“Was that the real Ernie?”

“Was that the real Ernie?”

Sam, then six-years old, asked the question in disbelief, having only seen Ernie Haase on several Cathedral videos.

It was March 19th, 2006, and our very first Southern Gospel concert.  Our family entered the high school auditorium in Eau Claire, WI, and were taken aback at the sight of Ernie Haase and  Signature Sound Quartet standing behind their product table. We were shocked. It was unheard of! What professional music group actually talked and mingled with the fans? Multiple members of our family had attended popular Contemporary Christian concerts, and nothing of the sort had been observed.

Now having attended more Southern Gospel concerts since 2006, we have closely observed the “table manners” of a multitude of different groups, both national and regional. Let us share our observations…

There are many different table manners. For example, there are those artists who actually feel most comfortable away from the table. They wander among the people, saying “hello”, trying to look busy, and sometimes leaving the table unoccupied.  These are most often the tenors, who, being social bugs and having short attention spans, cannot stay confined to one area. 🙂

Then we find the artists who take refuge behind the table, huddled together, staring out at the people with frightened eyes, only talking a few sentences to those who are brave enough to approach them at their table.  These are most often groups or regional artists who are newer to the concert scene and rather shy.

Of course, there are the individuals who reply to your appreciation from their safety behind the table with a curt, “Oh, thanks”, and immediately turn away, signifying the conversation is over. These industry members come across as aloof and egotistical.  We have also been disturbed by those artists standing behind the table waving fist-fulls of cash, yelling loudly, “I can help someone over here!”

The artists with the best table manners are those who are truly interested in what you have to say.  They are not afraid to come out from the table, but also utilize the table in a good way for what it is meant, namely product sales. They encourage and edify. They laugh easily, are sympathetic and genuinely concerned about ministry to the people.  They are real.

Yes, one of the things which has so attracted our family to this amazing genre is the behind-the-table experience at Southern Gospel concerts. The ability to interact with the people who sing our favorite music is a privilege we truly appreciate. It builds a personal connection which is not understood or experienced by those outside this genre.  Good table manners help build a bridge to the Gospel – the reason for it all.

– Article submitted by Taylor for TGF (with opinions from everyone in the family!)

Read More

2011 Singing News Fan Awards Top Ten Predictions

Join me in welcoming The Garms Family for their first post—with, as requested by a number of us, views from the Lil’ Adventurers, too! – Daniel

Have you all voted for your favorite artists in the Singing News Fan Awards yet?

Sam, Jayme, Caleb, and I (Taylor) sat down together to predict the Singing News Fan Awards Top Ten Nominations, and as you might suspect, it turned into quite a lively conversation with their “little” opinions!

We examined several years of past nominations, considering everyone’s favorites…and we also added our own personal opinions. “I keep thinking Booth Brothers, Booth Brothers, Booth Brothers,” Sam said as we started, and with the Booth Brothers being their favorite trio, all three quickly suggested each member for nomination in applicable categories. 🙂 (They even tried to squeeze Michael Booth into Favorite Female Singer!) All Booth Brothers, Legacy Five, and Greater Vision nominations were unanamious votes. As we went along, the others of the family would also float in and out to add their personal opinion, creating an interesting flavor to the process.

Without further ado, here are our predictions for the ten most interesting 2011 Fan Awards categories!

FAVORITE ARTIST:

  • Booth Brothers
  • Legacy Five
  • Greater Vision
  • Triumphant Quartet
  • The McKameys
  • Karen Peck and New River
  • Gerald Wolfe
  • Michael Booth
  • Ronnie Booth
  • The Perrys

*There was much controversy in this particular category with everyone’s differing opinions. It also took the most amount of time to complete.

TRADITIONAL QUARTET:

  • Triumphant Quartet
  • Legacy Five
  • Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
  • Brian Free and Assurance
  • Gaither Vocal Band
  • Gold City
  • Dove Brothers
  • Kingdom Heirs
  • Kingsmen
  • Mark Trammell Quartet

*One of Jayme’s strongest suggestions in this category was the Cathedral Quartet, but Sam, Caleb, and I quickly pointed out the obvious reason why they could not possibly win a nomination.

