Monday, March 30, 2015

Hearing the Good News From Tribute Quartet - Concert Recap

Tribute Quartet is a group I don't get to see that often. They were in El Dorado, Arkansas last weekend, so I made the trek south to see them. There are times when I go to a concert just because I haven't seen the group in a while or because I like their music or just because I need blog material (just being honest). And then there are times when I need it. I need the music, the encouragement, the reminders of God's love and faithfulness and that's just what I found last weekend.

Tribute Quartet - Riley Harrison Clark, Gary Casto,
Josh Singletary and Anthony Davis
Tribute started the night with "Stepping on the Clouds." It was a great one to get the audience clapping along. They sang "I Could Sing About Heaven" next featuring Anthony and then went into "Everybody Needs Jesus" with Josh getting the solo on this one. It was great to hear so many from their Journey of Hope CD! 

They sang one more "I Want to Thank the Lord" before Gary made the group introductions. During the group introductions, Gary mentioned that each of them was nominated in the top 10 for the Singing News fan awards for their respective parts. That was one thing that really struck me while listening to them. They are all strong as individual singers and then also collectively. They have had several years together now without changes to really gel, and they proved that they really are one of the top quartets in the industry.

Gary talked about how he could already feel the presence of the Lord in the church. He knew we were all in for a good night of worship. They cranked the music back up with "I Remember the Day." They turned it around a couple of times because the audience was really into it! Then Josh was featured on the piano on "I'll Fly Away." He is such a great piano player which I think is overlooked. Then Riley was featured on "There's a City."

The next stretch was probably my favorite part of the concert. They sang "In the Valley He Can Hear My Voice." I love hearing Anthony on this song, incredible job. Then, Riley sang "I Will Rise." This is becoming one of my favorite songs! Riley does an outstanding job with this song! Then they sang probably what has become the group's most well-known song, "Good News From Jerusalem." Josh really makes this song come to life. You can tell that this is a fan favorite. They ended the first half with "Outside the Gate." Gary definitely knocks this one out of the park. The way they stage this song is really incredible. They end by going into the audience and singing a cappella without microphones. It will leave you with chills!

They started the second half with "Everything I Need" and then "Through Me the Cross Lives On." I was not familiar with the second one, but definitely found myself looking it up after hearing it live! Great song!! Then they picked up the tempo with "Homesick Angel" which always gets the crowd clapping along. Anthony was then featured on "Leavin' on my Mind." This really showed off his bass voice.

Riley then spoke on the consistency of God that no matter where we are and no matter what we are facing, God is the same. He reminded us that God is bigger than anything we face in this life. We can claim victory no matter what trial we face. Then Gary sang "God of All My Days." What an incredible song! Loved hearing Gary sing it!

Gary talked about how encouraging the song was. No matter what valley we go through, God is there. "When we feel like there's no hope, God's Word tells us that He is hope," he said. "Whether we are standing on the mountain or walking through the valley He is still God." This set up perfectly Riley singing "God on the Mountain." And wow! He did such an amazing job on this song!

After a time of invitation, they sang a chorus of "Good News From Jerusalem" to end the night.

It was an incredible night of worship and just served as a reminder of how faithful God is in our lives. Sometimes we just need those reminders. We know the truth and have been told it 100 times before, but the music can breathe new life into those truths. The music can share that good news with us and speak to us just when we need it, and that's just what happened for me!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - March 28

Here are some news and tidbits items from this week in gospel music -
  • The Browders have the #1 song for the second consecutive month in the Singing News chart with "He Took the Nails." Matthew Browder and Mike Upright wrote the song. It's been eight years since a song held the #1 spot for two months in a row.
  • The Dixie Echoes announced on Facebook that Alex Utech is leaving to pursue other opportunities. For those interested in auditioning, you can send a demo to
  • The National Quartet Convention has announced a number of enhancements for this year. They include staggered rows, elevated risers and increasing the number of video screens. Read more about the improvements.
  • Jeremy Peace of The Old Paths lost his mother on Friday morning. Please be in prayer for him, his siblings and the entire family. She was only 51 years old. You can read a sweet tribute from Jeremy about his mom on
  • The Music City Show  and Tim Lovelace have reached a long-term agreement with him as the host of the show. The show is currently taping for season 4.
  • Ben Speer has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Keep him, his wife and their family in your prayers. 
  • The Hoppers shared this week that Connie Hopper has finished her chemo for breast cancer. She is back on the road touring with the group.
  • Karen Peck and New River video are looking for help with the group's new concept video. Film a video of someone praying. It can be yourself, a family member, friend, co-worker, fellow church member. Make this video no more than 15 seconds long and film it holding your camera or phone horizontally. Email entires to by April 8.
  • The Dominion Agency has added the Hoppers to its roster for booking.
Anything I've missed?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Fun Clip Friday - Hinsons

