Monday, December 31, 2012

Top Moment of 2012 - #1

Group changes always leave fans wondering how the "new guy"will fit in and what the group will sound like with the addition. Fans can be pretty vocal about how they feel regarding group changes. Often it's not hard to see when a group member is new, because it can take time for these new group arrangements to click which is no indication that it's not working or won't work, but there is an adjustment period. So when it clicks from the start, it's a rare moment, which brings us to my top moment of 2012.

I had the privilege of seeing Matt Fouch in his first night with Legacy Five. And from the moment they started singing, there was no doubt that this was the right move for Legacy Five and Matt. When Matt sang his first feature song of the night "I've Been Changed," it was evident that Legacy Five fans and gospel fans all could hear that Matt's voice fit the group right away.

The group transition was handled very tactfully by both groups. Matt sang with Soul'd Out Quartet just the day before. It impressed me that Matt was already mouthing the words to other  songs when he wasn't singing. It was also neat to see the rest of Legacy Five definitely gave him encouragement throughout the night.

They closed the concert that night with "We Shall See Jesus." Matt knocked this one out of the park! This was by far my favorite song of the night, and my only regret is not getting a video of it. It had the entire audience of more than 4,000 on its feet.

I do have another video from that night that you can check out below.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Fun Clip Friday - The Hoppers

Hope everyone has had a great last full week of 2012! I've gotten to spend some time with my family this week which has been a great blessing. After celebrating Christmas, we decided to get away to the Smokies for several days and enjoy a Tennessee Christmas. Hope you've also gotten to spend some quality time with your family, but I'm not sure I wish the 10-hour car ride quality time that we had! ;)

The Hoppers shared on YouTube on Sunday their GMA Hall of Fame Induction. So for this Friday's Fun Clip, here's a glimpse at the first part of their induction. All three parts are on YouTube, but here's the first one below! Enjoy!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Top Moment of 2012 #2

I had the privilege of seeing two "testimony concerts" this year, where each group shared their personal testimony. Both of them made the list of my favorite moments from the year. Top moment #2 was with the Perrys.

The Perrys
Hands down, it was one of the best gospel concerts I've ever attended. You can read the full recap of the concert here. It was the perfect mix of singing and testimonies with them intertwined where it all just fit together. Each group member picked a song that they felt led to sing after their testimony.

Each testimony was a little different. For some it was their salvation experience while for others it was more about how God had used their difficult circumstances to work a far greater plan.

Tracy mentioned at the concert that they only do these type of testimony concerts twice a year. I feel very blessed that I was able to be at one of them!

There's not a particular moment from the concert that really stands out, but it was the night as a whole that really made an impact. Each song and each testimony made it one of the standout concerts of the year.

The countdown continues next week with #1!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Top Moment of 2012 #3

I remember last year reading a statement from TaRanda Greene about not being able to attend National Quartet Convention in 2011. I wasn't sure whether or not when she would be making an appearance this year or not, until Kim Hopper called her on stage for the top moment #3 of the year.

Kim Hopper took the stage with Kim Collingsworth playing for her to preview a showcase NQC was having the next day. I got pretty excited when after Kim finished singing the first verse, she called TaRanda to the stage to join her.

Kim Hopper, TaRanda Greene and Kim Collingsworth's performance of "There Is a Fountain" at NQC was definitely what people were talking about the next morning. When you think about the top sopranos of the genre, Kim Hopper and TaRanda Greene are definitely among the top of the list. With their power vocals combined with Kim Collingsworth's strong alto harmonies, it made for a chills- worthy performance. 

It was sweet to see the two sisters-in-law sing together and to mark TaRanda's return to NQC. That alone would have made the performance significant, but it was the dynamic vocal combination of the three women that made it rank at #3 on my top moments of 2012 list!

Look for #2 tomorrow!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to everyone! Hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas holiday with your family and friends!!

Here's my favorite version of my favorite Christmas song. I don't think anyone sings it better! Enjoy!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Top Moment of 2012 #4

Social media has become a great tool recently for getting news out to the masses timely. In late August, Facebook and Twitter lit up with the news of Scotty and Kasey Inman's daughter Embry. First, it was the news of her birth, but only few hours later, it was an urgent prayer request that baby Embry was facing serious medical problems.

Embry stopped breathed several times within the first 12 hours of her life. She was put into the ICU and had several tests run on her. The doctors discovered that she was having seizures and could possibly have suffered brain damage. News came later that her brain was perfectly fine and the medication was working great preventing seizures.

