Greater Vision

Since there has been quite a bit of interest in how Jacob Kitson will sound with Greater Vision, and since the only two videos I’ve posted to date have been on the same song (and a song without a soundtrack, at that), I thought it was worth posting this video of Kitson singing the tenor part on Champion of Love:

Kitson seems to handle the highest notes without any strain, with the only instance of a facial expression evincing a sign of particular concentration being on the sustained final note.

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Greater Vision bids farewell to Jason Waldroup

Greater Vision sent off tenor Jason Waldroup in style Saturday, putting together a concert in his hometown as his farewell concert with the group.

Here are some video highlights, including some from the final song of the night, “God Wants to Hear You Sing”:

The group also brought Jacob Kitson on stage to sing one song, “Little is Much”:

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Wednesday News Roundup

In the news:

  • The Southern, a website identifying itself as Southern Illinois’s Homepage, recently featured an interesting interview with Roger Menees, currently filling in on bass for the Stamps Quartet. The interview is a fascinating look at someone who has been in and around the genre for decades. [EDIT, 6/4/12: Broken link removed.]
  • David Bruce Murray has an interesting post on Joel Hemphill’s unorthodox theology. [EDIT, 6/6/12: Broken link removed.]
  • XM Radio’s SG channel, enLighten 34, announced that they’ll be hosting an hour-long live, in-studio concert on Wednesday, July 23, at 6:30 PM EST. More details are here.
  • The Dove Brothers have expanded the digital downloads section of their website store; (EDIT: 8/5/2011: Broken link removed) now most (all but two) of the recordings the group has made are available.
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Video: “Holy Shore” (Perrys)

A friend sent me a link to this video of the Perrys performing “Holy Shore” (their current hit) in a recent Tennessee concert. The audio isn’t the greatest, but the Spirit shows through and makes it today’s must-watch video of the day.

[EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.]

To view it in a larger size (or even in fullscreen), click here. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.]

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GVB to appear at Southern Baptist Convention

The Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting is being held this week in Indianapolis, Indiana. That last detail could shed some light on what would otherwise be a slightly surprising item in the schedule: In this morning’s opening session, from 9:05-9:15 AM, the Gaither Vocal Band will be doing a music feature.

What makes this slightly surprising is that at least the Gaither part of the Gaither Vocal Band isn’t Southern Baptist. (I believe his church affiliation is with the Church of God (Anderson). But perhaps it is due to the local connection, as Gaither is unquestionably one of the best-known artists in any genre of Christian music based in Central Indiana.

A link to watch live streaming video of conference proceedings is available on the conference’s main page. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link appears to be down, and has been removed.] So if you want to catch their appearance, tune in at 9:05 AM EST this morning.

Update (6/11/08, 9:28 AM): Here is the video. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link appears to be down, and has been removed.] Interestingly, in the onscreen identification, they’re listed as “Gaither Vocal Band – Contemporary Christian Artists.”

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“Love Lifted Me” – Mark Trammell Trio

Years ago, on the Kingsmen’s 1973 landmark live album Big & Live, they introduced their trademark rendition of the hymn “Love Lifted Me.” In my opinion, the arrangement on their 1981 Live Naturally album was even better.

I had been of the opinion that no group since has had the right combination of voices to pull off that arrangement…until I saw this.

And from the video notes, this was just the encore.

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