MIXED GROUP:

  • Isaacs
  • Diplomats
  • Hoppers
  • Perrys
  • Browns
  • Lesters
  • McKameys
  • Collingsworth Family
  • Crist Family
  • Chuck Wagon Gang

TRIO:

  • Booth Brothers
  • Greater Vision
  • Talley Trio
  • Bowling Family
  • Whisnants
  • Jeff and Sheri Easter
  • Karen Peck and New River
  • Statement of Faith
  • HisSong
  • Pfeifers

*Ben kept trying to figure out a way Legacy Five could fit into this category. “Um, just Scott Fowler, Scott Howard, and Gus Gaches maybe…?”

MALE SINGER:

  • Ronnie Booth……………………………Booth Brothers
  • Jim Brady*………………………………Booth Brothers
  • Michael Booth…………………………..Booth Brothers
  • Scott Fowler…………………………….Legacy Five
  • Ernie Haase……………………………..Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
  • Ivan Parker……………………………..Soloist
  • Gerald Wolfe……………………………Greater Vision
  • Brian Free……………………………….Brian Free and Assurance
  • Eric Bennett……………………………..Triumphant Quartet
  • Wes Hampton……………………………Gaither Vocal Band

*Caleb yelled out as we began this section, “Jim BOOTH!” 🙂

FEMALE SINGER:

  • Sonya Isaacs-Yeary………………….Isaacs
  • Karen Peck Gooch……………………Karen Peck and New River
  • Lauren Talley………………………..Talley Trio
  • Kim Hopper………………………….Hoppers
  • Susan Whisnant……………………..Whisnants
  • Libbi Stuffle………………………….Perrys
  • Sheri Easter………………………….Jeff and Sheri Easter
  • Janet Paschal………………………..Soloist
  • Peg McKamey Bean………………….McKameys
  • Kelly Bowling…………………………Bowling Family

TENOR:

  • Michael Booth…………………………Booth Brothers
  • Gus Gaches……………………………Legacy Five
  • Brian Free……………………………..Brian Free and Assurance
  • Ernie Haase……………………………Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
  • Wes Hampton…………………………Gaither Vocal Band
  • David Phelps…………………………..Gaither Vocal Band
  • Chris Allman…………………………..Greater Vision
  • David Sutton…………………………..Triumphant Quartet
  • Jerry Martin……………………………Kingdom Heirs
  • Jacob Kitson…………………………..Statement of Faith

LEAD:

  • Ronnie Booth………………………….Booth Brothers
  • Scott Fowler…………………………..Legacy Five
  • Gerald Wolfe………………………….Greater Vision
  • Jason Crabb…………………………..Soloist
  • Arthur Rice……………………………Kingdom Heirs
  • Joseph Habedank……………………..Perrys
  • Clayton Inman…………………………Triumphant Quartet
  • McCray Dove………………………….Dove Brothers
  • Bill Shivers…………………………….Brian Free and Assurance
  • Devin McGlamery……………………..Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

BARITONE:

  • Jim Brady…………………………….Booth Brothers
  • Scott Howard…………………………Legacy Five
  • Rodney Griffin……………………….Greater Vision
  • Doug Anderson……………………….Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
  • Mark Lowry…………………………..Gaither Vocal Band
  • Derrick Selph…………………………Brian Free and Assurance
  • Bryan Walker…………………………Perrys
  • Scott Inman………………………….Triumphant Quartet
  • Mark Trammell……………………….Mark Trammell Quartet
  • Daniel Riley…………………………..Gold City

BASS:

  • Glenn Dustin………………………….Legacy Five
  • Pat Barker……………………………Mark Trammell Quartet
  • Ian Owens……………………………Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
  • Eric Bennett………………………….Triumphant Quartet
  • Tim Riley…………………………….Gold City
  • Jeremy Lile…………………………..Brian Free and Assurance
  • Tracy Stuffle…………………………Perrys
  • Ray Dean Reese……………………..Kingsmen
  • Mike Holcomb……………………….Inspirations
  • Jeff Chapman………………………..Kingdom Heirs
*Sam, Ben, and Dad all suggested the idea of adding Bill Gaither, but… 🙂
Ben also suggested we nominate Gloria Gaither for Favorite Recitator, but we gently reminded him there was no such category.
Whew, that’s over! After listening to an exuberant 11-year old, nine-year old, and seven-year old excitedly and loudly share their nomination ideas, I think I’ll rest my ears for a while. 🙂

 

 

 

-Submitted respectfully by the Garms Family recording secretary, Taylor

Read More
Page 4 of 41234