Saturday News Roundup #137

Worth Knowing

  • Canton Junction will be recording a live video at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas tomorrow night.
  • NQC Executive Vice President Clarke Beasley broke his hip in a recent car accident. [EDIT, 2/21/13: Broken link removed.] The accident was so bad that the first responders had to cut him out of his car.
  • The Gatlinburg Gathering is moving to July.
  • Daywind announced a new trio, Watts, Rowsey & Bean. It’s a mixed trio composed of Perrys alumnus Nicole Watts, Karen Peck & New River alumnus John Darin Rowsey, and … no, no, the third member is not McKameys bass singer Ruben Bean. It’s soloist Gina Bean.

Worth Reading

  • It turns out that the Gaither Vocal Band’s Pure and Simple album, releasing Tuesday, might be pure but is not exactly simple. Different versions of the album, with differing song lists, are being released in different venues. David Bruce Murray breaks the whole situation down, and even explains the least expensive method of getting all of the songs. [EDIT, 3/16/13: Broken link removed.]

Worth Watching

What could be a better way to head into National Quartet Convention week than with a video of an early version of the group that started “the Granddaddy of them all”?

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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Andy King replaces Joe Lane with Dove Brothers Band

Andy KingDove Brothers pianist Joe Lane is coming off the road after persistent back problems forced him to schedule an upcoming back surgery. He will be replaced by Andy King of Wilmington, NC. The official announcement on the Dove Brothers’ website states:

We are sad to announce that Joe Lane will no longer be with the Dove Brothers Band. He will be having back surgury soon, and we will really miss him. Please keep Joe in your prayers for a quick recovery. 

We welcome Andy King as our new pianist. Andy plays several instruments well, and is a great singer and arranger. He is from Wilmington, NC, please click on Andy’s name under About Us and get aquainted with him. I know you will enjoy his talent the next time you see the Dove Brothers Band.

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Matthew Holt to be Gaither Homcoming Tour pianist?

Is former Perrys pianist Matthew Holt the next pianist for the Gaither Homecoming Tour? That’s what this video, posted by YouTube user Alice Holt Starnes (hat tip, Josh) indicates:

There is no official word yet, but he is at least filling in. He would be a surprising choice, perhaps, since (to the best of my knowledge) he has done little work with the Homecoming core team in the past. Yet he would be every bit as much a wise choice, and here’s why: Not only is he among the best pianists to debut on the Southern Gospel circuit within the past decade, he is also one of the most diverse. Some pianists excel at classical technique, others (like Gordon Mote) excel at country/Studio session piano technique, while yet others (like the Hayes sisters) are masters of convention-style playing. While perhaps the convention-style playing is what Holt is best known for, thanks to his years on the road with the Perrys, his proficiency in each area makes him the Anthony Burger of his generation. For a Homecoming pianist, that’s not a bad thing at all!

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Saturday News Roundup #136

Worth Knowing

  • Scotty and Kasey Inman’s infant daughter Embry, whose hospitalization we’ve covered here and here, continues to recover. Scotty Inman posted this update on Wednesday: “As many of you know, Embry had her 2nd EEG today. we just talked to the Neurologist, face to face. He said that the EEG looked “completely fine” and didn’t resemble the one taken earlier in the week! He went on to say that she doesn’t look like the same baby that he read about & saw on Sunday. Kasey & I told him that MANY PEOPLE had been praying for her and that we Thank & Praise the Lord for these results And he agreed with us. We are one step closer to taking our girl home. When she goes home she will be on medicine & sleeping with a monitor for at least 2 months.” They were able to take her home yesterday afternoon.
  • HisSong tenor/founding member Adam Elrod is leaving, after over ten years with the group. He is recording a solo CD.
  • April Potter Holleman, a veteran booking agent who has worked for the Harper Agency and her own former agency, the April Potter Agency, has launched Creative Vision Entertainment. She will be booking the Ball Brothers and singer/songwriter John Lemonis, among others.

Worth Reading

  • Lauren’s SG Blog has a review of Matt Fouch’s first night with Legacy Five.

Worth Watching

School is in session! Paid in Full shows how Southern Gospel should be done—and the excitement a live band brings to the stage:

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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Dixie Echoes hire bass singer Jordan James, tenor Craig Thomas, and pianist Ben Hart

The Dixie Echoes lineup saw its biggest change in years when pianist Stewart Varnado announced his departure in May, and tenor Michael Helwig and bass Mike Jennings announced their departures on the same day in June. The group found a pianist and bass singer fairly quickly, but waited to announce the new lineup until they had also found a tenor. The announcement went out late last night:

The Dixie Echoes are happy to announce that we have filled the positions of bass, tenor and pianist.

Jordan James will be filling the bass slot. He is from Verda, LA. and has attended, and taught at the Stamps School of Music. Jordan has a dynamic voice that has drawn comparisons to the great George Younce.