One week after she was born, Embry finally got to go home with Scotty and Kasey. The next night Triumphant Quartet was scheduled to sing in Branson, Mo. at Silver Dollar City during their Southern Gospel Picnic. I had several conversations with people at the park who were wondering how the baby was doing now and who would sing baritone for the quartet.

It was definitely a pleasant surprise to see Scotty there that night. And it was a great testament to how God was working and healing baby Embry. It showed the amount of dedication that he had to the calling that God has for his life. He also mentioned that Kasey told him between their mothers and sisters that baby Embry would be well taken care of that weekend! :)

Scotty shared during the second half of the concert about baby Embry and what they had been through in the past week. He said, "I'm not amazed that God could do it, but that he would do it for me and my family." We all know that God can do anything, but it is such an amazing feeling when he does something amazing for you. Scotty then sang the song "The Great I Am Still Is."

His story of how God had worked and the fact that he went back on the road showing his commitment to this ministry spoke volumes. It was a great moment and testimony, and definitely a top moment of the year for me!

The countdown continues later this week with moment #3!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Top Moment of 2012 - #5

Halfway through the countdown of my top moments of 2012 is the Melody Boys Quartet Spring Concert. The Melody Boys will retire at the end of 2012, so this was their last annual spring concert. It's always a great event every year, and this year it was extra special with their upcoming retirement. So the full concert makes it in as a "top moment!"

The night included a special tribute video for the group. The concert was full of music, both new and classic. They also had several former group members come back to sing with them, which is a tradition each year for this concert.

Gerald Williams has been the bass singer for the group for 63 years, since he was 17 years old. He was featured on "Love So Divine" early in the concert and showed that at 80 years old, he's still one of the best in the business! His voice was just as strong that night as it's been for decades!

One of my favorite portions of the concert was simply the guys gathered around the piano singing the familiar quartet songs. The group is known for it's incredible harmonies, and they showed it!

Read the full recap of the concert here. The night was very special since it was their last annual spring concert. The Melody Boys have one final concert on New Year's Eve also at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark. I'm hoping to be able to attend, but not sure yet because I'll be out of town through New Year's Eve. If you are in the area though, I think you should definitely make plans to attend!

The countdown continues next week!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fun Clip Friday - Collingsworth Family

Less than one week until Christmas! I keep thinking I have all my Christmas shopping done, but keep remembering "one more thing" I need to get. Please tell me I'm not alone in this.

Here's a last Christmas-themed clip. This Fun Clip Friday is a throwback to 2007. The Collingsworth Family has really changed in the last 5 years. The video won't let me embed it but don't miss watching it here. It's worth seeing how much younger Collingsworths have changed!

Also, don't forget that TBN is showing a preview of their "Feels Like Christmas" this weekend, including one tonight. For showtimes, go here. Also, here's a trailer below!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

An Evening in December CD Review - The Nelons

The Nelons released An Evening in December in conjunction with their tour of the same name this winter. This is not your typical Christmas album with a new rendition of "The First Noel" or "Sleigh Bells." As much as I love those familiar Christmas songs, I love hearing new ones or different ones that you don't normally hear this time of year. When Christmas albums come out with a bunch of songs that have been overdone, I'll listen but can become tired of it pretty quickly. The thing that sticks out to me most about this project is the song selection on this project. Sure, there are a couple of more familiar Christmas songs, but there are so many other great ones that you don't hear as often or that I hadn't heard before.

The project starts with the a cappella title song, "An Evening in December." The background harmonies are so great on this project. Kelly gets the feature on this one and makes it a beautiful song. This is one of two a cappella songs on the project; Amber also sings "Silent Night."

Jason is featured on the second song on the album, "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas." I think this is a great version of this song by Jason and Kelly and Amber add some great harmonies.

One of my favorites from the project is "Light a Candle." I love this Christmas song, but don't consider it one that's overdone. Amber gets the feature on this one and does an amazing job.  Absolutely beautiful!

Autumn also sings one on the project, "Happy Birthday Jesus." Autumn is developing into quite a singer, and I look forward to hearing more from her!

I had never heard the song "Rest on Me" until their concert last week. Kelly sings this song from Mary's perspective. It's a beautiful song about Mary holding baby Jesus thinking all that He's been put on earth to do and about one day resting in Him.

The highlight of the project for me has to be "More Than Wonderful," which is not necessarily a Christmas song, but definitely fits on this album. It's a powerful song that has great delivery by Amber and Jason!

