Listen to “The Gospel Greats” online
Paul Heil’s weekly program The Gospel Greats has been voted the favorite syndicated radio program in the Singing News Fan Awards for years. Unfortunately, no stations in my area carry the song, so I listen online. Here’s a link to a station that plays the program on demand.
About 44 minutes into the second hour of this week’s program, Paul Heil plays Signature Sound’s new radio single, “John in the Jordan.” This was a good pick for a radio single, because it accurately captures Signature Sound: Quartet music that is different than anything you’ve heard before while still having an unmistakably traditional feel.
The song, incidentally, features Ernie Haase on the first verse, but Ernie and lead singer Ryan Seaton trade off lines on the second verse. Bass Tim Duncan is featured on the chorus. After two verses and a bridge, the song transposes from G to A, permitting Duncan to hit a low A.
The song is quite enjoyable and should do well for Signature Sound. The chorus leaves no question that it’s classic quartet music, but it’s both traditional and innovative at the same time. It takes a quartet of Signature Sound’s stature to pull that off.