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).
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
Tuesday night of the 2017 National Quartet Convention is now in the record books. The night offered some strong single song performances. Here are the hits and misses.
What a touching moment from 20-year-old pianist, Josh Townsend. He has suffered more in 20 years than most do in a lifetime.
You’d be hard pressed to find a stronger male vocalist in any genre of music than that of Joseph Habedank. Wow, what a performance tonight!
We need more live music at NQC. High Road left me gobsmacked late into the night with their performance of “Christ My Hope, My Glory”.
The entire Daywind artist segment near the end of the night offered some strong moments.
There was a song sung early in the night that stuck out because of how awful it was. A song about God being against the law. It was dreadful.
There were once again sound issues at the beginning of the night that worked itself out as the night progressed.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow” – Dixie Melody Boys (2) “Forgiven” – Ball Brothers (3) “My Hope Is In The Blood” – Perrys (4) “God’s Been Good” – Josh Townsend (5) “The Song Of Moses” – Hoppers (6) “Rolled Back Stone” – Greater Vision (7) “Here He Comes” – Joseph Habedank (8) “Beauty Of The Blood” – Joseph Habedank (9) “Never Forsaken” – Tribute Quartet (10) “When The Prodigal Comes Home” – Tribute Quartet (11) “Christ My Hope, My Glory” – High Road with Jason Crabb (*Best Individual Performance of the Night) (12) “Plain And Simple” – Wisecarvers
One of the most popular features on Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row in the early days of the blog was a feature, song covers Smack Down. It has been nearly a year since the last Smack Down.
Today we look at a Primitive Quartet original, “My Hope Is In The Blood” and pit it against the recent cover of the song by the Perrys. Primitive quartet member Reagan Riddle wrote the song. Which version comes out on top. You decide.