The 2017 edition of the National Quartet Convention has wrapped. The final night brought some good memories. Here are the hits and misses.
- The reunion segments were all noteworthy this evening. Great to see both Tim Riley and Jay Parrack during the Gold City reunion.
- The Perrys line-up of 30 years ago started their reunion segment. I remember seeing the group for the first time during this era.
- The Nelons segment honoring Rex Nelon was also strong. Going through many of the group’s early signature songs was awesome!
- Outside the reunion segments, the Isaacs had a strong set. Everything from the Hebrew song to the rousing “He Ain’t Never Done Me Nothing But Good”.
- The Kingdom Heirs proved at the end of the night that you don’t need tracks. It would be nice to hear more of that in Southern Gospel music.
- Since it was the end of the week, listeners were treated to a bunch of recycled songs that had already been performed during the week.
- I don’t know if anyone else did, but there were webcast issues all evening. it would freeze, then crash and freeze again and I guarantee you it wasn’t my internet connection.
- You think they would have chosen a closing song that all the artists on stage, knew.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “I’d Rather Have Jesus” – Blackwood Brothers (2) “I’m Not Giving Up” – Gold City (3) “When The Prodigal Comes Home” – Tribute Quartet (4) “We Shall Reign” – Perrys (5) “Never No Never” – Joseph Habedank (6) “He Is Mine And I Am His” – Hoppers (7) “I Have A Father Who Can” – Isaacs (8) “I Love You More” – Isaacs (9) “Come Morning” – Nelons (10) “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down” – Nelons (11) “Give Me Jesus” – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound (12) “I Know He Heard My Prayer” – Kingdom Heirs (*Best Individual Performance of the Night) (13) “Jesus The One” – Hoppers
Best Set of the Night: The Isaacs
DID YOU KNOW?: James McFall penned the Southern Gospel classic, “Thank God I’m Free”. Did you know, his children traveled in the early 1990’s as the McFalls.
The group introduced another of James’ hits, “I Still Trust You”. The McFalls had a top 40 hit with the song. It would later be recorded by the Dunaways and Isaacs.
We are one day away from crowning the best Southern Gospel album and recorded song of 2016. But, first lets see who claims the runner-up spots.
The Isaacs gave listeners a sixteen song collection this year with the album, Nature’s Symphony In 432. Much has already been said regarding the tuning used to record the album. To the average listener, you will not notice any significant difference.
The Isaacs never disappoint when offering listeners new music. Becky and Sonya have collaborated to write some of the best material of their career. Ranked 2nd among the best Southern Gospel albums of 2016 is Nature’s Symphony In 432.
The (5) Best Songs From The Album: (1) “Rocks”, (2) “I Love You More”, (3) “Keep Breathing”, (4) “Dining With The King” and (5) “Lord Of My Heart”.
There has been some great material recorded in 2016. When I started this annual countdown, I mentioned there were 464 songs found on the 42 albums I reviewed.
When the dust settled, the song ranked 2nd among the best of the year was the Hoppers, “If We Ever Gotta Look”. It has been a long time since a single song invaded my musical playlists as much as “If We Ever Gotta Look”.
Phil Cross and Tery Wilkins came together to pen this song that will linger for years to come.
The Tribute Quartet fared well in the 3rd annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors. The readers of this blog chose Riley Harrison Clark best tenor vocalist and Here For You the best album of 2016
It just so happens that your choice for album of the year ranks 6th among the best album releases in my annual countdown. The Tribute Quartet released the best album of their career thus far with Here For You.
The song selection and production value is also the best of their career thus far. As the countdown draws to a close, Here For You ranks as one of the best Southern Gospel quartet albums of the year.
The (5) Best Songs From The Album: (1) “When The Prodigal Comes Home”, (2) “God Of The Storms”, (3) “Nothing Stops The Savior’s Love”, (4) “Never Forsaken” and (5) “Grace At Its Best”.
It seems every year the Isaacs release a new album, it is recognized as one of the best of the year. 2016’s, Nature’s Symphony In 432 has already given one song to the annual countdown.
The second song from the recording to be recognized among the best recorded Southern Gospel songs of the year is track #9; “Rocks”.
One of the best songs I have heard recently that flat-out says, ‘mind your business’. Thanks Becky Bowman, Jimmy Yeary and Sonya Isaacs Yeary.
Due to an internet outage I wasn’t able to get a post up yesterday. So, to make up for it I will be posting both today and tomorrow. Lets take a look at the album and recorded song ranked 9th for the year.
The Nelons thought they would buck all musical norms and release two new album releases in one year. Some may ask why not release one album with 18 songs instead of two albums with 9 songs each.
I guess the Nelons choice paid off as one of those two album releases, Family Harmony, ranks 9th among the best Southern Gospel albums released in 2016.
The (5) Best Songs From The Album: (1) “Don’t Give Up On Me”, (2) “When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace”, (3) “I Just Can’t Make It By Myself”, (4) “Imagine Alleluia and (5) “Greater Things”.
The song ranked 9th among the best recorded Southern Gospel songs of 2016 was a collaboration from Becky Bowman, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Kenna West.
“I Love You More” is track #3 on the Isaacs 2016 album release, Nature’s Symphony In 432. The number in the album title referred to the tuning used to record the album.
One should not let 2016 pass without at least giving Nature’s Symphony In 432 a listen.