What is each Southern Gospel group’s signature song?

It seems to be a slow news day so far, so let’s turn to an idea from the mailbag. Reader Lindsay P. writes in: 

Daniel- I really appreciate your blog; especially the videos you post. I try to watch as many as I can. I also find it interesting when you encourage input from your readers. How about this idea? Ask readers to name a group, and THE defining song in their history. I know some groups might have several, but it should be interesting. Examples would be The McKameys (God On The Mountain); Goodmans (I Wouldn’t Take Nothin’ For My Journey Now); Freemans (Chidren Of The Dust), KPNR (Four Days Late), and so on.

For some groups, this is easy, like, among the ones he named, The McKameys, The Freemans, and Karen Peck and New River. Answers might also be fairly obvious for Gold City (Midnight Cry) and Greater Vision (My Name is Lazarus).

But things are a little more complicated for other groups:

  • Cathedrals: “We Shall See Jesus,” “Champion of Love,” or a third song?
  • Booth Brothers: “Still Feeling Fine” or “He Saw it All”?
  • Dove Brothers: “Get Away Jordan,” “Didn’t it Rain,” or “I Can Pray”?
  • Hoppers: “Shoutin’ Time” or “Jerusalem”?
  • What about Legacy Five, Triumphant Quartet, the Mark Trammell Quartet, the Bill Gaither Trio, the Collingsworth Family, the Isaacs, the Kingdom Heirs, the Rambos, the Statesmen, or the Talleys?

What do you say?

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  1. Well I can only think of a few and I’m only 100% settled on one:
    Legacy Five- I Found Grace?
    The Collingsworth Family- Fear Not Tomorrow or I Know?
    The Talleys- His Life For Mine?

    • The biggest problem in trying to determine a Legacy Five signature song is that the featured vocalists on so many of their songs that could have been signature songs are no longer with the group.

      I Stand Redeemed – Josh Cobb is gone
      Forgiveness – Roger Bennett and Josh Cobb are gone
      We Are Home – Roger Bennett is gone
      I Found Grace – Glenn Dustin and Tony Jarman are gone
      I Have Been Changed – Glenn Dustin is gone

      Those, I think, are the five strongest contenders. “Ask Me Why” is a great concert closer right now, but I just don’t think it will be their career “We Shall See Jesus” or “He Saw it All.” I could be wrong!

      • That is true. I’m not totally sure about Ask Me Why. I mean, I agree with your say on it, but it is also big in that it tells the story of a real life situation with the group, and the involvement in Patty and Hanna’s choice to come to Christ. That in and of itself is probably big enough to become a signature song. But I don’t know, that’s just my take on it. 🙂

      • There’s a big difference between “a” signature song and “the” signature song. Is it their breakout hit that takes them to the top of Southern Gospel and leaves them sweeping the Fan Awards, like “He Saw it All” did for the Booth Brothers and “If You Knew Him” did for the Perrys? It’s been out for a couple of years, and that hasn’t happened yet.

      • I think I get what you are saying about those guys being gone, but in my mind, if a song has staying power with a group even after a featured vocalist departs, it makes it even more of a signature song for the group. Otherwise, you could say it was a signature song for said individuals only, could you not?

        That’s part of why I might lean more towards Champion of Love for the Cathedrals. It was a hit when Gerald was with the group, and a hit when Scott was with the group.

        Signature songs for a group shouldn’t be defined by a single individual, otherwise you would consider them that individual’s signature song. If Gold City stopped singing Midnight Cry after Ivan left because it was “his” song, it wouldn’t be considered the signature song of Gold City today.

      • I’m not sure that a song’s staying power with multiple vocalists makes it inherently bigger than a song with one vocalist who stays. “We Shall See Jesus” was huge for the Cathedrals because it was Glen’s song through and through. It wouldn’t have helped it any if Glen had quit and someone new had come in and started singing it.

        On the other hand, you have a song like “Midnight Cry,” whose impact has been split between two artists – Ivan, who does it just about every night, and Gold City, who also does it just about every night. Or take “Champion of Love”; it was less a CATHEDRALS signature song since its original voice, Gerald Wolfe, frequently does it with his own group, splitting its signature impact between two high-profile groups.

