Friday, July 31, 2015

Fun Clip Friday - Hopper Brothers 2.0

The Hoppers started in the 1950s as the Hopper Brothers and Connie. Recently, the Hoppers have launched the Hopper Brothers 2.0 in their concerts. The quartet consists of Dean and Mike Hopper, Nathan Kistler (who has been traveling with them and filing in) and the Hoppers' driver Matt Griffith. The group is being featured more and more and may even be included in the lineup of some events next year!

Check them out below for today's Fun Clip Friday!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

What If - The McKameys - CD Review

The McKameys are one of those groups that I'm not as familiar with in this industry. I just don't see them that often. They released their latest project What If in June. The McKameys are one of those groups who have a unique sound and are very true to who they are and to what has worked for them for decades.

The opening song, “I’m Gonna Give It Away,” is a fun uptempo number that really sets the tone for the project. Sheryl wrote it and is featured on the song. This is one of four songs that Sheryl wrote on the project. The title track, “What If,” is another one that she wrote. Lyrically, this song is one of the strongest. It’s one of those songs that really makes you step back and examine your life and your faith. Definitely a highlight of the project! What if we really believed and lived our life like that?

Connie is featured on “Your Prayers Have Been Heard.” The song has a great encouraging message about how God always hears our prayers even when we are in the waiting season.

I really like the intro of “There Is a Peace.” Peg takes the lead on this one and does what she does best. “I Have a Home” is the other Peg feature on the project and the first single. I’ve already heard this song quite a bit on the radio.

“I’ll Give You Grace” was another standout for me on this project. It features Sheryl. I really love the message of this song. So many times we wait for God to gift us by taking the thorn or situation away from us, but His grace in those situations is just as great of a gift.

Let’s not leave the men of the group out. It’s great to hear Ei on “Where He Is.” Ruben takes the lead on “Lift My Voice,” and Roger has the feature on “Work in the Field.” This is a fun, uptempo song to end on with a bit of a bluegrass sound.

Fans know exactly what to expect from the McKameys, and What If shows their consistent sound they have always had in the industry.

Song List -

  1. “I’m Gonna Give It Away”
  2. “Your Prayers Have Been Heard”
  3. “There Is a Peace”
  4. “Where He Is”
  5. “While I Wait”
  6. “I’ll Give You Grace”
  7. “Lift My Voice”
  8. “I Have a Home”
  9. “What If”
  10. “Work in the Field”

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Celebrating God's Goodness with the Perrys - Concert Recap

Friday night I got the chance to go to Oak Bowery Baptist Church to see the Perrys. I love going to this church for concerts. It's always such a sweet spirit. I hadn't seen the Perrys in more than a year, so I had been looking forward to this concert for a while. It was my first time to see Andrew Goldman and Jared Stuffle sing with them and Troy Peach back with the group. Also I hadn't seen Tracy Stuffle back on stage, so needless to say, this was a concert I was really excited about.

One of the reasons I love going to this church is the pre-concert congregational hymn sing. Before the service, church members of all ages fill the choir loft and the music director calls page numbers as we sing the classic hymns of the church. I love it!

The Perrys took the stage and started the night with "Gentle Shepherd." It was good to hear them stage this one again. Then, they sang "I Got a Hold of God This Morning" featuring Andrew. This was my first time hearing Andrew sing live, and I was really impressed! Then Troy was featured on "How Long." He did a great job on this song! It was interesting hearing so many of the newer songs that the guys hadn't originally cut. The guys did a great job, and I really love the sound of this lineup!

The Perrys - Andrew Goldman, Troy Peach, Libbi Stuffle, Tracy Stuffle
and Jared Stuffle
Troy handled the majority of the emcee work on stage, but definitely got help from Tracy. Troy talked about how this had been one of the churches he had missed coming to during the four years he wasn't with the Perrys. He and Tracy talked about how many good cooks there were in the church and how well the church treated them. Troy talked about what a privilege it was just to have one more chance to stand up and sing and brag on the Lord.

They then sang probably my favorite Perrys' song, "He Will Hide Me." I love this song!! Andrew and Troy really sound good together. It was definitely a highlight of the night for me, and got the first standing ovation of the night. Then Libbi was featured on "Did I Mention." She always does such an incredible job on this song. The group restarted the chorus of the song a cappella. Such a great moment and another highlight of the evening!

