I thought I would kick off the week by offering a little switch of Southern Gospel’s current popular artists and swapping them with artists that deserve to be recognized as ‘first’.
Starting with mixed group, I would swap the Collingsworth Family with the Erwins. These young kids have proven they are at the top of their game.
On the solo artist side, I would easily swap out Ivan Parker with Jason Crabb. “Home” and “If I Shout” are more than enough reason.
Taking a look at trio, the Booth Brothers would be swapped out with Goodman Revival. The musical concert experience offered the audience by Goodman Revival with actual musicians is a missed art in Southern Gospel music.
Finally, quartet would have me swapping Triumphant Quartet with Tribute Quartet, for the mere fact they are currently providing the listener with some of the best Southern Gospel quartet music.
So, how would you handle the swapping of Southern Gospel’s current most popular artists?
This week we will wrap up voting in the 3rd annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors. What was the best radio single and song cover of 2016? You get one vote per day. Poll closes 12/05/16. Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.
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.
We are one day away from crowning the best Southern Gospel album and recorded song of 2015. But, first lets see who claims the runner-up spots.
There is no doubt, Jason Crabb is the biggest crossover artist in Christian music. His music has crossed stylistic barriers to appeal to a huge base of listeners. All this, while still appealing to the Southern Gospel crowd who enjoyed the music of the Crabb Family.
In 2015, Jason released what I consider to be his best solo album to date; Whatever The Road. There really is something for everyone to enjoy. You get Crabb’s country-style that fit with his Crabb Family days, along with some pop flavors that appeal to a broader listener base. All of this while still not going too far for the album to be marketed to Southern Gospel listeners.
Personal favorites from this recording include: “If I Shout”, “Chance For A Miracle”, “Home”, “He Won’t Leave You There”, “Never Gonna Let Me Go”, “This Life For You” and “He Knows What He’s Doing”.
There were truly two songs that defined 2015 in Southern Gospel music. The first is the song ranked #2 among the best recorded/released this year.
Sheri Easter got together with Don Poythress and Kenna Turner West to pen the most personal song of the year; “Jesus Loves You”. Everyone listening to this song can relate to its message and the reminder that no matter what we face in life, Jesus’ love for us is steadfast and never fails.
This song was close to claiming to top spot for best recorded song of 2015, but there was one that edged it out; find out tomorrow.
Solo artists dominate the #6 spot for both album and recorded song of 2015. The interesting thing is the album that finds a home at #6 contains four songs that was named the #1 Southern Gospel album release of 2014.
Amber Nelon Thompson’s EP, Without Your Love, was in fact the top album release of 2014. So, when I listened to Amber’s full length solo recording, Just Sing, I judged it solely on the six songs not found on the EP.
Those six songs were strong enough to rank 6th among the best recordings released in 2015. Even, a stuttering Bill Gaither (said in jest) didn’t reduce the listening enjoyment of Just Sing. When you combine the six songs released this year with the four songs from last year, it makes for a must have recording.
Personal favorites from this recording include (outside the four on the EP): “Another Time, Another Place”, “Be Thou My Vision”, “Just Sing”, “He’s Making Me”, “Give It To Jesus” and “God Is Always Good”.
Jason Crabb already sent one song to the top 20 recorded songs of the year, when “Chance For A Miracle” came in at #12.
Crabb topped that with a song that I believe will become a standard for Jason alongside “Sometimes I Cry”. Jason came into his own as a songwriter contributing to nearly every song on Whatever The Road.
The song ranked 6th, “If I Shout”, was a collab with Michael Farren and Tony Wood. This song of rejoicing is one every believer can relate.