Last night I had the chance to see the Freemans in concert in Ward, Ark. I hadn't had the chance to see them before in a full concert setting, so it was good to experience a full concert with them. That inspired today's Fun Clip Friday post.

I'm going back several years for this clip. Chris Freeman started out with the Hinsons. Here's a clip of her singing "Sea Walker" with them. Enjoy for today's Fun Clip Friday!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ben Speer Diagnosed With Alzheimer's Disease

Ben Speer recently disclosed that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Ben sang with the Speer Family and the Homeland Quartet. He also owns Ben Speer Music and the Stamps Baxter School Of Music. In 1995, he was inducted into the GMA Hall of Fame, and in 1998, he was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame.

Here's a letter from him -

Recently, I have been told that I am one of the millions who is being afflicted with Alzheimer’s Disease. Upon learning this news, Rebekah and I had to decide whether we would keep this a private matter or whether we would make this news known in a public way.

After some consideration we have decided to share this with you. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this earth doing the things I have always done. I will continue to share life’s journey with my beloved Rebekah and family. I plan to enjoy many more singing schools and singings and stay in touch with my friends and supporters.

Unfortunately, as Alzheimer’s Disease progresses, the family often bears a heavy burden. One my family is all too familiar with. I only wish there was some way I could spare Rebekah and the rest from this painful experience. During this time and those to come, I am confident that with your help they will face it with faith and courage.

Ben Speer

Please keep Ben, Rebekah and the Speer family in your prayers.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Mark Trammell Quartet - Concert Recap

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that this weekend was full of concerts for me. It all started on Thursday night with the Mark Trammell Quartet.

I love how you know exactly what to expect a Mark Trammell Quartet concert. It's going to be a night full of incredible quartet music and a respectful service that will glorify God above all else. This lineup of the quartet (Dustin Black, Nick Trammell, Mark Trammell and Randy Byrd) has been together now almost a year. They are sounding better and better together!

Here's a line up of what they sang -

  • "Leave Your Sorrows"
  • "To Know He Loves Me" - This is a great song from their Your Walk Talks project. Nick has become one of the outstanding lead singers in the industry, and it's a song that he wrote with Rodney Griffin.
  • "Ransomed and Redeemed"
  • "I Thirst" - Randy was featured on this song. Great hearing him on this classic!
  • "Echoes From the Burning Bush" - Always a favorite to hear them sing live.
  • "Wedding Music"
  • "Don't Stop Running" - Another great one from Your Walks Talks!
  • "Too Much to Gain to Lose" - No one can sing this song like Mark Trammell! Love hearing him on this one. He said that he was privileged to grow up and be what he dreamed of being as a child. He talked about how God blessed him and found favor with him. He said that God will provide if you do what He's called you to do.
  • "Meet Me Over on the Other Side"
  • "Your Walk Talks" - Always a crowd pleaser! I love this song. It's one that you can't help but get stuck in your head 
  • "When the King Comes to Claim His Throne" - So good to hear them sing this one live! It's one of my favorites! It's quartet music at its finest.
  • "Wonderful Time Up There"
  • "The King Is Coming" - This always leaves me with chills. I can't imagine a better way for them to end than with this song. I've yet to see them sing this and not have the crowd on its feet. Absolutely incredible!
It's always great to see and hear this group whenever they are close!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

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

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

  • Kevin Williams of Gaither Vocal Band lost his mother earlier this week. She suffered from Parkinson's Disease for 16 years. Services were held on March 18.
  • The Singing News fan awards top 10 nominations were announced this week. Here is a full list of nominations. Here are a few of my thoughts on the nominations.
  • Congratulations to Paul Harkey and his wife Jennifer on the birth of their new baby Hudson Lee Harkey. He was 10 lbs .4 oz. and 21 3/4 inches.
  • Chris White of Crossroads lost his father this week. Rev. Carl White age 96, of Maryville, passed away Monday at Blount Memorial Hospital. Services were held on Thursday, March 19.
Anything I've missed?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Fun Clip Friday - All Star Quartet

This weekend is one of those weekends that for me will be full of gospel music. It started last night with the Mark Trammell Quartet in Jacksonville. Before the weekend is over, I'll get to see two more groups. It's a weekend full of good quartet music!

