Best Of 2016: #2

isaacsWe 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”.

hoppers-2There 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.

Best Of 2016: #6

tribute-qtThe 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”.

isaacsIt 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.

Best Of 2016: #9

nelonsDue 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”.

theisaacsThe 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.

VOTE: Best Of 2016: Recorded Song/Songwriter

3rdannualThe final poll in the 3rd annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors is here.  What was the best recorded song and songwriter of 2016?  You get one vote per day.  Poll closes 12/07/16.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.

VOTE: Best Of 2016: Album/Album Cover Design

3rdannualOne day remains for voting in the 3rd annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors.  What was the best album and album cover design of 2016?  You get one vote per day.  Poll closes 12/06/16.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.

VOTE: Best Of 2016: Mixed Group/Quartet

3rdannualIf you’re like me, you are avoiding the craziness that is known as black Friday.  So why not enjoy some voting for the best of 2016.  Who were the top mixed group and quartet of 2016?  You get one vote per day.  Poll closes 12/02/16.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.

VOTE: Best Of 2016: Alto/Soprano

3rdannualWho were the top female vocalists in Southern Gospel music for 2016?  Today, you can vote for alto and soprano vocalist.

You get one vote per day.  Poll closes 11/24/16.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.