Saturday News Roundup #160
- Singing News is removing the Horizon Individual and Horizon Group categories from the Singing News Fan Awards. (Hat tip, DBM). [EDIT, 3/16/13: Broken link removed.] They are adding five categories: Non-Performing Songwriter, New Traditional Quartet, New Mixed Quartet, New Trio, and New Soloist. Two observations: First, last year’s Horizon Award winners, Wilburn & Wilburn, wouldn’t be eligible in any of the four categories. Second, it is rather interesting to see the award sub-divided this many ways; just taking the least competitive category, how often does our genre see a new high-profile soloist? If you define high profile as someone who you would expect to see as a top five nominee for the overall Favorite Soloist award within a decade, we might have one high-profile new soloist every five years.
- Michael Lott is the new piano player for the Mike LeFevre Quartet. (Former fellow Diplomats band member Corey Pearson congratulated him on Facebook yesterday.)
- Difference Media has signed a distribution deal with EMI CMG. Artists recording under the deal will include Canton Junction, The Hagees, and Aaron & Amanda Crabb.
- Drummer Zak Shumate is leaving Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, to join the Isaacs.
- Legacy Five posted a video preview of their new band. Lead singer Scott Fowler will pull double duty, also playing bass guitar.
Several Southern Gospel concerts will be streaming online this weekend:
- Saturday, 6 PM Eastern: Tribute Quartet, Lake Gibson Church, Lakeland, Florida.
- Sunday, 9:45 AM Eastern: The Weatherfords will be live-streaming Lily Fern Weatherford’s final concert in Florida.
- Sunday, 6 PM Eastern: Freedom, Lake Gibson Church, Lakeland, Florida.
Legacy Five bass singer Matt Fouch recently interviewed Legacy Five tenor Gus Gaches. This interview includes a couple of questions I submitted:
Also worth watching: Several videos of the Cathedrals’ 1999 Singing News Fan Awards acceptance speeches have been posted to YouTube: Ernie Haase for Favorite Tenor, Glen Payne for Favorite Lead, Scott Fowler for Favorite Baritone, George Younce for Favorite Bass, Roger Bennett for Anthony Burger Award (Favorite Pianist), and Favorite Male Quartet.
It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!