Family groups are often known for their incredible harmonies, and the Nelons definitely have that. With that and the great song selection, the album is a must add to your Christmas music collection.

Song List:
1. "An Evening in December"
2. "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
3. "Light a Candle"**
4. "The Loneliest Christmas"
5. "More Than Wonderful"**
6. "Silent Night"
7. "Rest on Me"**
8. "Happy Birthday Jesus"
9. "Christmas All Year"**
10. "Auld Lang Syne"

**Personal favorites

Review copy provided

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Top Albums of 2012

As the year draws to a close, it's time to look at the top albums of the year. Here are my top five:

5. Together Again (Crabb Family) - The Crabb Family released their first project as a family in seven years. Jason Crabb produced and arranged the album. I love how most of the songs featured all family members and didn't just showcase one or two. Stylistically, there is something for everyone. While it may not be a favorite for traditional gospel fans, I think it definitely lived up to the hype of a Crabb family recording and made fans excited about hearing the family together again.

4. Tribute to the Songs of Bill and Gloria Gaither (Booth Brothers) - The Booth Brothers did not fail to disappoint again this year with this tribute project. The 15-song album picks some of the best Gaither songs, some more well-known than others. The Booth Brothers helped bring new life with their great vocals and harmonies to some of these classic songs. Most of the songs are easy listening, and had there been a couple more uptempo numbers or cut down to the 12 strongest, it could have easily been higher in my opinion.

3. Love Won (The Talleys) - The addition of Brian Alvey to the Talley Trio produced one of the best albums this year. He not only added great vocals but also strong writing skills to the project. I think it's the best album the Talleys have ever released. The harmonies with all four members are incredible. I think a couple of the songs are among the strongest of songs on albums released this year.

2. Lifetime (Mark Trammell Quartet) - This album comes close the topping the list. I love the concept idea of the project, but it does include previously recorded songs (all but one). However, the songs aren't your traditional hymns or table project picks. They are all songs that have special significance for Mark Trammell. The Lari Goss arrangement on this project with the different medleys of songs are simply great. This group though has definitely hit its stride and is at the top of their game, and this album proves it.

1. Through the Night (The Perrys) - This was the second album with the current lineup, but the first one where all current group members have been involved from the beginning. Every song on this project is so strong individually that when the 10 are put together it is dynamite. It's not often that I find a project where I don't skip one song. Even with a re-cut of a Perrys song (which I prefer to the first version), the song selection is what sets this album apart. With the great Libbi Perry Stuffle ballad, the strong songwriting skills of Joseph Habedank and the all around great vocals, the album shows the Perrys at their best. It's definitely strong enough to top the list for 2012 in my opinion.

Other worthy album mentions:

Best Surprise Album of the Year - He Gives a Song (Murray Family) - I was not familiar at all with the Murray Family until receiving their CD. Great family group that is one to keep your eye on!

Album That's Great for a Long Road Trip - Canton Junction (Canton Junction) - This debut album of Canton Junction features two discs full of songs that set the bar for this new group.

Album That Is Never Far From my CD Player - Eyes Wide Open (Jeff and Sheri Easter) - This is one of my favorite albums from this year. Great songs with a strong theme of survival and coming through a battle.

Best Specialty Project - How You Walk the Miles (Karen Peck) - Karen Peck Gooch released her first solo project in many years with many guest vocalists. Definitely worth a listen!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Top Moment of 2012 - #6

It's one thing for gospel singers to talk about the mercy and grace of Christ, but it's another for them to tell how it's affected their lives. One of the things I love about going to see a group live is getting to hear from them between the songs whether it's a joke or serious moment. You feel like you really get to know more about the people when you see bits of their personality come out. Occasionally group members don't just open up and tell a joke or two, but share their hearts and their lives from the platform. The #6 top moment of the year comes from hearing the testimonies of the Mark Trammell Quartet.

Each group member shared their personal salvation experience. Some members told of how they had served in a church or even sang gospel music thinking they were saved, but God actually got a hold of their hearts later on. It was a touching night, and I appreciated so much how open and honest each of the guys were. They willing to share parts of their private lives so that He would be glorified through their stories. It was a night that I won't soon forget and definitely a top moment of 2012!

You can read the full post and each testimony here.

The countdown continues later this week!

Monday, December 17, 2012

An Evening in December with the Nelons and LeFevre Quartet

An Evening in December Christmas tour with the Nelons and LeFevre Quartet made a stop in Malvern Thursday night. It had been several years since seeing the Nelons live in concert, so I was looking forward to seeing them again. I just saw the LeFevre Quartet in August, but I was excited to see them especially with Tim Duncan filling in at bass.