I found this clip (from Diana Brantley's YouTube) which was perfect for today's Fun Clip Friday. Not only is this an all star quartet, but by the end of the weekend I will have seen three of the people in the quartet! So in the coming weeks, I'll have plenty of recaps for you, if all goes according to plan. But for now enjoy this for today's Fun Clip Friday!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Singing News Fan Award Nominations

The Singing News Fan Awards top 10 nominations were announced yesterday. For the full list, you can go to their website, but here are a few of my thoughts on the nominations -

  • I liked that Karen Peck Gooch was recognized for her songwriting abilities as well as vocal this year. She had several great cuts on Revival.
  • I was pleased to see Amber Thompson nominated in overall female vocalist.
  • So good to see Hope Bowling pick up two nominations including one for alto!
  • I was a little surprised to see Tim Riley nominated for favorite bass, just because he hasn't traveled for much of the year. I think it speaks to how much fan support he has, his ability and the legacy he has in the industry. (I think the same was true for Tracy Stuffle a few years ago.)
  • I was a little surprised not to see Melissa Brady's name. With her singing full-time now and her having several songwriting cuts lately, I think her name deserved to be somewhere in there.
  • I would have liked to have seen 11th Hour's album Picture This nominated. To me, it was one of the top projects of the year.
  • I was a little surprised to see the Kingdom Heirs' "The Joys of Heaven" with the song nomination when "I'll Know I'm Home" was the song that had the most chart success for them.
It's interesting that the reigning lead and baritone are now in the same category (Ronnie Booth and Jim Brady), so baritone is one category that will definitely change.

At what point does a group stop being eligible for a new category? This is not a criticism of nominations, just a question as to whether this is outlined somewhere. I do feel like many of the nominations for trio and group have been around a while.

For male and female vocalist, there were only three changes total in the nominations from last year. And for favorite artist there were only two changes. As much as I like surprises, it does speak to the stability of artists and the industry for the nominations to be as consistent as they are. And to be honest, there are several soloists and quartets that I had not heard of before.

So what do you think? Any surprises, snubs or thoughts on nomination differences from years past?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Threads of Mercy - Ivan Parker - CD Review

Ivan Parker is definitely known as one of the greats in the industry. He's been consistently a fan favorite for decades. His latest solo project Threads of Mercy was released in January.

I think Ivan does a great job of finding songs and arrangements that fit his voice. He knows what works for him and knows what his fans enjoy.

"This Is How We Know" is probably the highlight of the project for me. It is an incredible ballad. It's written by Kenna West, Lee Black and Cliff Duren. Kenna and Lee both have three cuts each on this project. It has a bit of a praise and worship feel toward the end, but lyrically this song is a standout!

There are several uptempo numbers including "On the Solid Rock I Stand" and "Til the Shackles Fall Off." Both songs I found myself tapping my foot along and humming the choruses later on. They are great, catchy and high energy. I can see both of these being great in a live setting.

"Silent Prayer" is a beautiful story song. Ivan delivers the lyrics tenderly and simply so that the message of the song becomes front and center. It's a perfect arrangement of the song.

"Don't Hang Your Head and Cry" is stylistically very different from anything else on the project with a bit of "soft-shoe" feel. The song was penned by Jim Brady and was actually previously recorded a Jubilee album.

I thought the inclusion of "He Touched Me" was an interesting choice. I enjoyed Ivan's rendition of the song, but would have rather heard a new song than including the classic hymn.

For fans of Ivan Parker, this is definitely a project you'll want to add to your collection!

Song List -
1. "Til the Shackles Fall Off"
2. "God's in the Middle of It"
3. "Don't Hang Your Head and Cry"
4. "Silent Prayer"
5. "When Heaven Shakes the House"
6. "This Is How We Know"
7. "On the Solid Rock I Stand"
8. "He Touched Me"
9. "Wings"
10. "How Much Longer"

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Life lately ...

