The 2017 edition of the National Quartet Convention has wrapped. The final night brought some good memories. Here are the hits and misses.
- The reunion segments were all noteworthy this evening. Great to see both Tim Riley and Jay Parrack during the Gold City reunion.
- The Perrys line-up of 30 years ago started their reunion segment. I remember seeing the group for the first time during this era.
- The Nelons segment honoring Rex Nelon was also strong. Going through many of the group’s early signature songs was awesome!
- Outside the reunion segments, the Isaacs had a strong set. Everything from the Hebrew song to the rousing “He Ain’t Never Done Me Nothing But Good”.
- The Kingdom Heirs proved at the end of the night that you don’t need tracks. It would be nice to hear more of that in Southern Gospel music.
- Since it was the end of the week, listeners were treated to a bunch of recycled songs that had already been performed during the week.
- I don’t know if anyone else did, but there were webcast issues all evening. it would freeze, then crash and freeze again and I guarantee you it wasn’t my internet connection.
- You think they would have chosen a closing song that all the artists on stage, knew.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “I’d Rather Have Jesus” – Blackwood Brothers (2) “I’m Not Giving Up” – Gold City (3) “When The Prodigal Comes Home” – Tribute Quartet (4) “We Shall Reign” – Perrys (5) “Never No Never” – Joseph Habedank (6) “He Is Mine And I Am His” – Hoppers (7) “I Have A Father Who Can” – Isaacs (8) “I Love You More” – Isaacs (9) “Come Morning” – Nelons (10) “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down” – Nelons (11) “Give Me Jesus” – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound (12) “I Know He Heard My Prayer” – Kingdom Heirs (*Best Individual Performance of the Night) (13) “Jesus The One” – Hoppers
Best Set of the Night: The Isaacs
Happy Wednesday. It is time to change the music on the sidebar. How about we go into my Southern Gospel notebook. As a kid, into my teen years, I wrote down my twenty favorite songs every month.
I started this in July 1982 and continued until December 1994. Today’s post is a notebook entry from September 1986. These were my twenty favorite songs. Enjoy!
**Music is on the sidebar as a playlist**
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.
DID YOU KNOW?: As the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated around the world, I thought it fitting to feature these songs of resurrection. He Is Alive!!
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:
- “Calling” – Karen Peck & New River (#1)
- “He Does” – Greater Vision (#3)
- “I Love You This Much” – Whisnants (#3)
- “If We Ever Gotta Look” – Hoppers (#7)**
- “It’s What He’s Done” – Wilburn & Wilburn (#1)**
- “Living In The Promised Land” – Triumphant Qt (#3)
- “My Father’s House” – Nelons (#7)**
- “Never Forsaken” – Tribute Qt (#1)**
- “Somebody’s Miracle” – Brian Free & Assurance (#4)
- “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?
This 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.
Everything 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.
Top Five Read Posts of 2016
- In Honor: Steve French
- VOTING: Greatest Songwriter: Championship Round
- Is It Time For Acceptance In Southern Gospel Music?
- Stronger Together: Nelons
- 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.
Ten Most Played Southern Gospel Songs of 2016
- “I Have Decided” – Jay Parrack & Vocal Event
- “One Way, One Name, One Door” – Down East Boys
- “Small Town Someone (Lunch)” – Jeff & Sheri Easter
- “I Know” – Kingsmen
- “Jesus, The One” – Hoppers
- “Reassure Me” – Dunaways
- “He Won’t Leave You There” – Jason Crabb
- “Just To Save Me” – Wisecarvers
- “Just Can’t Make It By Myself” – Nelons
- “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.
In Honor of those who passed in 2016
- Norman Almand (Artist-Rebels Quartet)
- Earl Brewer (Artist-Harvesters Quartet)
- Miles Cooper (Artist-Pine Ridge Boys)
- Ralph Dean (Concert Promoter)
- Boyce Flener (Artist-Crossmen Quartet)
- Steve French (Artist-Kingdom Heirs)
- Joe Moscheo (Artist-Imperials/Prophets Quartet)
- Buck Rambo (Artist-Rambos)
- Tina Sadler-Stark (Songwriter)
- Gail Shelby (Artist-Eternal Vision)
- Ira Smith (Artist-Dixie Echoes)
- Scott Spangler (Artist-Naomi & Segos)
- Jerry Lee Starnes (Artist-Truthseekers Quartet)
- D. John Stolzfus (Concert Promoter)
- 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.
We 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”.
After 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.