First of all, I need to mention that it was quite an adventure getting to the concert between road construction on the Interstate and a Christmas parade. Once we got into Malvern all we could see were blue and red flashing lights. At first, we thought it was a massive wreck in front of us only to realize it was the town's Christmas parade with every emergency vehicle possible participating. It's a good thing there were no fires in Malvern right then because some kids would have been booted off a fire truck. Of course the main route to the church was blocked, so my friends and I had quite the adventure finding an alternate route. If you don't believe me about the craziness of the parade, check out Kelly Nelon Clark's SocialCam of it. We thought we were running extremely late, but thankfully the concert started 30 minutes later than we thought! Right as we were walking in, the parade was passing in front of the church. 

LeFevre Quartet - Harold Reed, Jordan LeFevre,
Mike LeFevre andTim Duncan
An evening in December started with the LeFevre Quartet. They sang "When I Get Carried Away." They sang a song from their newest project next, "Come and See," which featured Jordan. I remember first seeing him as a drummer with his dad's group, and he's become a solid lead singer.

Mike introduced the group next, and said that they had Tim Duncan on loan from Hagee Ministries for this tour. Tim then sang a song from his solo project, "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." Tim is just incredible, and I love that he's first a singer and then a bass.

They then sang "Jesus Saves, " and the Nelons came up to join them and finish the song with them.

The Nelons - Jason Clark, Kelly Nelon Clark and
Amber Nelon Thompson
The Nelons began their portion with "Come to the River." Then, they sang the Nelons' classic "O For a Thousand Tongues." Kelly did a beautiful job on this song as always. Jason then took the lead on "Excuse Me Are You Jesus?" where they had the concept video for the song playing along in the background. Jason does a great job of conveying the message of this story song.

They ended the first half with "I'm Going Home with Jesus." It was a great upbeat way to end the first half and had the entire audience clapping along!

Most concerts I have been to recently have a heavy first half with only a few songs after intermission. This concert was much more heavy on the second end which was all Christmas. Even though the groups didn't sing together much, I really liked how they were both on stage the entire time.

The second half started with both groups on stage minus Kelly but plus Autumn, the youngest member of the Nelons. Kelly started singing "An Evening in December" from the back of the sanctuary and made her way to the stage and the empty stool. Next, the LeFevre Quartet sang "Sleigh Ride."

After the song, Kelly started talking but was interjected by Sam (their Dachshund) of the famous SamCam. You probably have guessed from previous blog posts that I am a big fan of SamCam. If you don't follow Kelly on SocialCam to see SamCam videos, you should start immediately!! Sam gave a great rendition of Ave Maria. :) The Nelons then sang "They Rejoiced With Exceeding Great Joy."

The LeFevres sang the first Noel. Tim sang the first verse, Jordan the second and Harold the third. Then the group took the time to show a short video on Compassion and encourage people to sponsor a child.

Amber of the Nelons then sang "Light a Candle." If anyone doubts the talent of young gospel singers, they haven't heard Amber. This for me is one of the standout songs from their Christmas project. I loved the way they did this song with the lighting too. They had a mostly dark stage and other group members had candles that they started "lighting" as the song went on. The LeFevre Quartet then sang "Away in a Manger" which featured Tim.

Amber started "Silent Night" a cappella with the rest of the group then joining her. Autumn stepped out front and did a recitation from Mary's perspective. Kelly then was featured on "Rest on Me." I had never heard this song before, but it's beautiful and also from Mary's point of view. Autumn then sang "Happy Birthday Jesus." I had not heard Autumn sing before solo and was really impressed by her vocals on this song.

Mike LeFevre was then featured on "O Holy Night." This is my favorite Christmas song, and it's not a Christmas concert without this song, in my opinion. And Mike definitely did the song justice. Jason Clark then led the congregation in a song.

Mike spoke briefly and read from Isaiah where the birth of Christ was prophesied. The Nelons then came forward and sang "More Than Wonderful." This is another stand out song from their Christmas project. It's a powerful song and great choice to wrap up the night, and had the audience on its feet afterward. All group members then stepped forward to close the night with "Come On Ring Those Bells." The audience stood through the song, clapping along.

It was a great night of gospel and Christmas music. I'd love to see these two groups team up again next year for more concerts like this one. If you have missed seeing "An Evening in December," it's probably too late for this year unless you are near Columbus, Miss and available tonight! Then you should definitely go see them!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Fun Clip Friday - Mark Trammell Quartet Christmas

Last night with the Nelons and LeFevre Quartet in Malvern was great! Look for a full recap coming next week.

