Singing News Fan Awards 2008: Round 3 Nominees

Singing News has posted the top 5 nominees in the 2008 Fan Awards. I am posting the top 10, displaying the top 5 winners in bold, so that it can be clearly seen who did and did not advance to the final five.

Let’s save guessing the winners until the final ballot comes out; enough could change in two months that it could substantially impact the choice of winners.

Favorite Artist of the Year
Booth Brothers
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Gold City
Greater Vision
Legacy Five
Parker, Ivan
Triumphant Qt
Wolfe, Gerald

Mixed Group
Collingsworth Family
Hayes Family

Male Quartet
Brian Free & Assurance
Dove Brothers
Down East Boys
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Gaither Vocal Band
Gold City
Kingdom Heirs
Legacy Five
Triumphant Quartet

Booth Brothers
Greater Vision
Jeff & Sheri Easter
Karen Peck & New River
Mark Trammell Trio
Poet Voices
Talley Trio

Bishop, Mark
Combs, Michael
Crabb, Jason
Ford, Larry
Lee, Cricket
Lowry, Mark
Mote, Gordon
Parker, Ivan
Parsons, Squire
Paschal, Janet

Male Singer
Bishop, Mark Soloist
Booth, Michael Booth Brothers
Booth, Ronnie Booth Brothers
Dibler, Matt Inspirations
Fowler, Scott Legacy Five
Free, Brian Brian Free & Assurance
Holcomb, Mike Inspirations
Parker, Ivan Soloist
Rice, Arthur Kingdom Heirs
Wolfe, Gerald Greater Vision

Female Singer
Bean, Peg McKamey McKameys
Easter, Sheri Jeff & Sheri Easter
Gooch, Karen Peck Karen Peck & New River
Hopper, Kim Hoppers
Paschal, Janet Soloist
Stuffle, Libbi Perrys
Talley, Debra Talley Trio
Talley, Lauren Talley Trio
Whisnant, Susan Whisnants
Woodard, Carol McKameys

Horizon Individual
Barker, Pat Dixie Echoes
Browder, Matthew Browders
Crist, Breana Crist Family
Crist, Jackie Crist Family
King, Sharron Kay Soloist
Kitson, Jacob Tribute Qt
LeFevre, Jordan LeFevre Qt
Lile, Jeremy Brian Free & Assurance
Paschal, Daryl Down East Boys

Rivers, Justin Austins Bridge

Horizon Group
Aaron & Amanda Crabb
Austins Bridge
Crabb Revival
Crist Family
Old Paths
Soul’d Out Qt
Spoken 4 Qt
Tribute Qt

Young Artist
Fortner, Eli McKameys
Free, Ricky Brian Free & Assurance
Habedank, Joseph Perrys
Holt, Matthew Perrys
McGlamery, Devin Karen Peck & New River
Penhollow, Terah Crabb Crabb Revival
Simpson, Josh Gold City
Sweatman, Dustin Mark Trammell Trio
Thompson, Amber Nelons
Trammell, Nick Perrys

Booth, Michael Booth Brothers
Free, Brian Brian Free & Assurance
Haase, Ernie Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Hodges, Billy Kingdom Heirs
Ladd, Steve Gold City
Martin, Jerry Dove Brothers
Seamans, Frank Legacy Five
Sutton, David Triumphant Quartet
Waldroup, Jason Greater Vision
Watkins, Archie Inspirations

Booth, Ronnie Booth Brothers
Dibler, Matt Inspirations
Dove, McCray Dove Brothers
Fowler, Scott Legacy Five
Habedank, Joseph Perrys
Inman, Clayton Triumphant Quartet
Rice, Arthur Kingdom Heirs
Shivers, Bill Brian Free & Assurance
Wilburn, Jonathan Gold City
Wolfe, Gerald Greater Vision

