Saturday News Roundup #109

Worth Knowing

  • Devin McGlamery is back on the Signature Sound bus after surgery to correct his torn pectoralis muscle. He does face months of physical therapy before being given an all-clear, though!
  • The Dove Award nominations were announced earlier this week. Musicscribe put together a list of Southern Gospel nominees. [EDIT, 3/16/13: Broken link removed.]
  • Blackwood Legacy has hired Daniel Rivera as tenor, moving Daniel Childs to lead. [EDIT, 6/18/12: Broken link removed.]
  • Brad Smith has joined The Blackwoods. Butch Owens, meanwhile, has moved to the Songfellows.

Worth Watching

Here’s a video of Karen Peck and Greg Bentley (who was, at the time, tenor for the Hoppers) singing “Here Through Eternity” at an NQC chapel service in 1989. Greg has posted several other Hoppers-related videos here.

Also worth watching: Here’s a twelve-year-old who can play Jeff Stice’s arrangement of “When We All Get to Heaven.”

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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  1. Enjoyed the Greg Bentley video. His voice seemed to blend very well with a female soprano (Sharon Watts comes to mind). Not sure if that’s an unusual quality for a SG tenor or not, but no other outstanding examples come to mind – except Johnny Cook/Vestal of course :). (I’m also not sure Vestal would have been considered a soprano during that era?)

    I’d be interested in others’ thoughts on tenor/soprano combos.

    • Yes, his voice did blend well. It is an unusual quality for, honestly, any male voice – at least without the buffer of an alto to which they can both blend.

  2. Since I’m almost positive someone will ask which Blackwood group this is, Brad Smith has joined the Blackwood Singers that sing at the Country Jamboree Breakfast Show at Pigeon Forge’s Hatfield/McCoy Theatre. The family connection there is RW Blackwood, Jr. and his wife Donna.

    Brad has sung with Mark Blackwood’s Blackwood Quartet before, but I think they’re set for a good long while in the bass department with Terry Toney. =)