NQC 2016: Thursday Night Recap

11278Thursday 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.

NQC 2016: Tuesday Night Recap

2016-lefevre-branded-photo-800x480Tuesday night of the 2016 National Quartet Convention is now in the record books.  The night overall was mediocre, especially compared to last night’s memorable moments.  I was hard pressed to find the highlights.  Tonight, there are definitely more misses than hits.

  • I’ve enjoyed the hall of fame segments the last two evenings.  Carroll McGruder’s music, along with the McGruders had a ton of impact on me as a teenager.  Glad to see him honored.
  • Boy, do I miss hearing a steel guitar at Southern Gospel concerts.  Thank you Jeff and Sheri Easter for providing that highlight tonight.
  • The Down East Boys was an early highlight.  “One Way, One Name, One Door” is one of the most played Southern Gospel songs in my playlists for 2016.
  • Kim Collingsworth’s speech about music/life was far better than anything else the group’s segment provided tonight.
  • The LeFevre Quartet ended the evening on a strong note.

  • Did the tenor mic seem off tonight or was it just the tenor singers?  The tenor vocal in the mix (at least through the web cam) overpowered the other vocalists for the majority of sets.  The sound crew didn’t take the mic from last night’s presidential debate, did they?
  • Did Mark Bishop burp on the ending to “Pray On The Little Days”?
  • Have the Inspirations thought about retirement?
  • The Booth Brothers trying to create a musical moment with the Collingsworth Family derailed when “Life’s Railway To Heaven” turned in to a train wreck?
  • Speaking of the Booth Brothers/Collingsworth Family segment; combined the artists got one hour on stage and they still went over.


**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “One Way, One Name, One Door” – Down East Boys  (2) “It Is No Secret” – Booth Brothers  (3) “I Know” – Kingsmen  (4) “I Want To Walk With My Lord” – LeFevre Quartet  **some of you would think I didn’t watch the entire night because of the number of song performances I enjoyed.  But I did, oh I did.

Best Set of the Night:  I nearly named my bed best set of the night for keeping me comfortable while watching tonight’s program but the LeFevre Quartet came through in the end (despite staging “Oh What A Savior”) to pull off the most solid of any on the night.

VOTING: Southern Gospel March Madness – Round 1a

The voting rounds have now begun for the 2016 Southern Gospel music March madness competition.  Let’s make this fun.  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 (03/21/16).

2015 Wrap Up

2015goodbyesign-825x510Everything that needs to be said of Southern Gospel music in 2015 is said; just about.  Here are a few more things to wrap up the year and look ahead to 2016.

Some Stats:

goodmanrevival2015happymaxTop Five Read Posts of 2015

  1. 2nd Annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row Honors – And The Winners Are…
  2. And Southern Gospel’s Greatest Song Is…
  3. Songs In The Key Of Happy – Goodman Revival
  4. 2015 NQC – Monday Night Recap
  5. Ready To Sail: Erwins

**This tells me that my readers enjoy awards/honors (where they decide the results) and album reviews.  If I had expanded this list, you would be surprised at how many of the most read posts are album reviews.

dunaways2014kitchenmaxTen Most Played Southern Gospel Songs of 2015

  1. “Pray Now” – Karen Peck & New River
  2. “Jesus Loves You” – Jeff & Sheri Easter
  3. “What Do You Say” – Amber Nelon Thompson
  4. “Battle Cry” – Kingsmen
  5. “Just As I Am” – Ball Brothers
  6. “Greater” – Erwins
  7. “He Left No Stone Unturned” – LeFevre Quartet
  8. “Mercy Built A Bridge” – Dunaways w/Ronny Hinson
  9. “My God Is So Good To Me” – Jordan Family Band
  10. “Pray On The Little Days” – Mark Bishop

**I present the fab five feature at the start of every month to let you know my most played Southern Gospel radio songs in my musical playlists.  I get asked on occasion what I am currently listening to and this allows me to let the readers know.  These were the ten most played songs of the entire year.

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  1. “I Love Him Too Much” – Lanny Wolfe Trio (1973)
  2. “An Unfinished Task” – Hemphills (1970)
  3. “There’s Something In The Air” – Lanny Wolfe Trio (1972)
  4. “Jesus Is Still The Answer” – Lanny Wolfe Trio (1974)
  5. “Someday I’ll Walk On Gold” – Lanny Wolfe Trio (1975)
  6. “I’ve Been To The Potter’s House” – Quinton Mills (1988)
  7. “My Soul Has Been Set Free” – Willie Wynn & Tennesseans (1975)
  8. “What A Happy Time” – JD Sumner & Stamps (1974)
  9. “Thank You Dear Lord” – McKameys (1980)
  10. “He Hideth My Soul” – Charles Johnson & Revivers (1989)

**I started a YouTube channel in September 2015 to go along with the blog.  This blog has always been about the music.  I try not to play favorites and present Southern Gospel music in all its forms throughout its history.  With my vast music collection, I noticed there were many classic songs missing from YouTube that may never be heard again.  I wanted to change that.  These were the ten most viewed clips since September.