      • And, basing off of who’s doing it more these days, I think it remains more of a Gerald Wolfe signature song than a Scott Fowler/90s Cathedrals/Legacy Five signature song. Even though Scott did it and did it well with the Cathedrals, I still think most people expect to hear Gerald’s voice, with some conglomeration of harmony singers, when the track kicks off. This is exactly the sort of situation I refer to when I state that I think a feature / signature song for a permanent group member is a little more likely to be the biggest signature song for a group.

  2. Daniel, you may have just started the biggest and largest number of fights this site has ever seen. Haha. 🙂

    Really though, who could with, any confidence, say the Dove’s signature song is “Get Away Jordan” rather than “Didn’t It Rain,” or “Shoutin’ Time” over “Jerusalem?” When I think of signature songs, I think of NQC sets, often a groups closing song of an NQC set. Sometimes, the closin song of a groups final NQC set. It seems like you are most likely to hear a groups signature song there.

    Good luck with this one, my friend. 🙂

    • On the flip side: So long as we don’t take it (or ourselves) too seriously, this could be a whole lot of fun! 🙂

  3. By the way, on a couple of the questions I posed above:

    Hoppers – I’m inclined to say “Shoutin’ Time,” even though “Jerusalem” is my favorite of the two (and the song that introduced me to their music nearly a decade ago, no less!)

    Dove Brothers – I’m inclined to say “Get Away Jordan”

    Cathedrals – I’d definitely go with “We Shall See Jesus.” It was more a mainstay of their live programs, and for longer. There was at least one period shortly after Champion of Love was released – after Gerald Wolfe left and before Scott Fowler joined – when I don’t believe they staged it at all.

    Isaacs – He Ain’t Never Done Me Nothin’ But Good

    • Well…since the Doves now sing the two songs as one…Didn’t It Rain/Get Away Jordan!
      As seen in one of my most recent videos…

  4. For the Rambos, I would consider their signature song to be “Sheltered in the Arms of God” simply by virtue of all the compilation albums I have of “classic” southern gospel music that have their recording of this song on them.

    I think it’s a little harder to narrow a signature song down for current groups than it is for those that are no longer with us. Like, for the Cathedrals, I think “Boundless Love” as a signature sound, mostly based on it being the one I hear most frequently emulated by other (regional) groups that try to capture the Cathedrals’ sound.

  5. Ivan Parker – Midnight Cry. It could also be I Choose.

  6. Definitely tough for some of those groups. I think with songs like “Champion of Love” & “Midnight Cry” personally, I associate those more with the artist than the original group. MC is Ivan Parker’s song. COL is Wolfes song. They both began singing it in their solo ministry and GV began closing out with it every night after they formed. And Fowler did a great job with it.

    As far as a group like the Booths, you may have to go with a song that was more unique and caused folks to take a little more notice at the time. I think that would’ve been “He Saw It All”.

    Isaacs. It’s hard not going with your choice. First song I ever heard though, was I Have A Father Who Can. I was blown away. That might not be the universal signature song. But it’s my signature song of theirs. I think memories matter. Where you were when you first heard it, what was going on in your life, who you were with, etc.. mean a lot when getting to the nuts & bolts of the deal. Here’s a big thought: just because it was sent to radio or it was a top 5 song, doesn’t mean it’s going to receive “signature status”.

  7. When I think of Gold City, my first thought is “I’m Not Giving Up”. When I think of the Cathedrals I think of “Step into the Water” ormy alltime favorite “Plan of Salvation”.

  8. I would say “We Shall See Jesus” would be Glen Payne’s signature song, but “Boundless Love” would be the Cathedrals’ signature song.

    Legacy Five – “I Stand Redeemed,” simply because it put them on the map, and although Tony Jarman didn’t sing it, Frank Seamans and Gus Gaches have both done it, and it remains a fan favorite.

    The Martins – “Doxology/All People That On Earth Do Dwell.” This showcased their awesome harmonies and blend in an a Capella setting, and they still sing it today.

    The Oak Ridge Boys – “Jesus Is Coming Soon.” Sure, we all know “Elvira” (unless you’re the webmaster of a certain blog), but in their gospel days, they closed every show with a verse and chorus of “Coming Soon,” always to great response. Even in 2009, when they did their Gaither video, they included it.