Tracy then started singing "God Is So Good." It was just amazing. They told a little bit more of Tracy's story, the stroke two and a half years ago plus more than 150 days in the hospital. He spent six weeks in a non-responsive coma. God wasn't through with Tracy, and He is still working in his life. Troy thanked all the people who prayed for Tracy during that time.

Tracy actually introduced the group. I loved the combo emcee work of Troy and Tracy. Sometimes it was like a comedy routine with Tracy interjecting funny remarks. They are great together!! It's also so inspiring to see Tracy's drive and "want to." Troy said that he goes through so much to be on stage night after night, but it's because he is dedicated to the call and wants to serve the Lord and sing.

The Perrys sang "I Know It Was the Blood" next. Libbi talked about what an honor and a privilege it was to be there. She shared more of the journey they had been on the past two years. She talked about how much Proverbs 3:5,6 had come to mean to her, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not on your own understanding." She knew that God didn't want us to understand everything, but to trust Him. She talked about while he was in the coma, she just fervently prayed that God would allow Tracy to open his eyes. Tracy beside her bugged his eyes out really big and the audience started laughing. She just said that some things never change. Haha!

For seven months, Tracy wasn't able to speak because of the trach. She talked about how many things we take for granted. When they left the hospital, doctors told her that he might never speak again or if he did that it would only be mumbling. They told her that because of brain damage, they weren't sure that he would be able to think clearly. Tracy chimed in, "That's baloney!" She quoted Eph. 3:20 that says God can do exceedingly beyond all we can think or imagine. And He did! She said that the song that could best sum up the past two years was the next one. Andrew started singing "Lord, I'm Thankful." Great song and a really beautiful moment! I loved hearing more of their story and journey. They ended the first half with "I Rest My Case at the Cross."

During the break, a trio from the church sang a couple of songs. They were great! Then, one of the girls from the trio, a teenager named Allie, sang a solo. I think the Perrys ask that she sing each year, she's got a great talent, so I can see why!

After the intermission, Libbi kicked off the second half with "Still Blessed." Loved hearing her sing this song! They then did the Goodman song "Living in Canaan Now."

Troy made the statement that they hadn't really featured Tracy or Jared yet that night, so they sang "Three Men on the Mountain" from their newest project Into His Presence. You can tell Jared is getting more comfortable in his role on stage. It's great seeing him stand next to his parents singing.

They sang a few more favorites "This Old Sinner Testifies," "Celebrate Me Home" and ended with "If You Knew Him." They closed the service with an invitation.

This is definitely one of my favorite concerts I've been to this year. It was great seeing the Perrys again especially with Tracy back on stage. It was truly a testament to answered prayers and God's goodness and faithfulness. Thankfully, it won't be another year before I get to see this group again!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - July 25

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

  • Congratulations to Jason Crabb who got a street named after him in his hometown of Beaver Dam, Kentucky!
  • This week Lawrenceburg, Tennessee held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the newly-remodeled James D. Vaughan Museum in conjunction with the James D. Vaughn Quartet Festival that has been going on this week. It is the location of the Vaughan Publishing Company of the early 1900s. The museum opened 15 years ago. 
  • Gold City made an official announcement about Chris West as its bass singer this week on Facebook. Chris has been with the group almost a year since Tim Riley suffered a stroke last July. Tim will still be at the occasional concert and event, but Chris is the group's primary bass singer.
  • Congratulations to Matthew Holt and his wife Lindsey who welcomed a baby boy, Huely "Carver" Holt on July 21!
Anything I've missed?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Fun Clip Friday - Jeff Stice and Josh Townsend

Happy Friday to you all!

Here's a great clip from a few weeks ago that Diana Brantley captured. Jeff Stice got Josh Townsend on stage to play with him. Enjoy this unplanned piano duet of "Goodbye, World, Goodbye!"

Thursday, July 23, 2015

2nd Generation - Concert Recap

Even though 2nd Generation is based in Arkansas, it's not a group I get to see that often. So Sunday night was a real treat! 2nd Generation is made up of sisters Brenda Denney and Elaine Robinson and Randy Barnes.

2nd Generation - Brenda Denney, Elaine Robinson
and Randy Barnes
Brenda and Elaine grew up singing with their family, hence the name 2nd Generation. They talked about growing up in a singing family with their parents and six children in all. Brenda said that as soon as they were old enough to stand, their mother started teaching them the different parts to sing. They grew up on Southern Gospel with it running deep in their roots. You can tell this group loves what they do and loves this music. It doesn't take you long to see the heart that all three of them have and the passion for ministry.

It was great seeing the group again in a church setting. They have a new project that will come out in August. They sang several songs from that, and I can't wait to hear the full album!

Here's a list of what they sang - 
  • "Trouble Me No More" - Fun uptempo song to get the service started! Elaine was featured on this one. 
  • "Let's All Get Together"
  • "One More River" - I really love this song!
  • "What a Day That Will Be" - They sang a few great classics, and this was the first one of the night. They are including some of these old standards on their upcoming release.
  • "Sheltered in the Arms of God" - Brenda said that this was the first song she remembers Elaine singing with her parents. Elaine did such an incredible job on this song! They restarted the song a cappella, and it was definitely a highlight of the night!!
  • "Fight Worth Fighting" - This group loves audience participation on songs. This song and the next song the group had the audience do some motions with the song. It was a lot of fun to see the audience get so involved!
  • "Feel the Joy" - Another fun one to see and hear live that requires some audience participation!
  • "Waving on the Other Side" - Loved hearing Randy sing this one! He told the story of his dad and how he was always his biggest cheerleader. He talked about how felt like his dad was still cheering him on.
  • "He Saved Me" - Brenda was featured on this one, definitely a highlight of the concert!! I loved this song!!
  • "Redemption Draweth Nigh" - Incredible song to end the night on! 
I really hope to see this group more often in the future. If 2nd Generation is in your area, don't miss your chance to go see them!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - July 18

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

  • Jeremy Peace joined the LeFevre Quartet as its new tenor singer.
  • Carolyn Kirksey passed away this week. She's the wife of long-time Singing News editor Jerry Kirksey.
  • The Browns res-signed a deal with StowTown records. They just released their sophomore project Aim Higher this month.
  • Rickey Gooch had a PET scan this week, and all came back normal with no signs of cancer.

Anything I've missed?

Friday, July 17, 2015

Fun Clip Friday - The Ball Brothers

Happy Friday to everyone! Here's a great clip this morning that the Ball Brothers shared on their Facebook page last weekend. They were one of the groups in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Before they took the stage, they practiced an a cappella version of "I Shall Know Him." Check it out below for today's Fun Clip Friday!

"I Shall Know Him" practice run. Feel free to share and let us know what you think.
Posted by The Ball Brothers on Saturday, July 11, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jeremy Peace Joins LeFevre Quartet

The LeFevre Quartet announced via Facebook yesterday that Jeremy Peace has joined them at tenor. Jeremy has been with the Kingsmen and most recently The Old Paths.

Here's the full release from the group's Facebook page -

Mike LeFevre of The LeFevre Quartet announces Jeremy Peace as new tenor. “We are thrilled to have Jeremy Peace serving in the tenor position with the LeFevre Quartet. Jeremy has an impressive history in Southern Gospel music. His sincere heart for ministry and powerful tenor voice make him a wonderful addition to The LeFevre Quartet.”

Jeremy stated, “It’s a privilege to now stand on stage with one of my heroes, Mike LeFevre, ministering in song and delivering the Word of God when the opportunity arises. My wife and I were immediately at peace with the decision to join the ministry of LeFevre Quartet. We realized this was the door the Lord had opened for us to walk through, enabling me to minister to a lost and hurting world. My passion has always been great quartet singing, and after singing with Mike and his quartet, I've quickly discovered they are a group full of talented, humble personalities with a drive to be the very best they can be to further the message and the music. I'm honored to be a part of such an amazing group!”

Thomas Nalley resigned the position, due to a medical condition. Since that time, Thomas has completely recovered, and is currently serving with the group in a non-singing capacity. Thomas commented, “While we don't always understand why things happen the way they do, I am convinced that His ways are perfect!"