Anderson, Doug Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Brady, Jim Booth Brothers
Campbell, Melton Inspirations
Dove, Eric Dove Brothers
French, Steve Kingdom Heirs
Griffin, Rodney Greater Vision
Howard, Scott Legacy Five
Inman, Scott Triumphant Quartet
Selph, Derrick Brian Free & Assurance
Trammell, Mark Mark Trammell Trio

Bennett, Eric Triumphant Quartet
Chapman, Jeff Kingdom Heirs
Duncan, Tim Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Dustin, Glenn Legacy Five
Hester, David Dove Brothers
Holcomb, Mike Inspirations
Lile, Jeremy Brian Free & Assurance
McCune, Aaron Gold City
Reese, Ray Dean Kingsmen
Stuffle, Tracy Perrys

Brown, Jessica Browns
Crabb, Amanda Aaron & Amanda Crabb
Fortner, Connie McKameys
Gooch, Karen Peck Karen Peck & New River
Greene, TaRanda Greenes
Hopper, Kim Hoppers

Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs
Ritchie, Charlotte Jeff & Sheri Easter
Starkel, Tami Crist Crist Family
Talley, Lauren Talley Trio

Bean, Peg McKamey McKameys
Brown, Michaela Browns
Easter, Sheri Jeff & Sheri Easter
Hopper, Connie Hoppers
Jackson, Susan Peck Karen Peck & New River
Penhollow, Terah Crabb Crabb Revival
Stuffle, Libbi Perrys
Talley, Debra Talley Trio
Whisnant, Susan Whisnants
Woodard, Carol McKameys

Collingsworth, Kim Collingsworth Family
Cook, Martin Inspirations
Fortner, Roger McKameys
Free, Ricky Brian Free & Assurance
Holt, Matthew Perrys
Murphy, Dennis Kingdom Heirs
Ollis, Eric Whisnants
Parton, Tim Legacy Five
Stice, Jeff Triumphant Qt
Varnado, Stewart Dixie Echoes

Atkinson, Ricky
Bishop, Mark
Brady, Jim
Crabb, Gerald
Cross, Phil
Griffin, Rodney
Hinson, Ronny
Inman, Scott
Rowland, Kyla
Wilkinson, Dianne

Carry On Booth Brothers
Everyday People Greater Vision
Know So Salvation Legacy Five
Look No Further Perrys
Never The Same Dove Brothers
Once Upon A Cross Mark Trammell Trio
Real Faith Brian Free & Assurance
Things Are Different Now Inspirations
True To The Call Kingdom Heirs
You Gotta Love It Triumphant Qt

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20 Letters to the Editor

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  1. I think this is Triumphant Quartet’s year to take home several awards.

  2. It appears to be a give-in for Musician. I’m really glad the Collingsworth Family made it for a Top 5 for Mixed Group.

  3. #2–what do you mean by that?

    I think there’s at least a chance Kim Collingsworth wins. Of course, either Roger Bennett or Jeff Stice has taken home the award for almost two decades (mostly Roger, of course!), so it would be a bit of a surprise, but it would be a nice surprise.

    Either Stewart Varnado or Matthew Holt winning would also be a nice surprise.

  4. Jeff Stice is clearly the Musician of the Year favorite, but I really wouldn’t be shocked to see Tim Parton (remember, people have voted L5 for the past 13? years!), or even Kim Collingsworth take it home.

    I don’t think either of the bright, young talents will win the award – (just a prediction).

    I was amazed at the Album of the Year list! No “True To The Call” or “You Gotta Love It,” or the hot-selling “Real Faith” (all record-label projects). Instead, 2 table projects (L5, BB) make the Top 5!

    I was happy with “Look No Further” and “Things Are Different Now.” Both are the best albums the groups have produced, IMO. I’m not a fan of “Everyday People,” but at least it was a label project. 😀

  5. DId Jonathan leaving hurt Gold City in the voting? I mean, they are not even in the top 5 for quartet? That is just crazy.