For today, here's another Christmas-themed Fun Clip Friday. This is from last year when Jim Cox was filling in for them at tenor. "Carol of the Bells" is never an easy song to sing! :) Enjoy!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Top Five Songs of 2012

The Singing News releases the top 80 chart every month. Twelve songs are lucky enough to be deemed #1 songs in a year. Looking just from these 12 songs, here are my top five favorites:

#5 - "Almost Home" (Triumphant Quartet) - This song written by Triumphant's own Scotty Inman is a great upbeat number that landed at #1 in June. It's been a great concert closer for the group. The song was on their Songs From the Heart album.

#4 - "He's Everything I Need (Kingsmen) - Joseph Habedank of the Perrys wrote this song that hit #1 in January. This was a song that really made me stop and listen to the current Kingsmen. It's a fun song with a great message. The song is on their most recent project, Grace Says.

#3 - "I'll Trust the Potter's Hand" (The Whisnants) - Susan Whisnant does an amazing job conveying the message of this song. I love the truth of how God has everything in control that He has a perfect plan. The song reached the top of the charts in September, and it's from their More Than Enough Project.

#2 - "I Want to Know" (Mark Trammell Quartet) - Pat Barker outdoes himself on this song every time. I love listening to the recorded song, but it's incredible to see it live. It's just not any group that can take a song that's decades old and make it a #1. This song not only earned the #1 spot for August, but it also was named #1 for 2012 by Singing News. The song is on their Testimony project which was actually released last year.

#1 - "I Know a Man Who Can" (Greater Vision) - This song reached #1 in October.  The third sentence from #2 also applies here. I think that's why both of these ranked so high on my list. These groups have both made the songs their own and put their stamp on them. Chris Allman makes his case for the best tenor in SG music with his deliverance of this song. It's become a trademark song for him. After it became such a popular song in the live setting for them they recorded it on their The Only Way project which was released last year. I also love the story of how the song came about as just a request one night during a concert. The person who made the request probably didn't realize what he was doing, but I'm glad he made the request!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Top Moment of 2012 - #7

Do you have a bucket list of groups you've always wanted to see live, but haven't had the chance to? Maybe they are no longer together or the schedule just never works out. Well my #7 on the list of top moments of 2012 was getting to see most of one of my "bucket list" groups.

I never got to see all the Crabb Family sing together, I'm still hopeful that it will happen one day. But this year at Silver Dollar City's Southern Gospel Picnic this year, I got to see three of them sing together. The Bowling Family and Jason Crabb were scheduled on the same day. I was definitely hopeful that I would get to see the three of them perform. So much so that I might have asked Kelly and Terah about it at their product table that afternoon.

That night at Echo Hollow, Jason was halfway through the first half, when the door from behind the stage opened and Kelly and Terah walked out. The audience had an immediate reaction getting excited about the idea of a mini Crabb Reunion taking place. Jason was singing "Please Forgive Me," and when he saw his sisters walk in he called them on stage to join him.

Kelly and Terah started to put their microphones back after the song, but Jason didn't let them off the stage that easily. They sang "I Wouldn't Take Nothing for my Journey Now," which was a song they had done at Echo Hollow years ago during one of the Crabb Family's first live videos. Jason was trying to come up with a Crabb Family song for them to sing together, and someone from the audience suggested "Don't You Wanna Go." They sang that next, and then ended with the classic "Through the Fire."

One of the things I love about this family is how supportive they are of each other. Jason didn't hesitate to bring his sisters up to share the stage. And Kelly and Terah stayed through the entire concert just to watch their brother. They could have easily already been loaded on the bus and headed out of town, but they stayed.

While I would still love to see the entire family sing together one day, this almost Crabb Family reunion was good enough to make #7 of the list!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Top Moment of 2012 - #8

In continuing my countdown of memorable personal moments of 2012, #8 comes from a lady sharing a personal testimony toward the end of a Karen Peck and New River concert.

Karen asked as they were wrapping up their concert if anyone there wanted to share a word. One lady spoke up and talked about how her son had died at 17 after a life filled with many struggles. She said that at his funeral they played "I Wanna Know How It Feels," and she talked about how much the song meant to her and had helped her. She thanked Karen for the song and asked if she would sing it. Karen said of course she would.

