Best Recorded Songs Of 2018

Now that we’ve wrapped up the annual countdown of Southern Gospel’s best albums, I will now list what I consider to be the 20 best recorded songs in Southern Gospel music for 2018.

What did you consider the top recorded songs of the year?

  1. Go Down Again” – Kaila Wisecarver; recorded by the Wisecarvers (Silhouette)
  2. Give Me Jesus” – Fanny Crosby, Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; recorded by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound (Clear Skies)
  3. Go Tell” – Diana Gillette; recorded by the Perry Sisters (Tellin’ The Story)
  4. Live Forgiven” – Sue C Smith, Nathan Woodard; recorded by Gordon Mote (Love Love Love)
  5. Beautiful” – Don Poythress, Joyce Sanders, Kenna West; recorded by the Martins (Still Standing)
  6. A Rugged Old Cross” – Gerald Crabb, Dianne Wilkinson; recorded by the LeFevre Quartet (Ascending)
  7. Stained Glass” – Michael Curtis, Bob Gulley; recorded by the Martins (Still Standing)
  8. Jesus Have Mercy On Me” – Roger Horne; recorded by the Down East Boys (One Day In The Past)
  9. All My Hope” – Edmond Cash, David Crowder; recorded by Gold City (Hope For The Journey)
  10. Sun’s Gonna Come Up” – Lee Black, Scott Inman; recorded by the LeFevre Quartet (Ascending)
  11. “Resurrection Power” – Rebecca J Peck; recorded by the Mylon Hayes Family (Enjoy The Journey)
  12. Beat Up Bible” – Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsey, Shane Stevens; recorded by the Down East Boys (One Day In The Past)
  13. Watch And See” – Jason Cox, Kris Erwin, Kenna West; recorded by the Erwins (Watch & See)
  14. Robes Of Pure White” – Lisa Williamson; recorded by Williamsons (Give Them Jesus)
  15. Clear Skies” – Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; recorded by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound (Clear Skies)
  16. Washed By The Water” – Dave Barnes, Jason Crabb, Jordan Reynolds; recorded by Jason Crabb (Unexpected)
  17. If I Die” – Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe; recorded by the Oak Ridge Boys (17th Avenue Revival)
  18. Grab Your Umbrella” – Kristi Fitzwater, Eddie Harrison, Bev Herrema, Dixie Phillips; recorded by the Talleys (Finest Hour)
  19. God Is There” – Bernhard Herms, Jimmy Olander, Marty Roe; recorded by the Jordan Family Band (Reach)
  20. 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!**

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Best Of 2018: #7/#8

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”.

VOTE: Best of 2018: DuoTrio/Mixed Group/Quartet

With y’all having off during this holiday week, no better way to enjoy it than vote for the best of 2018.

Today starts the voting for best duo/trio, mixed group and quartet of the year.

Don’t forget the prior categories because you get one vote per day.  This poll closes 11/27/18.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.

VOTE: Best of 2018: Album Cover Design/Single/Song Cover

Lets kick off this holiday week with day four of voting.  Today, you get a chance to vote for best album cover design, single of the year and song cover.

Don’t forget the prior categories because you get one vote per day.  This poll closes 11/26/18.  Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.

And The 2018 Nominees Are….

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)

  1. “Beautiful” – Don Poythress, Joyce Sanders, Kenna West; recorded by the Martins (Still Standing)
  2. “Give Me Jesus” – Fanny Crosby, Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey; recorded by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Clear Skies)
  3. “Go Down Again” – Kaila Wisecarver; recorded by the Wisecarvers (Silhouette)
  4. “Go Tell” – Diana Gillette; recorded by the Perry Sisters (Tellin’ the Story)
  5. “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)

  1. “God Doesn’t Care” – Chris Allman; recorded by Greater Vision (Still)
  2. “Jailbreak” – Gerald Crabb, Joseph Habedank; recorded by Joseph Habedank (Resurrection)
  3. “Power In Prayer” – Amber Eppinette, Don Poythress, Donnie Skaggs, Kenna West; recorded by 11th Hour (Silence The Stones)
  4. “Sun’s Gonna Come Up” – Lee Black, Scott Inman; recorded by the LeFevre Quartet (Ascending)
  5. “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)