I feel like I've been a bad blogger lately. I don't plan to stop blogging any time soon, but sometimes life gets in the way of doing the fun things you want to do. It's been one of those seasons.

I started a new job in November and things are continually picking up there. I've learned so much over the past few months and have been gradually entrusted with more and more. It was a great move for me personally and professionally. In addition, I'm teaching a night class at a university in communications this year. Those college students have kept me on my toes. I never would have thought I would catch myself saying/thinking things like "Why do they all look like babies?" and "Why don't college students just read their assignments?"

Free time has been a cherished thing and so blogging time has been cut down. That's my excuse, and I'm sorry. I promise to do better. Life will slow down and mellow out, just wanted to give you all a quick update.

It's been a good reminder lately that in the midst of craziness and busy schedules that sometimes it's good to be still. Stillness is something that we often take for granted. We don't appreciate those quiet moments until we don't have them anymore. So I leave you with this song from Tribute Quartet as a reminder to just be still and know that God is in control. When things are crazy, you feel run ragged and there's always one more thing to do before going to bed, just be still. It's been a great reminder to me lately.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - March 15

Here are some news and tidbit items from last week in Southern Gospel (just a little late) -

  • Former Florida Boys tenor Terry Davis passed away. He suffered a heart attack while driving. Funeral services were held on Wednesday.
  • Grandmother of Shaye Smith (Chuck Wagon Gang) passed away on March 7. Amy Owens was 88 years old. Funeral services will be held March 17.
  • Carolyn Kirksey, wife of former Singing News editor-in-chief Jerry Kirksey, is currently undergoing in-patient physical therapy in Blowing Rock, North Carolina to regain mobility. She has been diagnosed with kidney disease and liver disease. 
  • Ed O’Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys have reached a new recording agreement with Great American Gospel. The Great American Gospel Television program has now formed the new recording label. The quartet will be in the studio recording in April.
Anything I've missed?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fun Clip Friday - On the Couch with Fouch with Phillip Collingsworth, Jr.

Happy Friday to you all! Today's clip comes courtesy of Matthew Fouch with his On the Couch With Fouch series. He interviewed Phillip Collingsworth, Jr. this month. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Then Jesus Came - Lindsay Huggins - CD Review

In 2013, I got to feature a soloist named Lindsay Huggins in my "Names You Might Not Know Yet" series. Lindsay has just released a new solo project Then Jesus Came produced by Jerry Salley.

"Praying Women" is the first single from the project and definitely a highlight. The song is a beautiful reminder of those women in our lives who have prayed us through situations and have been a constant source of faith and stability. It's a great song for women and a encouragement to us to be a "praying woman" in someone else's life. I think this is a woman's version of the Brian Free & Assurance hit "I Want to Be That Man." The song was penned by Lee Black, Marcia Henry and Kenna Turner West.

The title track of "Then Jesus Came" is another standout song. The songs tells how Jesus can change situations in a moment, our tears to joy. It's a beautiful song and definitely one I can hear doing well on radio!

"Not in This House" is a Jerry Salley story song that did not go where I thought it would when it started. The song has a great hook! The song reminds us all of God's grace and mercy.

I was familiar with the song "A Good Place to Turn Around" because Point of Grace recorded the song several years ago. However, it's probably a new one to most gospel fans. The song doesn't stray too far from that version, but it is interesting to hear a soloist cover it compared to a group. It definitely has a country flavor.

Lindsay goes more progressive with "You Can Use Me." It's a great uptempo song that I can see getting a great audience response live. It shows a more soulful side of her voice. "A New Day Comin'" is another great uptempo track.

"Nothing He Can't Redeem" is the song that really shows off Lindsay's chops as a vocalist. This is an incredibly powerful song and one that I definitely found myself repeating over and over. Lindsay was actually a cowriter of the song with Marcia Henry.

The closing track "God Hears" is another great song with a powerful message. I love the play on words toward the end of the song with hear and here.

I really love the number of "story" songs on this project. I think Lindsay does a great job of communicating these stories.

I'm definitely a fan of this project! I think this album is a great showcase of the vocal talent she has. And I hope this album will help more Southern Gospel fans see that. I think she has a country style to a lot of her songs. Particularly fans of the Bowling Family and Talleys will enjoy her style. I definitely recommend giving it a listen and I look forward to seeing what's to come from Lindsay Huggins.

