2017 Song Of The Year??

I’m back!  One week ago Singing News announced the top ten list for the 2017 edition of the fan awards.  The only category I follow each year is song of the year.

This year’s nominees included:

  1. “Calling” – Karen Peck & New River (#1)
  2. “He Does” – Greater Vision (#3)
  3. “I Love You This Much” – Whisnants (#3)
  4. “If We Ever Gotta Look” – Hoppers (#7)**
  5. “It’s What He’s Done” – Wilburn & Wilburn (#1)**
  6. “Living In The Promised Land” – Triumphant Qt (#3)
  7. “My Father’s House” – Nelons (#7)**
  8. “Never Forsaken” – Tribute Qt (#1)**
  9. “Somebody’s Miracle” – Brian Free & Assurance (#4)
  10. “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.

Two songs deserving of a top ten spot were, “Home” by Jason Crabb and “He Welcomes The Beggar” by 11th Hour.  What songs did you feel were overlooked this year?

!!Free Music Monday!!

whisnants2015walkoffaithGot the Monday morning blues?  How about I give away some free music to help ease you back in to another work week.  Let me first take this time to congratulate Phillip for winning the 2016 Southern Gospel March madness competition that concluded last week.  He chose the Kingdom Heirs and they ended up beating Karen Peck and New River in the championship round.  Thanks to everyone who participated and made this year’s contest fun.

Today, in the free give-away, we have the Whisnants 2015 release, Walk Of Faith.  Song listing as follows:

  1. “Joy In The House”
  2. “Worry Ends Where Faith Begins”
  3. “I’m Holding On To Grace”
  4. “Go Out Singing”
  5. “I Love You This Much”
  6. “My God Is So Good To Me”
  7. “Do You Know The Savior”
  8. “A Grave Mistake”
  9. “There Is A Fountain”
  10. “Walk Of Faith”
  11. “Saved Is All You Have To Be”
  12. “Healing Stream”

The first person to email me (sogospelbackrow@gmail.com) the correct answer to the following trivia question will win Walk Of Faith by the Whisnants.

**The Whisnants started as the John Whisnant Family in the early 1970’s.  The group began getting recognized on a national level in the late 1980’s when their songs began charting.  What was the Whisnants first #1 song on the radio singles chart?

*Video Credit (Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row)

***CONTEST NOW CLOSED***

Congratulations to Wayne for being the first to correctly guess “Is Anything Too Hard For God” as the Whisnants first #1 radio single.

VOTING: Southern Gospel March Madness – Round 1b

The voting rounds have now begun for the 2016 Southern Gospel music March madness competition.  Let’s make this fun.  Here are the rules to voting.

  • All readers of the blog can vote.
  • I have set it up to where each person is allowed one vote per day.
  • This poll will close on Tuesday (03/22/16).

The Fab Five – January 2016

Here we are, the start of another year.  Lets kick off the month with the songs lighting up my musical playlists.  What am I currently listening to?  Here are the five most played Southern Gospel radio (or should be) songs in my musical playlists over the preceding month.  Enjoy!

Whisnants #1

*Video Credit (The Whisnants)

Mylon Hayes #2

The Sweetest Words He Ever Said

KH #3

*Video Credit (#KingdomHeirs)

Goodman #4

*Video Credit (#GoodmanRevival)

EHSS #5

*Video Credit (#ErnieHaaseAndSignatureSound)

Walk Of Faith: Whisnants

whisnants2015walkoffaithGRADE:  B

  • Album – Walk Of Faith
  • Artist – Whisnants
  • Label – UIA
  • Style – Traditional
  • Release Date – 07/21/15
  • Available For Digital Download? – No

SYNOPSIS:

One of Southern Gospel’s favorite trios, the Whisnants, have been a part of Southern Gospel music now for over 30 years.  They rose to prominence in the late 1990’s after their first #1 song; “Is Anything Too Hard For God”.

2015 finds the release of Walk Of Faith; a twelve song collection of new music.  The Whisnants also continue to be leaders among artists who record independently.  The success they’ve had without the help of a major record label is a model that other artists could learn.

