You get one vote per day. Poll closes 12/05/17. Click the link on each nominee to see an audio/video of the nominees.
- 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
Best Set of the Night: Joseph Habedank.
The 2017 National Quartet Convention is under way as it celebrates its 60th anniversary. Tonight’s opening program included Greater Vision, Hoppers, Jim Brady Trio, Mark Trammell Quartet and Tribute Quartet. Each artist got two sets on the program. Here was the hits and misses of the evening.
- The Hoppers have been a testament to the strength given to face the trials that come in life. So good to see Dean with the family tonight!
- This was my first time to hear John Epley with Greater Vision. His rich baritone fits with the trio nicely.
- If you like classics (songs), then tonight was your night. Mark Trammell Quartet had the best with one of my all time favorites, “He Is Mine And I Am His”.
- Jim Brady Trio had a nice moment with just piano and vocals. Something I hope we hear more of during the week.
- Strong finale to close out the night with “How Great Thou Art”.
- Sound issues abound during most of the first segment. I could hear the cavernous sound of the hall coming through my TV screen.
- Not only that but the streaming system crashed several times early on. By the second segment things sounded good and the system didn’t have a hiccup.
- With all the classic songs sung tonight, it did get a bit boring. I found myself dozing off a couple of times toward the end.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “I’ve Come Too Far” – Hoppers (2) “You Were Faithful Yesterday” – Greater Vision (3) “God Of The Storms” – Tribute Quartet (4) “What A Day That Will Be” – Jim Brady Trio (5) “He Is Mine And I Am His” – Mark Trammell Quartet (**Favorite song performance of the evening) (6) “Wherever I Am” – Jim Brady Trio (7) “Grace Will Get To You” – Hoppers
Best Set of the Night: The Hoppers
On the solo artist side, I would easily swap out Ivan Parker with Jason Crabb. “Home” and “If I Shout” are more than enough reason.
Taking a look at trio, the Booth Brothers would be swapped out with Goodman Revival. The musical concert experience offered the audience by Goodman Revival with actual musicians is a missed art in Southern Gospel music.
So, how would you handle the swapping of Southern Gospel’s current most popular artists?
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.
The first single from that recording, “Never Forsaken”, is the buzz worthy clip this week that should be part of your musical playlists. The song came from the pens of Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey.
When I first heard this album in February, I knew it would be hard pressed to find another recording to top its caliber. As the year progressed, many great albums came along but none had quite enough to take the crown.
Ranked #1 as Southern Gospel’s best album of the year is 11th Hour’s, What A Moment. 11th Hour garnered Southern Gospel’s best vocal duo/trio by the readers of this blog as we celebrated the 3rd annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors. Congrats to 11th Hour on a phenomenal year and giving Southern Gospel music a phenomenal recording.
The (5) Best Songs From The Album: (1) “He Welcomes The Beggar”, (2) “When God Shows Up”, (3) “Look At Me Now”, (4) “Love Still Holds Our Scars” and (5) “Can You Burn”.
Lee Black has become one of Southern Gospel’s greatest songwriters and the readers of this blog confirmed that when you chose him best songwriter of 2016 in the 3rd annual Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row honors.
“When The Prodigal Comes Home” is his masterpiece brought to life by the vocal talent of Riley Harrison Clark and Tribute Quartet.