Tracy Stuffle Benefit Concert: Live-Streaming Tonight

Two months ago, Perrys bass singer Tracy Stuffle suffered a stroke. We’ve posted several updates on his ongoing battle and recovery, most recently here. A benefit concert will be streamed online this evening at 7 PM Eastern / 6 PM Central at (video) and (audio). It will also be re-aired on SiriusXM’s enLighten. Here’s a poster listing featured artists and other concert details:

Tracy Stuffle benefit concert


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Saturday News Roundup #163

Worth Knowing

  • The Akins have found a booking agent, joining the Dominion Agency.
  • Noted songwriter Belinda Smith has signed with Daywind Music Publishing.
  • Worth Reading: Don’t miss Danny Jones’ recounting of the one and only time the Booth Brothers and the Cathedrals appeared together in concert.
  • Worth Reading: Fuson’s Findings’ in-depth review of a classic The Sound project.

Worth Watching

At a recent concert date in Texas, a ladies’ choreography group opening for the Perrys did a choreography routine to one of their songs. The Perrys hear their song being done, come out, and epic spontaneous choreography ensues. (Even a moonwalk.)

At a recent Kingsmen concert, former tenor Johnny Parrack—the original tenor on the 1973 Big & Live version—came up. Here’s what he sounds like today:

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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Singing News announces Top 10 nominees for 2013 Fan Awards

Singing News announced the top 10 nominees for the 2013 Fan Awards yesterday afternoon. Among the most notable narratives to emerge this year are the emergence of the Old Paths and, carried over somewhat from last year, Tribute Quartet as new leaders in the genre. Also notable are the new names we see by Songwriter being split into two categories and Horizon Group category being broken into four.

Here’s a 2012/2013 comparison of all the categories (except for radio DJs):

Favorite Artist
2013: Collingsworth Family, Mark Trammell Qt, McKameys
2012: Hoppers, Inspirations, Legacy Five
Both: Booth Brothers, Brian Free & Assurance, Greater Vision, Kingdom Heirs, Ivan Parker, Perrys, Triumphant Quartet

Traditional Quartet
2013: Old Paths
2012: Blackwood Brothers
Both: Brian Free & Assurance, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gold City, Inspirations, Kingdom Heirs, Legacy Five, Mark Trammell Qt, Tribute Qt, Triumphant Qt

Mixed Group
(no change)
Both: Browns, Collingsworth Family, Crist Family, Diplomats, Hoppers, Isaacs, McKameys, Perrys, Talleys, Taylors

2013: Red Roots, Three Bridges
2012: HisSong, Pfeifers
Both: Booth Brothers, Bowling Family, Greater Vision, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Karen Peck & New River, Nelons, Sisters, Whisnants

2013: Michael Combs
2012: Janet Paschal
Both: Mark Bishop, Adam Crabb, Jason Crabb, TaRanda Greene, Marshall Hall, Ivan Parker, Squire Parsons, Guy Penrod, Charlotte Ritchie

Favorite Male Singer
2013: Eric Bennett, Guy Penrod
2012: Scott Fowler, Mark Trammell
Both: Michael Booth, Ronnie Booth, Jason Crabb, Brian Free, Joseph Habedank, Ivan Parker, Arthur Rice, Gerald Wolfe

Favorite Female Singer
2013: Connie Hopper
2012: Charlotte Ritchie
Both: Lauren Talley Alvey, Peg McKamey Bean, Sheri Easter, Karen Peck Gooch, TaRanda Greene, Kim Hopper, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Debra Talley, Susan Whisnant

Young Artist
2013: Daniel Ashmore (Old Paths), Michaela Brown, Olivia Collingsworth
2012: Adam Brown, Phil Collingsworth, Luke Vaught
Both: Riley Clark, Morgan Easter, Eli Fortner, Trey Ivey, Amber Thompson, Austin Whisnant, Jordan Wilburn

2013: Riley Harrison Clark, Jeremy Peace
2012: Ernie Haase, Jodi Hosterman
Both: Chris Allman, Michael Booth, Brian Free, Gus Gaches, Jerry Martin, David Phelps, Eric Phillips, David Sutton

2013: Nick Trammell
2012: Dustin Sweatman
Both: Ronnie Booth, Gary Casto, Scott Fowler, Joseph Habedank, Clayton Inman, David Ragan, Arthur Rice, Bill Shivers, Gerald Wolfe

2013: Mark Lowry
2012: Steve French
Both: Jim Brady, Jon Epley, Rodney Griffin, Scott Howard, Scott Inman, Derrick Selph, Josh Singletary, Mark Trammell, Bryan Walker

2013: Matt Fouch
2012: Glenn Dustin
Both: Pat Barker, Eric Bennett, Jeff Chapman, Anthony Davis, Mike Holcomb, Jeremy Lile, Ray Dean Reese, Tim Riley, Tracy Stuffle

