Friday News Roundup #209


Worth Knowing

  • Mercy’s Well has hired pianist Josh Simpson. He has played for The Hoppers, Gold City, and Brian Free & Assurance.
  • In the latest issue ofย Gospel Music Quarterly, posted here, IMC Concerts announced that there will be additional Cathedrals Family Reunion concerts in 2014.
  • The Hoskins Family signed a booking agreement with Michael Davis’s Dominion Agency.
  • The Akins announced that they are going to leave their booking agency and bring their booking in-house so that they can have more direct contact with churches before each concert and better understand that church’s needs and focus.
  • Liberty Quartet lead singer Doug Wiley is entering the studio to record a solo album. The CD will be produced by Gordon Mote. Wiley commented to Southern Gospel Journal that he is not leaving Liberty Quartet; he is “just adding some solo dates.”
  • Daywind has announced that they will be offering lead sheets for sale with some of their soundtracks.
  • The Perrys are in concert at Lake Gibson Church of the Nazarene tomorrow night, February 1; the concert will be live-streamed for free here. Lake Gibson has a full calendar of Southern Gospel’s leading groups scheduled over the next two months; this is worthy of special mention thanks to interest in Tracy Stuffle’s ongoing stroke recovery, and in his son J.K.’s vocals filling in at the bass part.
  • Somewhat off topic: Two worthwhile reads this this week, on completely unrelated topics, are a post on the value of Sunday evening services and an analysis of proposed revisions to copyright law.

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  1. I did watch the interview with Wes Hampton the other day and I really like that type of thing. You get to know the vocalist a little better. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Awesome interview by Fouch and Hampton.

    • Thanks! It definitely fell into the “must-share” category!

  3. Was Josh Simpson most recently with the HOPPERS? I love the Hoppers – but they never really feature or say anything about the pianist and don’t include him in their photos…


    • I think he was. My siblings noticed him in the background on the “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” concept video.

      • Wow, Mercy’s Well pulling the pianist from the Hoppers? That’s impressive.

      • I don’t know for sure that this is what happened; Simpson could have left the Hoppers a couple of months ago, for all I know.

  4. That’s the same Josh Simpson who has done two tours of duty with The Hoppers and was also with Gold City. Good player!

    • Josh has been gone from Hoppers since around nqc time or shortly after. Andy King is playing for them right now.

      • Thanks! That sort of thing happens often enough that I knew better than to assume!

      • We (Jordans Bridge) were with The Hoppers back in November and Andy was playing then. He does a fantastic job with them and he’s a really good person.

  5. Daniel, the live stream of the Perrys you mention above from the Lake Gibson Church of the Nazarene tomorrow night, do I just go to the website and wait for it to start? (I’ve only been to one live stream before, which was the Friday night gratis show from the NQC last year, which I was so grateful for.) Thanks for your help on this. I appreciate it, as when it comes to anything computer, I am definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    • I believe that, once you go to that link, there will be a link on that page to click to go to the live stream. If not on that page, go to the home page; there should be a link on one of the two.

  6. Speaking of the Hoppers, I read an article today on the Homecoming Magazine site that they were honored in their hometown of Madison, N.C., when the city designated October 5th as “Hopper Day.” How reassuring and refreshing to hear of such cities that recognise and honor Christian service.

  7. Daniel: Thanks for sharing the interview. As long as people continue enjoying the interviews, I will continue to do them. Please help me spread the word about the interview series. In 2014, I’m gonna try to start offering 1 interview per month. You can get in on the questions by following me on Twitter @mattfouch or on FB

    • You’re welcome! I’m happy to do my part to spread the word. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Thanks for sharing the blog links, Daniel.

  9. I don’t know if anyone is interested, but, if you are alright with me posting this Daniel, this is the video recorded at my church today of TaRanda Greene, Jeff Snyder, Loren Harris, and our Praise Choir singing during the morning service!

  10. The Allen Family made a surprise visit to a church in Florida. Here was the result: