Singing News reinstates Favorite Band category
As mentioned yesterday, Singing News announced last night that Favorite Band category is returning to the Singing News Fan Awards.
This is the most official acknowledgment yet that live music is on its way back in our genre. When I wrote a now-timely post seventeen days ago that I’d only review DVDs with live music, it was not without grounds: In the last year or so, three of Southern Gospel’s top ten quartets have either added a band or expanded theirs. The Dove Brothers went from a pianist to a three-piece band; Ernie Haase and Signature Sound went from a pianist to a three-piece (and more recently a four-piece) band; and, the Inspirations added utility instrumentalist Luke Vaught and went from a two-piece to a three-piece. Of course, the consistently top-10-nominated Kingdom Heirs have been the only top-10 male quartet to consistently maintain a three-piece band since and through the heyday of live music.
Here’s hoping that this is just the beginning.
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Oh, and Singing News also reinstituted the Favorite Small/Medium/Large Market DJs and added the category of Favorite Southern Gospel Internet Radio Program. If that is important enough to the genre to be worth a category, and industry website isn’t, perhaps this site should launch a weekly radio program with the news highlights of the week—and maybe audio interviews, too!