    Brian Free & Assurance – “For God So Loved” I believe they actually recut this one recently and still do it on stage.

    Keep in mind, a signature song doesn’t require the original members.

  9. I’ve been trying to think of the signature song of my favourite group the GVB, I’ve not succeed. Does the GVB have a signature song? They have quite a large collection of really BIG songs, the collection keeps getting bigger, currently everyone is excited about Glorious Freedom. I think the GVB has no one sig song.

    Same goes for the Cathedrals, there was a time when We Shall See Jesus was their signature song, but later Champion of Love just became BIG and became the signature song.

    Shouting Time for the Hoppers was like We shall see Jesus for the Cathedrals, and then Jerusalem was like Champion of Love.

  10. The Kingsmen- The Old Ship of Zion
    Perfect Heart- I Wish It Would Rain
    Triumphant Quartet- The Old White Flag
    Greater Vision- My Name Is Lazarus
    Gold City- Midnight Cry
    Hoppers- Shoutin Time
    The Talley Trio- His Life For Mine
    The Cathedrals- We Shall See Jesus
    Brian Free & Assurance – For God So Loved
    Ernie Haase & Signature Sound- Stand By Me
    The Isaacs- I Have A Father Who Can
    Booth Brothers- He Saw It All
    The Makameys- God On The Mountain
    The Collingsworth Family- The Blood of Jesus
    Mark Trammell Quartet- Loving the Lamb
    Gaither Vocal Band- Let Freedom Ring

  11. I think a signature song is defined by whether or not another group will record it. Lot’s of people have re-recorded Boundless Love, but only one group, (Former Alum) was brave enough to re-record We Shall See Jesus. You also don’t have full-time groups re-recording Midnight Cry, or God on the Mountain. If you can only hear that group sing it then it is their signature song. That is what keeps people coming to YOUR concerts every year. People want to hear you sing your song. Beulah Land would be one of the exceptions, but people still drive long distances to hear the original!

    • That’s a very interesting criteria.

      (At this point, Legacy Five and Signature Sound have both recorded “We Shall See Jesus.”)

      • Dixie Melody Boys did God on the Mountain.

      • They still had to use Glen to pull it off.

    • I was just thinking along the same lines. I think that sometimes at least it is not only how the group had success with it, but if the song is untouchable by other groups. In some ways that shows a general consensus from people about the signature songs. But, I also guess a popular song that is cut by many others could be considered a signature song in its popularity and desire to be cut. So maybe a song like “We Shall See Jesus” is more like something where the groups think it was done by the other group so well that they can’t touch it. I do know that the Singing Americans cut “We Shall See Jesus” back in the day when English was in there. They did a better job with it than you would think. I also think that the two groups who cut it recently did so because they had been in the Cats and it had been around a decade or past where it had been done meaning that there were many who might not have heard it or if they had were ready to hear it again.

  12. Pat Barker, at this point, even considering all the great songs you all have recorded together, the signature song for the Mark Trammell Quartet in my humble opinion is “I Want to Know”. You took that one to the stratosphere, Hon…and I don’t think the fans will EVER let you boys take that one off your playlist. I wish y’all were here at my house for dinner today, and you’d sing it right in my living room! “I do not want, want, want, to be deNIED”….OH but I love that chord on “nied”!!!! Top of the heap. TOP!!!! If Big Chief could talk to you today, he’d say “Bravo, Son”. 🙂

  13. Interesting topic today, Daniel. What defines a signature song for me is that first song that pops into your head when a group is mentioned. Some songs are basically undisputed–Four Days Late, Midnight Cry, God On The Mountain. Others are less clear-cut. For me, I personally think Still Feelin’ Fine before I think of He Saw It All, even though the latter was a number one song for the Booths and did take them to the top. But Still Feelin’ Fine still seems to be the one more people wait for in their concerts and still gets much the same reaction as it did when they first brought it out. So, that may be something to consider during this discussion—what is a legitmate mega hit as seen by chart action versus what is a hit in concert with the people. Because what works in concert can be very different than what works on radio. Several groups have been named in this dicussion that I really don’t think have a signature song at all–what they DO have is a lot of really good popular hits strung together to make a great career, and there’s absolutely no shame in that either. Truthfully, I’d probably rather have that as an artist than risk being a one-hit wonder.

