VOTE: Best Southern Gospel Album Of The 1980’s: Bracket 1; Round 1

Today begins voting in round one of the March madness competition in search of the best Southern Gospel album of the 1980’s.

Each reader is allowed ONE VOTE PER DAY.  Polls will be open for one week.  Be sure to look for (4) posts today to account for each bracket in round one.

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Best Of 2017: #17/#18

REASON FOR RANKING:  There has not been a time since doing these annual countdowns that a new Gaither Vocal Band album has not been regarded as one of the year’s 20 best.  We Have This Moment had enough strong moments to counter the weaker ones and find a home in the annual countdown.

FIVE BEST SONGS FROM THE ALBUM:  (1) “Hallelujah Band”; (2) “Livin’ In The Rhythm Of Grace”; (3) “Manna From Heaven”; (4) “Man Of Sorrows”; (5) “We Are The Sands, We Are The Stars”.

REASON FOR RANKINGTower Of Song was anchored by one of the strongest songs in the Freeman’s recording career, “It Still Takes The Blood”.  The album is filled with some strong traditional country moments.

FIVE BEST SONGS FROM THE ALBUM:  (1) “It Still Takes The Blood”; (2) “When He Loves Me Most”; (3) “Wide River To Cross”; (4) “God Of The Storm”; (5) “One Foot On The Water”.

VOTE: Best Of 2017: Mixed Group/Quartet/Album Cover Design

Today, starts the voting for best mixed group, quartet and album cover design.

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.

VOTE: Best Of 2017: Lead/Soprano/Tenor

Who were the top vocalists in Southern Gospel music for 2017?  Today, starts the voting for best lead, soprano and tenor vocalist.

You get one vote per day.  Poll closes 11/27/17.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.

We Have This Moment: Gaither Vocal Band

GRADE:  B+

  • Album:  We Have This Moment
  • Artist:  Gaither Vocal Band
  • Label:  Spring House Productions
  • Style:  Progressive, Inspirational
  • Release Date:  10/13/17
  • Digital Download:  Yes (Apple Music)
  • Running Time:  50 Minutes

SYNOPSIS:

Today we take a look at the new album from the Gaither Vocal Band, We Have This Moment.

The Vocal Band has seen their fair share of personnel shifts the last couple of years.  The vocal line-up on We Have This Moment includes Wes Hampton (tenor), Adam Crabb (lead/baritone), Reggie Smith (baritone/lead), Todd Suttles (bass/baritone) and Bill Gaither (baritone/harmony vocals).

We Have This Moment gives current listeners a taste of the Vocal Band style in the mid/late 1980’s.  The group’s progressive Southern Gospel sounds are combined with the inspirational sounds of the mid ’80’s group to create this newest recording.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The album kicks off on a strong note with the fun, up-tempo, “Hallelujah Band”.  The song was chosen as the first radio single from the album and it is definitely the best choice.
  • Another fun song, “Manna From Heaven”, has a 40’s flair.  Todd Suttles gets to show off a bit on a song that would translate well to the concert stage.
  • Wes goes into falsetto mode on his stand out feature, “Livin’ In The Rhythm Of Grace”.  This inspirational country-style tune is one that could find a home on Southern Gospel radio.
  • Adam is featured on the modern country, praise/worship style song, penned by father Gerald Crabb; “You Amaze Me”.  Adam originally recorded this song with his own group, Crabb Revival.
  • Big production style songs are evident on We Have This Moment.  Songs like “Hymn Of Praise” and “Man Of Sorrows” will please your palate, if you enjoy this style of song.
  • Todd and Adam trade verses on the Bill and Gloria classic, “I’ll Worship Only At The Feet Of Jesus”.
  • Kudos to Gordon Mote for co-producing We Have This Moment with Bill Gaither.  Captured the excitement of a live Gaither Vocal Band experience on a studio recording.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Hallelujah Band”, “Manna From Heaven”, “Livin’ In The Rhythm Of Grace”, “Man Of Sorrows”, “You Amaze Me”, “Hymn Of Praise”, “We Are The Sands We Are The Stars” and “I’ll Worship Only At The Feet Of Jesus”.
CRITIQUE:
  • Another version of “Chain Breaker”.  See the Freemans review from earlier in the week.
  • The Gaither Vocal Band go all praise/worship on the Chris Tomlin cover, “Jesus Messiah”.  No thank you.
  • “We Are All God’s Children” also crosses too far on the inspirational spectrum to be enjoyable.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Jesus Messiah” and “We Are All God’s Children”.

WRAP UP:

The Gaither Vocal Band has consistently been the highest selling artist in Southern Gospel music, with each album release.  I have no doubt We Have This Moment will also sell a ton of records for the group.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Hallelujah Band”/Ensemble – Becca Mizell, Sam Mizell  2. “Man Of Sorrows“/Reggie; Ensemble – Phillip Bliss  3. “Livin’ In The Rhythm Of Grace“/Wes – William J Gaither, Larry Gatlin  4. “I’ll Worship Only At The Feet Of Jesus”/Todd; Adam; Reggie – Gloria Gaither, William J Gaither, JD Miller  5. “Chain Breaker”/Adam – Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith, Zach Williams  6. “Manna From Heaven”/Todd; Ensemble – Chip Davis, William J Gaither, Dony McGuire, Reba Rambo McGuire  7. “We Are The Sands, We Are The Stars”/Todd – Gloria Gaither, Dony McGuire, Reba Rambo McGuire  8. “We Are All God’s Children”/Ensemble – Benjy Gaither, Todd Suttles, Sarah Beth Terry  9. “Jesus Messiah”/Wes; Adam – Daniel Carson, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin  10. “You Amaze Me”/Adam – Gerald Crabb  11. “We Have This Moment Today”/Bill – Gloria Gaither, William J Gaither  12. “Hymn Of Praise”/Wes; Reggie – Gloria Gaither, William J Gaither, Gordon Mote

The Southern Gospel Notebook: August 1983

Sorry for my absence, but the busyness of life keeps you from your hobbies at times.  So, today I thought I would offer another page from my Southern Gospel notebook.  As a kid, into my teen years, I wrote down my twenty favorite songs every month.

I started this in July 1982 and continued until December 1994.  Today’s post took my notebook entry from August 1983.  These were my twenty favorite songs.  Enjoy!

**Music is on the sidebar as a playlist**

The Southern Gospel Notebook: July 1984

Before I left for vacation, I posted about several notebooks I found while cleaning the garage.  As a kid, into my teen years, I wrote down my twenty favorite songs every month.

I started this in July 1982 and continued until December 1994.  The response was overwhelming to my first post and therefore it will continue.

Today’s post took my notebook entry from July 1984.  These were my twenty favorite songs.  Enjoy!

**Music is on the sidebar as a playlist**

Summer Vacation And A Found Notebook

This post will be the last until Monday July 17th, as this boy heads out on summer vacation.

As I was doing some cleaning this past week I came across a box in the garage with several notebooks I hadn’t seen in years.  When I was a kid, I used to pull out all my favorite record albums and play my favorite songs, acting like Mr DJ.

In July 1982, I started writing down my 20 favorite songs every month.  I kept up with this every month through December 1994.  It brought back memories when I was a youngster and showed me just how much Southern Gospel music impacted my life as a young boy, into my teen years.

So, I thought as I am away on vacation I would share with you what those 20 favorite songs were that I wrote down in July 1982.  The music is found on the sidebar of the website.  Now that I found these notebooks, expect more of these personal features going forward.