2013: Kelly Bowling, Shelly Brown, Mary Jane Carter
2012: Jackie Crist, Kim Ruppe Lord, Jessica Trammell
Both: Lauren Talley Alvey, Brooklyn Collingsworth, Connie Fortner, Karen Peck Gooch, Kim Hopper, Amber Thompson, Sonya Isaacs Yeary

Both: Peg McKamey Bean, Kelly Nelon Clark, Courtney Collingsworth, Sheri Easter, Sheryl Farris, Connie Hopper, Susan Peck Jackson, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Debra Talley, Susan Whisnant

2013: Bryan Elliott, Matthew Holt
2012: Dennis Murphy, Stewart Varnado
Both: Kim Collingsworth, Roger Fortner, Trey Ivey, Gordon Mote, Josh Singletary, Jeff Stice, Andy Stringfield, Kevin Williams

Both: Dove Brothers, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, Inspirations, Isaacs, Jason Crabb Band, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Kingdom Heirs, McKameys, Primitive Quartet

2013: Sheryl Farris
2012: Dianne Wilkinson (but see non-performing songwriter; this category isn’t quite an apples-to-apples comparison)
Both: Mark Bishop, Jim Brady, Gerald Crabb, Phil Cross, Rodney Griffin, Joseph Habedank, Ronny Hinson, Scott Inman, Kyla Rowland

2013 artists represented: Perrys, Hoppers, Mark Trammell Quartet, Brian Free & Assurance, Gaither Vocal Band, Old Paths
2012 artists represented: Legacy Five, Inspirations, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Gold City, Triumphant Quartet, Kingdom Heirs
Both: Booth Brothers, McKameys, Greater Vision, Tribute Quartet

Non-Performing Songwriter
2013: Chris Binion, Lance Carpenter, Ricky Free, Marty Funderburk, Marcia Henry, Barbara Huffman, Joel Lindsey, Mosie Lister, Rebecca Peck, Dianne Wilkinson

New Traditional Quartet
2013: Canton Junction, Carolina Boys, Common Bond Qt, Keepers of the Faith, Old Paths, Paul’s Journey, Providence Qt, Rebels Qt, Sanctuary Qt, Union Street

New Mixed Group
2013: Allen Family, Bontrager Family, Harper Family, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Littles, Mylon Hayes Family, Southern Raised Bluegrass, Sneed Family, Taylors, Williamsons

New Trio
2013: 11th Hour, Barry Rowland & Deliverance, Beyond the Ashes, Declaration, Erwins, Freedom Trio, Hyssongs, Porter Family, Promise Trio, Red Roots

New Soloist
2013: Anita Davis, Bethany Ellis, Randall Garland, Chris Hester, Billy Hodges, Steve Ladd, Michael Lee, Tim Livingston, Abby Paskavan, Angela Primm

Song of the Year
2013 artists represented: Whisnants, Kingdom Heirs
2012 artists represented: Inspirations, Kingsmen, Karen Peck & New River, Gold City (12 nominees in 2012 due to three-way 10th-place tie)
Both: Tribute Quartet, Greater Vision, Perrys, Brian Free & Assurance, Legacy Five, Booth Brothers, McKameys, Triumphant Quartet

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Saturday News Roundup #162

Worth Knowing

  • The Southmen Quartet—the group with which Tim Riley sang before and after his first stint with Gold City—has signed with Mansion Entertainment and is preparing a May 2013 release.
  • [UPDATE] Jason Crabb was recently featured on Fox News (hat tip, Tyler).

Worth Watching

Lake Gibson Church will be livestreaming free video of a Dixie Echoes concert at 6 PM Eastern Standard Time this evening and of a Jerry Goff and Little Jan concert at 6 PM Eastern Daylight Time tomorrow. Are there any other livestreaming Southern Gospel concerts this weekend?

Also, here’s a video of Eric Phillips’ last night with the Mark Trammell Quartet (hat tip, Josh):

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday; you decide!

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Craig Thomas, Jordan James leave Dixie Echoes

The Dixie Echoes have announced the departure of tenor singer Craig Thomas and bass singer Jordan James. “Both men have been great additions to the group, and we will sure miss these guys, but we respect their decisions to be home with their families.” Group baritone/manager Scoot Shelnut confirms that both have agreed to stay on until replacements are found. They are requesting that bass and tenor singers interested in auditioning send a demo and short resumé to

Both were able vocalists; Jordan James had a tone that lead various observers to include that he had the potential to become one of the industry’s leading bass singers. Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of him. Here’s a video of James in action:

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John Bowman launches solo ministry

John BowmanEarlier this week, former Isaacs member John Bowman (Rebecca Isaacs Bowman’s husband) announced that he will be launching a solo ministry. He currently performs with the secular bluegrass group The Boxcars; he isn’t leaving the group, but is now accepting preaching and solo singing dates on days the Boxcars are off the road. In an announcement posted to Facebook, he commented:

Those of you that know me, know that I love the Lord. I have been preaching His Word since 1997. My heart has been and always will be in ministry. Also, over the past 20 years, I have recorded 4 solo CDs. So, I have plenty of original material to perform for special services.

