Hymns With Friends: Joseph Habedank

GRADE:  B-

  • Album:  Hymns With Friends: Duets For Quiet Reflection
  • Artist:  Joseph Habedank
  • Label:  Daywind
  • Style:  Traditional
  • Release Date:  09/21/18
  • Digital Download:  No
  • Running Time:  33 Minutes

SYNOPSIS:

Today we take a look at the newest album from Joseph Habedank, Hymns With Friends: Duets For Quiet Reflection.

Habedank is the top solo artist in Southern Gospel music at the moment.  The ten special guests he assembled to share a duet with him was nothing short of stellar.

What makes this more than just another generic hymns recording is making it a duets album and also the care that went into the production value.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • As the title suggests, this recording is filled with ten slow, reflective and at times somber songs.
  • The highlight for me was his duet with Connie Hopper; “Sweet Hour Of Prayer”.  While reflective, there is some power in the chorus when the two voices come together.  Outstanding!
  • Another stand out is his duet with wife, Lindsay, “I Need Thee Every Hour”.  I would like to hear an entire duets album with just those two.
  • Another great moment was the duet with Libbi Stuffle, “I Must Tell Jesus”.  While the song has been recorded hundreds of times, it was nice hearing these two sing together again.
  • The duet with Jim Brady, “Near The Cross”, is also a must listen.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Sweet Hour Of Prayer”, “I Need The Every Hour”, “I Must Tell Jesus”, “Near The Cross”, “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” and “Grace Greater Than Our Sin”.
CRITIQUE:
  • The biggest travesty is this album is not available via digital download/streaming.  With all the songs in public domain, I can’t see the argument of having to pay royalties to songwriters.
  • “The Love Of God” has been recorded way too many times.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “The Love Of God”.

WRAP UP:

The main reason for the grade received is the album not being available for digital download/streaming.  It is 2018 folks.  Outside of that, the album definitely lives up to its title.

SONG (Tempo)/Duet Partner – Songwriter:  1. “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” (Slow)/Erwins – Charles Gabriel, Civilla Martin  2. “Sweet Hour Of Prayer” (Slow)/Connie Hopper – William Bradbury, William Walford  3. “The Love Of God” (Slow)/Scott Inman – Frederick Lehman  4. “I Need The Every Hour” (Slow)/Lindsay Habedank – Annie Hawks, Robert Lowry  5. “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” (Slow)/Charlotte Ritchie – Julia Johnston, Daniel Towner  6. “Does Jesus Care” (Slow)/Wes Hampton – Frank Graeff, Lincoln Hall  7. “I Must Tell Jesus” (Slow)/Libbi Stuffle – Elisha Hoffman  8. “Near The Cross” (Slow)/Jim Brady – Fanny Crosby, William Doane  9. “Pass Me Not” (Slow)/Brooklyn Blair – Fanny Crosby, William Doane  10. “Haven Of Rest” (Slow)/Bill Gaither – Henry Gilmour, George Moore

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And The 2018 Winners Are…

All the voting for the 5th annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors have now closed.  I want to thank all my readers who participated this year.  Here is an official announcement of all the winners.

AND THE 2018 WINNERS ARE:

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

  1. “Give Me Jesus” – Fanny Crosby, Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; recorded by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Clear Skies)

*A portion of a song started by Franny Crosby and finished by Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey wins recorded song of the year.

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

  1. “When The Prodigal Comes Home” – Lee Black; recorded by Tribute Quartet (Here For You)

*One of the greatest songs written in the last decade claims single of the year.

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

  1. “Jesus Have Mercy On Me” – Down East Boys (One Day In The Past); Roger Horne

*The Down East Boys won by a thin margin over the Talleys (“Death Was Arrested”).

Songwriter

  1. Lee Black

*Congrats on another win for Lee Black.

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

  1. Ascending – LeFevre Quartet (New Day)

*The LeFevre Quartet were big winners this year, claiming nearly every category they were nominated.

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

  1. Clear Skies – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

*One of the more unique categories is album cover design.  A slick album cover adds something extra to a recording.  Blake Bennett was responsible for the art direction/cover design to this year’s winning cover, Clear Skies.

Artist – Breakthrough (New)

  1. 3 Heath Brothers

*The 3 Heath Brothers had the largest margin of victory of any category in 2018.

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

  1. Greater Vision

*Greater Vision pulled out a close victory over 11th Hour.

Artist – Mixed Group (at least 4 vocalists)

  1. Erwins

*The Erwins captured mixed group of the year.

Artist – Quartet

  1. LeFevre Quartet

*The thinnest margin of victory was the LeFevre Quartet’s win over Triumphant.  This was the LeFevre Quartet’s second win in the honors.

Artist – Soloist

  1. Joseph Habedank

*Congrats to Joseph Habedank on another soloist win.

Vocalist – Alto

  1. Wendy Hayes (Mylon Hayes Family)

*Wendy Hayes of the Mylon Hayes Family captures her first win as alto vocalist of the year.

Vocalist – Baritone

  1. Mike LeFevre (LeFevre Quartet)

*The LeFevre Quartet swept the quartet vocal categories.  Mike LeFevre was best baritone.

Vocalist – Bass

  1. Keith Plott (LeFevre Quartet)

*Keith Plott would win best bass vocalist.

Vocalist – Lead

  1. Jordan LeFevre (LeFevre Quartet)

*Jordan LeFevre captures his first win as lead vocalist of the year.

Vocalist – Soprano

  1. Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)

*Best soprano vocalist of 2018 is Karen Peck Gooch.

Vocalist – Tenor

  1. Jeremy Peace (LeFevre Quartet)

*And Jeremy Peace finishes off the LeFevre Quartet sweep by winning tenor vocalist of the year.

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.

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