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!!
This year’s nominees included:
- “Calling” – Karen Peck & New River (#1)
- “He Does” – Greater Vision (#3)
- “I Love You This Much” – Whisnants (#3)
- “If We Ever Gotta Look” – Hoppers (#7)**
- “It’s What He’s Done” – Wilburn & Wilburn (#1)**
- “Living In The Promised Land” – Triumphant Qt (#3)
- “My Father’s House” – Nelons (#7)**
- “Never Forsaken” – Tribute Qt (#1)**
- “Somebody’s Miracle” – Brian Free & Assurance (#4)
- “Still” – Legacy Five (#4)**
As is the case every year, Daywind Records dominated the song category claiming 8 of the 10 nominees. Above I highlighted the peak spots on the chart as of the announcement. The ** signifies the five songs deserving of making it to the final round.
The 2016 National Quartet Convention is under way for its third year in Pigeon Forge Tennessee. Tonight’s opening program included Greater Vision, Hoppers, Jim Brady Trio, Legacy Five and Mark Trammell Quartet. Each artist got two sets on the program. Here was the hits and misses of the evening.
- There were a couple of occasions where the word harmony was used to describe why folks had gathered. I don’t understand why it has taken Southern Gospel music so long to market itself as harmony driven music. That is what separates it from most forms of Christian music.
- Three of the artists were showcasing new music as each have a new album out. I really enjoyed the new songs from the Hoppers. Can’t wait to hear the entire album (Life Is Good).
- Randy Byrd, bass for Mark Trammell Quartet, added some unintended comic relief when he forgot the verse to a new song. It surely made the song memorable.
- Didn’t realize Trey Ivey was a vocalist. He provided Legacy Five’s best moment of the evening on the song, “Hands Of A Carpenter”.
- Have to give the production team kudos. Sound and camera work were both strong considering it was the first night. Goods signs for the week ahead.
- Are there really that many new folks attend every year that artists have to use the same stale jokes told a hundred times before?
- I thought it odd that Legacy Five would leave the stage while the track (voices and all) for “He Made A Change” was still playing over the speaker system.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “If We Ever Gotta Look” – Hoppers (2) “I Wish I’d Done More” – Hoppers (**Favorite song performance of the evening) (3) “Hands Of A Carpenter” – Legacy Five (4) “All The Way Home” – Mark Trammell Quartet (5) “When He Saved Me” – Jim Brady Trio (6) “Jesus, The One” – Hoppers (7) “Standing On Holy Ground” – Second Half Quartet
Best Set of the Night: The Hoppers
Round two voting has begun for the 2016 Southern Gospel music March madness competition. Not too many surprises with the artists that advanced today. Here are the rules to voting.
- All readers of the blog can vote.
- I have set it up to where each person is allowed one vote per day.
- This poll will close on Monday (03/28/16).
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.
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