What did you consider the top recorded songs of the year?
- “Here He Comes” – Chris Cohn, Joseph Habedank, Tony Wood; recorded by Joseph Habedank (Resurrection)
- “It Was Finished On The Cross” – Kristie Braselton, Regi Stone; recorded by Sisters (Simply)
- “Dying To Be With You” – Nick Akin; recorded by Akins (Eyes On The Road)
- “I Will Pray” – Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; recorded by the Perrys (Testament)
- “Victory Is Mine” – Lee Black, Gerald Crabb, Karen Peck Gooch; recorded by Karen Peck and New River (Hope For All Nations)
- “Power In Prayer” – Amber Eppinette, Don Poythress, Donnie Skaggs, Kenna West; recorded by 11th Hour (Silence The Stones)
- “He Heals” – Jennifer Layne, Don Poythress; recorded by the Booth Brothers (Between Here And Heaven)
- “It Still Takes The Blood” – Gerald Crabb; recorded by the Freemans (Tower Of Song)
- “He Saw Me” – Phil Cross, Tony Jarman; recorded by Master’s Voice (Walk Worthy)
- “Telling The Story” – Kyla Rowland, Jessica Thomas; recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (The Last Big Thing)
- “At The Name Of Jesus” – Pamela Hall; recorded by Mercy’s Well (Questions & Answers)
- “Thankful, So Thankful” – Lee Black, Scott Inman; recorded by Triumphant (Thankful)
- “Long Live The King” – Joseph Habedank, Krissy Nordhoff, Tony Wood; recorded by Joseph Habedank (Resurrection)
- “Rolled Back Stone” – Lee Black, Dianne Wilkinson; recorded by Greater Vision (Still)
- “Chain Breaker” – Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith, Zach Williams; recorded by Triumphant (Thankful)
- “Don’t Underestimate God’s Grace” – Sandy Knight; recorded by the Kingsmen (They Don’t Know)
- “Grace Divine” – Lee Black, Gina Boe; recorded by the Booth Brothers (Between Here And Heaven)
- “Never Made A Promise” – Lee Black, Sue C Smith, Kenna West; recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (Something Good)
- “God Doesn’t Care” – Chris Allman; recorded by Greater Vision (Still)
- “Another World” – Jeffrey Bumgardner, Wayne Haun, Lindsay Reith; recorded by Southern Raised (Another World)
REASON FOR RANKING: I don’t believe anyone has had a bigger year than Joseph Habedank. Anchored by “Here He Comes” and some of the best songwriting of his career; Resurrection by Joseph Habedank is the top album released in Southern Gospel music in 2017.
FIVE BEST SONGS FROM THE ALBUM: (1) “Here He Comes”; (2) “Long Live The King”; (3) “Jailbreak”; (4) “Dead Things”; (5) “Devil Can’t Dance”.
REASON FOR RANKING: From Joseph Habedank to the group that gave him his start, the Perrys. Testament continues to prove why Libbi Stuffle is one of the greatest female vocalists to grace a Southern Gospel stage.
FIVE BEST SONGS FROM THE ALBUM: (1) “I Will Pray”; (2) “My Hope Is In The Blood”; (3) “Find Me Faithful”; (4) “Moses And Elijah”; (5) “The Harder The Battle, The Sweeter The Victory”.
Now that we are officially halfway through the annual countdown of Southern Gospel’s best albums, I thought I would take today and officially announce the winners in the 4th annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors. I picked the nominees, you picked the winners
AND THE BEST OF 2017 IS:
Recorded Song of the Year (song recorded on a 2017 album, did not have to be a radio single)
**”Here He Comes” – Chris Cohn, Joseph Habedank, Tony Wood; recorded by Joseph Habedank (Resurrection)
I consider recorded song of the year the highest honor in this presentation. Chris Cohn, Joseph Habedank and Tony Wood are given that honor in 2017 for penning, “Here He Comes”. And to Joseph Habedank, for bringing the song to life for listeners.
Single of the Year (had to be on the radio singles chart from January to December 2017)
**”Never Made A Promise” – Lee Black, Sue C Smith, Kenna West; recorded by the Kingdom Heirs (Something Good)
Loren Harris’ return to Southern Gospel music was just what the Kingdom Heirs needed. Voters thought so as well.
Song Cover of the Year (a previously recorded song covered on a 2017 album release)
**”My Hope Is In The Blood” – Perrys (Testament); Reagan Riddle
The Perrys took one of the most popular Primitive Quartet songs and made it sound brand new.
Joseph Habedank had a huge year! This is his first win for songwriter of the year.
**Resurrection – Joseph Habedank (Daywind)
Give another win to Joseph Habedank as he was awarded best album of 2017. Joseph won every category he was nominated in.
Album Cover Design (best album artwork/cover design from a 2017 release)
**Resurrection – Joseph Habedank
I like to honor the graphic designers/photographers who create album covers and add a little something special to a great recording. Aesthetic’s are important. The win for Joseph Habedank’s Resurrection, belongs to Jeremy Ryan (photographer) and Blake Bennett (graphic design).
Artist – Breakthrough (New)
The closest margin of victory in this year’s honors was the Wisecarvers beating out Master’s Voice for breakthrough artist of the year.
Artist – Duo/Trio (no more than 3 vocalists)
11th Hour picks up their second win in a row for best vocal duo/trio.
Artist – Mixed Group (at least 4 vocalists)
The Perrys returned in full force in 2017 by picking up three wins.
Artist – Quartet
The Kingdom Heirs and Triumphant went back and forth the entire time polls were open. Kingdom Heirs came out on top.
Artist – Soloist
The biggest margin of victory was Joseph Habedank’s win for soloist of the year. Joseph was this year’s biggest winner with five wins!
**Libbi Stuffle (Perrys)
With the Hoppers (Connie) sitting out this year with no new albums (nominations), Libbi Stuffle returned as best alto vocalist.
Vocalist – Baritone
**Mark Trammell (Mark Trammell Quartet)
Mark Trammell won best baritone vocalist marking his third win in four years.
Vocalist – Bass
**Jeff Chapman (Kingdom Heirs)
After winning in 2014, Jeff Chapman returns as best bass vocalist of 2017.
**Bill Shivers (Brian Free & Assurance)
Bill Shivers squeaked out a win over Arthur Rice by a razor-thin margin.
Vocalist – Soprano
**Amber Thompson (Nelons)
This is the 4th annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors and this is the fourth win for Amber Thompson as best soprano vocalist.
Vocalist – Tenor
**Chris Allman (Greater Vision)
After picking up a big win at the 2017 edition of the Singing News fan awards, Chris also takes tenor vocalist for this year’s honors.
**Thanks to all the readers who participated in this year’s honors**.
It is time to wrap up the voting by presenting the last two categories; Recorded Song and Album of the year.
You get one vote per day. Poll closes 12/11/17. Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.