Saturday News Roundup #144

Worth Knowing

  • HisSong manager Dennis Humphries mentioned on Facebook that his fianceé, Angel, is now singing with the group. (HisSong recently lost founding member and long-time tenor singer Adam Elrod.) This apparently indicates that HisSong will be moving from a male trio to a mixed group configuration.
  • Former HisSong tenor Adam Elrod is launching his own male trio, Adam’s Call (website, Facebook), with lead singer Bobby Davenport and baritone Sam Fisher.
  • Beyond the Ashes, formerly with Wayne Haun’s and Kevin Ward’s Vine Records, has signed with Ernie Haase’s and Wayne Haun’s Stow Town Records.
  • The Lesters have found a new tenor, Justin Wells, making them an all-male group for the first time in their history.

Worth Watching

This song, sung by this combination of voices, never gets old:

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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  1. Daniel, I hope the following will be posted. I don’t desire to stir up a political firestorm, and hope that doesn’t happen. Yet, if you choose not to post it, than that’s your right, as the owner of this website.

    There’s a song called “Judgement Day”, written by Jerry Salley and Jim Rishing, and recorded by The Dunaways, which says:
    “They run from words like wrong and right.
    They won’t see things in black and white.
    The moment God is pushed aside,
    Everything turns gray.
    Now our children spill their precious blood
    Where once they used to pray.
    For this we’re sure to answer
    On that judgement day.”

    You can listen to a sample here.

    With this being the Saturday before the elections, I would like to say something from a Biblical perspective. Not comming out and vocally endorsing a certain candidate. Just speaking Biblical truth, and applying it to our decision making.
    As the representatives of Christ, we need to raise up HIS standard of righteousness, and let it be shown, so HE gets the glory. When we go vote, we need to surrender to HIS Lordship, and ask in faith for Him to guide us in the decisions.

    I must confess, I had almost decided not to write any of this. But, God had other plans. I just went to , and saw that their “Verse of the Day” was Romans 13:1,
    “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
    Confirmation, or coincidence? God doesn’t cause coincidences, He causes “Godincidences”. So, with that in mind..
    Proverbs 3:5-6 says:
    “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
    “All” means “all”. Not part of your ways, not even most of your decisions. All. If we acknowledge him in our decision making when we vote, He WILL direct our paths.

    To close, the often quoted promise of God, recorded in Matthew 6:31-33, says this:
    ” Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

    (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

    I challenge you, let your absolute priority be this: to seek first the kingdom of God. On all levels of voting, choose your candidates with one question in mind: will Jesus be pleased with my vote?

    May God bless you in the doing of His will,
    Quaid Newcome
    A Christian, American, and a Souther Gospel lover.

    The Bible promises

    • I meant to say the following:
      Jim Rushing
      Judgment Day
      “Not coming out and…”
      “a Southern Gospel lover.”
      Also, the last three words weren’t supposed to be there.

  2. I found a CD copy of some old Masters V records, and they had “When He Blest my Soul” on there. I didn’t realize how old that song was. To compare the Gold City version, to this one was kind of fun to do. Very different takes on the song. Of course, nobody could beat J.D. Sumner!!!

    It also struck me how much SG recordings have changed over the years. The Masters V sound would be what I consider a classic sound, but the imperfections were there….missed notes, shaved pitches….. Perhaps due to deteriorated quality of the original recording (?) or less of an emphasis on perfection???? Maybe it was a different kind of perfection. Fo me, there is something very comforting about listening to older recordings. They are powerful in their own way, without all the high tech/ elaborate arrangements.

    • I had heard that the Masters V didn’t spend as much time rehearsing as they could have.
      Another thing to keep in mind: they would have been recording to 8 track reel-to-reel, or something similliar. Editing abilities we no where near what they are today.
      Nevertheless, with the slight imperfections, they were VERY good.

      Take a listen to Palmetto State’s rendition.
      Song number 4 on this release.
      You can also purchase the one song, and the whole album at Crossroads.

      Here’s a section of the Inspirations’ “12th Anniversary Live”.

      The first song is “It’ll Be Alright With Me”, the second is When He Blessed My Soul, titled as “You Oughta Been There.”
      Holcomb is on fire!

    • Matt, “When He Blessed My Soul” was first published in 1939 by Stamps-Baxter Music. Written by Cleavant Derricks (writer of “Just a Little Talk with Jesus” and “When God Dips His Love in My Heart.” It’s been around quite a while!

  3. Should GV and MTQ combine into one group? 7 stage members who could rotate who’s singing, depending on the song.
    Gerald plays keys, Eric sings tenor, Mark leads, and Rodney sings baritone, for 2 or 3 selections. Another song, Nick lead, Gerald baritone, Chris tenor. Pat sings on some, while other songs are trio songs. GV memebers do some by themselves, while MTQ members do some by themselves.

  4. I only got to be there one day and missed that particular performance. But man, that’s some good singing.

  5. I do find myself wondering sometimes whether there was any consideration from any of the guys for MTQ to be part of the Jubilee series. (They are all Daywind artists) Poor Matt Fouch has to handle the entire bass load.

    • I thought they might after they appeared on the Jubilee 2 DVD. It would be a home run!

  6. Mike Holcomb has such a rich bass voice it almost sounds computer generated. There is no doub le meaning with this comment. It is meant as a compliment.

  7. I know this will attact many different answers based on likes and dislikes of artists but what is the typical autographed album worth these days? Lets say you have a ill Gaither tri 1963 near mint He Touched e album signed by Bill, Gloria, and Danny…what would you ask for it if you were elling?…or take a Singing Americans album sign by everyone? or A Cathedral Tio sealed album signed by all three singers…what if you had a blackwood brothers album from the 50’s sign by all of them?….I guess it all depends on how bad you want the album and theshape of the cover and lp itself…whado you think?

  8. Ok, I know that it isn’t the weekend anymore, but please pay attention to Scott Fowler’s post on Legacy Five’s Facebook on Saturday:

    Hey guys…
    not too very long ago I asked you to pray for a friend that was on his death bed and was refusing to repent and accept Jesus. The last text I got from him before he died was saying that he “thought God would find room for him in heaven.” A few days after he died I got a letter from him and he said “Scott, if you are reading this I am gone. But I just wanted you to know that I got to thinking about what all you said, and I decided I needed to ask God to forgive me of my sins. I’ll see you in Heaven.” Imagine the joy that flooded my soul!! So….thanks to you all for praying. This was a major “team effort.” Rod is in Heaven tonight because we all prayed.

    Now….I need to rally the prayer team again. You all know the story of Patty and Hana. They got saved after “accidentally” wondering into a Legacy Five Celebration Event at Opryland Hotel a few years ago. Patty and Hana are believers now but they are in the fight of their lives. The Devil doesn’t take a day off and he is working overtime to destroy Patty and Hana. Their need is dire and very urgent. I cannot go into any more detail than that right now, but just PLEASE PRAY HARD for them. They need justice and they need favor. They NEED A BREAK from devastating circumstances in their lives. Please….pray for them right now.

    Thank you,

    ~Scott Fowler~

    I am praying! I would ask that you would pray too!

    • Rebecca, it’s perfectly fine to post in the Saturday News Roundup open threads all week. Thanks for passing that along!