  1. “Chose To Be My Friend” – Jason Crabb featuring Gary LeVox (Unexpected); Gerald Crabb
  2. “Death Was Arrested” – Talleys (Finest Hour); Ryan Baltzglier, Adam Kersh, Brandon Koker, Paul Smith
  3. “Go To The Master” – Greater Vision (Life Is A Song); Carroll McGruder
  4. “Jesus Have Mercy On Me” – Down East Boys (One Day In The Past); Roger Horne
  5. “Message Of His Coming”- Williamsons (Give Them Jesus); RE Winsett

Songwriter

  1. Lee Black
  2. Joel Lindsey
  3. Rebecca J Peck
  4. Sue C Smith
  5. Kenna Turner West

Album of the Year (had to be a 2018 release)

  1. Ascending – LeFevre Quartet (New Day)
  2. Clear Skies – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Stow Town)
  3. Give Them Jesus – Williamsons (Custom)
  4. One Day In The Past – Down East Boys (Sonlite)
  5. Still Standing – Martins (Gaither Gospel Series)

Album Cover Design (best album artwork/cover design from a 2018 release)

  1. Clear Skies – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  2. Hope For The Journey – Gold City
  3. Hope Keeps Writing The Song – Jim Brady Trio
  4. Reach – Jordan Family Band
  5. Silhouette – Wisecarvers

Artist – Breakthrough (New)

  1. 3 Heath Brothers
  2. Hinson Family
  3. Lore Family
  4. New Speer Family
  5. Westward Road

Artist – Duo/Trio (no more than 3 vocalists)

  1. 11th Hour
  2. Greater Vision
  3. Jim Brady Trio
  4. Martins
  5. Talleys

Artist – Mixed Group (at least 4 vocalists)

  1. Erwins
  2. Hoppers
  3. Mylon Hayes Family
  4. Karen Peck & New River
  5. Williamsons

Artist – Quartet

  1. Down East Boys
  2. Gold City
  3. LeFevre Quartet
  4. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
  5. Triumphant

Artist – Soloist

  1. Mark Bishop
  2. Jason Crabb
  3. Joseph Habedank
  4. Gordon Mote
  5. Taranda

Vocalist – Alto

  1. Diana Gillette (Perry Sisters)
  2. Wendy Hayes (Mylon Hayes Family)
  3. Connie Hopper (Hoppers)
  4. Joyce Martin Sanders (Martins)
  5. Lisa Williamson (Williamsons)

Vocalist – Baritone

  1. Dustin Doyle (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  2. William Lee Golden (Oak Ridge Boys)
  3. Scott Inman (Triumphant)
  4. Mike LeFevre (LeFevre Quartet)
  5. Daniel Riley (Gold City)

Vocalist – Bass

  1. Pat Barker (Guardians)
  2. Jeff Chapman (Kingdom Heirs)
  3. Paul Harkey (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  4. Keith Plott (LeFevre Quartet)
  5. Richard Sterban (Oak Ridge Boys)

Vocalist – Lead

  1. Ricky Carden (Down East Boys)
  2. Joseph Habedank
  3. Weston Hinson (Hinson Family)
  4. Jordan LeFevre (LeFevre Quartet)
  5. Devin McGlamery (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)

Vocalist – Soprano

  1. Melissa Brady (Jim Brady Trio)
  2. Amber Eppinette (11th Hour)
  3. Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
  4. Allison Durham Speer (New Speer Family)
  5. Taranda

Vocalist – Tenor

  1. Chris Allman (Greater Vision)
  2. Riley Harrison Clark (Tribute Quartet)
  3. Thomas Nalley (Gold City)
  4. Jeremy Peace (LeFevre Quartet)
  5. Doug Pittman (Down East Boys)

So do the nominees represent the best of 2018?  Were there any snubs? The voting rounds will begin Tuesday (11/13/18).

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #17

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.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #20

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.

Best Radio Songs Of The 1980’s: #23

Today continues the countdown of Southern Gospel music’s greatest radio songs of the 1980’s.

Terry Toler penned the now classic, “Thinking About Home”.  The Talleys recorded the song on their debut Canaan Records album, Wherever I Am.

By the summer of 1985, “Thinking About Home” was a top five hit for the Talleys.  It became an instant signature song for Debra Talley; a song the group periodically stages now.