I don't know if they lady realized then or not that Karen actually wrote the song. Karen shared how she wrote it. She had been humming the melody for a while. But one day when she was missing her dad who passed away, she was folding towels and the song started coming to her. She had John Darrin Rowsey help her with it.

They sang it for the lady, and it was such a sweet moment. Karen, Susan and Jeff were getting emotional along with everyone else in the audience after hearing the lady's touching testimony, but they sang through and delivered an amazing performance!

The countdown continues later this week!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Fun Clip Friday - Triumphant Quartet Christmas

Hope everyone has had a great week! For this week's Fun Clip Friday post, enjoy hearing the Triumphant Quartet spread a little Christmas cheer!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Playlist

It seems that every group has done a Christmas album at one point their career. And I love Christmas music. However, there are only so many versions of "The First Noel" or the "The Christmas Song" that I can take. I'm sure we all have our favorite versions of the classic Christmas songs and carols. But some of my favorite songs aren't necessarily the traditional Christmas songs. So I put together a playlist of my favorite Christmas songs by the artists whose renditions are my favorites:

1. "O Holy Night" - TaRanda Greene (hands down, my favorite version of this song)
2. "Glory to God in the Highest" - Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
3. "Mary Did You Know" - Mark Lowry (With so many versions, I still love hearing the writer sing his own song.)
4. "The Greatest Gift of All" - Jeff and Sheri Easter
5. "Christmas Shoes" - Brian Free and Assurance
6. "Go Tell It on the Mountain" - Lynda Randle
7. "Mary Had a Baby" - Karen Peck and New River
8. "Mary's Little Boy Child/ Jesus, What a Wonderful Child" - Collingsworth Family
9. "Carol of the Bells" - Sisters
10. "Little Drummer Boy" - Kingdom Heirs
11. "What Child Is This?" - The Isaacs
12. "Grace Has a Face (Hope Has Hands)" - Greater Vision
13. "We Believe" - Spoken 4 Quartet
14. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" -  Ball Brothers (not your typical version)
15. "Joy, Joy" - David Phelps

Some of these are on the artists' Christmas projects or others are simply versions I've seen live in concert or on YouTube. As many as I could find, I've linked to a performance of the song. Which Christmas songs would make your list?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Top Moment of 2012 - #9

The #9 Moment of 2012 for me occurred at the National Quartet Convention. I'm a sucker for scrap iron quartets and the all-sings, where group members from various groups all join together on stage for a song or two. So I loved the end of Quartet Night at National Quartet Convention.

Gerald Wolfe came on stage after the last group and said that he couldn't believe that no group had sung the ultimate quartet song, "Have a Little Talk With Jesus." It provided for some comedic banter between him and several quartet members. He called members of Mark Trammell Quartet and Legacy Five back to the stage to join Triumphant who was already there. It was some great quartet singing!

When they got to the second verse, they weren't sure what to do, which provided more comedic moments between Gerald Wolfe, Scott Fowler and Mark Trammell. It was decided to let the tenor take the verse like usual. Mark said that would be great if they had a tenor, not realizing that David Sutton was still on stage. Somehow he ended up being the only tenor there from the three quartets. He got the chance to showcase his strong tenor skills and ham it up a little. Paul Harkey also joined the bass singers on stage.

This moment provided not only comedic relief but also quartet singing at its finest which made the list at #9!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Top Moments of 2012 - #10

This year, I've been blessed to attend and watch some incredible gospel concerts and events. So for the month of December, I'll be counting down the most memorable moments for me personally that I've either seen in person at a concert or through an online broadcast. (There were some moments that I watched online that were too good not to include!) Some of these top moments are the full concerts themselves while some are just a song or testimony from the night that really set it apart. So here we go with #10.

#10 - Sisters' Performance at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

Sisters opted to sing the Dottie Rambo classic, "Until He Comes," instead of a recent single or song from their 2012 project. With just piano accompaniment courtesy of Josh Singletary, Sisters wowed the crowd, and it was the performance everyone was talking about the next morning. Sisters are known for their incredible harmonies and breath-taking a cappella numbers. But this performance really showcased how incredible this all-female trio is.

The song was one they recorded in 1975. And Kim mentioned before singing that it's one that had been on her heart to sing. The emotionally-stirring performance had the audience on its feet. If there was any doubt about the vocal strength of this group, it was removed.

While the video of their performance was removed from YouTube, you can watch the full awards online in its entirety. Sisters' performance comes just after the one hour mark.

Their performance from April comes in at #10 of the year. Keep reading this month as I count down!