Saturday News Roundup #123

Worth Reading

  • Here’s the official press release on Gordon Mote’s departure from the Gaither Homecoming Tour.
  • Check out Brian Crout’s in-depth review of the Talleys’ album Love Won; he calls it “a must-have recording.”
  • Steve Eaton has been running a fascinating SWOT Analysis (Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats) column for the last several weeks. This week, he took a look at the Mark Trammell Quartet.

Worth Watching

In a recent discussion in the comments, commenter Abe mentioned the Garment of Praise Quartet. This acapella Mennonite quartet’s lead singer, Daryl Petersheim, wrote the Kingdom Heirs song “The Empty Tomb Says it All.” Here’s a video of the group singing “Heaven’s Joy Awaits”:

Bonus: Here’s their take on the Kingdom Heirs’ song Going On with the Song.

Also, SGConcerts’ Diana Brantley has posted the first concert footage of the new Rebels Quartet. Here’s a video of lead singer Alan Kendall being featured on “He’ll Understand and Say Well Done”:

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturdayโ€”you decide!

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  1. Gaither Studios just posted a video of Bill talking about and with Gordon Mote on his last night as a regular member of the Homcoming Tour:

    • You beat me to it!

  2. Did you see the video they posted of “I’ve Just Seen Jesus”? Another good one!

    I wish I could find some info on Lana Ranahan though

    • Yes, I did watch that, and I also was wondering who she was!

      She struck me as someone who was a very, very good singer, and having a good deal of stage presence, but there did also seem to be a slight hesitation at points which suggested that it was one of her first times on a stage of that size.

      • I think she did stuff with them in late 90s early 2000s, but thats all I know about her

    • The Ranahans both work for Gaither Music
      Lana works at Gaither Studios as her vocation.
      Singing at Gaither’s events might be her avocation, not as a hobby as the definition might say, but a surprise blessing when she sings with David Phelps.
      We heard her sing in Worcester around 2002.
      Her husband works sound on the Homecoming Tour.

      • Very interesting – thanks!

      • I thought I had heard that before, but wasn’t sure about its accuracy because I couldn’t find any other supporting sources.

        Thanks for the info. Hadn’t heard that about her husband before.

  3. Has anyone else heard that Matt Dibler and Melton Campbell, both formerly of the Inspirations, have started a new trio? If so, I wondered how extensively they will travel and who else will make up the group.

    • No, I hadn’t heard that.

    • Calvary Baptist Church: 1975 Highway 82, Statham. Singing at 7 p.m. June 1, featuring the Southern gospel group the Hayes Family

      and the trio Resurrection with former Inspirations Matt Dibler, Melton Campbell and Mark Clark

      and the Calvary Baptist Church Choir. A love offering will be collected. (770) 725-5164.


      • Very interesting – Mark Clark sang with the Inspirations for a while, too, backing up Archie one year at NQC, as I recall.

      • Mark Clark also sang with The Diplomats. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Ah, yes, I had forgotten.

    • They are calling themself Resurrection and will be in Barnesville, Ga. on Jul27. Post “E” address and will forward poster.

      • They don’t have a website or anything. Melton is driving an oil truck and they only sing when his schedule allows.

  4. I posted about it on my blog, but EHSS was in Hungary over the weekend for the Franklin Graham Crusade of Hope in Budapest. They sang Since Jesus Passed By and Glory to God in the Highest. I posted a fan video that featured both songs, but I thought I’d share the video here that the BGEA just posted to their Youtube account of the second song.

    You can get a much better feel for how well they are received over there.

  5. Daniel I was excited to see you posted some videos of the Garment of Praise Quartet! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can listen to soundclips and download songs of them here if anyone is interested. [EDIT, 2/22/13: Broken link removed.]

    • That was thanks to your link to their website, so you get half of the credit! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I did not make it to see Resurrection sing and was wondering if anyone that went, cared to give those of us that did not go, insight on how it was.