Upcoming Southern Gospel CD/DVD Releases, September 2012

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

September 2012

  • 9/4: Sweet Songs About Heaven, Blackwood Brothers (Daywind)
  • 9/10: But For the Cross, LeFevre Quartet (probably on Activate)
  • 9/11: Lifetime, Mark Trammell Quartet (Daywind)
  • 9/11: Pure and Simple, Gaither Vocal Band (Gaither Music Group / EMI CMG) (title change from Simply Acoustic)
  • 9/17: Almost Home, The Taylors
  • 9/18: Eyes Wide Open, Jeff & Sheri Easter (Spring Hill / EMI CMG)
  • 9/18: Our Anthem, Tribute Quartet (Sonlite / Crossroads)
  • 9/18: Joy Joy, David Phelps (Spring Hill / EMI CMG)
  • 9/25: Through the Night, Perrys (Daywind)
  • 9/25: 12 Christmas Favorites, Gaither Homecoming Friends (Gaither Music Group / EMI CMG)

October 2012

  • 10/1: Requested, Booth Brothers
  • 10/2: Feels Like Christmas, Collingsworth Family (Stow Town / Provident)
  • 10/2: Our Most Requested Live, Greater Vision (Daywind)
  • 10/6: Hymns Collection CD/DVD, Triumphant Quartet (Mansion)
  • 10/6: 12, Three Bridges (Mansion)
  • 10/9: The Christmas Collection, Anthony Burger (Spring Hill / EMI CMG)
  • 10/16: The Star Still Shines, Gordon Mote (New Haven / Provident)
  • 10/16: Timeless Treasures, Ivan Parker (Horizon / Crossroads)
  • 10/22: Count Me In, The Hoppers (Spring Hill / EMI CMG)
  • 10/22: Bill Gaither’s Best of Homecoming 2013, Gaither Homecoming Friends (Gaither Music Group / EMI CMG) 

November 2012

  • 11/6: Live in Chicago, The Cathedrals (Stow Town / Provident)

Is this list missing anything significant, especially among major independent releases? Let us know in the comments!


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  1. Big month of September! We bloggers have work to do.

    • Don’t kill yourself. 🙂 No matter how many releases come across my desk in September, I still review one per week. 🙂

      • You probably have enough reviews backlogged to last you ’til Jesus comes if you never wrote another one. 🙂

      • Not right now; though these numbers apply to all posts and not just reviews, I only have 45 posts complete and scheduled right now, though I do have another 50 or so posts in the draft status, in various stages of completion. 🙂

  2. I haven’t gotten an update in a few weeks, but Gold City is hoping to have their “80s hits” project ready for NQC.

    Also, according to their facebook page, the Kingsmen plan to release “Once Again” at NQC. Daniel, am I correct in assuming that is an independent release since they posted the samples to Reverb Nation and not the Crossroads’ website?

    • Brandon – I don’t know what all is up with the Kingsmen release, but I do know that Crossroads won’t release it prior to NQC, at least – if we had, I would’ve heard about it by now!

  3. David Phelps – Classic, releases 10/9.

    • And yes, it counts as SG. 😉

      The Vocal Band is featured on several songs.

      • Is the percentage of the songs that are Southern Gospel songs over or below the 50% mark? 🙂

      • At least 11 of the 20 have been done on other SG releases (counting The Dream because the GVb are on it).

      • That’s the answer to a question, but I suspect it’s not QUITE the answer to the question I was asking. Even if, say, “Nessun Dorma” has appeared on an SG release before, I doubt anyone would classify it as an SG song. 🙂

      • If a SG artist released a project with these songs, I’d be hard pressed to classify it as something other than a SG (or even Hymns) project:

        Lords Prayer
        Morning Has Broken
        Going Home
        America the Beautiful/God Bless America
        O Come Angel Band
        All in All
        Glorious Impossible
        Swing Down Chariot
        Joyful Joyful
        You’ll Never Walk Alone

        Most of those are in my church’s hymn book 😉

      • Fair enough (though, I believe, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” isn’t an SG song, but a song that received a number of SG renditions after finding success elsewhere – but that could be said to be a technicality.) If those were the only songs on the project, then yes, I’d classify it as Southern Gospel. 🙂

      • Fair enough. By the way, that’s 50% of the projects songs. I didn’t count the new one with the Vocal Band either. 😉

      • OK. 🙂

  4. I noticed that the LeFevre Quartet has a project releasing on September 10. The title is “But for the Cross.” The Booth Brothers also have a cd releasing on October 1 called “Requested.” The LeFevre Quartet’s project is through Song Garden. I think the Booth Brothers’ is an independent release. From what I understand, it’s basically a compilation.

    • Thanks, Andrew! Song Garden actually hadn’t gotten back with me about their upcoming releases, so I’m glad you noticed!

    • Isn’t the LeFevre Quartet release through the newly formed Activate Records, to which they are signed?

  5. Seems like a rather pedestrian amount of releases compared to previous Septembers, but the ones that are releasing sound like they’re gonna be big ones!

  6. Daniel, have you any idea when the Whisnants will release a new album? What about Legacy Five?

    • No. It’ll probably be at least a few months for L5, since they just got a new bass.

    • Whisnants have a hymns cd they just recorded, Produced by Gerald Wolfe, that will be released at NQC.

    • The Whisnants SHOULD (barring any unforeseen circumstances) have a project available by NQC. As I understand it, it will be a hymns project produced by Gerald Wolfe.

      Being a huge Whisnants fan myself, I must admit that I’m more excited about this hymns project than I would TYPICALLY be for a hymns project. That’s not to say I don’t like hymns (quite the contrary), but I’m generally more excited about new material released by groups. However, the Whisnants seem to be able to take the most routine songs & arrangement and make them fresh & moving (or, at least, that’s MY impression). Sooooo….consider it added to my NQC shopping list!

      • Any word on a title?

      • Interesting. Do you guys know where I can see artwork or a track list? Oh, and Daniel, what about the Kingsmen?

      • Don’t know.

      • What I meant Daniel, is do you know when the Kingsmen will release a new project. Sorry, for not making that a little clearer. 🙂

      • I know that a table project is in the works, and that they were working on vocals a few days ago.

  7. We had them in a few weeks back and they didn’t mention a title (that I recall). I can’t say this for SURE, but I’m under the impression that it will specifically be “red back” selections.

    • OK! I don’t know if it’s in the red back, but they are going to cut “He is Mine and I Am His” (the Speer Family song, not the Greater Vision/Dianne Wilkinson song).

      • Pretty sure “He Is Mine and I Am His” is not in the redback, although it would be a fit.

      • I don’t recall seeing it in there, but since I don’t have one at hand, I hesitated to speak definitively to the question.

      • I believe it wasn’t written until the 60s. The Church Hymnal was published in 1951, I believe.

      • You may very well be correct. The “hymns” part I was sure about…the “red back” part, not so much. Either way, I expect the project to be well produced (as anything with Gerald should be) and the songs to be well interpreted (as the Whisnants have a knack for doing)…so I can’t wait to pick mine up at NQC!

  8. The Taylor’s “Almost Home ” at nqc and should ship website orders on 9/17. It is produced by Jeff Stice

    • Thanks! By the way, my initials are DJM, too, so for anyone who might be paying attention, no, that’s not me, and I’m not talking to myself there! 🙂

  9. To answer the earlier question, the Kingsmen posted samples of their “Once Again” album on their YouTube page

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApqbtU_f1vc