Song List -

1. "The Answer"
2. "A Good Place to Turn Around"
3. "Then Jesus Came"
4. "Not in This House"
5. "Praying Women"
6. "You Can Use Me"
7. "Nothing He Can't Redeem"
8. "Pretty"
9. "A New Day Comin'"
10. "God Hears"

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Turn It Up - Playlists of Life - Storms

Today, we continue with the playlists of life series. What songs give you hope when you're going through a storm? What song do you cling to during a storm? Whether you've just had a rough day or you're facing the death of a loved one, what song can give you the reassure you need?

Here are a few of mine! What song is it for you? Comment below.

  • I’m Gonna Make It - Sisters 
  • He Sees What We Don’t - 11th Hour 
  • Through the Night - The Perrys
  • Hold Me While I Cry - Karen Peck and New River
  • Through the Fire - Crabb Family
  • I will Rise - Tribute Quartet
  • I’ll Take It - Jeff and Sheri Easter
  • Now I Know Him - Joseph Habedank
  • Songs in the Night - Lauren Talley Alvey
  • I Can Trust Him - The Perrys
  • I Can Trust Jesus - Collingsworth Family
  • My Help/ My Tribute - Talleys 
  • Til the Storm Passes By - Greater Vision
  • When God Has Another Plan - Greenes
  • I of the Storm - Old Paths
  • I'll Trust the Potter's Hand - Whisnants
  • Through It All - Gordon Mote
  • Sometimes God Allows - Adam Crabb
  • Peace in the Midst of the Storm - Beyond the Ashes

Saturday, March 7, 2015

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

Here are some news and tidbit items from this week in gospel music -
  • Karen Peck Gooch's husband Rickey has finished treatments for the week and is responding well so far. Please keep him in your prayers as he has six more weeks of treatments. 
  • The Browders have the #1 song for April's Singing News with "He Took the Nails."
  • Michael Rowsey, drummer for Jason Crabb, and his wife Bridget welcomed a son. Cullum Ray Rowsey was born February 25, 2015 at approximately 6 PM. He weighed 6 lbs. and 15 oz. Grandparents are John Darin and Shirley Rowsey.
  • Marty Funderburk signed a new agreement to stay with Daywind Music Publishing. He has been with them for the past 17 years.
Anything I'm missing?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fun Clip Friday - Gospel Music Hymn Sing

I have to say one of my favorite purchases this year has been the Gospel Music Hymn Sing DVD. I grew up in a small country church where that's what we sang every Sunday. We opened our own red hymnal (not THE Red Back hymnal) and sang favorites like "Love Lifted Me," "Power in the Blood" and "Just As I Am."

The theology in the hymns runs deep. I love praise and worship as well, but there is something so special about hymns and it's not just the memories of growing up.

The DVD reminds me of how special those hymns are. It's an incredible two-hour long DVD that will have you singing along with all your favorite gospel artists in your living room. Artist who were part of the taping include Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet, the Whisnants, Tribute Quartet, Karen Peck and New River and many more. I strongly recommend checking it out and getting your own copy if you haven't already!

For today's Fun Clip Friday, check out this clip from the DVD of my all-time favorite hymn, "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus."

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Turn It Up - Playlists of Life - Encouragement

Last week I started a different kind of series sharing the playlists of life with you. I shared those go-to songs for when life is good, when you are feeling happy and counting your blessings.

This week, let's turn the corner a bit. What about those times when you just need a bit of encouragement? It's not that life is gloom and despair, but you're waiting for an answer from God. You're in that "in-between" time when you just need reassurance that God is there and He is working it all out. What songs do you cling to?

Here are mine -
  • The Promise - Martins 
  • Almost Morning - Perrys 
  • Thread of Hope - Jeff and Sheri Easter
  • Your Cries Have Awoken the Master - Bowling Family
  • Four Days Late - Karen Peck and New River
  • A Greater Yes - Whisnants
  • Falling - Amber Nelon Thompson 
  • Don’t Start Doubting Now - Dunaways 
  • Where Amazing Happens - TaRanda Greene
  • I’ve Got Confidence - Triumphant Quartet
  • Always Gets Darkest Before Daylight - Tribute Quartet
  • Never Walk Alone - Brian Free and Assurance 
  • God’s Been Faithful - Mark Trammell Quartet
  • Tell the Mountain - Collingsworth Family
  • I Know a Man Who Can - Greater Vision
What about you? What songs do you listen to when you need a bit of encouragement and a reminder that God is in control? Comment below!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bringing Church to the University - Isaacs Concert Recap

If you’ve read my blog for any time, you have probably realized that if my schedule is free and a gospel group is close, I’ll be there. As a result, I’ve visited a lot of churches in the Central Arkansas area and even a few farther away. However, Friday night was a first. I got to see the Isaacs at the University of Central Arkansas.