Here is where I need your help. If you are part of a church or know someone who would like to book me, please give him or her my information. You can contact me through email at I will give you my phone number when we make email contact. This is a huge step of faith for me, but I am so excited about it. …

Folks, please pray for me. I want to be right in the center of God’s will. I appreciate your support and your prayers.

His new solo ministry website is

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Saturday News Roundup #161

Worth Knowing

  • A benefit concert for Tracy Stuffle has been announced. It will be held March 19th at Christ Church in Nashville, TN. Groups appearing will include the Oak Ridge Boys, Dailey & Vincent, Jason Crabb, Mark Lowry, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Isaacs, The Booth Brothers, The Collingsworth Family, The Hoppers, Gold City, Karen Peck & New River, The Bowlings, and The Perrys. More information is here.
  • LeFevre Quartet alumni Stacy Bragg and Stephen Sigmon have launched a new group, Sounds of Jericho. Other quartet members are Ken Thomas and Matt Tyler. Bragg and Sigmon were both with the version of the LeFevre Quartet that won Horizon Group of the Year in the 2006 Singing News Fan Awards.

Worth Watching

Free live-streaming concerts coming up this weekend:

  • Saturday, March 2: Soul’d Out Quartet at Lake Gibson Church, 6 PM Eastern, streaming here
  • Sunday, March 3: LeFevre Quartet at Lake Gibson Chuch, 6 PM Eastern, streaming here

From a recent concert with Mark Trammell Quartet and Greater Vision (hat tip, PB):

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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Diplomats hire pianist Jeremy Elliot

Earlier this month, pianist Michael Lott left the Diplomats to join the Mike LeFevre Quartet. The Diplomats have announced that his replacement will be Jeremy Elliot. Corey Pearson gave this statement to the Singing News:

Thanks to everyone who has called and sent in demos for the pianist job. After many demos and auditions, we are pleased to announce the newest member of the Diplomats Quartet, Jeremy Elliot. He has attended Jacksonville University, the Alabama School of Gospel Music and the Steve Hurst School of Music. After obtaining his B.A. in music, he and his wife Kimberly now live in Braselton GA.

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Tyler Vestal leaves Freedom

In a concert streamed online tonight, Josh Garner announced that this weekend was baritone/pianist Tyler Vestal’s final weekend with Freedom. Garner said that Vestal was leaving on good terms and with the group’s blessing. At the close of the concert, he called the church’s pastor (Charles Kirby), Jerry Goff, and one or two other men from the audience up to pray for God’s guidance on the next steps in Vestal’s life.

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Saturday News Roundup #160

Worth Knowing

  • Singing News is removing the Horizon Individual and Horizon Group categories from the Singing News Fan Awards. (Hat tip, DBM). [EDIT, 3/16/13: Broken link removed.] They are adding five categories: Non-Performing Songwriter, New Traditional Quartet, New Mixed Quartet, New Trio, and New Soloist. Two observations: First, last year’s Horizon Award winners, Wilburn & Wilburn, wouldn’t be eligible in any of the four categories. Second, it is rather interesting to see the award sub-divided this many ways; just taking the least competitive category, how often does our genre see a new high-profile soloist? If you define high profile as someone who you would expect to see as a top five nominee for the overall Favorite Soloist award within a decade, we might have one high-profile new soloist every five years. 
  • Michael Lott is the new piano player for the Mike LeFevre Quartet. (Former fellow Diplomats band member Corey Pearson congratulated him on Facebook yesterday.)
  • Difference Media has signed a distribution deal with EMI CMG. Artists recording under the deal will include Canton Junction, The Hagees, and Aaron & Amanda Crabb.
  • Drummer Zak Shumate is leaving Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, to join the Isaacs.
  • Legacy Five posted a video preview of their new band. Lead singer Scott Fowler will pull double duty, also playing bass guitar.

Worth Watching

Several Southern Gospel concerts will be streaming online this weekend:

Any others?

Legacy Five bass singer Matt Fouch recently interviewed Legacy Five tenor Gus Gaches. This interview includes a couple of questions I submitted:

Also worth watching: Several videos of the Cathedrals’ 1999 Singing News Fan Awards acceptance speeches have been posted to YouTube: Ernie Haase for Favorite Tenor, Glen Payne for Favorite Lead, Scott Fowler for Favorite Baritone, George Younce for Favorite Bass, Roger Bennett for Anthony Burger Award (Favorite Pianist), and Favorite Male Quartet.

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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