voice In The Desert)
“Long Live The King” – Chris Binion/Dianne Wilkinson; recorded by Old Paths (These Truths)
“That’s Why” – Ernie Haase/Wayne Haun/Joel Lindsey; recorded by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Glorious Day)
“Whenever I Hear His Name” – Joseph Habedank/Marty Funderburk; recorded by the Hoskins Family (A Gathering)
“I Want To Be Like My Lord” – Down East Boys (Beyond The Blue); Jimmy Jones
“Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” – Akins (Vintage); Henry Van Dyke
“Mercy Built A Bridge” – Dunaways (Church In The Kitchen); Ronny Hinson
“The Saving Kind” – Master’s Voice (Rescued From Religion); Linda Bolton
“When He Calls, I’ll Fly Away” – Talleys (The Test Of Time); Vep Ellis