The large college auditorium was pretty full when we got there. You could tell the audience was going to be a mix of those who had seen the Isaacs before and those who had not. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the popular bluegrass gospel group being at a public university. It was going to be a completely different setting than your typical church service. While it might not have been at a church, I was so impressed with how the Isaacs ministered to the audience, and they truly brought the church atmosphere with them.

The Isaacs - Becky Isaacs Bowman, Lily Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary
and Ben Isaacs
The Isaacs took the stage and started with “Walk On.” Then, they kept the uptempo pace going with “Four Men Walking Around.” Lily then was featured on “That Is Why I Sing.”

Sonya talked about how they liked all different style of music and had several different influences musically. They then sang a song from the 1940s, “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive.”

Becky then stepped up to sing one of their newer singles, “I Wanna Be There.” Becky, Sonya and Sonya’s husband Jimmy wrote the song. Such a beautiful song! Then they sang “The Lord’s Prayer” a cappella. The Isaacs are one of those groups that give you chills each time they sing something a cappella. As much as I love the fact that they have so many live instruments on stage, I love hearing them put the instruments down and enjoying the family harmonies. So incredible!!

Becky then gave her testimony and her battle with Crohn’s Disease before singing “Waiting in the Water.” This is a song she wrote as her testimony song. This is becoming one of my favorite Isaacs songs. We all have steps of faith to take in our Christian walks. And sometimes He’s just waiting on us to take that first step for our own miracle.

Sonya then introduced her mother and siblings. She talked a lot about Lily’s book. If you haven’t had a chance to get it, you should definitely check it out!

Ben then got to introduce Sonya and Ayden, Sonya and Jimmy’s 3-year-old son. He ran around the stage and told a joke and then got to play the drums. It was too cute!

They then picked up the tempo again with “Get on Board.” Lily read an excerpt from her book that had to do with her father. She talked about the regrets and things she wished she could have told him. She said that she didn’t get to know him the way she had wished she could have. She had a lot of unanswered questions. This set up “In the Living Years” perfectly. The first half ended with “I Will Praise Him” a cappella. Absolutely incredible and the highlight of the first half!!

After intermission, they kicked off the second half with “I’m Gonna Move,” always a favorite, and “Heroes.” Then, they sang the Dottie Rambo classic “Mama’s Teaching Angels How to Sing” for a lady in the audience whose mom had just passed away at 93.

Ben then sang the always crowd favorite “Three Bells.” The audience seriously always has such a huge reaction every time I’ve heard them sing this song. Then, Sonya was featured on “Grandpa Tell Me About the Good Ole Days.” Loved hearing this one too! They sang another Dottie Rambo song, “If That Isn’t Love.”

Then, Sonya gave her testimony of her and her husband Jimmy losing their baby girl in October. Sonya said they were beside themselves with this new baby so they would have one of each. She started having some complications and went to the ER. They couldn’t find the baby’s heartbeat. She was more than five months along. She said that she questioned God why this would happen, but through prayer God gave them strength. She said in that moment God gave her the peace that passes all understanding. She talked about how much more she loves God now and how much closer to God they are now because of what He brought them through. It was such a touching story and amazing testimony of how God used that situation in their lives. They then sang “It Is Well.” It was a beautiful moment and such an amazing way to share Jesus.

They closed the night with “He Ain’t Never Done Me Nothing But Good."

I’m not sure how many chances groups get to minister like this on a college campus. And I realize that a good many of those present weren’t students, but for those that were who might not have heard of the Isaacs before got a chance to hear the gospel. They got a chance to hear of God’s love and mercy and a peace that only comes from knowing Him. While it might not have been your typical church setting for a concert, I’m thankful the Isaacs brought the Spirit’s guidance and church with them Friday night!