Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Catching Up and Taking a Break

I know I've been a little MIA recently, but just wanted to catch up on a few news items recently -
  • The Kingsmen announced this week that Bob Sellers is leaving the group the second week of June. He's been at the lead singer position for almost seven years. Bob will be focusing his time on the entrepreneurship he’s established in his hometown area as well enjoying more family time. Pray for Bob and the group as they make this transition. Bob will definitely be missed on the road, but I definitely understand and respect his decision. His daughter will actually be playing basketball for the University of West Alabama next year, so he'll have the chance to be at more games for her as well as his younger children who are both active in their school. If you would like to audition for the Kingsmen, please send a demo, photo and bio to Kingsmenauditions@gmail.com. 
  • Voting is now open for round 2 of the Singing News Fan Awards for subscribers. Go here to vote now.
  • Please be in prayer for the family of Mary Ann Gaither Addison, who passed away on Wednesday, April 25 after suffering complications from a pulmonary infection.
  • Christy Sutherland and Matt Dudney are very proud to announce the birth of their baby boy. Kenneth John Matthew Dudney was born on March 27, 2018 at 8:01 a.m., weighing 5 lbs 14 oz.

In other news, you may have noticed that posts have not been as frequent lately. I've been to several concerts and have CDs lined up to review, but time has been an issue. In addition to my full-time job, I also teach a class at a local college. Between the jobs and other commitments, the blog has unfortunately taken a back seat. Posting will probably continue to be sporadic for the next few weeks while I wrap up the semester. Sorry, but I hope to get back up to speed after a mini break!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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

Here are some news items recently in Southern Gospel music -

  • Prayers go out to the Mullins family. Anchormen baritone, Scott Mullin’s father passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 after a short illness.  
  • The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards were held in Nashville on Tuesday, April 10. The full list of winners is here. Karen Peck & New River were the big winners of the night, taking home Fan Favorite Artist, Album and Musician. You can watch the video online here.
Anything I've missed?

Friday, April 20, 2018

Fun Clip Friday - Singing in the Sun

This week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, one of the largest events in Southern Gospel Music is happening - Singing in the Sun. Enjoy this clip of Joseph Habedank opening one of the nights with "Here He Comes."

Friday, April 13, 2018

Fun Clip Friday - On the Couch with Fouch - Josh Townsend

Get to know Legacy Five's newest member Josh Townsend with the most recent On the Couch With Fouch video. Hear him talk about his history in the industry, his influences and some of his testimony.

Enjoy for today's Fun Clip Friday!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Finest Hour - The Talleys - CD Review

The Talleys released their latest project Finest Hour on March 30. This is the group's first release since 2015 and also the first release where Lauren Talley has been a writer as well as vocalist.

Finest Hour features 12 songs as opposed to the normal 10. I love longer when projects give listeners a bonus track or two! And none of the songs fill like just "filler" songs.

The project starts with "Look Up" with each member of the Talleys having solos on the verses. I love the recitations during the song. This song also contains a line with the project's title - Finest Hour. I got to see this song live on the Abraham Production cruise, and it's definitely a powerful song live! I look forward to seeing them stage this a lot.

"Jeremiah 29:11 (You Have Plans)" is one of the highlights to me. I think this song voices fears that we all have. It's that reassuring ballad that we all need sometimes when life can seem to get the best of us. Lauren is featured on this song, and it's also one that she wrote. The other incredible ballad on this project is "Home At Last" which is a great song about Heaven featuring Debra and Lauren.

Debra's rich alto sings the verses of "When the Answer Is No." This is another great ballad that is very relatable. It takes the story of Jesus praying in the garden for this cup to pass from him on the first verse, the second verse is that application verse that talks about our own prayers not being answers as we hoped. We can be assured that God knows best when the answer is no. Debra is also featured on "That's What the Teacher Taught." The song goes through several of the life lessons of Jesus from His teachings and His life. It's one of those songs that you have to listen to a few times to find all the nuggets from these lyrics.

"Joy" picks up the tempo a bit and has a fun feel to it. Lauren takes the lead on this song that you really can't help but bob your head to. "Grab Your Umbrella" is another fun song. Roger sings this song that talks about Elijah praying for rain. It's a great song that talks about how God works behind the scenes so prepare for His blessings - grab your umbrella. "Get Me There" is another groovin' tune that talks about Heaven and features Roger.

Lauren is such a good communicator on story songs. "We Are Witnesses" is an incredible song that is from the prospective of Jesus' followers. This is another one that she co-wrote with Tony Wood and Kenna West.

The last track is "Begin Again God," which is also the first single. This song is just standard Talleys song that will make you want to push "begin again" on the project to give it another listen.

This project had a lot to live up to after After All This Time, but it certainly does not disappoint. It's one of those rare projects where you don't find yourself skipping over songs but listening to all 12.

Song to Turn Up - "Begin Again God" and "Joy"
Song to Put on Repeat - "Jeremiah 29:11 (You Have Plans)"
Song to Give a Second Listen - "That's What the Teacher Taught"

Song List -
1. "Look Up"
2. "Jeremiah 29:11 (You Have Plans)"
3. "When the Answer Is No"
4. "Joy"
5. "We Are Witnesses"
6. "Grab Your Umbrella"
7. "When Death Was Arrested"
8. "That's What the Teacher Taught"
9. "Get Me There"
10. "Home At Last"
11. "He Restoreth My Soul"
12. "Begin Again God"