Saturday, September 20, 2014

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - Sept. 20

Here are some news and tidbit items from this week in gospel music -

  • The Booth Brothers and the Jim Brady Trio both announced their new members yesterday in a joint video announcement. Tim Parton will be joining Jim and Melissa Brady for the Jim Brady Trio. Paul Lancaster will be the third member of the Booth Brothers.
  • Jim and Melissa Brady also announced earlier in the week that Daywind Records has signed the Jim Brady Trio.
  • Mary Tom Speer Reid passed away on Sept. 16 of natural causes. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
  • Singing News and Solid Gospel have announced their coverage of NQC next week. Be sure to check it out!
  • Horizon Records, a division of Crossroads Entertainment and Marketing, has renewed its contract with the Kingsmen. This new long-term agreement will further their 22-year partnership.
  • Buck Rambo had surgery on Friday to repair a bone spur and two damaged discs. The surgery went well, and the family asks for you to prayer for a speedy recovery.
  • Our thoughts and prayers are also with Adam Wagner and his family. Adam plays keyboard for the Sneed Family and also worked for the Hoppers for many years. His dad passed away on Sept. 15. 
  • Angela Primm has started a Kickstarter campaign for a new memorial project to remember the songs of Mahalia Jackson. Find out more about the Kickstarter campaign.
Anything that I've missed?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Booth Brothers and Jim Brady Trio Announcement

The Booth Brothers announced that Jim Brady will be leaving at the end of the year last month. Today, the Jim Brady Trio announced its third member, and the Booth Brothers announced who will be singing baritone. Watch below for the announcement!

Be sure to watch until the end!!


Fun Clip Friday - NQC 2013

In honor of NQC  next week, today's Fun Clip Friday post highlights one of the stand out moments from last year. There were some great moments, but one of the funniest occurred on the all-quartet night. It's none other than the All Bass Quartet! Thanks to Ben Wolfe for posting this moment on YouTube!

Happy Fun Clip Friday!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mary Tom (Speer) Reid Passes Away

Mary Tom Speer Reid passed away yesterday of natural causes. Please keep the family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Here is what Ben Speer posted on Facebook -

Born in Double Springs, Alabama, on June 13, 1925, Mary Tom Speer-Reid is the youngest daughter of GT “Dad” Speer and Lena Darling Brock “Mom” Speer. Mary Tom spent many years performing with the Speer Family prior marrying the Reverend Robert “Bob” Reid in 1954. She left the group to support her husband’s ministry and raise her family of three children: Teresa Ann Reid Fontaine (1955), Cynthia Lee Reid (1958), and Timothy Scott Reid (1960). They moved to Ohio in 1961 where they lived and pastored until Bob’s death in December of 1968. After the untimely death of her husband, Mary Tom and children moved back to Nashville in 1969. She returned to the Speer Family on a limited basis for special concert appearances in the early 1980’s and continued to appear with the Speers until the retirement of the group. Mary Tom has also been a staff member of the Ben Speer’s Stamps-Baxter School of Music, secretary for Ben Speer Music, and quite active in the Gaither Homecoming Series.

Led by family patriarch George Thomas Speer (1891-1966), the Singing Speer Family was a well-known gospel group with its origins in Alabama. George Thomas "Dad" Speer, Lena Brock "Mom" Speer, and their children, Brock, Rosa Nell, Mary Tom, and Ben, were all part of the family group at some point. With the onset of the Great Depression in 1929, the G. T. Speer Family moved to Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Speer made a living as an insurance salesman and a singing-school teacher. In 1934, Speer took a job with the James D. Vaughan Music Publishing Company of Lawrenceburg and blossomed as a music teacher and songwriter. He co-wrote many of his songs at that time with Adger Pace, who wrote the lyrics for Speer's compositions as well as for many other gospel writers who published songs for the Vaughan Company. G. T. Speer wrote or co-wrote more than 600 songs.

