Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sometimes He Whispers - Jay Parrack and Vocal Event - CD Review

Jay Parrack is best known for his time with Gold City where he was the group's tenor for 10 years. He comes back into the gospel music scene with his own group. He along with Anthony Hallman and Darren Morton make up Jay Parrack and Vocal Event. I first got to see this group in Branson at Silver Dollar City last year. I was immediately impressed with them and so I looked forward to hearing this release, and I was not disappointed!

The trio released Sometimes He Whispers in February. "Sometimes He Whispers" is the title track, the first sing and the highlight of the project. Jay has the feature on this song. The song was previously recorded by Adam Crabb, but Jay's version is just good. This song has such powerful lyrics, and Jay does a great job communicating that message.

The project starts with "Gift of Love" that's a cappella. It's a really interesting choice for an opening track, but I really like it! It shows right away the vocal abilities of this group and how well they blend. The song has a very classic sound.

"Since You Gave Me a Song" is a great Kenny Hinson song that features Anthony. He has a great voice, and this is definitely one of my favorites on the project!

The group shows off its country flair with "I Have Decided." This is another feature for Anthony. This country style really suits him. Jay shows off his upper range on one of the chorus repeats toward the end! He shows that he's still one of the best in the business. "Love Lifted Me" is another country flavored song. To me those are some of my favorites. I think it's where the group really shines.

Anthony and Darren also wrote on of the cuts, "Where Eternity Begins." The song features both of them. I really like inclusion of the "Angus Dei" toward the end with a choir backing them up, really nice touch.

Darren has the verses on "I Know Where Home Is" and "I Am Sure of You." He has a great voice that really holds the blend of the group together. He has some really tender moments in "I Am Sure of You."

Jay is featured on "Over the Moon." They have some fun with this song that makes it a must listen, but don't miss Jay's incredible tenor vocals on this song.

If you only know Jay Parrack from his Gold City days, definitely check this album out. Jay Parrack and Vocal Event have really set the bar high with this release. It's not a project that you want to miss this year!


Monday, June 29, 2015

Luke White Passes Away

Luke White, 30, passed away Sunday after fighting double pneumonia. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this time.

Luke was involved in many facets in the industry. He traveled with many groups behind the scenes including the Greenes and Aaron and Amanda Crabb. He also sang with his sister. Most recently he also worked with IMC Concerts.

Please keep his family and friends in your prayers. Luke's homegoing celebration will be at noon on Thursday, July 2 at North Pointe Church in Kernersville, North Carolina. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Donations to supplement Luke's medical expenses can be made online or mailed to:
Phillip & Rhonda White
1205 Century Park Ave.
Kernersville, NC 27284


Here's a clip of Luke from a few years ago singing with his sister -


Saturday, June 27, 2015

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - June 27

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

  • Dustin Black resigned from Mark Trammell Quartet effective August 3. He will be starting a new ministry in Ireland.
  • Matthew Esquivel joined Paul's Journey as the group's tenor singer. His first concert with them was June 25. He is 21 years old and from Fort Worth, Texas.
  • The family of Buck Rambo issued an open letter to fans this week that he has been battling cancer. Please keep them in your prayers. Here's the full letter from the family.
  • The Bowling Family announced this week that they will start a music fest and talent search in London, Kentucky next year. It will take place May 13-14, 2016 and will feature Adam Crabb, Gold City, Karen Peck & New River, Triumphant Quartet, Jeff and Sheri Easter, the McKameys, Primitive Quartet and Aaron Wilburn.
  • Jake Wood joined Mercy's Well this week. This is the 22-year-old's first full-time position in Christian music though he has experience singing in various local ministries.
  • The final round of voting for the 2015 Singing News Fan Awards is now open. Subscribers can vote online at http://fanawards.singingnews.com/.
  • Prayers requested for Luke White who has been involved in Southern Gospel behind the scenes work for many years. He has been in the hospital with pneumonia and a collapsed lung. 
Anything I've missed?

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fun Clip Friday - Jeff Easter Sings Bass

Here's a jewel of a Fun Clip Friday post for you! I've seen clips of Jeff Easter singing tenor before but never bass. This clip was taken at a singing at a Memorial Day Weekend singing where Jeff and Sheri Easter were with the Dixie Echoes this weekend. Watch as Jeff Easter sings bass with Chandler Johnson on "Roll on Jordan." Enjoy!



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Thursday Night - Memphis Quartet Show - Concert Recap

Thursday was a full day of gospel music. The concert that night kicked off at 6 p.m. and ended
several hours later. I confess I slipped out just a little early because I had to be back at work the next morning! Each of the six groups sang about 30 minutes during the first half and then came back out for about 15 minutes each in the second half.

The six groups that sang that night were

  • Tribute Quartet
  • Dixie Echoes
  • The Old Paths
  • Archie Watkins and Smoky Mountain Reunion
  • Primitive Quartet
  • Mark Trammell Quartet
Of the six groups, I hadn't seen two of them live before, Smoky Mountain Reunion and the Primitive Quartet. It was a good lineup of some great quartet singing! Here are some of my thoughts on the night and standout moments - 

Tribute Quartet
  • This group was the perfect choice to get the night started! They had a great energy to get the crowd going!
  • "I Will Rise" - I just love this song every time! Such a powerful song!!
  • "Good News from Jerusalem" - Always a crowd favorite, and great way to end their set!
Dixie Echoes
  • This was my first chance to hear Chandler Johnson on bass and WOW! This young man can hold his own at the bass part with the seasoned veterans of the group. He is incredible!
  • "Crumbs From the Table" - I always enjoy hearing Scoot sing this song.
Smoky Mountain Reunion
  • "God Is Still On the Throne" - Their a cappella version of this song was a definite highlight!
  • It was good to hear them sing some of the classics like "Jesus Is Coming Soon" and "Unseen Hand."
The Old Paths
  • The response for The Old Paths was awesome! The crowd really loved this group and wanted to show them the love since it would be their last time at the Memphis Quartet Show. They also got the first standing ovation of the night.
  • "I Bowed on my Knees" - I'm so glad that I got to hear Tim sing this song! He does a fantastic job on this song!
  • It was neat to hear the audience's response as songs started for some of their hits like "Love Them To Jesus" and "God's Great." They really made their last appearance a memorable one!
Primitive Quartet
  • "My Hope Is in the Blood" - They sang this in tribute to Norman Wilson. It was a touching moment and a great way to honor him!
  • "He Looked Beyond My Fault" - They did this as an instrumental. It was definitely a standout moment of their set!
Mark Trammell Quartet
  • "God's Been Faithful" - This has become one of my top favorite songs that they sing! Great message, and love to hear them sing it!
  • "Your Walk Talks" - The audience loves this song. Always gets a great response!
  • "I Want to Know" - In one of the classiest moves I've seen, they pulled Pat Barker on stage to sing this with them. Someone requested this song during the matinee, but they didn't have the track. Randy Byrd said that he is one of Pat's biggest fans, and it was only fitting that Pat come up and sing his signature song. It was great hearing Pat sing this song again, and I was so impressed with the way they handled it! 

I hate that I was only there for one day, but glad that I got to make the quick trip. I think this event is really becoming a favorite of gospel fans. Hopefully next year I can see more of it!