Saturday News Roundup #45

In the news:

  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound has launched a contest that puts any of mine to shame. Their prize will be for a trip for two to London, England to see their February 21, 2010 solo show. More details are forthcoming, but Haase’s preliminary post is here.Ā (EDIT 8/6/11: Broken link removed).
  • Gold City’s announcement of a tenor, said to be shortly forthcoming as of earlier this week, has been delayed due to “finaliz[ing] details on additional developments.” If the intent was to spark speculation, they could hardly have chosen better wording!
  • Voices of Lee, a choral group from Liberty Lee University (Edit: Wow, if that typo got so many comments, I should make typos more often!) that has appeared on numerous Southern Gospel videos, has been on NBC’s a capella vocal competition The Sing Off. David Bruce Murray has more details here. [EDIT, 6/6/12: Broken link removed.]Ā I haven’t posted more on this since one of the contests’ requirements is that the ensemble sing secular music.
  • Interestingly, Gaither Music Group will be releasing Guy Penrod’s solo debut, breathe deep, to stores on February 23. It’s welcome news, since it should go a long way toward putting rumors of bad blood to rest.
  • A group called Total Praise Quartet has acquired the Carolina Boys Quartet name from Ray Dean Reese. They’re online at

Upcoming Reviews:

  • December 21: Peace On Earth (Mark Trammell)
  • December 28: Iā€™d Rather Have Jesus (Dixie Echoes)
  • January 4: Grand Finale: The Ultimate Concert Experience (Crabb Family)
  • January 10: Then and Now (Olivia Collingsworth)
  • January 18: What You Hear is What You Get (Randy Byrd)
  • January 25: Expecting Good Things (Jeff & Sheri Easter)
  • February 1: Decennial (Dove Brothers)
  • February 8: No Trace of Rain (Paid in Full)
  • February 15: Songs You Know By Heart (Talley Trio)
  • February 22: Jubilee (Legacy Five, Booth Brothers, Greater Vision)
  • March 1: Heritage Hymn Collection Vol. 1 (Browns)
  • March 8: It Just Started For Me (Cross 4 Crowns)
  • March 15: Songs From the Old Path Vol. 3 (Old Paths)
  • March 22: Simply Put (Soul’d Out Quartet)
  • March 29: Having Fun (Gold City)
  • April 5: Breakthrough (Ball Brothers)
  • April 12: Hymns of the Homeland (Songfellows)
  • April 19: Unclouded Day (Blake Bolerjack)
  • April 26: Mercy Met Me (Calvary’s Way)
  • May 3: DVD Review: The Best of the Jubilee Years (Dixie Echoes)
  • May 10: Praise (Childress Family)
  • May 17: For This Time (Tribute Quartet)
  • May 24: Faithful (Rick Webb Family)
  • May 31: Another Blessing (Three Bridges)
  • June 7: Heaven’s Worth Waiting For (Watkins Family)
  • June 14: God Is (Cavaliers Quartet)
  • June 21 For Such a Time As this (Couriers)
  • June 28: It’s Worth the Wait (Dana Russell)
  • July 5: It’s All Good (Gold Harbor)
  • July 12: Rescued (Harris Family)
  • July 21: It’s Time (Dale & Cheryl Golden)
  • July 26: Something For Everyone (Voices Won)

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  1. The Voices of Lee is from Lee University in Cleveland, TN, not Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

  2. Voices of Lee are from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. You can learn about them at

  3. Voices of Lee are not from Liberty University. They are from Lee University. Liberty is in Lynchburg, VA where I am an alumni and Lee is in TN, where Steve Hurst School of Music is held now. They normally sing gospel but I am assuming are singing secular for the sing off. I prefer their normal stuff. Here is one of my favorite Voices of Lee clips

    Lester Rector is singing lead. He and his wife have a ministry now that you can find here. Right after Lester graduated from Lee he and 3 other guys from Lee started a barbershop quartet called Four Voices. They won the international competition in only a couple years which is virtually undeard of. You can find a lot of their stuff on youtube. They have some incredibly complicated arrangements.

  4. I thought Voices of Lee were from Lee University.

  5. Vocies of Lee are from Lee University in TN. Just thought you would want to know they are not from Liberty.

  6. Voices of Lee are not from Liberty. They are from Lee University in Cleveland, TN.

  7. Daniel, since this is the Sat. general news roundup, could you tell me whatever happened to Tony Peace? I just saw a rerun of him at NQC with the Kingsmen and was reminded of how great he was with them. Just thouht you might have the inside scoop since you are the ‘inside scoop guy’ šŸ™‚

  8. J. D.,
    Of course, I’m not Daniel; however, Ben Harris of Southern Sound Quartet has reported that Tony Peace will be joining Southern Sound at the first of the year as baritone.

    • Gayla, thanks!

      • Hidee Daniel,
        You’re welcome. I enjoy your sites and was glad to be of some help. I am also looking forward to seeing and hearing Tony on the road again.

  9. Mark is correct – Voices of Lee are from Lee University – my alma mater. šŸ˜‰

  10. Gayla-
    Thanks for the update on Tony Peace. I will look forward to seeing him again on the SG scene.

  11. Daniel, in case you haven’t heard…
    Voices of Lee are not from Liberty University.

  12. I like comments. šŸ™‚

  13. LOL I think Daniel got the point. Good news daniel……the Voices Of Liberty are from Lee University! J.K.

  14. I think I’m getting the idea. šŸ™‚

    But hey, no complaints – I love comments! šŸ˜€

  15. On the other hand, the Voices of Liberty are not from Lee University.

  16. Anyone know why January SN says Scoot Shelnut is “adding songwriting to his repertoire …”? (page 39) Didn’t he write – well, now my mind goes blank, but “Gonna Be Movin’ ” or “Movin’ up to Glorlyand” by the Cathedrals?

    • Scoot Shelnut wrote a song off the Kingsmen’s most recent album, “He Is the Only One”. He did not write “Gonna Be Movin'” or “Movin’ Up to Gloryland”. I think both those songs are older than he is.

      • Oops … my bad. I went back and checked the hard copy and it says “Scooter Simmons.” (And “Ticket to Paradise,” not “Movin’ Up …”) I had got it in my head a few years ago that it was Scoot Shelnut. Thanks for the correction!


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