Monday, July 25, 2016

Experiencing Victory at Victory - Joseph Habedank - Concert Recap

One of the things that I've grown to love about this industry is getting to know people. I've loved getting to see people's hearts in this industry. I love how artists are willing to share with audiences where they've been and how God has worked in them.

Several weeks ago, I had the chance to see Joseph Habedank in concert at Victory Baptist in Benton. He shared his testimony and the victory he's experienced over addiction. I've been able to see Joseph a handful of times as a soloist and each time I'm impressed with how openly he shares with the audience and he uses his struggle to show just how great God is.

Here are some highlights of the evening -

  • "It Is Well" - Joseph sang several songs from his hymn project, Take Time to Be Holy. This was probably my favorite of the ones he sang. Joseph stated that this song contains the greatest lyrics ever written, and I would agree.
  • "God Is Big Enough" - Love this song, which is also his latest single. Great reminder of God's strength in our lives. 
  • "What a Day That Will Be" - Joseph said this was actually the song that he sang when he tried out with the Perrys. Loved hearing him sing this hymn.
  • "Beauty of the Blood" - Incredible song and message. Joseph always does a great job on this song!
  • "Now I Know Him" - This is such a great testimony song for Joseph, and I think for a lot of us as Christians. We may think we know God, but we know Him so much better and so much sweeter when we walk through trials. Joseph communicates this song so well.
It was such a great night of worship and celebrating the victory that we all have through Christ. If you get the chance to see Joseph in concert, don't miss him. See his website for his concert schedule.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

ICYMI - News and Tidbits - July 23

Here are some news and tibit items from this week in Southern Gospel -
  • Congratulations to Matt Fouch and his wife Candice on the birth of their son Kingston David on Tuesday. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19.5 inches. Mother and baby are doing great!
  • Abby Paskvan sang the United States national anthem “The Star- Spangled Banner” at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday night. Abby is a Chapel Valley artist and has filled in for groups like The Hoppers.
  • Jonathan Thompson has joined the Pine Ridge Boys as lead singer.
Anything I've missed?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Fun Clip Friday - Gospel Singing Jubilee

Happy Friday to everyone! I got the chance to finally watch the Harmony Honors that aired on TBN last Friday night. This year the Harmony Honors paid tribute to Les Beasley and The Gospel Singing Jubilee. I'll confess I'm a little young to have watched the show when it aired, but I was able to find several clips online. So for today's Fun Clip Friday, I'm sharing one with you! Here's a clip from the show with several groups singing "Looking for a City." Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Hearing the Good News - Tribute Quartet Concert Recap

I'm still catching up on concert recaps from the end of June. One of the last concerts of June that I saw was the Tribute Quartet. Here are some highlights of the night -

  • "Oh What a Savior" - Riley nails this song! Amazing job. He set up the song a little differently than normal. That night right before the concert, their bus started having some issues with the generator. He talked about how growing up all he ever wanted to be was a mechanic. He had no desire to sing. He said it's funny how God works in that since being with Tribute, God hadn't forgotten that desire and had given him plenty of opportunities to be a mechanic. However, he said his life was changed when as a 12-year-old boy he stepped up to sing this song, the first song he ever sang as as solo.
  • "Outside the Gate" - The way the guys do this song is incredible. I love when they come out into the audience on the chorus with just the four voices. It really shows the talent and blend of the group.
  • I love Christmas. I mean, I love Christmas. However, I'm not usually a fan of Christmas music when it's 90 degrees outside. That being said, Riley singing "Mary Did You Know" was definitely a highlight of the night! Loved getting to hear him sing this song live!
  • "I Am Healed" - This was not a song I remember hearing before. Gary was featured on this song. Before he sang Gary said he had had this song on his mind all night, and he felt like someone needed to hear it. He said we serve a God who still saves and heals. Love this song!!
  • They had several requests that night including "I've Got Leaving on My Mind." Glad they wanted Anthony to sing this, another highlight!
  • "Good News From Jerusalem" continues to be a request from fans, and I think this song continues to get the biggest responses from the audience. Josh always does a great job on this song!
  • Also, I can't go without mentioning, they might have the most entertaining product pitch in gospel music. Kuddos to the group who can make the audience laugh during the entire thing!
If you get a chance to see Tribute in your area, don't miss them!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - July 16

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

  • Prayers go out to the O'Neal family and the Dixie Melody Boys in the passing of Joy O'Neal, Ed's wife. 
  • Some new booking agreements were made this week with Beckie Simmons Agency signing 11th Hour and April Potter signing Mark209.
  • Prayers also for the English family with the passing of Michael's mother, Grace, last week. 
  • Jon Epley announced his departure from the LeFevre Quartet on Facebook. 
  • Mickey Bell was announced as the new host of “The Dixie Gospel Caravan” in Birmingham, Alabama.
Anything I've missed?