Dec 04

Ebay listings…

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:

http://shop.ebay.com/edwaa/m.html?_dmd=1&_ipg=100&_sop=12&_rdc=1

Dec 04

Pastor Ed Rice: “On My Way Home”


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:

  1. Show Me The Cross
  2. Empty Hands
  3. We Shall See Jesus
  4. I’d Rather Have Jesus
  5. Sinner Saved By Grace
  6. Without Him
  7. It Is Finished
  8. Look What Waiting For Me
  9. Just One More Soul
  10. Where Will You Be A Million Years From Now?

Bro. Ed Rice can be contacted by email here or by phone: (828)658-2345.

Dec 03

It’s Grammy Time…

Nominations for the 2010 Grammy Awards have been released.? Here’s our category (#54):

Best Southern, Country, Or Bluegrass Gospel Album
Jason Crabb
Jason Crabb
[Spring Hill Music Group]

Dream On
Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

[Gaither Music Group]

The Rock
Tracy Lawrence
[Rocky Comfort Records/Artist2Market Distribution]

In God’s Time
Barry Scott & Second Wind
[Rebel Records]

Everyday
Triumphant Quartet
[Daywind Records]

Think any of the Southern Gospel artists have a chance against a country music star?

Dec 01

Preview of upcoming Kingdom Heirs DVD

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 :-)!!!

Nov 30

www.GoldCityTribute.com has launched

Fellow blogger, Brandon Coomer, has launched a brand-new tribute site to one of the greatest quartets in the history of SG.

He gives details of the launch here: http://coomercove.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/goldcitytribute-com-launches/.

It must have taken Brandon a lot of time and effort to get this online, as it is loaded with a ton of historical information on the group.? Be sure to check it out!

Nov 19

Chuck Compton “The Dearest Friend I Ever Had”

For more on Chuck Compton, see this post: http://www.southerngospelcritique.com/?p=730.

Nov 18

A thought on soloists….

…in general, I don’t care for them.? I prefer trios or quartets…that’s just my preference.

That said, I must eat those words for an artist that I met on Sunday evening.? Chuck Compton, formerly of The Comptons, was scheduled to sing at my home church along with The Rowlands.? When I arrived at the church, I ran into Mr. Compton in the restroom and briefly spoke in passing.? Since I book some for The Rowlands in my area, I was there primarily to support them and be faithful to our church since my family wasn’t booked this Sunday evening.

Let me say this before I go into further detail; I came away from this meeting in complete amazement and I was completely blown away with Chuck Compton’s singing, musicianship and last, but not least, his spirit and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

The Rowlands began the service and Ron, Kenneth & Wes was great as always; albeit, the service was a little more calm than we are accustomed to at Bethel Missionary Baptist.? The Rowlands sing “Did I Mention” better than any other group I’ve heard and it was certainly a hit with our bunch at Bethel.? Then Mr. Compton took the stage.

I saw from my seat that he was using soundtracks from an iPod through a Bose L1 system along with an acoustic guitar.? From the first note from his guitar, he completely had my attention.? Every song went so smoothly and I was absolutely blown away with his ministry and singing.? He didn’t use tracks on every song, so we were treated with some acoustic numbers along with what appeared to be a Digitech Vocalist Harmony processor.? (They don’t call Chuck Compton “Mr. Technology” for nothing), which was one of the coolest pieces of equipment that I have ever seen.? After I pulled my tongue back in my mouth from drooling over his setup, I got to enjoy one of the best song services I’ve ever sat in (and as you know, I’ve heard a LOT of singers in my day).

Chuck Compton sang several songs and we had a wonderful time in the service with him.? He had a great mix of upbeat songs with slower tunes.? He plays the guitar extremely well with some hints of Willie Nelson licks thrown in for good measure.? His vocals were great and I was very impressed with his stage presence.? He didn’t just stand there and sing.? He kept you interested by interjecting testimonies and stories in between his songs, plus on some songs, he would stop during the turn-arounds and talk then.

(Two great groups in one evening….is there anything else that could have made the evening better?? How about having two souls saved during the services and one of them being my oldest daughter, Keanna.? Praise God that He is still saving old sinners!!!)

I can’t say enough good things about Chuck Compton right now.? I was able to talk with him one-on-one for a bit after the service and I was so glad that I did.? Not only is he a great singer and musician, he is just a great guy.? I told him that I would be writing an article about him, because I believe that if you know of a good thing, then you should share with the rest of the world.

If you are ever wanting to book someone at your church that is more than just entertainment, the consider giving Chuck Compton a call.? His website is www.comptonministries.com.

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