The group was popular for much of the latter half of the twentieth century, appearing on radio and television shows in Alabama and Tennessee and making more than 60 recordings. The Speer Family was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame in 1998. Mary Tom Speer-Reid was inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mrs. Speer-Reid is survived by sister, Rosa Nell Speer Powell; brother, Ben Lacy Speer; daughters Teri Reid Fontaine and her husband Shannon and Cynthia Lee Reid, son Timothy Scott Reid and wife Pamela; grandchildren Megan Louise Reid Layne, Meredith Lindsey Reid, Marissa Lee Reid, Allyson Rose Fontaine, John Robert Fontaine and Anna Lee Reid; great-grandsons Gavin Scott Layne and Liam Matthew Reid.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Spending Sept. 11 with Gold City - Concert Recap

Thursday night, I had the chance to attend the last concert of the year in Ward, Arkansas at DaySpring Baptist Church. The church has hosted a number of concerts this year, and I'm glad that I've gotten to attending several of them! They already have some great groups booked for next year, so I'm looking forward. I appreciate all the church does to get gospel music to Central Arkansas! They ended their concert series this year with Gold City.

It hadn't been too long since I had seen Gold City since they were at Silver Dollar City. However, it was the night that it rained and the concert ended early, so it was good to see a full concert by them.

Gold City - Robert Fulton, Chip Pullen, Daniel Riley
and Chris West
The night started with "Somebody Sing Me a Gospel Song" and then they sang "Cast My Bread Upon the Water." They kept the tempo going with "I'm Saved, I'm Sure, I'm Ready" next.

Next, they sang "Redeemed" which is from their latest hymns project. It was great to hear them stage several of those songs live. 

Daniel Riley introduced piano player Bryan Elliot and he played "Keep on the Firing Line." Then, they sang the Joseph Habedank and Dianne Wilkinson-penned "Footprints on the Water." Daniel does a great job on this song!

Daniel introduced tenor Robert Fulton and then he was featured on "Calvary Conquers It All." Incredible job!! They then picked things back up with "I'm Rich," always a favorite!

Daniel gave an update on Tim Riley who is still recovering from the stroke he had in July. He was released from inpatient rehab sooner than expected because of his recovery. Doctors expect him to make a full recovery, but he still needs time to take it easy and get better. He thanked everyone who had been praying for him and joked that his mom requested prayers too since he was home now and she was taking care of him! :)

They introduced Chris West who has been filling in at bass for a few weeks. It was great to hear him featured on "I'm Free." They sang a couple more from their hymns project including "Farther Along" and "Nothing But the Blood." They have a lot of fun onstage with "Farther Along" that has more of a black gospel feel. They ended the first half with "I'm Not Giving Up."

After a quick break, they started back with "Look Who Just Checked In." Then, they sang "Power of the Cross," which was definitely the highlight of the night! Amazing and powerful song!! They pulled out the classic "When I Get Carried Away" next.

Daniel said he was thankful that if he was carried away, he would know exactly where he would go. The group members are not preachers but deliver the message and share the gospel through song. That's why they do what they do -- to make a difference using songs to encourage believers to not give up and keep trusting in Christ. He said that at 15 years old the Lord showed him that his righteousness was as filthy rags. All the good things we do are in vain, if we don't know Jesus as Savior. Their goal was to make sure all there that night were ready for Jesus' return. This set up "Midnight Cry." Chip did an incredible job on this Gold City classic with a standing ovation!

Being September 11, they ended the concert with "I Love This Land." They recognized the veterans in the audience. There were actually two World War II vets in the audience, which is amazing! Great ending to a great night!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - Sept. 12

Here are some news and tidbit items from this week in gospel music -

  • Congratulations to Randy Shelnut, Jr. (Scoot) and his wife Penny on the birth of their son Drew Vinson Shelnut. They welcomed him on Sept. 11, 2014. All are doing well!
  • Gospel music fans will for the first time have a chance to enjoy music and video on BluRay disc. The "Gospel Music Hymn Sing" recording will be the first gospel music event to be released in this format. It will be released on Sept. 22, 2014. You can preorder it online now.
  • Solid Gospel Radio will feature more NQC coverage than ever before this year! Read all about it on
  • The Steeles have announced their return to full-time gospel music on the road. The group has been doing "Monumental Monday" concert events with Jeff as senior pastor of a church in Alabama. He decided to resign, and he, Sherry and new singer Matthew Thompson (replacing Andrew Ishee) will travel and tour as the Steeles.
  • The Nelons were featured in CCM magazine. You can check out the article on their trip to Guatemala here
Anything I've missed?