Album Remakes 2: Gaither Vocal Band revisits Happy Goodmans

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about what it would sound like if the Booth Brothers covered an entire Cathedrals album, Easy on the Ears, Heavy on the Heart. This was supposed to start a weekly, multi-part series, but then there were a couple of busy weeks in Southern Gospel, so that fell by the wayside.

Things have calmed down enough that I can do the second post in this series. Imagine what it would be like if…the Gaither Vocal Band covered the Happy Goodmans’ album Chosen.

Chosen is a mostly forgotten entry in the Happy Goodmans’ discography, since it was recorded after Howard and Vestal left the group. The lineup is Rusty Goodman, his daughter Tanya, Sam Goodman, and Michael English. The songs:

  • “The Cloud He’s Coming Back On.” The Kingsmen and Triumphant Quartet have both recorded this within the past year, but a GVB rendition would probably be solid enough and different enough to be worth a listen.
  • “I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy.” Wait a minute, the GVB has already done this song. It would be a little too obvious to feature Guy Penrod, but either a Wes Hampton or a Marshall Hall feature would add an interesting twist to the song.
  • “Home.” The GVB has also already covered this song, also, fairly recently. It fits their style.
  • “The Message of His Coming.” This catchy song is the primary reason this album remake pairing came to mind. Someone–whether the GVB or another group–needs to bring this song back.
  • “He Speaks to Me.” This would probably be a good point to feature Marshall Hall.
  • “Look for Me.” This song, originally featuring Tanya Goodman Sykes, would make a great Wes Hampton solo.
  • “Sail on Over.” This group-harmony song gives a nod to the convention song style.
  • “He Chose Me.” I think this originally featured Rusty Goodman; it would fit Marshall Hall’s style.
  • “Somebody Prayed for Me.” Guy Penrod could be featured here.
  • “Someone to Care.” This would be a good feature for Bill Gaither.

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  1. I have been searching for “The Message of His Coming”. I had a cassette where it was the first song and I cannot find my cassette. I’ve not been able to find the name of the album nor the song on the internet. Do you please know the album name or how I can replace it? Thank you! Sandy

  2. Hmm. Are you referring to the Happy Goodmans’ song I mentioned above? The only place I’m familiar with it being recorded was as the fourth song on this project. Copies of the Happy Goodmans’ Chosen recording do pop up from time to time on eBay and maybe Amazon.