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Songs From Scripture #9: “I’m Living in Canaan Now”

One of the oldest and most often-used lyrical motifs in gospel music is death, symbolized by the crossing of the Jordan River, and Heaven, symbolized by Canaan.  It is not my intention to cast aspersions at songs or songwriters who use this motif, because I certainly think there are some spiritual applications we can draw from it. …

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Quick Hits 8

Picture This (11th Hour) 11th Hour’s sophomore release from Crossroads, Picture This, takes the next step in quality from their rookie recording on the label, Steppin’ Out, despite a change in two thirds of the trio’s vocal lineup.  Amber Eppinette is the group’s mainstay, and is once again featured with her pen as well as her …

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Album Review: A Journey in Song (Pat Barker)

As much as it saddened the gospel music world to learn of Pat Barker’s departure from the road and the Mark Trammell Quartet, it didn’t take long to see that the beloved bass singer would not be disappearing completely.  He has remained active promoting, singing, and even recording in the last couple of months.  Barker’s double-CD …

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Songs From Scripture #8: “It’s the Blood”

For the next entry in our Songs From Scriptures series, we return to the deep well that is the pen of Dianne Wilkinson.  And deep we must go to find “It’s the Blood,” a relatively obscure cut from the Mark Trammell Trio’s 2005 project This Time.  The song is a flawless expository message on salvation …

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Album Review: All Who Call (Jordan’s Bridge)

Though a relatively new group, Jordan’s Bridge is not lacking in gospel music experience.  Both tenor Phil Barker and pianist Joe Lane are alumni of the Singing Americans.  Barker also sang with the Harvesters, while Lane had stints on the piano bench with the Anchormen and the Dove Brothers.  While baritone Rick Sheets and lead …

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Album Review: Because You Asked (Greater Vision)

The newest recording from Greater Vision is a collection of gospel music classics, designed to give their fans a chance to hear the current vocal configuration sing some of their most requested songs not currently available on CD. Highly dedicated Greater Vision fans will notice that eight of the twelve songs on Because You Asked were also …

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Now Featuring…Pat Barker

Few gospel music news items have hit me harder in the last few years than the announcement that Pat Barker would be resigning his position with the Mark Trammell Quartet and leaving the road as a gospel singer.  Though I certainly understand and fully support the move, Barker leaves a void not only for me, but …

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