Talk to anyone that follows Southern Gospel music and they are quick to give you lists. Lists of the all time greatest bass singer or how about Southern Gospel’s greatest quartet.
Today, I wanted to start another new feature highlighting Southern Gospel’s best album opening songs. Anytime you start a new album from your favorite artist, that first song truly sets the tone.
The first song in the series comes from Gold City’s 1997 recording, What A Great Lifestyle. “God’s Building A Church” may very well be the best opening track of any recording in the group’s discography.
It truly set the tone for what turned out to be an amazing recording. Sandy Knight penned this high energy tune that defines Gold City.
Thursday night of the NQC is over. The music was very good tonight, but the night nearly ruined by the biggest miss of the entire week.
It was like a hit parade tonight. Many artists decided to do entire sets of some of their biggest hits.
Gold City had an entire set of classic Gold City songs. The Perrys decided to use all hit singles in their set. Add Jeff & Sheri Easter to that list. A ton of great music.
Josh Townsend, pianist for LeFevre Quartet, was styling tonight in that jacket and he also pulled off an awesome piano solo.
Congrats to Ronny Hinson for finally being inducted in to the Southern Gospel hall of fame. Long overdue.
The back to back sets of Ernie Haase & Signature Sound and the Nelons provided some awesome music. Karen Peck joining Kelly Nelon on “You Can’t Make Old Friends” was a special moment.
I’ve always loved Squire Parsons composition, “King Of Eternity”. The Kingdom Heirs (trio) did a fantastic job on that particular number tonight.
The Taylors capped off a great night of music with a solid three song set.
There is only one miss tonight, but it is the biggest of the week. Why do individuals feel the need to spew their political views? A certain preacher had to hock a new book to tell us how horrible America is and tell us that we have to vote for a certain candidate who for the last year has also been telling crowds how horrible America is. Putting your trust in an individual that will ultimately go down as the worst presidential candidate in the history of this nation is not something you should be proclaiming to large crowds of people. When are individuals like this going to realize not everyone thinks the way they do. Everyone (yes even evangelicals) will not vote the same way. That is what it means to be American. We are free to differ on issues but in no way is it ok for anyone (especially in his position) to tell another how to vote and by not voting the way they say is wrong/bad and somehow the nation is doomed. If you want to live in that kind of country, go to Russia.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “I’m Getting Ready To Leave This World” – LeFevre Quartet (2) “Praise His Name” – Jeff & Sheri Easter (3) “There Rose A Lamb” – Gold City (4) “Keep On” – Perrys (5) “Redeemed” – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (6) “I Think I’ll Read It Again” – Nelons (7) “A Moment Of Grace” – Booth Brothers (8) “King Of Eternity” – Kingdom Heirs (**Favorite song performance of the evening) (9) “He Won’t Fail You” – Taylors
Best Set of the Night: There were several contenders tonight but I had to give it to the group that was high energy from start to finish; Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.
DID YOU KNOW?: The Reinhardts were a family trio who burst on the Southern Gospel scene around 1988. Siblings Jeff, John and Jenise wowed crowds with hits; “If You Think I’m Shouting Now”, “Leaving Feeling”, “Miracle With My Name On It”, “Raise Your Hand” and “What A Way To Go”. They even scored a #1 hit in their brief stay in Southern Gospel music; “On My Father’s Side”. Did you know that John Reinhardt actually got his start as pianist for Gold City in 1980-1981.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this new series as much as I have enjoyed bringing it to you. I like to look back at past years and see prior hit songs from many different musical genres. Billboard Magazine has compiled charts that date back to the 1950’s.
The only historical Southern Gospel chart is the Singing News. Since they choose to not provide historical chart information, I thought this series might be a small glimpse at prior Southern Gospel hit songs.
This week’s top ten back then selection goes back 29 years to October 1986. The song that landed at #2 on October’s chart that year was Gold City’s, “Who But God”. Penned by Ronny Hinson and Mike Payne, “Who But God” was found on the group’s 1985 recording, Sing With The Angels.
