VOTE: Best of 2018: Album Cover Design/Single/Song Cover

Lets kick off this holiday week with day four of voting.  Today, you get a chance to vote for best album cover design, single of the year and song cover.

Don’t forget the prior categories because you get one vote per day.  This poll closes 11/26/18.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.

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VOTE: Best of 2018: New Artist/Soloist/Songwriter

It is day three of voting in the 5th annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors.  Today, you get a chance to vote for best breakthrough (new) artist, soloist and songwriter.

Don’t forget the prior categories because you get one vote per day.  This poll closes 11/23/18.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.

VOTE: Best of 2018: Lead/Soprano/Tenor

It is day two of voting.  Today, you get a chance to vote for best lead, soprano and tenor vocalist.

Don’t forget yesterday’s categories because remember you get one vote per day.  This poll closes 11/21/18.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.

And The 2018 Nominees Are….

It is time to announce the nominees for the 5th Annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row Honors.  I went through all the Southern Gospel album’s released in 2018 and scoured through the radio single charts (January to December) to determine what I considered to be the five nominees to best represent each of the 17 categories.

AND THE NOMINEES ARE:

Recorded Song of the Year (song recorded on a 2018 album, did not have to be a radio single)

  1. “Beautiful” – Don Poythress, Joyce Sanders, Kenna West; recorded by the Martins (Still Standing)
  2. “Give Me Jesus” – Fanny Crosby, Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; recorded by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Clear Skies)
  3. “Go Down Again” – Kaila Wisecarver; recorded by the Wisecarvers (Silhouette)
  4. “Go Tell” – Diana Gillette; recorded by the Perry Sisters (Tellin’ the Story)
  5. “Live Forgiven” – Sue C Smith, Nathan Woodard; recorded by Gordon Mote (Love, Love, Love)

Single of the Year (had to be on the radio singles chart from January to December 2018)

  1. “God Doesn’t Care” – Chris Allman; recorded by Greater Vision (Still)
  2. “Jailbreak” – Gerald Crabb, Joseph Habedank; recorded by Joseph Habedank (Resurrection)
  3. “Power In Prayer” – Amber Eppinette, Don Poythress, Donnie Skaggs, Kenna West; recorded by 11th Hour (Silence The Stones)
  4. “Sun’s Gonna Come Up” – Lee Black, Scott Inman; recorded by the LeFevre Quartet (Ascending)
  5. “When The Prodigal Comes Home” – Lee Black; recorded by Tribute Quartet (Here For You)

Song Cover of the Year (a previously recorded song covered on a 2018 album release)

  1. “Chose To Be My Friend” – Jason Crabb featuring Gary LeVox (Unexpected); Gerald Crabb
  2. “Death Was Arrested” – Talleys (Finest Hour); Ryan Baltzglier, Adam Kersh, Brandon Koker, Paul Smith
  3. “Go To The Master” – Greater Vision (Life Is A Song); Carroll McGruder
  4. “Jesus Have Mercy On Me” – Down East Boys (One Day In The Past); Roger Horne
  5. “Message Of His Coming”- Williamsons (Give Them Jesus); RE Winsett

Songwriter

  1. Lee Black
  2. Joel Lindsey
  3. Rebecca J Peck
  4. Sue C Smith
  5. Kenna Turner West

Album of the Year (had to be a 2018 release)

  1. Ascending – LeFevre Quartet (New Day)
  2. Clear Skies – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Stow Town)
  3. Give Them Jesus – Williamsons (Custom)
  4. One Day In The Past – Down East Boys (Sonlite)
  5. Still Standing – Martins (Gaither Gospel Series)

Album Cover Design (best album artwork/cover design from a 2018 release)

  1. Clear Skies – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  2. Hope For The Journey – Gold City
  3. Hope Keeps Writing The Song – Jim Brady Trio
  4. Reach – Jordan Family Band
  5. Silhouette – Wisecarvers

Artist – Breakthrough (New)

  1. 3 Heath Brothers
  2. Hinson Family
  3. Lore Family
  4. New Speer Family
  5. Westward Road

Artist – Duo/Trio (no more than 3 vocalists)

  1. 11th Hour
  2. Greater Vision
  3. Jim Brady Trio
  4. Martins
  5. Talleys

Artist – Mixed Group (at least 4 vocalists)

