Legacy Five – Pushing the Envelope?

That’s how Scott Fowler describes his group in a Bradenton (FL) Herald interview:

We push the envelope as far as what is considered traditional Southern gospel, but we don’t cross over into rock or inspirational. When this music first got started, it was a piano player and four singers and basically three chords to a song. It’s evolved, certainly, to include a broader range of influences and tastes.

While he could have been referring to future plans for the group, in all likelihood he meant the remarks in the context of comparing Legacy Five to (say) the Blackwood Brothers and the Statesmen. But that quote, and the rest of the interview, are pretty interesting either way. [EDIT, 11/6/10: Regrettably, the link seems to be broken, so it has been removed.]

For more about —and other Southern Gospel news and commentary—follow our RSS feed or sign up for our email updates!

2 Letters to the Editor

Southern Gospel Journal welcomes letters to the editor. We will post the most thoughtful and insightful submissions. Ground rules: Don't attack or belittle groups or fellow posters, or advance heresies rejected by orthodox Christianity. Do keep comments positive, constructive, and on topic.
  1. The last sentence of the excellent story is what it is all about:
    “It’s evolved, certainly, to include a broader range of influences and tastes”

    From [EDIT, 11/6/10: Regrettably, the link seems to be broken, so it has been removed.] comes a definition:
    Evolvement -A progression from a simple form to a more complex one.

    Different setting, influences and tastes that we might not have ourselves.

    Outside our box or comfort zone.

    Evolvement has been gradual process in the church over the ages.
    The church has always face the great divide of evolvement.

    There was a day that having a car wash, sales or “selling sponsorships” by young people was a sign of lack of faith.
    Going to the bank for a large mortgage for a church building financing package was another sign of a lack of the same faith.
    Churches preaching going to a movie theatre was a no-no making it difficult for Billy Graham’s World Wide Pictures’ outreach ministry. I know, from a personal viewpoint, while working on the movie outreach I sat in the office of a church in a well known and respected denomination. The pastor told made even though we support the ministry we cannot promote the outreach because this church has painted us in a corner on going to the movies.
    In the past, except for the Pentecostals and the Nazarenes, to name a couple, bands and orchestra were a sign of the “world” creeping into the church. Orchestration is the rule rather than the exception these days.

    Here is a related blog spot I posted on my website on 01.25.08 titled:
    “Traditional, Contemporary & Modern Music/Worship Style”

  2. Interestingly, I posted a link to the same post when Keith made it.