By this point in their career, Gold City had already landed two #1 songs. Here is a YouTube clip highlighting the #2 song from October 1986; “Who But God”.
Night two of the 2015 National Quartet Convention has wrapped. A nice broad spectrum of artists graced the stage tonight. Here were the hits and misses.
Triumphant Quartet continues to prove why they are fan favorites. Their set was cohesive from beginning to end and vocally one of the best sounding groups of the night.
It is good to see Mylon Hayes training up his children on how to sing properly. The same lessons he got from his mom and dad, Lucy and Howard Hayes. It is nice to see the Hayes Family legacy continue in Southern Gospel music.
Speaking of being taught to sing properly, how about the Renaissance Quartet. These young adults schooled many of the established groups on the stage tonight in terms of harmony, diction and singing on key. Great job!
Jeff & Sheri Easter also turned in one of the best sets of the evening. Singing material from their newest recording Small Town. “Jesus Loves You” is easily one of the best recorded songs of 2015.
But one song that may have that beat is Karen Peck & New River’s “Pray Now”. It will be hard pressed to find another song that has defined 2015 for Southern Gospel music. The group showed off newest male vocalist, Ricky Braddy. While he went a little too far vocally with “Were You There”, he still showed what kind of vocalist he is and will be for the group.
It was nice to hear a couple of classic tunes from Gold City including one that I haven’t heard in over 20 years. They opened with “Gettin’ Ready To Leave”, which was originally recorded by the group on their 1983 recording, I Think I’ll Read It Again. Will we find this on a future Gold City recording?
Classic quartet music was provided by Freedom Quartet who opened with “One Way Flight”. I have always enjoyed this song.
The program was only running ten minutes behind tonight. Not too bad.
I am really not in the business of giving history lessons but Scott Fowler, I am going to have to call you out. While the founding fathers may have used Judeo-Christian principles, they never intended to establish a national religion that all citizens/government had to follow. The United States has never been nor is currently a Theocracy. Please go and read the writings of John Adams, James Madison (author of the Constitution), Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson on what their actual thoughts/views were on religion and the separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson was a deist who did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah or the incarnate Son of God. All of these men were instrumental in providing counsel on both the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. I guess the truth can be inconvenient when you’re trying to generate revenue.
Why does the Convention board feel the need to trounce out Fox News correspondents just about every year. Again, for revenue’s sake, a man peddling a book about something that is not even happening in America. These same individuals were touting this falsehood thirty years ago. Give me just one instance of legitimate Christian persecution in America and I will reconsider my thoughts.
Not to raise an issue of sexism, but why does every night of the NQC have father and sons as emcees? I have zero problems with that but couldn’t they have switched it up and also had mothers and daughters emcee several nights.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “The Sweetest Words He Ever Said” – Mylon Hayes Family (2) “Jesus Loves You” – Jeff & Sheri Easter (3) “Go Out Singing” – Whisnants (4) “Love Them To Jesus” – Old Paths (5) “Pray Now” – Karen Peck & New River (*Best Individual Performance of the Night) (6) “Gettin’ Ready To Leave” – Gold City (7) “Jesus Will” – Wilburn & Wilburn (8) “I’m Standing On The Solid Rock” – Renaissance Quartet (9) “Because He Loved Me” – Triumphant Quartet
Best Set of the Night: A very nice close to the evening. Best set goes to Triumphant Quartet.
One of the most popular features of my blog when I first started was my smack down feature. I thought it would be time to get back to that. Artists are always covering songs from prior decades to keep this feature alive for years.
I made a bold statement in my review of the Jim Brady Trio’s, A New Chapter, recording last week that their cover of Squire Parsons classic, “The Greatest Of All Miracles” was one of the best I’ve heard. Let’s put that to the test. In this week’s smack down feature, I will pit the Jim Brady Trio’s cover of “The Greatest Of All Miracles” against Gold City’s original cut. You decide which is better.