Saturday News Roundup #111

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  • The Gospel Music Association is promoting the April 19th Dove Awards show by offering a free download sampler of several nominated songs, here. (The version I downloaded included Brian Free & Assurance’s song “Never Walk Alone.” I don’t know if different readers get different songs.) Their publicist also compiled a Spotify playlist of the Southern Gospel nominees for SouthernGospelBlog.com readers, here.
  • Daywind distributed a press release yesterday announcing that Rick Shelton has been named Vice-President of Daywind Music Publishing. They have also hired Stephen Duncan as Creative Director; Duncan will focus on expanding Daywind Music Publishing’s role into Praise & Worship, Adult Contemporary, and Christian hit radio.
  • The Crist Family has launched a polls feature on their website. They plan to offer a mixture of light-hearted and more serious poll questions. The first one is definitely light-hearted, asking what color alto singer Breana Crist should dye her hair in her upcoming wedding!
  • Signature Sound will return to sing the National Anthem at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 night race on Sunday, Sept. 2. [EDIT, 6/18/12: Broken link removed.] The press release quotes Haase as saying: “Doug, Ian, Devin and I are so excited to be coming back to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the third year running.” Pianist Wayne Haun, who has provided a fifth vocal, was not named; it’s not clear whether they will be doing a four-voice arrangement. (Hat tip, Josh.)

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Tribute Quartet has launched a new section to their website, Tribute TV, with several behind-the-scenes videos. Check them out here! [EDIT, 2/22/13: Broken link removed.]

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Saturday News Roundup #110

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  • The Greenes are on the mend after their Thursday bus accident. Despite a fractured hip and a broken toe, Stacy Sanders did not have to have surgery. Tim Greene was apparently driving the bus, and had been fighting heavy wind. It appears that a gust of wind blew the bus onto a muddy shoulder beside the road, from which the bus rolled. The bus’s windshields were broken; Tim was thrown through the windshields and landed under the bus. He had broken ribs and severed muscles/tendons, but surgery went well. Yesterday morning, he had a temperature of 102 and a bruised lung; they were concerned about pneumonia setting in. (Update: Here are some pictures; it’s amazing they survived.)
  • Legacy Five is seeking fans to be extras in a concept video for their song “Ask Me Why”; they need a congregation for a church scene.

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Saturday News Roundup #109

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  • Devin McGlamery is back on the Signature Sound bus after surgery to correct his torn pectoralis muscle. He does face months of physical therapy before being given an all-clear, though!
  • The Dove Award nominations were announced earlier this week. Musicscribe put together a list of Southern Gospel nominees. [EDIT, 3/16/13: Broken link removed.]
  • Blackwood Legacy has hired Daniel Rivera as tenor, moving Daniel Childs to lead. [EDIT, 6/18/12: Broken link removed.]
  • Brad Smith has joined The Blackwoods. Butch Owens, meanwhile, has moved to the Songfellows.

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Here’s a video of Karen Peck and Greg Bentley (who was, at the time, tenor for the Hoppers) singing “Here Through Eternity” at an NQC chapel service in 1989. Greg has posted several other Hoppers-related videos here.

Also worth watching: Here’s a twelve-year-old who can play Jeff Stice’s arrangement of “When We All Get to Heaven.”

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Saturday News Roundup #108

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  • Last weekend, Devin McGlamery tore his major pectoralis muscle while lifting weights during a workout. He had surgery on Valentine’s Day to repair the muscle, and is recovering. Pianist Wayne Haun has been filling in at lead until McGlamery returns.
  • The name of Ryan Seaton’s new quartet is Union Street. Their website will be unionstreetqt.com; they’re on Facebook here. Members include tenor Toby Hitchcock, lead singer Ryan Seaton, baritone Andrew Goldman, and bass Aaron McCune. It appears that Roy Webb is not an announced member, though he was playing piano for the debut concert.
  • The J.D. Sumner Quartet Show, announced here, has been rebranded as the Memphis Quartet Show. Its website remains the same, www.quartetshow.com

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  • Check out my friend and former co-worker Israel Wayne’s response to the question “Who are you to say what worship is?”

Worth Anticipating

Upcoming book and CD reviews:

  • Sunday, 2/19: Sunday Afternoon Bookworm: Illusion, Frank Peretti
  • Friday, 2/24: Family Ties, Wilburn & Wilburn
  • Sunday, 2/26: Sunday Afternoon Bookworm: Then Sings My Soul, Book 3, Robert Morgan
  • Friday, 3/2: Living in Grace, Cavaliers Quartet
  • Friday, 3/9: Living Oasis, Mark Dubbeld Family
  • Friday, 3/16: Indescribable, Chigger Hill Boys & Terri
  • Friday, 3/23: The Call is Still the Same, Dixie Melody Boys
  • Friday, 3/30: In Good Hands, Declaration
  • Friday, 4/6: When I Sing, The Milby Family
  • Friday, 4/13: Inspired, Justin Terry
  • Friday, 5/4: Book Review: Then Sings My Soul, Doug Harrison
Schedule subject to change.