    To address Pat’s comment, I think the reason that other full-time groups do not record songs like Midnight Cry or God On the Mountain is that the original groups that made these songs popular are still out there going at it and sing these songs every night on stage. It would be considered by some disrespectful to remake them at this point and would certainly set a group up for comparisons if they chose to remake them at this stage in the game. Now with a retired group such as the Catherdals, their body of work is now considered open for remakes, which is great for us fans who love their music. But I think that just because a group isn’t remaking a hit doesn’t mean it is or is not a signature song.

    • I thought Pat was making a somewhat different case – that the fact that others aren’t doing “God on the Mountain” or “Midnight Cry” is part of what makes them signature songs.

      Take the Cathedrals. Quite a few groups have done “Boundless Love” and “Champion of Love.” But, until two or three years ago, the only place you were going to hear “We Shall See Jesus” was a CD or video with Glen Payne on the lead vocal.

      • I see what you’re saying, although in 40 years from now when you’re still doing this blog and the rest of us are in the old folks home, I guess you can revisit this post and see how many artists have re-made the songs in question! LOL Because I think if you talked with groups about what songs to consider if they were going to remake an older hit, the first two things they would ask you is 1) is the artist still singing it and 2) has anyone else recorded it recently. So, while I stick by my original thought that we aren’t hearing remakes of Midnight Cry or God On The Mountain by major artists these days because the original artists are still actively singing those songs on a nightly basis, I do agree that no one can sing them like the original artists that introduced them to the world.

      • I think you’re right, that those criteria do go through groups’ minds.

        And I might just still be doing this site 40 years from now! You never know! 🙂

  14. Inspirations – “Touring that City”. Crabb Family – “Through the Fire”.

    • No competition there, especially for the Crabb Family! If a few of them walk on stage singing that song, any Gospel Music audience will still come to life! 🙂

  15. One question…

    If signature song is defined by if others touch the song or not, then would OWAS not be considered Ernie’s signature song? Or would this be a song that falls under the Beulah Land criteria, even though Ernie is not the original?

    • Actually, “O What A Savior” would fall into several categories . . . one of the songs most sung by tenors wishing to sing it well, but fallilng a little short . . . one of the songs most likely to get a standing ovation even when sung poorly . . . and most likely one of the top 10 most recorded songs by southern gospel quartets.

      • Daniel, I’m not talking about just the pros here – I don’t think I’ve ever heard a concert with more than one local/regional quartet when one of them didn’t sing it.

      • Good point. I think that it would be fair to say that, with a few exceptions (Ernie, of course, and Brian Free, who can actually pull it off), it would be fair to say that the closer a group is to being an A-list top professional group, the more likelihood it is that their tenor singer has the good sense to stay away from the song. 🙂 😛 😀

      • agreed!

      • Hey Tony and Daniel,

        How about my tenor Phil Barker on Oh What a Savior? Yes I’m fishin and if the rain don’t stop here in East TN I’ll be fishin off my front porch. Lol.

        One more thing Daniel and that is I wanted to thank you publically for the article and interview you did on Jordan’s Bridge. You always do awesome and with class.


      • Joe,

        You’re welcome!

        Phil is an incredible tenor, but I will confess that as good as I’m sure he does it, I’d still rather hear him on a different song as a signature song. 🙂

      • Tony…..hahahahahahah!!!! Great post!!!!

      • Sorry Daniel,

        I got to thinking more about how well Phil sings that and forgot about the Signature Song topic. My pay me to read the topics. Lol

      • No problem! 🙂

  16. Some older ones:

    Singing Cookes -Aint No Grave Gonna Hold My Body down.
    Hinsons – The Lighthouse.
    Easter Brothers – Thank You Lord for Your Blessings On Me.

    and one newer one that just Popped into my mind:

    Akins – I Want My Stage To Be An Altar,they were virtually unknown, till the strength of this song took them to the number one position.

    • Along the same lines as the Akins, “Canaanland is Just in Sight” is Heaven Bound’s signature song, and it did the same for them.

      • No one has mentioned the Kingdom Heirs? Any thoughts??

