It’s been said here and elsewhere in the gospel music world over the last few years that the Old Paths were one of the best up-and-coming quartets in America. Let’s go ahead and remove one of the modifiers and call the Old Paths, simply, one of the best quartets in America. They’ve had four songs …
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. …
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 …
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. …
EDIT: Well, it’s a great album, but no longer available in the US. Hopefully some of you got to take advantage of the free offer!
Not often you get a free gift online that much good, but this album is great, as long as you are not a stickler for non-secular songs only for the season.? Honestly, there were only a couple of tunes that I didn’t care for, but it’s free and the selections are from popular groups/singers/orchestras/etc., so there’s no reason to really complain…..especially since it is FREE!
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:
I Love To Tell
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
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.
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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
We Shall See Jesus
I’d Rather Have Jesus
Sinner Saved By Grace
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.