REASON FOR RANKING: The Kingsmen went in a different stylistic direction for They Don’t Know, than their previous effort Battle Cry. That was a smart move because there was no way they were gonna top the caliber of Battle Cry. The biggest travesty of They Don’t Know is not the stylistic shift but that it didn’t feature living legend, Ray Dean Reese.
FIVE BEST SONGS FROM THE ALBUM: (1) “Don’t Underestimate God’s Grace”; (2) “Hear The Word Of The Lord”; (3) “God Calls It Grace”; (4) “They Don’t Know (What The Lord Can Do)”; (5) “I’ll Sail Away Yonder”.
REASON FOR RANKING: It has been three years since Akins provided new music to listeners. Eyes On The Road contains one of the best recorded songs of the entire year, “Dying To Be With You”. The album also has some of the best songwriting to date from group members Nick and Eli Akin.
FIVE BEST SONGS FROM THE ALBUM: (1) “Dying To Be With You”; (2) “You’ll Never Break A Promise”; (3) “Eyes On The Road”; (4) “Seek First”; (5) “As For Me And My House”.
It is time to announce the nominees for the 4th Annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row Honors. I went through all the Southern Gospel album’s released in 2017 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 2017 album, did not have to be a radio single)
“Dying To Be With You” – Nick Akin; recorded by Akins (Eyes On The Road)
“Here He Comes” – Chris Cron, Joseph Habedank, Tony Wood; recorded by Joseph Habedank (Resurrection)
“I Will Pray” – Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; recorded by the Perrys (Testament)
“Telling The Story” – Kyla Rowland, Jessica Thomas; recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (The Last Big Thing)
“Victory Is Mine” – Lee Black, Gerald Crabb, Karen Peck Gooch; recorded by Karen Peck & New River (Hope For All Nations)
Single of the Year (had to be on the radio singles chart from January to December 2017)
“Chain Breaker” – Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith, Zach Williams; recorded by Triumphant (Thankful)
“Don’t You Think You Ought To Worship Me” – Dustin Wisecarver; recorded by the Wisecarvers (Armor)
“It Still Takes The Blood” – Gerald Crabb; recorded by the Freemans (Tower Of Song)
“Never Made A Promise” – Lee Black, Sue C Smith, Kenna West; recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (Something Good)
“They Don’t Know (What The Lord Can Do)” – Jason Cox, Kenna West, Tony Wood; recorded by the Kingsmen (They Don’t Know)
Song Cover of the Year (a previously recorded song covered on a 2017 album release)
“The Answer’s On The Way” – Goodman Revival (Still Happy); Rusty Goodman
“At The Name Of Jesus” – Mercy’s Well (Questions & Answers); Pamela Hall
“He Heals” – Booth Brothers (Between Here And Heaven); Jennifer Layne, Don Poythress
“It Was Finished On The Cross” – Sisters (Simply); Kristie Braselton, Regi Stone
“My Hope Is In The Blood” – Perrys (Testament); Reagan Riddle
Sue C Smith
Kenna Turner West
Album of the Year (had to be a 2017 release)
Hope For All Nations – Karen Peck & New River (Daywind)
Resurrection – Joseph Habedank (Daywind)
Simply – Sisters (Custom)
Testament – Perrys (Stow Town)
Walk Worthy – Master’s Voice (Sonlite)
Album Cover Design (best album artwork/cover design from a 2017 release)
Beyond Amazed – Brian Free & Assurance
Resurrection – Joseph Habedank
Seasons: A Collection Of The Best – Mark Bishop
They Don’t Know – Kingsmen
Walk Worthy – Master’s Voice
Artist – Breakthrough (New)
Artist – Duo/Trio (no more than 3 vocalists)
Artist – Mixed Group (at least 4 vocalists)
Mylon Hayes Family
Karen Peck & New River
Artist – Quartet
