This is a classic!
Gospel music lost another giant yesterday with the passing of Mosie Lister, author of many classic songs that rank among the greatest in the history of the genre. At age 93, he was one of the last remaining, or maybe even the last remaining of the songwriters of the classic era of gospel music, pre-Gaither. …View full post
Still is the latest release by one of gospel music’s most outstanding trios, the Booth Brothers, and is their first including baritone Paul Lancaster, who replaced 12-year mainstay Jim Brady. Even with a new member in tow, this recording still finds the Booths applying their trademark tight harmonies to quality songs in a variety of …View full post
Last week, my wife and I had the privilege and joy to celebrate our anniversary on board IMC Concerts’ and Inspiration Cruises’ 2015 Gospel Music Celebration Caribbean Cruise. For us, it was our first cruise of any kind, so we were equally excited by the “cruising” aspect of the trip, and the gospel music part. …View full post
The gospel music community was shaken on Saturday by the passing of legendary performer, musician, producer, and visionary Lari Goss. Goss’s contributions to gospel music go back to the 1960s, when he and his brothers were making some of the most innovative music in the genre. I am sorry that I haven’t yet become familiar …View full post
I faced a very difficult decision this year when selecting my top album of 2014. There was absolutely no debate in my mind what the two top recordings were, but which one should be “Album of the Year”? The Kingsmen really made a huge comeback this year with the stellar Battle Cry. The only recording this …View full post
Last Saturday evening (12/5/09), I was privileged to attend a rare, ‘professional’, Southern Gospel concert in my home town of Burnsville, NC.? The concert had been advertised for weeks, so I made sure that The Edwards Family was not booked anywhere on this evening.? The concert was held at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church where my friend, Bro. Davy Shelton, is the pastor.? What should have been a packed house was deterred by a small skiff of snow.? I suppose that everyone was afraid that the roads would be dangerous, which lead to the attendance being very low (probably around 80-100 people).
This was my first time seeing The Perrys in a church setting.? I have seen them at the NQC which is by far NOT a church setting.? This was also my first time hearing the group live with their new baritone, Troy Peach.? I was excited to see the group, but I was more anxious to see how God would work through them.? The Perrys have a reputation of being not only a Top-Tier, professional Southern Gospel quartet, but also being one of the more spiritual professional groups….which I love!? This was my reason for wanting to be with them in a church/worship setting.
My church had taken a bus over to the concert, but due to the weather, only about a dozen came.? Fortunately, they were able to all get seats at the front of the church and my friend, Steve Stamey, saved me a seat on the front row with him, so we were ready to have church.? Bro. Davy introduced The Perrys at 6 PM and the singing began.? Here’s a quick run down of the song-list:
- Gentle Shepherd
- I Love To Tell
- Still Blessed
- Prior To A Prayer
- I Know It Was The Blood
- Did I Mention (That I Love Him)
- I Rest My Case
- If You Knew Him
- Almost Morning
- Trust & Obey (Invitational)
- I Wish I Could Have Been There
Troy Peach is one of the best things to happen to The Perrys in recent years.? His stage presence and presentation of the gospel through song is simply delightful.? Joseph Habedank has really matured into a fantastic lead singer, while Libby Perry Stuffle remains among the elite altos in gospel music.? Tracy Stuffle is a highly underrated bass singer, as he is as capable of carrying melodies and hitting the deep notes as most other basses in Southern Gospel.? Bryan Elliot amazed the audience with his piano skills, even though there were some minor technical difficulties with the sound during his piano solo (not listed in the above song list).
God really met with us during the service and I believe I was more blessed by The Perrys in a church setting than any other full-time, professional group I’ve heard.? Not only do they throw out their program when the moment calls for it, they are sensitive to the crowd and adjust accordingly.? The atmosphere in the church was more serene and worship focused, so The Perrys cued in on that and sang songs that simply fit the service.
I learned a couple of years back that if I attend a concert only to report on it, almost always I come away from it feeling empty and disappointed.? When you try to take notes to remember everything, you can’t really focus on the moving of the Holy Spirit….or at least I can’t.? (I only took notes during the intervals in between songs when the service slowed a bit to record the song list or I never would have remembered them :-)!)? I talked with Joseph and Troy briefly before the service to introduce myself and Joseph asked about me being a critic.? I explained right away that when I’m in church, I’m there to have church.? I’m not going to focus on critiquing the groups singing….I’m there to worship; and I did!
I came away from the singing completely energized and blessed….not just entertained.? Events like this keep me falling in love with Southern Gospel Music over and over again.? I had been a little discouraged with gospel music, having not been able to attend a singing/concert unless my family was singing in it.? What a thrill it is to know that there are groups still on the road today that are in love with Jesus, not just $$$ and popularity.
Below are some of the songs that someone else in attendance recorded and posted on YouTube.? Hope you enjoy them.
I’ve been through two courses and they are good for basic vocal techniques.? They really help with your breathing and your range.? They are pretty expensive if you purchase them new, but I just listed both courses on ebay and started the bidding at .99 cents each.? If you’ve ever wanted to try them, check out these links:
Brett Manning’s Singing Success
Brett Manning’s Mastering Vibrato
I just listed a ton of Southern Gospel music on ebay.? If you are looking for some rare projects for gifts or some newer releases to complete your collection, check them out here:
Rev. Ed Rice
On My Way Home
I love singing….no doubts about that!? But I also love preaching!? Combine the two into a singing preacher and you have given me the best of both.? This CD was given to me by a dear pastor friend of mine and it is great.
Rev. Ed Rice pastors Bethel Baptist Church in Madison County, NC on Hwy 19-E, in between the towns of Burnsville and Mars Hill.? My family has been blessed to sing in service with these good people and Bro. Ed has become a great friend to our ministry.? Recently, he gave me his solo project and it’s a good one.? Not only can the man preach, but he can sing too.
Bro. Ed has a wonderful voice and sings with power.? I was surprised by his singing, because he is usually very soft-spoken.? This project has become very dear to me and I would like to pass his info along to you.
Tracks for his project are:
- Show Me The Cross
- Empty Hands
- We Shall See Jesus
- I’d Rather Have Jesus
- Sinner Saved By Grace
- Without Him
- It Is Finished
- Look What Waiting For Me
- Just One More Soul
- Where Will You Be A Million Years From Now?
Bro. Ed Rice can be contacted by email here or by phone: (828)658-2345.
Nominations for the 2010 Grammy Awards have been released.? Here’s our category (#54):
Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
[Spring Hill Music Group]
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
[Gaither Music Group]
[Rocky Comfort Records/Artist2Market Distribution]
In God’s Time
Barry Scott & Second Wind
Think any of the Southern Gospel artists have a chance against a country music star?
Yesterday, the KH posted a promo for their upcoming release of their new live project on YouTube.
Glad I’ve already pre-ordered mine ’cause it looks to be a good one :-)!!!