      • They have been pretty consistent about shifting older hits out of the lineup and keeping the lineup fresh with new songs. That may be part of the reason why.

      • Yeah,love Heavenbound!!! Just got to thinking about “Thank You Lord For Your Blessings”-This song has been handed down a generation,i haven’t been to a Jeff & Sheri concert in the last 5 years where they haven’t had to do this song,and if they try to skip it ,someone will cry out for it before the concert ends.Great song!!!

  17. Oh! I have a good one that I think no one will disagree with that has yet to be mentioned:

    The Lesters – “He Didn’t Throw the Clay Away”. Any dissenters?

  18. The Perrys – ‘If You Knew Him’ or ‘Did I Mention’ however if it was “pre-Almost Morning” it would have hands down been ‘I Wish I Could’ve Been There’

    That is just one example. – I think some groups, I.e. The Hoppers, McKameys, Crabb Family etc. – there is that ONE song. – but one interesting fact The McKameys and Crabb Family have MANY #1 songs so it’s kind of a given that favorites are signatures.

    The McKameys have – God on the Mountain, Under His Feet, Do You Know How It Feels, and Roll That Burden on Me and now I Made It By Grace – those are almost ALWAYS sung in the concerts.

    In the Hoppers the songs included Jerusalem, I’ve Come Too Far, acapella reprise of I’ve Come Too Far, Something’s Happening, and Shoutin Time almost always close the set list. Where as before the opening was Marriage Supper and then Yahweh now it’s Mighty is the Word – “In the book of Isaiah…” (Yahweh).

    I just think when we go to concerts there are just songs we always expect. So is it matter of signature? Or is it that when we go to a concert we KNOW that song will be sung?

    • Part of a song being a signature song is that it sticks with a group for decades, and fans won’t let them quit singing it.

      Also, with the Crabbs, despite all their #1 hits, I don’t think there’s much of any competition that their signature song is “Through the Fire.”

      • Agreed there, Daniel.

        I think there stands a chance many groups mentioned do not have a signature song. For instance, there might be two many hits (or in the case of the Hoppers or the Dove Brothers, two songs that there is a considerable amount of debate as to which is the signature song for the group.)

        Saying a group has not signature song is not a bad thing. In fact, if we are debating which of 2-4 songs are the signature song for the group and can come to no consensus, chances are that’s a wonderful sign of the artists success, no?

      • I concur entirely about the Crabb Family!!! =)

  19. Another one that is pretty much un-debatable (and I hope it hasn’t been listed above):

    The Whisnants – “New Day Dawning”. I doubt many informed SOGO fans will have much objection to this being the signature song for the Whisnants. This is maybe less solid than my suggestion for the Lesters, but I would argue that this is because the Whisnants have the second most #1 songs of any active artists.

    • “Even in the Valley” would be my pick for The Whisnants!

      • You just might be a tiny bit biased. 🙂

        I’m actually not sure which I’d pick as the Whisnants’ signature song, but either sure could be.

      • They did not stage “Even in the Valley” at NQC this year. I think a signature song would be performed at least once at the NQC each year. You can forget the Hoppers not doing “Shoutin’ Time” AND “Jerusalem,” the Doves singing “Didn’t It Rain” AND “Get Away Jordan…” I would think that if “Even in the Valley” was the signature song, they would have had to sang it at “Southern Gospel’s Largest Annual Event.”

  20. LOL all previous points are valid. I think onee of the criteria should be when one googles a group, the first song to appear would normally be their signature song. Hahahaha was just lazy to think of something better. GVB’s my fav & really, there are too many super songs to just pick one, from ‘It Is Finished’ to ….uhmm.. There’s A LOT!
    The Hoppers would be Jerusalem. Brian Free & Assurance – Long As I Got King Jesus perhaps.

  21. I absolutely love and I think it is a signature song for Triumphant Quartet . Mary Did you know with Eric Bennett . Others have done it beautifully , I just love how it sounds in a bass range, particularly Eric Bennett ! Any thoughts? Still no one could sing it better than my husband! Sorry Daniel had to add, lol!!

  22. Perfect Heart – Somebody Touched The Lord

  23. Just to muddy the waters’ I’ll let you guys in on a little secret…..Though it may not fall in the “signature” category, Look For Me At Jesus Feet has out sold Blind Man two to one over the years and is a much more requested song. I think that is interesting because Blind Man is considered our Sig Song but isn’t as popular considering the numbers.