  6. Remember Quartet Fan, this is for favorites, not best. It is a popularity contest, nothing more.

    The almost constant change in Gold City the last few years have hurt their popularity. Even though I think they are still the best group going, it doesn’t surprise me that they failed to reach the top 5 in several categories.

  7. One other thing….

    what did surprise (and shocked and dismayed and disappointed) me was the fact that Daniel Riley didn’t even make the top 10 for baritones. IMHO, he easily should have made the top 10 (if not top 5) for male vocalists, not just his vocal part.

  8. I think it’s time for Ronnie Booth to win the lead singer. Pat Barker, for Horizon is a no brainer. He sings the best solo bass since George. It’s Taranda’s turn to win soprano. I like Stice, but Varnado is waaay better. Not sure why Collingsworth is even in there, but whatever. And I’d love to see Tex McCune get bass singer.

    SN really needs to figure something out on the members that are nominated who have quit their respective groups too. I mean, Wilburn has been gone a couple of months. He should be replaced by the one with the next highest amount of votes. Makes sense to me.

  9. #5 and #8, I think Singing News’s requirement is that they be members of groups at that part during the eligibility period.

    #8, Have you ever watched a live concert by the Collingsworth family? (And yes, ladies can be good pianists.)

  10. To Observant Dude….Kim Collingsworth is very deserving of the Top 5 vote and is one of the most loved southern gospel pianists performing today. As a matter of fact, all five are deserving of the nominations.

  11. If artists had to be in the group at the time of voting, Roger would have been excluded from getting a posthumous award last year. I don’t see anything out of the way about it myself…

    Regarding ladies being pianists – My cousin has told me that the former pianist of their church (a woman) was offered a job playing piano for the Cathedrals. I don’t know if that was true; if so, it surely must have happened by 1988, but so the story goes. I like the traditional all-male quartet the most. But if others can earn their own niche in SG, I say more power to them.

  12. First off #9, yes I have seen the Collingsworth family in concert, and it wasn’t my cup of tea. I also never said ladies can’t be good pianists, I just don’t feel like she (Kim) should be mentioned in the top 5 musicians in the whole industry. When you have Sonya Isaacs, Mike Riddle, and Roger Fortner, to name a few, just sitting there un-nominated, and someone that just plays alot of octaves along with a hugely orchestrated track that mysteriously gets louder towards the very end so people will stand up, I don’t think it’s right.

    Ladies can be great pianists….Tracey and Eloise Phillips are two of the best I’ve ever heard, male or female, and Diana Krall is incredible….but they don’t have to have $20,000 worth of orchestration to make us believe it.

  13. # 12-

    Usually I would agree with you. I never really liked to hear Kim play, because I always thought she relied too much on the cheezy soundtracks. Plus, I don’t really care to watch her play, because of the facial expressions. However, I really came to like Kim when I heard her play “When They Ring Those Golden Bells” at the 2007 Parade of Pianos without the aid of a soundtrack. It was amazing, and she outplayed most of the players there.

    Oh, and by the way, thanks for mentioning Tracey and Eloise. If there are two pianists that are deserving of recognition that never get any, it is them.

  14. #13–I heard that performance, too, and it was quite good. My favorite one of her solos during the 2007 NQC was when the Collingsworth Family was in one of the showcases and she did “And Can it Be,” without a soundtrack (I believe), and got a standing ovation.

    I know this is just my opinion, but if an artist does songs (vocally or instrumentally) without soundtracks, and does them with the same quality that they do songs with soundtracks, then I don’t mind if they use soundtracks on other songs.

  15. #13,

    I was at the 2007 Parade of Pianos, and while I will say that her performance was good, I can’t say that it was the best. Because she “IS” a woman gets her some more attention also, you must admit. Stan Whitmire an Tim Parton by FAR outplayed the others there, and they didn’t get near the response. They just sit there and do some awesome playing. …

    Like in the presidential debates.. ha! I’ll say… IF Kim Collingsworth were a man, she would probably be getting as bryan elliott.

    just an honest opinion

  16. *Note*

    I’m not saying you have to like every artist. But if whatever you have to say isn’t constructive, find some other website to post it.


