Upcoming Southern Gospel Releases: March 2014

This list aims to be inclusive of Daywind, Crossroads, Horizon, Sonlite, Gaither Music Group, Stow Town, New Haven, Difference Media, Song Garden, Mansion, and major independent group releases where known.

March 2014

  • 3/4: Hymns, Gaither Vocal Band (Gaither Music Group / Capitol)
  • 3/18: A New Season, Matthew Hagee (Difference Media / Capitol)
  • 3/25: Great Day, Legacy Five (Daywind / New Day)

April 2014

  • 4/1: Because He Lives: Favorite Easter Songs, Gaither Homecoming Friends (Gaither Music Group / Capitol)
  • 4/8: Into His Presence, The Perrys (Stow Town / Provident)
  • 4/25Unashamed, Brian Free & Assurance (Daywind/New Day)

Is this list missing anything significant, especially among major independent releases? Let us know!

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Songs from Joshua: Monuments

Books-songs

Each week, we will go through the books of the Bible, looking at a song that illustrates a passage from each book.

The story of the Israelites’ journey from Egypt to the Promised Land spans from Exodus to the early chapters of Joshua. In Joshua 3, they finally arrive. As they reach the banks of the river Jordan, God instructs Moses:

This day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee. And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan (Joshua 3:7b-8, KJV).

Joshua, in turn, instructs the people:

Come hither, and hear the words of the Lord your God. And Joshua said, Hereby ye shall know that the living God is among you, and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Hivites, and the Perizzites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites. Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth passeth over before you into Jordan. Now therefore take you twelve men out of the tribes of Israel, out of every tribe a man. And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above; and they shall stand upon an heap (Joshua 3:9b-13).

That is exactly what happened. As verse 17 states: “And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.”

Chapter 4 discuses God’s instructions to Joshua to have the children of Israel construct a memorial commemorating this miracle. The classic Wilburns / Legacy Five song “Monuments” recounts this story:

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Friday News Roundup #213

Friday-News

Worth Knowing

  • Brian Free & Assurance lead singer Bill Shivers and his wife Michelle had a son, William Brent Shivers III, on Wednesday.
  • Daywind and Greater Vision held a preacher appreciation contest to accompany the Greater Vision single “Preacher, Tell It Like It Is.” They have announced the winner.
  • On Wednesday, Mansion Entertainment announced a name change to Mansion Entertainment & Marketing. They also announced that they have moved into a new facility that includes label offices (they’re still the label home of Triumphant Quartet and Three Bridges), an audio studio, and a new High-Definition TV studio. They posted a two-minute video tour of the new facility here.

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This week’s most thought-provoking Letter to the Editor comes courtesy of my siblings:

Dear Editor,
Groups often do Christmas CDs, but have any groups ever done Resurrection/ Passion Week CDs? It would seem so ideal, because there are many songs about the cross, blood being shed, the resurrection, etc. Groups could do songs in any order or they could proceed chronologically through the week with songs about the various Passion Week events.
Unlike Christmas albums which are usually only played between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a Resurrection CD would have year-round appeal to Christians.
It would be nice to see Southern Gospel groups come out with some Resurrection albums!
Sincerely,
Daniel’s Siblings

The Paul Heil interview featured a number of tributes to the impact he has made on the genre. This one, from the Garms Family, was especially thoughtful:

On behalf of the family, I want to share a few words about the impact that Paul Heil and “The Gospel Greats” have had in our lives, particularly my own.

Our discovery of “The Gospel Greats” came after we discovered Southern Gospel music in 2005. One summer day, I was tuning the radio to a Contemporary Christian station that we occasionally listened to, and something surprising caught my ear. Yes- it was Southern Gospel music! I couldn’t believe it. A man’s voice came on after the song and proceeded to give the latest news in Southern Gospel. Another shock! This radio station gave Southern Gospel news instead of world news at the top of the hour! I was ecstatic, to say the least. 🙂 As we continued to listen to the radio station, we realized my naive mistake, but fell in love with the show “The Gospel Greats”.

Saturday afternoon at 4:00 PM found me (and any other siblings who wanted to join me) in front of the radio for those precious two hours of Southern Gospel music. We listened faithfully week after week, getting to know artists and becoming familiar with the current music. Sometimes we’d occupy ourselves with drawing or writing in tablets as we listened; other times we would be busy cleaning with every radio in the house blaring so we wouldn’t miss a single note! 🙂

When we subscribed to Singing News later on, we would refer to the latest issue whenever Paul had a new feature artist. (“Oh, so that’s who the Booth Brothers are!”) Springside catalogs were also my favorite items to receive in the mail, as I’d pore over them and study CD covers and song titles. (I still have nearly every one I ever received.)