  1. Erwins
  2. Hoppers
  3. Mylon Hayes Family
  4. Karen Peck & New River
  5. Williamsons

Artist – Quartet

  1. Down East Boys
  2. Gold City
  3. LeFevre Quartet
  4. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  5. Triumphant

Artist – Soloist

  1. Mark Bishop
  2. Jason Crabb
  3. Joseph Habedank
  4. Gordon Mote
  5. Taranda

Vocalist – Alto

  1. Diana Gillette (Perry Sisters)
  2. Wendy Hayes (Mylon Hayes Family)
  3. Connie Hopper (Hoppers)
  4. Joyce Martin Sanders (Martins)
  5. Lisa Williamson (Williamsons)

Vocalist – Baritone

  1. Dustin Doyle (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  2. William Lee Golden (Oak Ridge Boys)
  3. Scott Inman (Triumphant)
  4. Mike LeFevre (LeFevre Quartet)
  5. Daniel Riley (Gold City)

Vocalist – Bass

  1. Pat Barker (Guardians)
  2. Jeff Chapman (Kingdom Heirs)
  3. Paul Harkey (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  4. Keith Plott (LeFevre Quartet)
  5. Richard Sterban (Oak Ridge Boys)

Vocalist – Lead

  1. Ricky Carden (Down East Boys)
  2. Joseph Habedank
  3. Weston Hinson (Hinson Family)
  4. Jordan LeFevre (LeFevre Quartet)
  5. Devin McGlamery (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)

Vocalist – Soprano

  1. Melissa Brady (Jim Brady Trio)
  2. Amber Eppinette (11th Hour)
  3. Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
  4. Allison Durham Speer (New Speer Family)
  5. Taranda

Vocalist – Tenor

  1. Chris Allman (Greater Vision)
  2. Riley Harrison Clark (Tribute Quartet)
  3. Thomas Nalley (Gold City)
  4. Jeremy Peace (LeFevre Quartet)
  5. Doug Pittman (Down East Boys)

So do the nominees represent the best of 2018?  Were there any snubs? The voting rounds will begin Tuesday (11/13/18).

NQC 2018: Friday Night Recap

We’re at that point in the week where you’re wore out from watching the NQC.  Friday night did have some highlights though.

  • Lynda Randle was outstanding.  She decided she would have musicians and even background singers (Nelons) join her on her set.  It brought so much more than just singing to tracks.
  • Joseph Habedank came on several artists later and decided on musicians as well.  Connie Hopper joining him for “Sweet Hour Of Prayer” was one of the best moments of the night.
  • The Erwins channeled a little Pentatonix on their acappella performance of “Give Us This Day”.
  • The Nelons definitely won most stylish of the week.
  • Ernie Haase and Signature Sound closed tonight with another strong set.

  • One of the power half hour groups got around the one song rule by piecing three songs together.  Clever but tacky.

 

**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “Give Us This Day” – Erwins  (2) “Sweet Desert Rose” – Dixie Echoes  (3) “More Than Enough” – Nelons  (4) “I’m Going Through” – McKameys  (5) “One Day At A Time” – Lynda Randle  (6) “Small Town Someone” – Jeff and Sheri Easter  (7) “Walk On” – Isaacs  (8) “Sweet Hour Of Prayer” – Joseph Habedank with Connie Hopper (**Favorite song performance of the evening)  (9) “When He Comes Down” – Hoppers  (10) “Give Me Jesus” – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Best Set of the Night:  Lynda Randle

NQC 2018: Tuesday Night Recap

Tuesday night of the 2018 NQC is now in the history books.  Tonight’s highlights are as follows.

  • Joseph Habedank is truly one of the best male voices in Southern Gospel music.  Can’t get enough of the song “Jailbreak”.
  • Speaking of male voices, Jason Crabb proved you can captivate an audience with just a guitar and a voice.  Why can’t other artists see you don’t always need the booming tracks.
  • Enjoyed the all female Hopper trio with Connie, Kim and Karlye on a song that featured Karlye.
  • The spur of the moment Confused Quartet actually turned in a good performance.  Nick Trammell (tenor), Jim Brady (lead), Susan Whisnant (baritone) and Chris Allman (bass).
  • Overall, the power half hour artists tonight were quite good.  Some more than others of course.
  • Congrats on another evening of ending the program ahead of schedule.

  • The number of webcast viewers this year is definitely testing the bandwidth.  There were several times during the live feed that it stopped to reload.