Walk Of Faith doesn’t stray musically from what the Whisnants have been providing listeners since they hit the scene.  The center piece of the group’s sound and popularity is the rich alto voice of Susan Whisnant.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Whisnants have needed an up-tempo song to rival their career making concert closer, “New Day Dawning”.  They may have found it in the Marcia Henry/Sue C Smith collab, “Go Out Singing”.  This song will have you stomping your feet, singing along and probably hitting repeat.
  • It seems a majority of the Whisnants most memorable songs feature Susan.  Walk Of Faith have several, but none more prominent than the group’s latest single, “Worry Ends Where Faith Begins”.  Sometimes it is hard to activate our faith when consumed with worry.  It is nice to hear a reminder in song every so often to give our faith a little jump-start.
  • Logan Peck has penned one of the best play on words I’ve heard in a while.  We have all used or heard someone say, ‘I’ve made a grave mistake’.  Logan takes that saying and uses it as a resurrection song to convey the thought that Jesus is alive and to think otherwise is a grave mistake (the grave being the empty tomb).  I see future hit written all over this song.
  • Aaron’s stand out song on Walk Of Faith is “Do You Know The Savior”.  This song didn’t need an over-produced track but the vocal is the focal point of the song.  Simple is sometimes better.
  • The album starts with a nice up-tempo track, “Joy In The House”.  I could see this song being a nice concert opener for the group as they showcase songs from Walk Of Faith.
  • The album closes with a nice country flavored tune, “Healing Stream”.  Wayne Haun and Joel Lindsey have collabed on more winners than one can count.  Add another to that list.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “Go Out Singing”, “A Grave Mistake”, “Do You Know The Savior”, “Worry Ends Where Faith Begins”, “Joy In The House”, “Healing Stream” and “My God Is So Good To Me”.
CRITIQUE:
  • Now that the boys (Austin/Ethan) are singing more in concert, it would be nice to have a feature each on a Whisnants recording.  And, yes I am aware they have recorded two albums together.
  • The album seems to slow a bit with “There Is A Fountain” and “Saved Is All You Have To Be”.  Don’t get me wrong, both songs are strong lyrically.  The arrangements chosen for both are a bit too somber.
  • Until I don’t have to say it, I will always call out artists who don’t make new music available digitally.  Last time I checked, it is almost 2016.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “There Is A Fountain” and “Saved Is All You Have To Be”.

WRAP UP:

The Whisnants continue their winning streak of providing Southern Gospel listeners with strong lyrical messages.  It is really no surprise why they’ve been ranked among the best in Southern Gospel music for at least a decade.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Joy In The House”/Ensemble – Marcia Henry, Barbara Huffman  2. “Worry Ends Where Faith Begins“/Susan – Sandy Blythe  3. “I’m Holding On To Grace”/Jeff – Lee Black, Dianne Wilkinson  4. “Go Out Singing”/Ensemble; Aaron – Marcia Henry, Sue C Smith  5. “I Love You This Much”/Susan – Sandy Blythe  6. “My God Is So Good To Me”/Jeff – Joshua Jordan  7. “Do You Know The Savior”/Aaron – Karen Gillespie, Rachel McCutcheon  8. “A Grave Mistake”/Jeff – Logan H Peck  9. “There Is A Fountain”/Ensemble – Jim Brady  10. “Walk Of Faith”/Ensemble; Jeff – Lee Black, Marcia Henry  11. “Saved Is All You Have To Be”/Susan – Dianne Wilkinson  12. “Healing Stream”/Ensemble – Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey

The Fab Five – April 2015

It is April 1st, 2015.  Time to take a look at the most played Southern Gospel radio singles in my musical playlists over the preceding month.  The Hoskins Family top the list in April while we have two other families in the list; the Freemans and Whisnants.  Mercy’s Well have a career record with their latest single and one song tends to be a little out-of-place.  Oh well, Enjoy!

Hoskins Family

*Video Credit (Various Artists – Topic)

Mercys Well

I’ll Trade This Valley For A Mountain

GVB

*Video Credit (#GaitherVocalBand)

Whisnants

Glorybound

Freemans

*Video Credit (Harrison Freeman)

The Fab Five – September 2014

September 2014 is upon us.  That means football season, back to school and the end of the month brings the inaugural National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge TN.  As I start each new month, we’ll take a look at the five most played Southern Gospel radio songs in my iPod over the preceding month.  The Bowling Family, Whisnants and Browders make it a family sweep of the top three spots.  Gold City and Mark Bishop round out the top five.  Enjoy!

Bowling Family

 

 

 

 

 

Whisnants

 

 

 

 

 

Browders

 

 

 

 

 

Gold City

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Bishop