    Just a fun thought….


    • Thanks! That is completely fascinating. Do people request it more than “Still Feeling Fine,” too?

      • Look For Me At Jesus Feet was my choice for the Booth Brothers’ signature song when I saw this topic. I hope for it to be sung at each concert I attend as it touches me deeply. I’ve heard it done by two other groups this past year and ……… not so much.

      • Still Feelin Fine is seldom requested to be honest, yet we use it still and it receives good response.

        In order it’s would be Look For Me, Blind Man and then Still Feelin Fine.

      • That is fascinating to know!

        I hadn’t been thinking of it in context of this discussion, but it does line up perfectly with something I’ve noticed whenever I stand close enough to a group table at intermission to hear the songs people are requesting: No matter how much people love fast/fun songs, when it comes to a song they simply can’t bring themselves to walk out of the concert without hearing, it’s more often than not the slow/heart/message song – no matter the group!

      • Michael, I love all three songs for sure. When I saw you all, I never requested any tunes, but I sure expected “Still Feelin’ Fine” to be done. 🙂

      • I do find this interesting Michael Booth is right they do Look For Me At Jesus Feet almost every concert I see them at and that’s a lot of concerts I’ve seen them at probably seen the Booth Brothers to much can you see a Southern Gospel group to much????? As for BFA I would say For God So Loved,and Long as I got King Jesus but I have only seen BFA two times live in a concert and He did those two songs both times Brian also did a great recording of Look For Me At Jesus Feet. I also find it interesting no one gives the Gaither Vocal Band a signature song when I think of the Vocal Band it’s Satisfied other groups can not compare to them doing it and Alpha And Omega.And is I Bowed On My Knees a Michael English signature song????

    • “Signature song” has more than one meaning doesn’t it! Michael I love that song and I think (no offense) that if I hear “Blind Man” too often I can get tired of it, but I NEVER EVER get tired of hearing you sing “Look For Me!!”

      • “Blind Man” was the song that brought me to the Booth Brothers and back to the Southern Gospel table, so admittedly I have a special affection for it, but there’s no doubt that it’s a song that can be identified with no other group than the Booth Brothers. I agree that the Booths do the definitive version of “Look For Me” (no one, but no one, can put heart into it the way Michael can), but when I think of that song, the name that is most identified with it for me is the guy who both sang it and wrote it, the great Squire Parsons.

  24. Daniel- Thank you for taking my idea, and having a day’s worth of comments show up, some from fairly illustrious folks! I am a “he”, by the way- not that it matters. Here are a few more I thought of today…

    Bishops- Lazarus Come Forth
    Speers- Cornerstone
    Rusty Goodman- Who Am I?
    Couriers- Statue of Liberty
    Rambos- He Looked Beyond My Fault (and Saw My Need)
    Blue Ridge Quartet- I Know
    Blackwood Brothers (the old-timers!)- How About Your Heart?
    Kingdom Heirs- What We Needed (but these guys could have 50!)

    Have enjoyed the comments. Thanks.

    • Lindsay, I am so sorry! I will edit the post accordingly.

    • The Blackwood Brothers signature song would be “Learning to Lean.”

      • I agree with Paul on Learning to Lean. I might add The Old Country Church to the Blackwoods list too.

      • Very true…I can’t believe I didn’t think about “The Old Rugged Cross.” Wow!

      • For crying out loud…I meant “Old Country Church.” Sorry.

    • Lindsay,
      I agree with you when it comes to the Kingdom Heirs. I was listening to their True To The Call album last evening. The song What We Needed would be on that album. But, wow! Talk about other great songs as well. Such as The Rock’s Between the Hard Place and You, I Want You to Know, and Jesus Made a Believer out of Me. 9 out of the 12 songs were written by Dianne Wilkenson. I would have to say that the Kingdom Heirs sing her songs better than any other group on the road today. I guess that could be another subject for another day. 🙂

      • Darrell- I think you’ve hit on something very cogent here. I love the Kingdom Heirs- for my money, I do believe I’d rather sit and listen to them, as to almost any group. They sing to more unsaved and unchurched than ANY other gospel group, and they take this opportunity very seriously. As such, they get Dianne Wilkinson to write many, even most of their songs, with salvation in mind. If you sit in one of their Dollywood shows, you will hear very few “fluff”/”junk”/”waste” songs (and it is amazing to me how many fluff/junk/waste songs the GVB records, just an aside…). Their songs are designed to give, in a very short time, an unsaved person in their audience a clear idea of what the gospel is all about. Her songs and their presentation of them make an incredible team.

