Song Hall Of Fame: “Bring My Children Home”

Hall of Fame (350x202)The month of June is just around the corner.  It is time for me to honor another of Southern Gospel’s greatest compositions by placing it into the Southern Gospel song hall of fame.

Today’s inductee goes back to 1988.  “Bring My Children Home” was recorded by the Nelons on the album, Get Ready.

Not only is Get Ready one of the greatest albums in the Nelons discography, “Bring My Children Home” happens to be one of the greatest songs the group recorded.

This masterpiece was penned by Jerry Thompson.

2017 Song Of The Year??

I’m back!  One week ago Singing News announced the top ten list for the 2017 edition of the fan awards.  The only category I follow each year is song of the year.

This year’s nominees included:

  1. “Calling” – Karen Peck & New River (#1)
  2. “He Does” – Greater Vision (#3)
  3. “I Love You This Much” – Whisnants (#3)
  4. “If We Ever Gotta Look” – Hoppers (#7)**
  5. “It’s What He’s Done” – Wilburn & Wilburn (#1)**
  6. “Living In The Promised Land” – Triumphant Qt (#3)
  7. “My Father’s House” – Nelons (#7)**
  8. “Never Forsaken” – Tribute Qt (#1)**
  9. “Somebody’s Miracle” – Brian Free & Assurance (#4)
  10. “Still” – Legacy Five (#4)**

As is the case every year, Daywind Records dominated the song category claiming 8 of the 10 nominees.  Above I highlighted the peak spots on the chart as of the announcement.  The ** signifies the five songs deserving of making it to the final round.

Two songs deserving of a top ten spot were, “Home” by Jason Crabb and “He Welcomes The Beggar” by 11th Hour.  What songs did you feel were overlooked this year?

Buzz Worthy 2017: “When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace”

buzzworthyThis week’s buzz worthy clip comes from the Nelons.  The group released two new albums in 2016 and both were among the top ten in my annual countdown.

The latest single from the album, Family Harmony, is in tribute to the late Rex Nelon.  Autumn and Amber share verses on this folk infused tune.

“When Grandpa Sang Amazing Grace” was penned by Barbara Huffman and Wayne Haun.

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

2017Everything that needs to be said of Southern Gospel music in 2016 is said.  Lets take one last look at the year that was and look ahead to 2017.

Some Stats:

NelonsTop Five Read Posts of 2016

  1. In Honor:  Steve French
  2. VOTING: Greatest Songwriter: Championship Round
  3. Is It Time For Acceptance In Southern Gospel Music?
  4. Stronger Together:  Nelons
  5. NQC 2016:  Thursday Night Recap

**The greatest songwriter search/series was the biggest blog feature of 2016.  In the end, Dottie Rambo claimed the title.  Album reviews and NQC recaps continued to be some of the most read features.

vocalevent2015whispers150Ten Most Played Southern Gospel Songs of 2016

  1. “I Have Decided” – Jay Parrack & Vocal Event
  2. “One Way, One Name, One Door” – Down East Boys
  3. “Small Town Someone (Lunch)” – Jeff & Sheri Easter
  4. “I Know” – Kingsmen
  5. “Jesus, The One” – Hoppers
  6. “Reassure Me” – Dunaways
  7. “He Won’t Leave You There” – Jason Crabb
  8. “Just To Save Me” – Wisecarvers
  9. “Just Can’t Make It By Myself” – Nelons
  10. “Jesus Never Fails” – Cana’s Voice

**I present the fab five feature at the start of every month to let you know the 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.

rambos1972 (199x200)In Honor of those who passed in 2016

  1. Norman Almand (Artist-Rebels Quartet)
  2. Earl Brewer (Artist-Harvesters Quartet)
  3. Miles Cooper (Artist-Pine Ridge Boys)
  4. Ralph Dean (Concert Promoter)
  5. Boyce Flener (Artist-Crossmen Quartet)
  6. Steve French (Artist-Kingdom Heirs)
  7. Joe Moscheo (Artist-Imperials/Prophets Quartet)
  8. Buck Rambo (Artist-Rambos)
  9. Tina Sadler-Stark (Songwriter)
  10. Gail Shelby (Artist-Eternal Vision)
  11. Ira Smith (Artist-Dixie Echoes)
  12. Scott Spangler (Artist-Naomi & Segos)
  13. Jerry Lee Starnes (Artist-Truthseekers Quartet)
  14. D. John Stolzfus (Concert Promoter)
  15. Carl Whitman (Artist-Trav’lers Quartet)

Looking ahead to features you will find in 2017

  • 4th Annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row Honors
  • Album Reviews
  • Annual Countdown of Southern Gospel’s Best Albums/Recorded Songs
  • Commentary Series: The Evangelical church and Southern Gospel’s future
  • Most Overrated Southern Gospel Artist Series
  • Musical Playlists:  Track of the Week
  • Southern Gospel Tidbits Feature
  • And Much, Much More….

**I want to thank everyone who stopped by the blog in 2016.  This year had to most views/site visitors of any year I have been doing the blog.  I will continue as long as you continue to stop by.

Best Of 2016: #5

nelonsWe have made it to the best of the best; the top 5 albums and recorded songs of 2016.  After listening/reviewing 42 albums and hearing 464 songs found on those 42 albums; these top the list.

The Nelons defied logic when they decided to release two new albums in the same year, at the same time.  It may have paid off because both albums were among the top ten albums released in 2016.

Ranked 5th among the best albums of the year is Stronger Together.  The song selection was a bit stronger than the album ranked 9th (Family Harmony).

The (5) Best Songs From The Album:  (1) “Family Chain”, (2) “Angels Hover Near You”, (3) “My Father’s House”, (4) “You Can’t Make Old Friends” and (5) “I Think I’ll Read It Again”.

hoppersAfter a four-year hiatus, the Hoppers finally release an album of new music.  2016 saw the release of Life Is Good.

The Hoppers also teamed with songwriter Paula Stefanovich, who gave them their career song “Jerusalem”, to pen the song ranked 5th among the best recorded Southern Gospel songs of the year.

“Jesus, The One” was released months in advance and even became a #1 hit on the Southern Gospel radio singles chart before the album hit retailers.

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: #10

l5It is time to unveil the ten best Southern Gospel albums and recorded songs of 2016.  Did your favorite make the cut?  Quartet lovers should be happy with the number of quartet recordings that made the top ten this year.

One such album is the recording ranked 10th among the best of 2016.  Legacy Five may have released their best post Roger Bennett era recording in 2016 with, In The Hands Of A Carpenter.  Anchored by the title track, which readers chose as best recorded song of 2016 in the 3rd annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors, is one huge reason it found a home in the top ten.

One other major strength was song selection.  This was also the first Legacy Five album to feature new tenor Josh Feemster.

The (5) Best Songs From The Album:  (1) “In The Hands Of A Carpenter”, (2) “I Trust The Cross”, (3) “Still”, (4) “Grace Will Find You” and (5) “Lost In God’s Grace”.

nelons-300x300Early on in the countdown for Southern Gospel’s best recorded song, there were two that were written over twenty years ago.  The top ten kicks off with a song written nearly thirty years ago.

The Nelons went the unconventional route and released two new albums this year.  Track #3 on the album, Stronger Together, ranks 10th among the best recorded Southern Gospel songs of 2016.

“Family Chain”, penned by Joe Isaacs, allowed Autumn to step front and center to show Southern Gospel listeners she is just as talented a vocalist as the rest in the family.