Craig Thomas will be singing the tenor part. He is from DeFuniak Springs, FL. and has one of the smoothest tenor voices you will ever hear. His smile and personality has already won the hearts of Dixie Echoes fans everywhere.

Ben Hart will be the new pianist for the group. Ben comes to us from Peoria, Ill. and is one of the most talented young musicians in gospel music. Ben also plays the guitar, harmonica, bass guitar, and quite a few other instruments.

Each of these man have felt the calling on their lives to share the gospel, and we are very thankful that God has chosen to place them with the Dixie Echoes.

Be sure to check dixieechoes.com for our schedule, and come meet Jordan, Craig, and Ben next time we’re in your area.

There isn’t high-quality video footage of the group yet, but here’s a hand-held video of the new lineup. There is also a slightly earlier video of Jordan James singing “How Big is God” (possibly with a fill-in tenor).

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Update on Scotty and Kasey Inman’s daughter

Triumphant Quartet baritone Scotty Inman and his wife, Kasey, welcomed their daughter Embry into the world last Saturday, August 25th. In the following twenty-four hours, she stopped breathing several times and suffered multiple seizures. Scotty posted an update yesterday:

Great, Great News! 
We just got word from the Neurologist that Embry’s brain is completely fine! We praise the Lord & again, thank all of you for your continued prayers!
She still has the seizure condition. The doctors are continuing her medicine for that and they will do another EEG, In a day or so , to re-check her activity. We now pray for results and answers to this unknown. She will remain in NICU & We will be here, with her, for a few more days, at least. Kasey & I just had great visit w/ her.

God is Great, no matter what

Scotty, Kasey, & Embry

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Scotty & Kasey Inman’s daughter in ICU

Scotty and Kasey Inman welcomed their first child into the world yesterday, daughter Embry. Their daughter is now in intensive care; Scotty just posted this prayer request:

To ALL Friends,
We are asking prayer for our new little girl, Embry. Early this morning she stopped breathing & has had 3 or 4 of the same episodes throughout the day. She is in ICU and they will be running test the next 3-4 days to try to find the problem. To be honest, Kasey Embry Inman and I are scared to death and agree that this is the hardest thing that we’ve been through. We believe in Gods plan & we also believe in Gods healing. We just want our baby girl. Yesterday was the highest high, & today has been the lowest low. Thank you for your prayers. We love you!

Please keep the Inman family in your prayers!

UPDATE, 8/26/12, 7:40 P.M.: An update from Scotty:

Words could never express how grateful we are , for ALL of YOU. So many have texted, called, Facebooked, Tweeted, etc and helped us pray for our baby girl, Embry. We HAVE felt THOSE prayers. Yesterday was an awful day…Today was a better day, thanks to the comfort and peace that only God can give. 
We apologize we aren’t able to respond to every encouraging word we’ve received

Embry had an EEG today & the doctors found that she has suffered “multiple seizures” and they are now treating that with medicine and will continue to monitor her. Tomorrow they will do an MRI that will show us if there has been any damage or compromising of her little brain, due to this. Tomorrow is BIG DAY. We STILL need every prayer.

We love our baby girl so much. We just want her to be, what God wants her to be. He knew all of this would be… And we trust HIM.

We love you all,
Scotty, Kasey, & Embry

UPDATE, 8/27/12: Another update from Scotty:

Great, Great News!
We just got word from the Neurologist that Embry’s brain is completely fine! We praise the Lord & again, thank all of you for your continued prayers!
She still has the seizure condition. The doctors are continuing her medicine for that and they will do another EEG, In a day or so , to re-check her activity. We now pray for results and answers to this unknown. She will remain in NICU & We will be here, with her, for a few more days, at least. Kasey & I just had great visit w/ her.

God is Great, no matter what

Scotty, Kasey, & Embry

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Saturday News Roundup #135

Worth Knowing

Worth Reading

  • Legacy Five tenor Gus Gaches blogs about the vital lesson captured in the new Brian Free & Assurance song “Guard Your Heart”

Worth Watching

(Relatively) new Old Paths bass singer Daniel Ashmore has been winning fans and admirers at a steady clip. With vocal performances like this one, it’s not hard to see why:

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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Guy Penrod hospitalized

Via Gaither Vocal Band tenor Wes Hampton, on Twitter:

To end speculation, I just talked to Guy Penrod. He did go to the hospital for chest pains & had a stint put in. He’s okay! Pray 4 rest.

UPDATE, 6:22 A.M., 8/21/12: Guy Penrod posted this on his Facebook page (hat tip, GospelMusicFan):

I wanted to let my friends know that I am currently “in for repairs.” After experiencing chest pain recently, my doctors discovered I had a partial blockage in an artery. This morning I underwent a procedure and had a stint put in. All went well; I just need to take it easy for awhile. 

My family and I are thankful for your prayers and good thoughts, and we look forward to seeing you on the road again very soon.

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