Upcoming Southern Gospel CD/DVD Releases: June 2011

This list aims to be inclusive of Daywind, Crossroads, Horizon/Crossroads, Sonlite/Crossroads, Vine/Crossroads, Gaither Music Group/EMI CMG, Stow Town/Provident/Integrity, Song Garden, Homeland, The Mansion Entertainment, and major independent group releases where known.

June 2011

  • 6/7: The Best of Jessica King: Work of Heart, Jessica King (Daywind)
  • 6/15: I Am Going Home, The Wilhites (Mansion)
  • 6/21: Live in Charlotte DVD, Crist Family (Horizon / Crossroads)
  • 6/21: God Makes No Mistakes, The Inspirations (Horizon / Crossroads)
  • 6/21: Joy Ride, Ivan Parker (Horizon / Crossroads)
  • 6/21: New Day, The Martins (Gaither Music Group / EMI CMG)
  • 6/21: The Best of the Martins DVD, The Martins (Gaither Music Group / EMI CMG)

July 2011

  • 7/5: The Only Way, Greater Vision (Daywind)
  • 7/12: Reach Out, Karen Peck & New River (Daywind)
  • 7/19: The Waiting is Over, Tribute Quartet (Sonlite/Crossroads)
  • 7/19: Grace Says…, Kingsmen (Horizon/Crossroads)

August 2011 (honorary mention)

  • 8/9: I Am a Promise, Gaither Vocal Band (Gaither Music Group / EMI CMG)

Did I miss anything significant, especially among independent group releases? Let us all know in the comments!

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  1. Mark Trammell Quartet has a new table project of old Cathedrals songs available, called Treasures.

    • Wow! I’m sure hoping to have a chance to get that one soon!

      • It’s not strictly old Cathedrals tunes though it is primarily Cathedrals Classics. It’s a great project – my favorite of the 3 as a quartet so far. A special bonus is two live cuts – “Gentle Shepherd” and “An Old Convention Song”

      • Very cool . . . I’m hoping to have the chance to track down a copy soon!

      • I saw this comment and thought it must have something to do with your recent mishap, although I couldn’t imagine that you talked about policemen that way. (Seriously!)

      • Oops! Missing y!

      • LOL, I can picture it now.

  2. According to Crossroads’ website, the new Kingsmen project is titled “He’s Everything I Need”, with the title song being the debut single. Can you get clarification on that, Daniel?

    • I work at Crossroads and know the title for a fact – it’s Grace Says.

      After all, I was proofing the layouts yesterday morning! 🙂

      We’ll get that fixed.

      • Daniel are the sound-clips,and pre-order info for the new Kingsmen project going to go up soon on Crossroads website? I have been anxiously awaiting for them! For some reason I am REALLY excited about this project…

      • The answer is yes, generally speaking; the mix on the first radio single is done. But as to precisely when – I don’t know.

      • Ok thanks! 🙂

  3. Thanks Daniel! I knew you worked there, so I figured you’d know. You might want to let them know about the error on the website.

    • Yeah. I’m sitting right next to the man who takes care of that, and we’ll get it fixed!

  4. I bought the new Mark Trammell Treasures CD the other night when I saw them. I also bought the newest Booth Brothers (Let It Be Known) & Karen Peck (Reach Out) CD’s also. Good stuff.

    • Hey how did you get your hands on that Booth Brothers album? I’m a HUGE BB fan. Any tidbits bout the album you can give us? Track Listing or something?

      • It sounds as though he bought it at a concert. 🙂

      • They’re selling pre-release copies at concerts, although I got mine through a different route. Here’s the track list:

        First John (a capella — I heard this one live in February, and it’s a good one)
        See, What a Morning (has a definite Celtic feel, but once I got over the, uh, surprise of hearing an Irish lilt in a Booth Brothers song, I really liked it)
        She Still Remembers Jesus’ Name
        He’s So Good To Me
        When You Bow at Jesus’ Feet (a Jim Brady number — I think he wrote it too — and it’s a real standout, for me anyway)
        Since Jesus Came
        Masterpiece of Mercy
        Let It Be Known
        Master’s Table (a Ronnie Booth feature and my favorite song on the whole CD — I hope they release it as a single)
        Bread Upon the Water
        What About Now (a Michael Booth feature that I believe was also written by Jim, and a great song that really reflects a lot of what Michael says in the ministry portion of their concerts)

        A goodly number of the songs were written by Jim Brady, but they’re all good songs, and as is by now a given with the Booth Brothers, very well performed. Definitely a CD worth hearing!

      • WOW i can’t wait to get my hands on it. Sounds awesome. I’ve always loved Jim Brady written songs an the BB so im betting its awesome. Thanks Daniel and Melissa!

      • BTW is it in the same league as Declaration?

      • I don’t think so. But they were aiming for a different target. From all I’ve heard, it be like comparing football with soccer.

      • Whether “Declaration” and “Let It Be Known” are in the same league kinda depends on what you’re looking for in a Booth Brothers recording. For one thing, “Declaration” was really more of a concept CD, while “Let It Be Known” is a little broader in scope. The production on “LIBK”, for the most part, is much more laid back than on “Declaration”, and actually, it was a pleasant surprise to hear the restraint that was utilized here. The slower songs are softer and a little gentler on the ears, but on the other hand, no one can complain this time about the lack of fast songs; they may not all burn the barn down, but they’re not exactly funeral dirges either. In fact, the song styles represented here are quite diverse, but in my opinion really play to the collective and individual strengths of the group, both musically and lyrically. While my personal favorites (Master’s Table, When You Bow, What About Now, She Still Remembers Jesus’ Name, Masterpiece of Mercy, He’s So Good To Me) have a more traditional feel than was generally heard on “Declaration”, that’s just personal preference on my part; the other songs are every bit as good, and they all just get better on repeated playings. This one may not have the majestic orchestrations or elaborate production values that “Declaration” did, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s just as listenable, and I think any BB fan will enjoy it immensely.

        Sorry, y’all, I didn’t mean to get so carried away there, but the bottom line is, I love this CD unreservedly, and I hope everyone gets a chance to hear it. I’ll surely be interested to see what Daniel and the other bloggers think when the CD becomes available on a general basis.

      • Interesting. See What a Morning is a Keith and Kristyn Getty song, as was In Christ Alone on Declaration.

      • Yes – as was “A Higher Throne” on Declaration. They like what the Gettys are doing lyrically, and I do like their stylistic move toward incorporating Celtic music into our genre; it’s a natural fit.

  5. Isn’t the Whisnants new one due out this month or next?

  6. Daniel, any Dove Brothers on the Horizon? I figured you would know 😉

    • Steven K – sort of. Their last studio project was fairly recent; I’d guess, off the top of my head, that it came out 4-6 months ago. But they are working on a live project featuring their live band.

      • Actually Daniel, the Dove Brothers most recent studio album was released on July 20th of last year… 🙂 I am looking forward to that live album. Which I assume will be an independent project.

      • Nate – don’t assume too much, there. 🙂

        You’re sure it was released last July 20th? Wow, I guess time flies when you’re having fun. It sure doesn’t seem to be a year ago!

      • Well according to Crossroads website it was July 20th… 🙂

        And I try not to assume to much, it usually ends up getting me in trouble!

      • It probably was, then!