I will never forget listening to Paul interview Dianne Wilkinson and Barbara Huffman. Hearing these two sweet ladies talk about songwriting inspired me greatly to write songs that would encourage, uplift, and teach people. I wanted to be just like them! 🙂

Many times Paul would play songs that blessed us at just the right time. For example, one time after Ben had learned of a fatal accident which claimed the life of a young church member, he turned on “The Gospel Greats”, and right at that moment The Talleys’ song “Life Goes On” was playing…exactly what he needed to hear.

Oh, the stories could go on of how “The Gospel Greats” were such an integral part of our lives, and how much they impacted and inspired us. Regrettably, we don’t get to hear Paul’s familiar voice each Saturday anymore. Both Minnesota stations that played “The Gospel Greats” ceased to feature them (to our huge disappointment), and besides that, we are often too occupied with our own singing ministry each weekend. But the memories we have of sitting glued to the radio, listening intently to every song, are irreplaceable and so special.

Thank you Paul (and Shelia!) for your ministry through “The Gospel Greats”! We appreciate it so much (and have friends that do as well). May God continue to bless your work and faithfulness. Also, thanks for the great interview, Daniel!

“Keep looking up!” 🙂

Blessings and Joy in the Journey,
Taylor for TGF

Worth Watching

Also worth watching: Matt Fouch interviews Scott Inman.

Worth Discussing

Are there any other significant Southern Gospel news stories from the past week?

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CD Interviews: Jodi Hosterman on Love Came Through (Skyline Boys)

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In the CD interviews column, instead of sharing a reviewer’s thoughts about a project, we interview the artist to get his own thoughts. Here, Skyline Boys tenor Jodi Hosterman—whom many of you will also remember from his time with the Inspirations and with the Kingdom Heirs—shares his thoughts on his current group’s latest release, Love Came Through.

Daniel: What would you name as the project’s strongest song? If it’s a different song, do you have a personal favorite?

Jodi: First of all, let me start out by thanking you for the opportunity to highlight our music to your audience. One of the strengths of the Skyline Boys is our diversity of music. We cover a wide range of styles from progressive to a little country and our fans have come to expect the unexpected from us musically. That being said, all of our songs will appeal to a wide audience. If you don’t like the song that just played, that’s ok because something totally different is coming next. I’m going to pass on naming a strongest song but I will pick a favorite. “Sing It Brother, Sing It” has been a real crowd favorite for us. It’s a fast song that our crowds are really enjoying and when the people are enjoying a song, it makes it that much easier to sing.

Daniel: There are a few songs on this project that readers might have heard before. One of them is “Makes Me Wanna Go,” written by lead singer Brian Alvey when he was with Tribute Quartet. Can you share a little about what Alvey brings to the group, both as a singer and as a songwriter?

Jodi: Brian has been a very good addition for us. He is a supremely talented singer. He rarely misses a pitch and has the ability to sing a fast song or a ballad with equal sensitivity. Aside from the song you mentioned, we haven’t explored any of Brian’s other songs. This song made it onto the album due to the fact that our song selection leaned a little ballad-heavy. During tracking, Brian pitched this song to us and we all immediately loved it. It was just what the album needed—an up-tempo, quartet song.

Daniel: One of your feature songs is “He’s All I Need,” a Kingsmen classic that has become a tenor standard. Whose idea was it that you do the song?

Jodi: This question has an interesting answer. Before I rejoined the group, the recording cycle was already in motion. Meaning, the songs had been selected and the dates were set for the studio. I came on board and found out that we were cutting this song. I’ve been singing professionally for 15 years and tend to shy away from tenor “standards.” I’m of the opinion that these songs are already being sung by every tenor in the country, so folks don’t need to hear one more guy singing them. But this particular song I had never had the opportunity to sing. I’d heard it a million times but had never sung it. We sang it in rehearsal before my first concert back with the group just to make sure we were all on the same page. I immediately fell in love with this song!! The lyrics are incredible and it fits me vocally like no other song ever has. It’s like it was written just for me. We use it for our invitation song in concert and it sets the tone for the message the Skyline Boys deliver every night.

Daniel: Has the first radio single been picked yet?

Jodi: The first single is “Makes Me Wanna Go.” It is already at radio and is just starting to pick up some momentum. We had a little difficulty in picking the first song to release as we have 4 songs that deserve consideration for release as singles. This is a great problem to have!! It means that folks can anticipate a lot of great music on the horizon from the Skyline Boys.

Daniel: When will Love Came Through be available?

Jodi: Love Came Through is available right now. You can get it off our table at concerts or through our web site, www.theskylineboys.com. This is our best album to date and we are excited for folks to hear it. It has already been featured on Paul Heil’s The Gospel Greats radio program. Paul has been a big fan of the group for some time and we are grateful to him. There are a lot of great things in store for the Skyline Boys and we are anxious to discover what God has in store for us next!

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