  25. Cathedrals – Boundless Love
    Booth Brothers – He Saw It All
    Statesmen – Get Away Jordan
    Dove Brothers – Get Away Jordan
    Hoppers – Shoutin’ Time
    Legacy Five – none
    Triumphant – The Old White Flag
    Bill Gaither Trio – Because He Lives
    Isaacs – He Ain’t Never
    Kingdom Heirs – Forever Changed
    Rambos – He Looked Beyond My Fault
    Blackwood Brothers – How About Your Heart
    Gaither Vocal Band – too many popular, big production arrangements for them to have a signature song
    Couriers – Statue of Liberty
    Greater Vision – My Name Is Lazarus
    Florida Boys – When He Was On the Cross
    Dixie Melody Boys – Antioch Church Choir
    Inspirations – Jesus Is Coming Soon
    Oak Ridge Boys (gospel days) – I Know
    Kingsmen – Glory Road
    Gold City – Midnight Cry
    Stamps – Give the World A Smile
    Masters V – Oh What A Savior

  26. Singing Americans – “I Bowed on My Knees”

  27. Connie Hopper I’ve Come To Far

  28. Brian Free & Assurance: “Long As I Got King Jesus” or “I Want to be That Man”
    Jason Crabb: “Through the Fire”
    Triumphant Quartet: “Love Came Calling”
    The Perrys: “The Potter Knows the Clay”

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  30. Downings – Greater Is He That Is in Me
    Nelons – O For a Thousand Tongues or We Shall Wear a Robe and Crown
    Rambos – He Looked Beyond My Fault
    Hemphills – He’s Still Working on Me

  31. For L5, their signature song has GOT to be Heroes of the Faith. They obviously don’t sing it because of the loss of Roger Bennett, but this a song that no one else could ever do and make it fit.

    A few more:
    Florida Boys: I’m Standing on the Solid Rock
    The Dartts: God Stopped to Pick a Rose
    Dixie Melody Boys: Antioch Churchhouse Choir
    Whisnants: New Day Dawning
    Tribute Qt: This I Know (though I suspect it may change soon)
    JD Sumner & the Stamps: If I Can Help Somebody

  32. Yo, yo, yo … preference has to go out the door here. It’s not about what we like. It’s not about what is still lingering in prominence. A signature song is about what the group is identified with. For example, my favorite Lesters song is “He Only Needed It For the Weekend.” However, the group’s signature song is undoubtedly “He Didn’t Throw the Clay Away.” I don’t care what’s requested, when you think of the BB’s (no offense intended MB), but the song that comes to the majority of minds is “He Saw It All.” It was a mega-hit. I don’t care what the Perrys won awards following the release of, the group’s signature song is “I Wish I Could Have Been There.” And to jog a memory or two, the Perrys had never won ONE SN Fan Award until that song blew up if I’m not mistaken (but then, they won for favorite mixed group and favorite alto). Brian Free and Assurance’s big jam is “As Long As I’ve Got King Jesus.” All of those groups have an EmceePro full of hits, but there’s one that is the signature song. I’d much rather hear Curt Davis sing “The Blood of an Old Rugged Cross” – which I’d venture to say that few Perrys followers even know, much less remember – or Loren Harris shred virtually anything – such as “Calvary Answers For Me” – than to hear any configuration of the Perrys frolic through “IWICHBT.” But it’s not about my preference. It’s about what set it off for the P’s. Jerusalem is more current, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the frenzy that the Hoppers had – and still occasionally have at times – with “Shoutin’ Time.” No offense to the Hoppers because they are great, but I don’t care if I ever hear ST again. It just doesn’t ring my bell. But it’s the group’s SS for sure. Chris Unthank, I’d agree with on “Even in the Valley.” And also, I’m not sure the MTT has a signature song yet. The group is hopefully still early on it’s career. Let’s give it time. That’s like saying a second-year professional athlete had a career year. Well, how do we know if it’s a career year when we don’t even know how high the ceiling might be for that player/group at this point? I agree though with DW on her opinion of “I Want To Know” … and Dianne, you’re awesome and first class, and please keep writing those quality lyrics for us all to share. That’s just my two … carry on fine followers of SGM.

