Saturday, May 28, 2016

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - May 28

Here are the latest news items from this week in Southern Gospel -

  • Congratulations to Pat Barker and Lynnelle Terry who were married this week. The two were married on Thursday in Oxford, Alabama. 
  • Congratulations also to Jared Stuffle and Lindsey Miller who were married today in Gallatin, Tennessee. 
  • Prayers are requested for Tracy Stuffle who had to be put in the hospital earlier for a UTI and AFib. Keep him in your prayers as he recovers.
  • Daywind Music Publishing has added Devin McGlamery to its roster of songwriters. Devin has been the lead singer for Ernie Haase & Signature Sound for more than five years.
  • Brian Free & Assurance announce the release of their Live Redeemed Challenge, an online journey that takes an in-depth look at their new project, Live Like We’re Redeemed. The 10-week journey takes visitors not only into the message of each song recorded on the project, but presents a new challenge with each successive week. Brian Free & Assurance extend an invitation to everyone to take part in the challenge by visiting:
  • The 2016 Singing News Songwriters Search is now open. Find out more here
Anything I've missed?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Fun Clip Friday - Facebook Live

Facebook Live is the latest social media trend to sweep Southern Gospel artists. Facebook started allowing live streaming late last year and now it's been opened up to all people and pages. Gospel artists are definitely taking advantage of this new tool as another way to connect with fans.

I have to say Gold City is probably the group that does Facebook Live the best. They will live stream a lot of nights after the concert just talking to fans, taking questions and allowing them to see what it's like to travel down the road with the quartet. They enjoy picking on each other and telling stories.

The Nelons shared a video last night of the view of Gatlinburg from the Skylift and the view of the city at night.

TaRanda Greene Beene, Doug Anderson and Jody McBrayer, also known as Cana's Voice, shared a preview of their new album yesterday from Chicago and told fans about a contest for the album.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Hymns of Fanny Crosby - Ernie Haase & Signature Sound - CD Review

If I had to list my favorite hymns, several Fanny Crosby songs would make the list! Earlier this
month, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound released an album of just her hymns. I'm always interested to see when groups release a hymns project if they will cut them as we are used to hearing or put their own style to the song.

With Ernie Haase & Signature Sound you can guarantee they aren't going to put out any ordinary hymn CD, but do their best to make the songs their own.

The album starts with "Blessed Assurance." This group definitely gives the song a fresh feel with a bluesy feel. Bass singer Paul Harkey takes the first verse and Ernie Haase the second.

Devin McGlamery is featured on the first verse of a soulful "He Hideth My Soul," and again Ernie takes the second verse. I think the organ on this song is a nice touch.

"I Am Thine O Lord/ Draw Me Nearer" has a cool intro that starts with a steady background beat that continues throughout the song. Devin has the lead on this song. I love how this song shows off his voice. When the guys hit the chorus of "Draw Me Nearer," I really liked some of the creative liberties they took.

Ernie starts "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross" very tenderly. I really like the soft arrangement of the song. Ernie does a recitation for one of the verses. I love how the quartet sounds as a group on the chorus.

Piano starts "Pass Me Not" with the full quartet singing. Then Dustin Doyle takes one of the verses. This verse is further evidence of the great hire EHSS made with Dustin. Even though I love how EHSS can take these old songs and make them their own, this simple arrangement was a stand out to me.

"Praise Him! Praise Him!" starts out with a Celtic feel. The blend of the group is really showcased throughout the song. I also love the start to "Redeemed" with a totally different feel. This one has a country feel with some banjos and "heys" thrown in. Dustin takes the lead on this one as well.

The project ends with "Tell Me the Story of Jesus" featuring Paul and Ernie. This shows off Paul's range as he tackles the upper part of his register. This one was another favorite.

I love how diverse Signature Sound made a hymns project. From Celtic sounds to banjos to organs, they really put their own style to each song and brought new life to these familiar hymns! This project is definitely worth checking out!

Song List -
1. "Blessed Assurance"
2. "He Hideth My Soul"
3. "I Am Thine O Lord/ Draw Me Nearer"
4. "Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross/ In the Cross"
5. "Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior"
6. "Praise Him! Praise Him!"
7. "Redeemed How I Love to Proclaim It"
8. "Tell Me the Story of Jesus"

Saturday, May 21, 2016

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - May 21

Here are a few news and tidbits from this week in Southern Gospel music -

  • The Harper Agency has added Mark Lowry to its roster of artists for booking.
  • Prayers requested for Christy Hinson. Weston and Christy Hinson shared via a Facebook video that Christy has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Doctors believe they have caught it early. Pray for Christy and her doctors as they take the next steps for treatment.
  • The Browders celebrated six #1 singles from their album Time Machine. With their latest #1 in April, "Waiting for You To Get Home," they are the only artist in Southern Gospel to have this many #1 songs from the same album.
  • The Steeles announced a change for their ministry this week. Their son Brad will now join them as the third vocalist. Matthew Thompson is coming off the road to spend more time with his family and to dedicate more time to his business, Thompson Renovations. Brad also serves as the music and worship pastor at their church.
Anything I've missed?

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fun Clip Friday - Drive Thru Demos - Jaquita Lindsey

Happy Friday to everyone! A Front Row View has put out some great videos lately on social media with several different artists. Here's the latest Drive Thru Demo featuring 11th Hour vocalist Jaquita Lindsey. Join their car ride as they talk about the latest 11th Hour CD, Jaquita's writing, music choices and how she and another writer are making their home state (Arkansas!!) proud!