Please join us in welcoming Jeremy to LQ and in praising God for Thomas' miracle!

Visit to find out when they will be in concert near you.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Carolyn Kirksey Passes Away

Carolyn Kirksey, wife of former Singing News editor-in-chief Jerry Kirksey, passed away on July 13, 2015. She was the wife of Jerry Kirksey, who served as the editor for the Singing News for many decades. She also wrote a monthly cooking column in the Singing News and published the Singing News cookbook "For the Love of Cooking."

Please remember the family in your thoughts and prayers during this time. She's survived by her husband Jerry, sons Kenneth and Brett, daughter-in-law Deborah and several extended family members.

Carolyn was recently diagnosed with liver disease. She had been in an extended care physical therapy facility but was transferred to a medical center in Boone, North Carolina earlier this month.

Here's the full article from the Singing News.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Southern Gospel Events - Monday Morning Poll

It seemed that this past weekend was a prime weekend for big gospel music events with Bean Blossom Southern Gospel Jubilee, Canada's Gospel Music Celebration in Red Deer, Gerald Crabb Gospel Festival and the Heritage of Gold Reunion. There were several videos floating around on Facebook and Periscope from the various events.

So here's a Monday morning poll question for you. With all the annual gospel music events that happen now, big and small, what's your philosophy on going to these events? Are there certain events you have to attend every year like the National Quartet Convention or Singing in the Sun? Do you try to go to different things every year? It seems that every year there are new events that start as well. Are you one of those people who has to try out something in its inaugural year?

I know, for me, there are events that I definitely want to attend, but I can't break myself from going to Silver Dollar City's Southern Gospel Picnic every year. However, I do want to try other annual events such as NQC that I've never been to.

But what about you? Would love to hear from you! Here's a Monday morning poll for you to take!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbit - July 11

Here are some news and tidbit items from this week in gospel music -
  • Charles Shivers, brother of Bill Shivers (Brian Free & Assurance), passed away this week. He was only 28 years old. Please be in prayer for Bill and his family during this time. 
  • Squire Parsons lost consciousness while sitting in a pew at the church early this week. EMTs had to perform CPR twice. He was sent to the hospital for tests, and has now been released. They will be monitoring his heart for 30 days.
  • Daywind Music Group has launched a new instrumental label called Daywind Instrumental. The first project from Daywind Instrumental will be from Dove Award nominated producer, arranger and orchestrator, Cliff Duren. He is a worship leader at Brentwood Baptist in Brentwood, Tennessee.
  • Julie Hudson has resigned from the Chuck Wagon Gang after more than nine years with the group. Please be in prayer for Julie and the group during this transition.
  • Voting for the 2015 Diamond Awards are open now. Vote here.
  • Hope's Journey announced last week that Lauren Huckabee, 26, is joining the group. The group is based in Heflin, Alabama. 
  • The Whisnants are kicking off a social media campaign and pre-sale special (order it for only $10) this week for their new album, Walk of Faith. Check out their Facebook page for more details.

Anything I've missed?

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fun Clip Friday - Legacy Five

This week a lot of favorite gospel groups made their way to Red Deer, Alberta, Canada for their large gospel music event. Legacy Five provided their Facebook following a little insight into the long trip. Here's a great video that the quartet posted about all the possible ideas for them to keep occupied on a long trip! Enjoy for today's Fun Clip Friday!

People ask us... "What do you do on the bus during LONG trips?" Well, here is an idea. Which is funniest to you?
Posted by Legacy Five on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Remind Me of Calvary - When Lyrics Speak

I'm normally a planner, but sometimes life opens doors that you need to walk through. A few weeks ago at the last minute, things worked out for me to go to Memphis for a day during the Memphis Quartet Show. It was such a great day, and I'm so glad it worked out. During the matinee, the Second Half Quartet sang several older, Cathedral songs. I'll be honest since I didn't really "grow up" on this music, some Cathedral songs I'm just not familiar with. (Yes, I realize that makes me a bad gospel music fan and a bad blogger, I'm trying to remedy that.) As soon as Mark Trammell started singing “When my heart is filled with pain, and I’m tempted to complain,” I knew this was going to be a message I needed to hear.