**Now to crown the best of the night:

Best single song performances (in order of appearance):  (1) “Then Came The Morning” – Nelons  (2) “I’m Winging My Way Back Home” – Confused Quartet  (3) “Wayfaring Stranger” – Jeff and Sheri Easter  (4) “Jailbreak” – Joseph Habedank (**Favorite song performance of the evening)  (5) “Here He Comes” – Joseph Habedank  (6) “Be Brave” – McKameys  (7) “My Ransom” – Hoppers  (8) “I Know He Heard My Prayer” – Greater Vision  (9) “Asking, Seeking, Knocking” – Lore Family  (10) “Because Of The Blood” – Shireys

Best Set of the Night:  Joseph Habedank

Best Recorded Songs Of 2017

Now that we’ve wrapped up the annual countdown of Southern Gospel’s best albums, I will now list what I consider to be the 20 best recorded songs in Southern Gospel music for 2017.

What did you consider the top recorded songs of the year?

  1. Here He Comes” – Chris Cohn, Joseph Habedank, Tony Wood; recorded by Joseph Habedank (Resurrection)
  2. “It Was Finished On The Cross” – Kristie Braselton, Regi Stone; recorded by Sisters (Simply)
  3. Dying To Be With You” – Nick Akin; recorded by Akins (Eyes On The Road)
  4. I Will Pray” – Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; recorded by the Perrys (Testament)
  5. Victory Is Mine” – Lee Black, Gerald Crabb, Karen Peck Gooch; recorded by Karen Peck and New River (Hope For All Nations)
  6. “Power In Prayer” – Amber Eppinette, Don Poythress, Donnie Skaggs, Kenna West; recorded by 11th Hour (Silence The Stones)
  7. “He Heals” – Jennifer Layne, Don Poythress; recorded by the Booth Brothers (Between Here And Heaven)
  8. “It Still Takes The Blood” – Gerald Crabb; recorded by the Freemans (Tower Of Song)
  9. “He Saw Me” – Phil Cross, Tony Jarman; recorded by Master’s Voice (Walk Worthy)
  10. “Telling The Story” – Kyla Rowland, Jessica Thomas; recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (The Last Big Thing)
  11. “At The Name Of Jesus” – Pamela Hall; recorded by Mercy’s Well (Questions & Answers)
  12. Thankful, So Thankful” – Lee Black, Scott Inman; recorded by Triumphant (Thankful)
  13. “Long Live The King” – Joseph Habedank, Krissy Nordhoff, Tony Wood; recorded by Joseph Habedank (Resurrection)
  14. “Rolled Back Stone” – Lee Black, Dianne Wilkinson; recorded by Greater Vision (Still)
  15. Chain Breaker” – Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith, Zach Williams; recorded by Triumphant (Thankful)
  16. “Don’t Underestimate God’s Grace” – Sandy Knight; recorded by the Kingsmen (They Don’t Know)
  17. “Grace Divine” – Lee Black, Gina Boe; recorded by the Booth Brothers (Between Here And Heaven)
  18. “Never Made A Promise” – Lee Black, Sue C Smith, Kenna West; recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (Something Good)
  19. “God Doesn’t Care” – Chris Allman; recorded by Greater Vision (Still)
  20. Another World” – Jeffrey Bumgardner, Wayne Haun, Lindsay Reith; recorded by Southern Raised (Another World)

Best Of 2017: #1/#2

REASON FOR RANKING:  I don’t believe anyone has had a bigger year than Joseph Habedank.  Anchored by “Here He Comes” and some of the best songwriting of his career; Resurrection by Joseph Habedank is the top album released in Southern Gospel music in 2017.

FIVE BEST SONGS FROM THE ALBUM:  (1) “Here He Comes”; (2) “Long Live The King”; (3) “Jailbreak”; (4) “Dead Things”; (5) “Devil Can’t Dance”.

REASON FOR RANKING:  From Joseph Habedank to the group that gave him his start, the Perrys.  Testament continues to prove why Libbi Stuffle is one of the greatest female vocalists to grace a Southern Gospel stage.

FIVE BEST SONGS FROM THE ALBUM:  (1) “I Will Pray”; (2) “My Hope Is In The Blood”; (3) “Find Me Faithful”; (4) “Moses And Elijah”; (5) “The Harder The Battle, The Sweeter The Victory”.