LaBreeskaIn Honor of those who passed in 2015

  1. Tom Armshaw (Promoter/Radio)
  2. Jerrel Don Brashear (Artist)
  3. Andrae Crouch (Artist/Songwriter)
  4. Terry Davis (Artist)
  5. Jack Lee Eubanks (Industry/Producer)
  6. Savana Foust (Songwriter)
  7. Chris Hancock (Artist)
  8. LaBreeska Hemphill (Artist)
  9. Jimmy Justice (Artist)
  10. Carolyn Kirksey (Industry/Singing News Magazine)
  11. Mosie Lister (Songwriter)
  12. Margaret Mabry (Songwriter)
  13. Dickie Mathews (Artist)
  14. Carroll McGruder (Artist/Songwriter)
  15. Ken O’Shields (Promoter)
  16. Paul Roark (Artist)
  17. Faye Speer (Artist)
  18. Glenn Totherow (Artist)
  19. Luke White (Industry/Public Relations)
  20. Cheryl Jackson Wilds (Artist/Songwriter)
  21. Ruth Ellen Yates (Artist)

Looking ahead to features you will find in 2016

  • 3rd Annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row Honors
  • Album Reviews
  • Annual Countdown of Southern Gospel’s Best Albums/Recorded Songs
  • Fab Five
  • Most Overrated Southern Gospel Artist Series
  • Southern Gospel’s Greatest Songwriter Series
  • Southern Gospel Tidbits Feature
  • Top Ten Back Then
  • And Much, Much More….

**I want to thank everyone who stopped by the blog in 2015.  This year had to most views/site visitors of any year I have been doing this blog.  As long as you continue to stop by, I will continue the blog.

Best Of 2015 – #2

Crabb #2We 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”.

Easters #2 (300x300)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.

*Video Credit (#JeffAndSheriEaster)

Best Of 2015 – #12

Easters #12A bit of the country Gospel style that has a listening audience in Southern Gospel music takes over the #12 spots for both album and recorded song of the year.

Jeff and Sheri Easter have been recording together now for nearly 30 years.  To celebrate that milestone, the duo gave listening audiences, Small Town this year.  A collection of eleven new songs that bridge our love for the Father with our love for each other.

Love was the theme of this recording with “Jesus Loves You” to “I Love You” to the country love song, “The Light”.  Sheri Easter continues to be at the top of her game in terms of conveying a song to listeners.

Personal favorites from this recording include:  “Jesus Loves You”, “Hallelujah Coming From The Valley”, “Small Town Someone (Lunch)”, “More Than Enough”, “My Wave”, “This Side Of The Dirt” and “When The Harvest Comes”.

Crabb #12Another country-style Gospel artist to find a home in the countdown is Jason Crabb.  He blends progressive Southern Gospel sounds with country and pop overtones for a style that is uniquely Jason Crabb.

His 2015 album release, Whatever The Road, eclipsed his last recording Love Is Stronger in that there is a whole lot more that Southern Gospel listeners will like about Whatever The Road.  The song selection is some of the strongest of his career, including the song ranked 12th among the best recorded this year; “Chance For A Miracle”.

In a world with an ever-increasing mindset that miracles no longer exist, we only need to be reminded of each new day to know that a miracle, even in the smallest of forms, still encapsulate our everyday lives.

*Video Credit (#JasonCrabb)

VOTE: Recorded Song And Album

INVITATIONToday concludes voting in the 2nd annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors.  The final two categories are best recorded song and album for 2015.  You get one vote per day and polls will remain open for one week.  Once voting is complete I will have a wrap up post listing all the winners of the 2015 honors.  Thanks for participating.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio version of the nominees.

Recorded Song of the Year (song recorded on a 2015 release, did not have to be a radio single)

  1. “Greater” – Nathan Cochran/David Garcia/Ben Glover/Barry Graul/Bart Millard/Mike Scheuchzer/Robby Shaffer; recorded by the Erwins (Ready To Sail)
  2. “Jesus Loves You” – Sheri Easter/Don Poythress/Kenna Turner West; recorded by Jeff & Sheri Easter (Small Town)
  3. “Pray Now” – Dave Clark/Michael Farren/Karen Peck; recorded by Karen Peck & New River (Pray Now)
  4. “Thank You For Saving Me” – Michael Farren/Greg Sykes; recorded by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Happy People)
  5. “Tumbling Down” – Michael Farren/Kenna Turner West; recoded by Canton Junction (Every Hallelujah)

Album of the Year (had to be a 2015 release)

  1. A New Look – Kingdom Heirs (Sonlite Records)
  2. Happy People – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Stow Town Records)
  3. Moments Like These – Bowling Family (Daywind Records)
  4. Pray Now – Karen Peck & New River (Daywind Records)
  5. Ready To Sail – Erwins (Stow Town Records)