This past month has been difficult. My grandfather has been really struggling health wise and just a lot of uncertainties in our family. Questions with no answers. Playing the waiting game. None of these are fun. So an afternoon and night at the Memphis Quartet Show was a good break from everything. What I wanted was a break, a chance to get away and escape, but I hadn’t bargained on how much I would be ministered to and how much I would be reminded of how God is in control of all, no matter how things may seem.

The song "Remind Me of Calvary" was the perfect assurance I needed that afternoon. And it's a message I constantly need to hear. We all need to be reminded of Calvary, to be drawn to the cross. It’s so easy to lose sight of Christ, His goodness and mercy when everything around us can be so uncertain. Like I said, I’m a planner. I’m not a fan of the unknown. Thankfully, I was reminded of the cross. When life is unsteady, Jesus is faithful. He’s always there. We can trust Him, not because of what He’s done for us in the past or what He might do for us through these circumstances but because He’s God. He paid the price at Calvary because of His great love for us. We all need to just be reminded of Calvary and God’s faithfulness in the midst of uncertainty.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Small Town - Jeff and Sheri Easter - CD Review

Jeff and Sheri Easter celebrated 30 years of marriage with their release Small Town. I don't think it's a secret that I'm a big Jeff and Sheri Easter fan. I really haven't been able to stop playing this project. Normally there's a point after listening to a project on repeat for a review that I put it down for a while. It hasn't happened yet with Small Town. It's definitely one that you need to add to your gospel music collection this year!

The first track, "Small Town Someone (Lunch)," is the highlight of the project. Several years ago, I remember watching the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards show. And one of the moments that truly stood out most to me was Kenna Turner West giving her acceptance speech for Songwriter of the Year. She talked about how incredible it is when God uses our lunch. I thought what an incredible statement that was! So it was really cool to me to find out that this song came from her speech. This song has quickly become a favorite, and one that I can see becoming a staple for Jeff and Sheri concerts for years to come!

"Jesus Loves You" is the first single from the album. With the string introduction, it doesn't give you the vibe of a Jeff and Sheri song at first. However, this ballad is right in Sheri's wheelhouse and what she does best. The lyrics of this song are so powerful and speak right to the heart. It's a simple truth but we all need the reminder that "Jesus loves you."

This project definitely has the "small town" feel with several more country sounding songs, which is to be expected. I really love Jeff's feature on "Like You're Still Here." His favorite feature of mine on this album is "This Side of the Dirt." This song was written for Jeff, and it really fits him perfectly. It's all about leaving a legacy and making sure you make your life count.

Morgan continues to impress me. She has grown so much as a vocalist since taking over the soprano role at 14. She's featured on "When the Harvest Comes" and "Someone's Listening." Her voice is a great blend of both parents with Sheri's richness and Jeff's country sound. "When the Harvest Comes" is a great choice because it speaks to her musical heritage, but I love "Someone's Listening." She absolutely shines on this song.

"Hallelujah Coming From the Valley" has a beautiful message about praising God through the difficult times. I love the style of this song.

"More Than Enough" is another Sheri feature and one of her five co-writes on the album. She and Jeff both had a hand in writing "The Light" which is a cute song that tells some of their personal story. Jeff takes the first verse and Sheri the second. It's one of the love songs on the project along with appropriately titled "I Love You," written by the Easter Brothers.

Even though Madison and Shannon Easter don't travel full-time with the group anymore, there are still very much a part of this ministry. Madison takes the first verse of "My Wave" and Jeff takes the second. Madison, known more for his guitar skills and an occasional solo, does an incredible job with this song. He also was a producer for the project along with his parents.

Jeff and Sheri have a lot to celebrate with 30 years of marriage and ministry. They can also celebrate that this project has to be at the top of releases this year. Jeff and Sheri fans will love this project and find the consistent sound and message they have always produced. It's not an album you want to miss!