Gaither Vocal Band
Mark Trammell Quartet
Artist – Soloist
Vocalist – Alto
Wendy Hayes (Mylon Hayes Family)
Kim Sheffield (Sisters)
Libbi Stuffle (Perrys)
Tanya Goodman Sykes (Goodman Revival)
Susan Whisnant (Whisnants)
Vocalist – Baritone
Randy Crawford (Kingsmen)
Jon Epley (Greater Vision)
Loren Harris (Kingdom Heirs)
Scott Inman (Triumphant)
Mark Trammell (Mark Trammell Quartet)
Vocalist – Bass
Pat Barker (Second-Half Quartet)
Eric Bennett (Triumphant)
Randy Byrd (Mark Trammell Quartet)
Jeff Chapman (Kingdom Heirs)
Keith Plott (LeFevre Quartet)
Vocalist – Lead
Ronnie Booth (Booth Brothers)
Keith Erwin (Erwins)
Clayton Inman (Triumphant)
Arthur Rice (Kingdom Heirs)
Bill Shivers (Brian Free & Assurance)
Vocalist – Soprano
Amber Eppinette (11th Hour)
Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
Kennedy Hayes (Mylon Hayes Family)
Amber Thompson (Nelons)
Kaila Wisecarver (Wisecarvers)
Vocalist – Tenor
Chris Allman (Greater Vision)
Ricky Capps (Master’s Voice)
Riley Harrison Clark (Tribute Quartet)
Wes Hampton (Gaither Vocal Band)
Steve Ladd (Old Paths)
So do the nominees represent the best of 2017? Were there any snubs? The voting rounds will begin Tuesday (11/14/17).
Night two of the 2017 National Quartet Convention has wrapped. Here were the hits and misses.
What childhood memories came flooding back during the Squire Parsons/Kingsmen set. Happy Squire was gracious to share his set with the Kingsmen to sing some classic Kingsmen songs.
Give all the awards to the Mylon Hayes Family. I am a sucker for proper technical singing and this family is one of the best. Mylon and Wendy have trained their kids to sing with proper technique, something Mylon learned from his own parents.
11th Hour sounded great tonight running through several hit songs, most notably, “He Welcomes The Beggar”.
The Erwins were the highlight early in the program with their performance of “He’s Still Alive”.
Another young group that continues to excel at their craft is the Ball Brothers. Their classy, sometimes jazzy sound infused with impeccable harmonies is hard to beat.
Thank you Loren Harris for returning to Southern Gospel music.
The Whisnants had the longest set of the evening, clocking in just under 30 minutes but they kept it enjoyable with a great set list.
Scott Fowler already making money off the latest political issue. Paint me surprised. I’m assuming Scott has not read the United States code on patriotic customs and proper respect for the flag. It clearly states the flag should never be used as wearing apparel or used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. Should I boycott Legacy Five now?
I didn’t get the Browns set. By the end it became a train wreck of moos and quacks.
The Kingdom Heirs had horrible sound issues at the beginning of their set.
Lauren Talley had to carry hosting duties on her shoulders this evening and she did really well. Her co-host looked like they’d rather been anywhere but there.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “Chasing After You” – Erwins (2) “He’s Still Alive” – Erwins (3) “Mercy Tree” – Ball Brothers (4) “Never Made A Promise” – Kingdom Heirs (5) “He Welcomes The Beggar” – 11th Hour (6) “Beulah Land” – Squire Parsons (7) “Look For Me At Jesus Feet” – Kingsmen (*Best Individual Performance of the Night) (8) “Is That The Old Ship Of Zion” – Kingsmen (9) “Victory Is Mine” – Karen Peck & New River (10) “Why He Came” – Mylon Hayes Family (11) “I Call Him Lord” – Whisnants (12) “Hear The Word Of The Lord” – Kingsmen (13) “The Light Just Came On” – Hinson Family
Best Set of the Night: The Squire Parsons/Kingsmen segment.