  17. #15,

    Please notice that I said “MOST players.” Even though I am biased somewhat in the fact that Stan and Tim are two of my favorite players, I still think that they were the best. And, looking back through watching the DVD, every player did very good. And I also noticed the not-as-enthusiastic crowd response over the course of Pianorama for some of the best players. The performances of Stan, Tim, and Channing Eleton were some prime examples of that.

    It is very obvious that Kim gets some attention probably because she is the only prominent female player in gospel music. And I’ll be the first to admit that there are some players who I prefer to hear rather than her. But, one can’t take away from her ability. While she may not be the best, she is still good.

    Not to take anything away from the actual performance, but maybe I liked it so much because it wasn’t what I was expecting from her. I was expecting a cheezy soundtrack, like what she played at the 2006 Parade of Pianos.

  18. #16, I wasnt trying to offend anyone, I was just saying that I didn’t think she was good enough to be in the top 5 in the whole industry. She plays ok, even without the track, but not spectacular like she’s built up to be. I was quite disappointed the first time I heard her, because I was expecting the second coming of Art Tatum or something, but it was just another pianist with a track. Not trying to be mean, just stating a musical opinion.

  19. MY, MY !! ……. What a firestorm the piano music of Kim Collingsworth has unleashed. It is just so interesting to listen to the couch-potato quarterbacks/pundits do their coaching from the sidelines. What would even be much more interesting indeed would be to listen to these critics perform on the piano themselves. I would speculate listening to the three of you play would quickly jerk things back into proper perspective.

    I heartedly agree that Tim Parton and Stan Whitmire are equally awesome players and that Whitmire should be in the Top 5, for sure.

    Probably the one very important element you have forgotten is the emotional experience that Kim Collingsworth brings to her audience, when she plays and worships at the same time. You evidently missed somewhere that this nomination is a Fan-Based effort, and the reason Collingsworth is included in the Top 5 is because of the experience the listener has when she plays. All you have to do is walk pass their table in the exibit hall at NQC and you will get a clearer picture of how they feel about her. You can’t even get close to their table because of the mob, yet NQC is not even using them at all this year. I noticed, from looking at their website, there is no mention of them even being at NQC and they are booked in Toronto, Canada with Bill Gaither on the Saturday evening of NQC and elsewhere in Canada on Sunday. So, she will not even be at the SN Awards Program, instead performing on stage with the Gaither Homecoming Tour. VERY INTERESTING …. to say the least. It appears the Collingsworth Family is taking their own route to the top, paying no attention to the old heads on the NQC Board that “DO NOT GET IT”.

    How could you leave Mike & Kelly Bowling off the NQC Stage, as well as the Collingsworth Family, and put groups like the Primitives, Soul’d Out, Southern Sound, The Segos, Skyline Boys, etc on the main stage and yet still expect to flourish & grow? That’s why the rest of the music world (both secular & sacred) scoffs @ SGM. It’s schizo.

  20. I know The Collingsworth family well…
    I would be interested to know the definition of a “cheesy soundtrack?” Anyone with any familiarity with the Collingsworth Family knows there is nothign cheesy about any of their stuff. From their promo to their CD’s they produce as high a quality as any in the industry. They do not own a cheesy CD. They hire the best and brightest that the music industry (Not just small SG) has to offer.
    As far as Kim is concerned, you will not find a more versatile musician not to mention the musical genius of her mind. Those who make the negative comments are revealing either their, ignorance of music, their personal prejudice, or their unfamiliarity with her ability.
    As for this award, i am sure Kim isn’t holding her breath about it. You will probably not see much promotion coming out of their office for it either. They are doing quite well ministering as the Lord opens doors.