VOTE: Best Of 2017: Single/Song Cover/Songwriter

What were the top songs in Southern Gospel music for 2017?  Today, starts the voting for best single, song cover and songwriter.

You get one vote per day.  Poll closes 12/01/17.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.


Buzz Worthy 2017: “Only Faith Can See”

buzzworthyThis week’s buzz worthy clip comes from the Erwins.  The group had one of the top recordings in 2016 with the release of Only Faith Can See.

The first single from that recording happens to be the title track, “Only Faith Can See”.  The songwriting talents of Jeffrey Bumgardner, Daniel Doss and Kenna West combined to create a song that should find a home in every Southern Gospel listener’s musical playlist.

Best Of 2016: #7

mvThe Christmas holiday is fast approaching.  Time off from work will come to most at some point this week.  Thanks for stopping by as we get closer to crowning the best Southern Gospel album and recorded song of 2016.

New quartet Master’s Voice find a home in the annual countdown at #7 with their 2016 release, Undivided.  The group toured as a vocal trio since their inception in 1995.

The group added a bass singer in 2015 making Undivided Master’s Voice first quartet recording.

The (5) Best Songs From The Album:  (1) “Things God Doesn’t Know”, (2) “I Know What He Did For Me”, (3) “This Same Jesus”, (4) “Here I Am Again” and (5) “Goodbye To Goodbye”.

11th-hr11th Hour already scored one song in the year’s annual countdown.  The 2016 album release, What A Moment, sends a second song to the top twenty.

Track #5 from What A Moment, “He Welcomes The Beggar” ranks 7th among the best recorded Southern Gospel songs of 2016.

The song was penned by Jason Cox, Amber Eppinette and Kenna West.

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.

Best Of 2016: #12

lefevre-qtHappy Monday!  Time to get a new work week started.  Also time to take a little break out of your day to keep up with the annual countdown of Southern Gospel’s best.

The LeFevre Quartet find a home at #12 in the best of 2016 with the album, Home.  Now with Jeremy Peace anchored as tenor vocalist, the LeFevre Quartet offered Southern Gospel listeners with one of the best quartet albums of the year.

Mike continues to show why he remains one of Southern Gospel’s best baritone vocalists while lead vocalist Jordan LeFevre continues to climb the ranks.

The (5) Best Songs From The Album:  (1) “He Left No Stone Unturned”, (2) “He Saved Me Anyway”, (3) “Something”, (4) “He Was There” and (5) “Unseen Things Above”.

11th-hourAnother group having the best year of their career in 2016 is 11th Hour.  Amber Eppinette, Grant Gibson and Jaquita Lindsey are giving Southern Gospel listeners the best the industry has to offer.

The 2016 album release, What A Moment, has already given the trio two #1 songs on the Southern Gospel radio singles chart.  The group’s progressive style is a throw back to what the Martins were providing listeners in the late 1990’s.

Track #7 on What A Moment, “When God Shows Up”, is 12th among the best recorded songs of 2016.  You can’t get much better than Lee Black, Kenna West and Dianne Wilkinson, who penned the song.

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.

Hot Or Not? – “He Welcomes The Beggar”

Today we look at another Southern Gospel radio single to determine if it is ‘hot or not’.  This series allows you, the reader, to let artists/record labels know if they are choosing the right songs for radio.

This week, is the new single from 11th Hour’s 2016 album, What A Moment.  “He Welcomes The Beggar” was penned by Jason Cox, group member Amber Eppinette and Kenna West.  What say ye; hot or not?

VOTING: Greatest Songwriter: Round 2 – Poll 2

Today continues round 2 voting in our search for Southern Gospel’s greatest songwriter.  Please click on the link in the poll to hear a song written by poll 2’s fourteen contenders.  Here are the rules for voting:

  • All readers of this blog can vote.
  • You are allowed to vote for up to three choices.
  • You are allowed one vote per day.
  • The top (6) by vote tally will advance to round 3.
  • Voting closes Monday (09/26/16).