Song List -
1. "Small Town Someone (Lunch)"
2. "This Side of the Dirt"
3. "Someone's Listening"
4. "Jesus Loves You"
5. "The Light"
6. "More Than Enough"
7. "Like You're Still Here"
8. "When the Harvest Comes"
9. "I Love You"
10. "Hallelujah Coming From the Valley"
11. "My Wave"

Saturday, July 4, 2015

In Case You Missed It - News and Tidbits - July 4

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

  • Luke White passed away on Sunday after battling double pneumonia. He most recently worked for IMC Concerts and previously worked with Aaron and Amanda Crabb and the Greenes. Read more here.
  • Congratulations to Keith Erwin who wed Lindsey Barefield on June 13 in Ripley, Mississippi. Lindsey plans to join the family on the bus while working on her Master's degree. 
  • Spoken 4 Quartet announced this week on Facebook that Brian Arnold will be joining the ministry. Baritone Steven Hickinbotham is no longer with the group. Brian has been traveling in a solo ministry for many years and was previously with the group Chosen Few.
  • Prayers requested for Carolyn Kirksey, wife of former Singing News editor-in-chief Jerry Kirksey. She has been undergoing medical treatment and in-patient physical therapy since February. 
  • The 2015 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards show is now available to watch online. You can watch the replay here
Anything I've missed?

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fun Clip Friday - I Will Stand Allegiance Trio

It's the eve of Independence Day. Of course today's Fun Clip Friday has a patriotic theme. Allegiance Trio's newest single out to radio is "I Will Stand." They recently released a lyric video for the song that you can check out here. A few months ago though they allowed fans a sneak preview of the song acoustically. Watch it for today's Fun Clip Friday, and Happy 4th of July to everyone!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Full of Gratitude - Bowling Family Concert Recap

About five years ago, I remember going to Hot Springs for a Bowling Family concert. A week later, the family was in a serious bus accident that caused them to be off the road for close to a year. Since the group returned to the road, they have had a changed perspective and an even greater desire to fulfill the calling on their lives. Seeing the group five years later around the anniversary of the accident and again in Hot Springs, the gratitude for what God did for them that day is as evident as ever before. I love how each time I see the family, they still tell of how God answered prayers and spared their lives so they can keep on singing for His glory.

It was a great night of gratitude, worship and praise. Here's a lineup of what they sang - 
Bowling Family - Hope, Kelly and Mike Bowling
  • "I'll Be Alright As Soon As I Touch Calvary"
  • "On the Battlefield"
  • "I Know Enough" - Love hearing Kelly sing this song. This is becoming one of my favorite Bowling Family songs. The message of this song is great!
  • "That's What I Miss the Most" - Mike does such a great job on this song.
  • "One Glorious Moment of Faith" - This is the group's newest single that will be on their upcoming release. Hope is featured on this song, and wow! This song will be a defining moment in her career as a singer. It's absolutely incredible!
  • "Stand By the River" - The Bowling daughters sang this one. These girls together sound so great; they have a great blend. 
  • "Your Cries Have Awoken the Master" - This song never gets old! It wouldn't be a Bowling Family concert without this song.
  • "The Lighthouse" - Mike is one of my favorite people to hear sing this song. I love hearing him sing the Hinson classics!
  • "Don't You Wanna Go" - It's always great to hear this Crabb Family song and twice is a treat! People had such a great response to this song that they repeated it!
  • "I Could Still Go Free"
  • "I'm Glad I'm Saved"
  • "I Still Glory in the Cross" - Always such a great moment and a great song!
  • "I Never Shall Forget the Day"
During the concert Kelly shared about the accident as they showed news footage from the scene. "It didn't take God long at all to show up and show out even in the worst situation we've ever been through," Kelly said. "People started loving on us, and God used His people to support us." She shared that there was no reason they should be standing there that night singing. She recalled watching the news the night of the accident from the hospital bed hearing an officer say that he expected several fatalities. "When God has shown mercy and kept His hand on you, I never want to forget," she said. I love how they never tire of sharing how God spared them that day.

They had a time of invitation and a sweet time of worship to end the concert. It was an incredible night full of gratitude of what God has done. Even though most of us haven't experienced a traumatic accident like the Bowlings, we can all relate to situations in our life where God extended His mercy to us. It was a great reminder of how we should show our gratitude daily by the way we live our lives and telling others about the goodness of God.

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!