“Clear Skies” – Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; recorded by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound (Clear Skies)
“Washed By The Water” – Dave Barnes, Jason Crabb, Jordan Reynolds; recorded by Jason Crabb (Unexpected)
“If I Die” – Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe; recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys (17th Avenue Revival)
“Grab Your Umbrella” – Kristi Fitzwater, Eddie Harrison, Bev Herrema, Dixie Phillips; recorded by the Talleys (Finest Hour)
“God Is There” – Bernhard Herms, Jimmy Olander, Marty Roe; recorded by the Jordan Family Band (Reach)
“Anything Less” – Adina Bowman, Denny Livingston, Brittany Potter; recorded by the Taylors (Faithful Again)
**Also, if you want to hear the 40 best Southern Gospel radio singles of 2018, listen to this week’s playlist on either Apple Music or Spotify. Listen as if you’re listening to a countdown; the first song in the playlist is the song ranked 40th and the last song in the playlist is the #1 song.
Remember, on Apple Music search Southern Gospel Back Row and on Spotify search SGVBR. New weekly playlists every Monday in the new year!**
REASON FOR RANKING: Southern Gospel and country music legends, the Oak Ridge Boys, released their best Gospel album since 2001 (From The Heart). 17th Avenue Revival is filled with some really great traditional quartet moments.
FIVE BEST SONGS FROM THE ALBUM: (1) “Walk In Jerusalem”; (2) “If I Die”; (3) “A Brand New Star”; (4) “There Will Be Light”; (5) “Let It Shine On Me”.
REASON FOR RANKING: The Talleys are no strangers to annual top ten lists. They have been releasing some of the best progressive Southern Gospel music for 35 years now. We can now add Finest Hour to that list.
FIVE BEST SONGS FROM THE ALBUM: (1) “Grab Your Umbrella”; (2) “Joy”; (3) “When Death Was Arrested”; (4) “Begin Again God”; (5) “Get Me There”.
It is time to announce the nominees for the 5th Annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row Honors. I went through all the Southern Gospel album’s released in 2018 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 2018 album, did not have to be a radio single)
“Beautiful” – Don Poythress, Joyce Sanders, Kenna West; recorded by the Martins (Still Standing)
“Give Me Jesus” – Fanny Crosby, Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; recorded by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Clear Skies)
“Go Down Again” – Kaila Wisecarver; recorded by the Wisecarvers (Silhouette)
“Go Tell” – Diana Gillette; recorded by the Perry Sisters (Tellin’ the Story)
“Live Forgiven” – Sue C Smith, Nathan Woodard; recorded by Gordon Mote (Love, Love, Love)
Single of the Year (had to be on the radio singles chart from January to December 2018)
“God Doesn’t Care” – Chris Allman; recorded by Greater Vision (Still)
“Jailbreak” – Gerald Crabb, Joseph Habedank; recorded by Joseph Habedank (Resurrection)
“Power In Prayer” – Amber Eppinette, Don Poythress, Donnie Skaggs, Kenna West; recorded by 11th Hour (Silence The Stones)
“Sun’s Gonna Come Up” – Lee Black, Scott Inman; recorded by the LeFevre Quartet (Ascending)
“When The Prodigal Comes Home” – Lee Black; recorded by Tribute Quartet (Here For You)
Song Cover of the Year (a previously recorded song covered on a 2018 album release)
“Chose To Be My Friend” – Jason Crabb featuring Gary LeVox (Unexpected); Gerald Crabb
“Death Was Arrested” – Talleys (Finest Hour); Ryan Baltzglier, Adam Kersh, Brandon Koker, Paul Smith
“Go To The Master” – Greater Vision (Life Is A Song); Carroll McGruder
“Jesus Have Mercy On Me” – Down East Boys (One Day In The Past); Roger Horne
“Message Of His Coming”- Williamsons (Give Them Jesus); RE Winsett
Edging ever closer to the top ten Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s. Today we take a look at the song ranked 17th among the best.
The Talleys (Debra, Kirk, Roger) came together in 1983 to begin a recording career that exists to this day. The trio’s second Canaan records release, Work Of Heart (1985), would give the group their first #1 song.
“Sweeter As The Days Go By” was already a classic when the Talleys recorded it in 1985. The earliest recording of the song goes back to the early 1960’s. It was penned by Geneser Smith.
Let’s kick off the top 20 in our countdown of the best Southern Gospel radio songs of the 1980’s.
Kirk Talley penned some major hits during the decade. Another was “Triumphantly The Church Will Rise”. Recorded on the Talleys 1986 recording, United, the song went on to be a top ten song for the trio.
It was also a concert closer for the group during this time. Definitely brought crowds to their feet.