    • As I recall, the Perrys’ streak at winning Fan Awards came after (1) they released “I Wish I Could’ve Been There” and (2) about two years later, they released “Calvary Answers for Me.” It’s actually the latter song that sealed the deal, I think; it was their top ten song of the year, and the song they performed at the SN Awards Ceremony right before winning Mixed Group for the first time.

  33. Opinion……………..such an interesting word isn’t it? 😉

  34. My first time around with the Anchormen, Biney English was there. I believe it was 1991 when “I’ve Been Touched” went to number 5 in the Singing News chart. Every concert that I’ve been too where are performing they still sing that song. It does get you going.


  35. As for a current signature song for the Kingdom Hiers my pick would have to be ‘We Will Stand Our Ground’

  36. Man as far as the Cathedrals are concerned that’s a hard one. I think if by definition a signature song really put a group on the map I think “Step Into the Water” would be it. With all their great singing before that time they never really had a mega hit before that one. They had some many combinations of talent through the years and each one was great in their own way. You could almost say that each combination had their own signature songs. For the original group it was probably “Hide Thou Me”, and “This Old House”. From the 70’s probably “Statue of Liberty” (I realize it was really a Couriers song but the Cathedrals did have the number one song of the year with it), and “Yesterday”. From the 80’s I would go with “Step Into The Water”, and “We Shall See Jesus”. The 90’s are the hardest to define because although they had some great new stuff a lot of what they did was to revisit their past hits from other decades.

  37. I think the ultimate Signature song of all time might be “One Day at a Time” by the Thrasher Brothers. I have heard that this is the most recorded song in Gospel Music history. It would be hard to vote against the group who recorded the very first version.

  38. Daniel, I was thinking about this little discussion Lindsay and I had about the Kingdom Heirs singing lots of good Dianne Wilkinson songs. And that got me to thinking about another blog idea for you. If this has already been done, forgive me. I think it would be interesting to hear ideas from you and others on groups who have (and do) sing lot’s of songs from one particular songwriter. Obviously with Greater Vision, it’s going to be Rodney Griffin. And, as mentioned, with the Kingdom Heirs it’s Dianne Wilkinson. Booth Brothers would be Mosie Lister. Back in the day with Gold City it would have been Kyla Rowland. I guess this discussion would kind of go hand in hand with this hit songs discussion. Anyway, just an idea……

    • I’ve done a fair amount of exploring thoughts along these lines in songwriter and group interviews. But it probably wouldn’t hurt if someone did explore it further.

    • In the songwriter series on my blog, for each songwriter I have listed which groups have recorded the most of their songs, that are in my personal music collection. That’s kinda close to what you’re saying.


      • Brian, that’s great. Thanks.!

  39. Not a group, but Michael English’s signature song would have to be “I bowed on my knees and cried holy.”

    As far as Gold City…. I wish “There Rose A Lamb” would get more credit. Best song they ever recorded by a long shot. If I’m not mistaken was song of the year twice?

    • It was Song of the Year, but only in 1993.

  40. I would have to say the Inspirations signature song would be Touring That City, The Cathedral Quartet would have to be Step into the Water, It hit the charts at #1 and stayed ther 9 months. It shot them into the spotlight. The Bill Gaither Trio….He Touched Me. Happy Goodmans?..I Wouldn’t Take Mothing For My Journey Now, but a close second would be Looking For A City.

  41. GVB – Mary Did You Know
    Speers – He’s Still In the Fire
    Martins – The Lord’s Prayer
    Gold City – (with Ivan) Midnight Cry
    Happy Goodman Family – I wouldn’t take Nothing for my Journey now.
    Cathedral’s – We Shall See Jesus
    Hemphills- Let’s Have A Revival

  42. Perrys- Celebrate Me Home!