Saturday, January 14, 2017

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - January 14

Here are some news and tidbits from this week in Southern Gospel -
  • The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards were announced this week. The Isaacs and Karen Peck and New River received the most nominations with nine each. See the full list here. Voting opens on Monday, and the awards will be held on April 11.
  • Congratulations to the Nelons who have the opportunity to sing "God Bless America" as part of the Presidential Inauguration when President Donald J. Trump lays the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 
  • Aaron & Amanda Crabb were also honored with an invitation to perform at Family Research Council’s Faith Freedom & Future Inaugural Ball. The couple joins a lineup of top performers, including best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce, at the black-tie gala following the inauguration.
  • Prayers go out to the family of Burton "Sonny" Ludwig, Jr. father of Sonya Browder and Burton Ludwig III. He passed away at age 80 on Monday. Services were held on Friday morning.
  • Prayers also requested for the Dunaways with the passing of Tammy Dunaway’s birthmother, Angela Powell Couch. Services were held on Saturday morning.
Anything I've missed?

Friday, January 13, 2017

Fun Clip Friday - Allegiance Trio: Time to Sing Show

Happy Friday! If you haven't gotten a chance to check out Allegiance's new video series Time to Sing, they are doing some great clips and interviews with artists. Here's one of their shows with Karen Peck Gooch. Enjoy for today's Fun Clip Friday!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Candid - Miles Pike - CD Review

I first heard of Miles Pike a few years ago when I reviewed his project Timeless Truth. This later project Candid takes a different turn from that project. The title really says it all, the lyrics of each songs speaks candidly to Christians. Sometimes it takes a more humorous approach. Sometimes it's pretty straightforward.

The project starts with "Hard" that talks about how hard it can be to live the Christian life and be like Jesus. The song really has a country flair. It's honest and something we can all related to. We all struggle with turning the other cheek when we've been wronged and being consistent in prayer like we should.

"Don't Unpack Your Bags" is a great story song. It unfortunately paints the picture of a lot of churches today where they don't really want to hear the church but only messages that will make them feel good.

Miles borrows a Ray Stevens song with "Would Jesus Wear a Rolex." Make sure you give his version a listen! "Live Your Life So the Preach Won't Have to Lie at Your Funeral" is of that same vein.

Yes, Miles can pull off those funny, novelty type songs, but don't miss what a great vocalist he is. He gives a great performance on the more tender, truthful "Man Against Man" and the great ballad "Hard to Get." And then skip over to hear his low bass range on "Modern Man." And then when you think he can't get better, you can really his range covering all four parts on the quartet song "Talk About the Good Times."

"You Love the World" hits Christians hard. This uptempo, catchy song shoots straight with believers. How many times do we catch ourselves loving the world and putting things of the world over things of Christ? Don't we choose the light of the TV often over picking up His Word? Ouch.

If you're looking for something that's not your typical Southern Gospel album with great singing and full of truth, pick up a copy of Miles Pike's Candid today.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - January 7

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

  • Allegiance Trio has announced Corey Lackey as its new tenor singer. Corey joins group members Kasey Kemp and Jake Sammons. He is 22 years old and has relocated to Nashville from the Detroit, Michigan area. Previously Lackey has been serving the group as the road manager and providing sound engineering.
  • The Hinson Family has welcomed Logan Smith. Logan periodically filled in with the family throughout 2016 after Christy Hinson was diagnosed and underwent surgery and treatment for thyroid cancer. Logan recently became engaged to Jordan of the Hinson Family.
  • Soloist Caleb Kelly has signed with Chapel Valley recording company.
  • Daywind Music Publishing has added songwriter Janice Crow to its ever-growing roster of writers. Janice was a writer on the #1 song "Amazing God."
  • New Day Christian Distributors is pleased to announce the addition of industry veterans Dusty Wells and Kyle Johnson to the New Day sales force. Dusty Wells has been named Director of Sales, while Kyle Johnson will serve as the Director of Inventory and Production.
Anything I've missed?

Friday, January 6, 2017

Fun Clip Friday - On the Couch with Fouch with Chris West

I'm trying to get back into the Fun Clip Friday routine for you. This week, it's the latest edition of On the Couch with Fouch. Matt Fouch's first interview of the new year is with Chris West, bass singer for Gold City.

Chris talks about getting started in gospel music and also gives some bass singer tips. Check it out below -