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Here’s one neat video! It’s a home video of the Cathedrals, ca. 1990, calling Jake Hess up from the audience for a guest solo:

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Saturday News Roundup #107

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  • All things Gaither: INSP has dropped the Homecoming series.
  • Dixie Melody Boys: Rayburn Lane, who drove the bus for the Dixie Melody Boys for years, left to drive for the Dove Brothers about ten years ago. The Dixie Melody Boys announced earlier this week that he has returned. McCray Dove, quoted in the press release, offered the most unique send-off in recent memory: “I am sad that my longtime friend Rayburn is leaving. He is leaving for a good reason. Ed O’Neal needs a driver and he taught Rayburn to drive. He is a Dixie Melody Boy again but if you real close you will still see some wings on his shoulders.”
  • Cathedral Quartet: Van Payne’s daughter Darla Payne Hammons posted on Facebook yesterday that Van will be moved to an assisted living facility today; her Parkinsons has progressed to the point where she needs full-time care. Hammons added that her mother “is in great spirits and continues to trust in God, but it was a hard decision for her.” The family requests prayer. (Payne is the widow of late Cathedrals lead singer Glen Payne.)
  • Industry: Eric Melton has left Homeland Entertainment to found Choice Promotions, a publicity company focusing on radio, television, and public relations.

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Think that “Glory Road” is so familiar that you know what to expect? Here’s an unusual and rather different take, featuring Daniel Childs of Blackwood Legacy?

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Saturday News Roundup #106

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  • Brian Free & Assurance: Brian Free was concerned that he had heart problems; testing revealed that his heart is in good shape, and that it’s more likely to be either blood pressure or acid reflux related. [EDIT, 6/18/12: Broken link removed.] (Notably, the Facebook post making that announcement accumulated 720 likes, which must be something approaching a record for Southern Gospel groups on Facebook.)
  • Collingsworth Family: The Collingsworth Family announced that they will release two albums this year, an acapella hymns album and a Christmas project. They are accepting song suggestions here.
  • Gaither Vocal Band: The Gaither Vocal Band is in the studio working on a new project. It will have a bluegrass feel, and include acoustic versions of “Rumor Mill” and “The Love of God.”

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Recently, multiple users (including the group themselves) have posted footage of Eric Phillips with the Mark Trammell Quartet. There are too many good clips to post just one, so here’s a list:

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Saturday News Roundup #105

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  • Mary Tom Speer Reid has been hospitalized for dehydration sickness. Her family requests prayer.

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We love watching Arthur Rice take a note and hold it forever. Watch Kingdom Heirs pianist Andy Stringfield try (and also note Arthur Rice ending on tenor, Andy on lead, and tenor Jerry Martin on baritone!):

Also worth watching: The new Mark Trammell Quartet lineup, with Eric Phillips, singing “Glory Road”:

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Saturday News Roundup #104

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  • Karen Peck & New River: Joyful Noise, the movie including an appearance by Karen Peck, was #4 in the box office last week. The soundtrack, featuring the musical performances from the movie, was #1 on Billboard’s Soundtrack Bestsellers list.
  • Kingdom Heirs: Here’s a concert review from a very impressed Cayman Compass newspaper reporter after their Grand Cayman Islands appearance.
  • Awards: AbsolutelyGospel announced their 2012 Ovation Awards nominees. Voting will open February 1. [EDIT, 2/21/13: Broken Link Removed.]
  • Awards: The Christian Voice Magazine awards nominations are open now, here. [EDIT, 4/18/13: Broken link removed.]
  • Awards: The Diamond Awards nominations are open now, here.

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Here’s a first look at the Ball Brothers with new baritone Andy Tharp:

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Saturday News Roundup #103

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  • Gold City: I don’t discuss upcoming charts unless someone else has made them public, but Gold City tweeted yesterday evening that Peter James & John is going to #1 on the Singing News radio charts. This is incredibly welcome news for the group; they haven’t had a #1 in well over a decade; their last one, “He Said” in 2000, was also written by Dianne Wilkinson. This is also their tenth #1 hit.
  • Ryan Seaton Quartet: On February 17th, the Ryan Seaton Quartet will appear at a concert in Evansville, Indiana. A poster on baritone Andrew Goldman’s Facebook page indicates that they’ll announce their official name there. Pianist Roy Webb will appear at the concert, but he’s being billed as a special guest, not a member. It’s not known if he will be announced as a new member there.
  • Karen Peck & New River: Joyful Noise, a musical starring Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah, and others, opened yesterday. It includes this performance from Karen Peck Gooch.

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Here’s a first look at the Booth Brothers singing the Gaither song “Tell Me,” from an upcoming project:

Also worth watching: This gem from the mid-1980s Cathedrals, “Into His Presence,” is all too forgotten today:

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Saturday News Roundup #99

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  • Triumphant Quartet: Clayton Inman’s brother Phil Inman had a massive heart attack yesterday and is in ICU. The family requests prayers.

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  • Our massive review of the Cathedrals’ first album as a quartet, Beyond the Sunset, is now combined into one post. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out here: /archives/7500
  • Also don’t miss Ball Brothers pianist Cody McVey’s thought-provoking interview with Mark Trammell, here.

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Here’s incoming Kingsmen lead singer Bob Sellers in action, with Capstone Quartet:

Bonus: Even though he doesn’t have the solo, here’s a video of Sellers with Reed, Crawford, and Reese earlier this year, filling in for Hutson:

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