I’ve heard it stated a million different ways: “Thank you.” I’m guilty of saying it without truly meaning it. I know I’m not the only one. So often, we’re obliged to express our thanks by simply saying two words. It’s easy to just spit them out and not even really remember why we said it in the first place. We say it to the barista at the coffee shop. Ladies say it when someone opens a door for them. Men say it when someone compliments their golf game. Children say it, often at the prompting of Mom or Dad, when they’re given a gift. As a parent, I’ve worked to instill in my two children to say “thank you” every chance they get. I hear them say it many times; but sometimes, there’s a magical moment when I hear them say it from their heart. How my heart swells with pride to see genuine gratitude in their eyes.
I’ve entitled my article for this month Thanks-Living for this reason: There are times when we express thankfulness in our heart by our words, and there are other times that we express gratitude in our lives. One of the greatest ways we can express this is
in song, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to discuss all things Thanksgiving with two friends who just happen to be outstanding artists: Matt Fouch of Legacy Five, and Aaron Hise of the Whisnants.
The atmosphere of the Thanksgiving season is surrounded by things we all love: food, family, and more food! We can throw in some football for all who love sports, and the day just can’t get much better. Family traditions often are born during this time of the year. “We always get together on Thanksgiving Eve. It’s such a fun night!” Matt shares. Aaron added, “Our family’s tradition has always been to get together an extra day to celebrate the holiday. We love the tradition of just having more family time.”
As many readers have probably experienced, having more family around usually provides some free entertainment. Aaron’s story is too good not to share: “The most memorable Thanksgiving that I have ever experienced was when my mom had fixed the most beautiful dinner for me, my dad, and my brother. I was nine years old and my brother was 13. We both had been playing ball outside and came in for dinner. When we got to the table, the turkey had been placed on the edge of the table before we said the blessing. As we were praying, my brother was trying to make me laugh by poking my side. Well, when I tried to get away, I bumped the table just hard enough to make the turkey fall right onto the ground. Needless to say, we called the ‘ten second rule’ and enjoyed a great turkey!”
I haven’t had that kind of experience but one memorable experience for me, was as a boy with my cousin. We were given the daunting task of being the Thanksgiving-trash-taker-outers. We wore that badge with pride all day long. We were taking out one set of bags filled to the top and I opened one of the trash cans, when like a SCUD missile, the biggest opossum I’d ever encountered shot out of the trash can with every tooth in his face showing as he flew right by me. I’ll never forget it, and I’ll never blindly open a trashcan again!
Naturally, the subject of Thanksgiving-themed songs came up, and I asked Aaron and Matt what some of their favorite songs were along the theme of thankfulness. “The Easter Brothers put it best when they said, ‘There’s a roof up above me, I’ve a good place to sleep, there’s food on my table, and shoes on my feet. You gave me Your love, Lord, and a fine family, thank you, Lord, for Your blessings on me!’”1 Aaron said. Matt added, “Soul’d Out Quartet recorded a song called, “Thank You Lord.” My wife Candice and I had a beautiful moment one day just driving in the car and listening to this song.”
Obviously, when you get three grown men talking to each other, the subject of food came up. Aaron laid it all out for us. “All of the traditional items will be served this year: turkey, ham, green bean casserole, homemade yeast rolls, dressing, gravy, homemade macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, deviled eggs, and the list keeps going on!” Matt added many of the same traditional menu items, but said that there was one thing he couldn’t live without on Thanksgiving: “Cool Whip for the pumpkin pie. I like a little pie with my Cool Whip.”
We could all put down a mile-long list of all the blessings we’ve enjoyed this year, but Matt and Aaron each added specific things that they were thankful for. Matt tells us, “I’m thankful for the peace that passes all understanding! In the midst of a crazy life in a crazy world, as believers, we can have a peace beyond our human comprehension.” Aaron added, “I’m especially thankful this year for the family that God has blessed me with. Suzanne (Aaron’s wife, who also sings with The Taylors) and I are expecting our first child in March. We’re beyond excited!” That’s definitely something to be grateful for!
I mentioned as we began the article about the word Thanks-Living. Are we just saying “thank you,” or are we living “thank you?” My prayer for myself and for each of our readers is that we won’t just take one special Thursday that’s set aside, and rattle off an impromptu prayer to God for the many blessings He’s given us, but that we, like David the Psalmist, will take time to meditate and think upon the Lord’s goodness to us. His mercy endures forever, and his faithfulness is sure. My sincere thanks to Aaron Hise of the Whisnants and Matt Fouch of Legacy Five for their time and effort this month. Happy Thanks-Living, everyone!
- “Thank You Lord For Your Blessings On Me,” Easter, James and The Easter Brothers. Copyright 1975. Renewed 2003. LeFevre- Sing Publishing Company/BMI. (website c.October 21, 2015). www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0085124
By Matt Baker
First published by SGNScoops magazine in November 2016
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For those that didn’t see, Scott was on The Price is Right today!!
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The Cathedral Quartet is widely considered to be one of Southern Gospel Music’s most beloved groups. This stellar quartet has left quite a legacy. Several former members still carry on the music of the group today. One such group is the appropriately named, Legacy Five.
Legacy Five (sometimes styled as Legacy 5 or L5) was formed by Scott Fowler and Roger Bennett shortly after the great Cathedral Quartet retired in December of 1999. Fowler had served as baritone for the legendary group since 1990 and Bennett served as pianist for two tenures (1979-1986) and 1989 until the group’s retirement.
In January of 2000, Legacy Five, then comprised of Josh Cobb, Glenn Dustin, Scott Howard, Fowler, and Bennett, hit the road. In the early days, the group was certainly influenced by the Cathedrals. Scott Fowler states, “George and Glen tremendously influenced us and taught us everything we know about this music. In those days, we also spent a lot of time around Bill Gaither. He was doing lots of the videos and live concert appearances. He had the Cathedrals on many of those in the early days of the video phenomenon.” These two major influences can still be heard in their music today.
The group saw great success in its early years with their first album release, Strong In The Strength. The group’s first Top 10 hit, “I Stand Redeemed,” featured young tenor Josh Cobb. Cobb won the Horizon Award in 2000 at the Singing News Fan Awards, but left the group shortly after. He was replaced by tenor Tony Jarman, who remained with the group until 2004. During his tenure, the group recording one of their greatest hits “I Found Grace” which topped the charts in September 2003.
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The NQC Spring Break is happening this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky, and SGN Scoops’ photojournalist Craig Harris is giving us a front row seat. Featured during this two day event is Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Jim Brady Trio, Triumphant, Booth Brothers, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Hoppers, Jason Crabb, Sneed Family and the Mark Trammell Quartet.
Watch for the May issue of SGN Scoops magazine for more pictures of this exciting event.
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Hendersonville, TN (March 10th, 2016) –Fans across the country will soon be able to experience what attendees of the Daywind Quartet Festival at the Greenbrier and Legacy Five’s NYE Celebration at Opryland have witnessed firsthand. In partnership with Daywind and the Harper Agency, Quartet Night Across America is hitting the road, and will be coming to a city near you!
The unique production, featuring Legacy Five, Blackwood Brothers Quartet, Tribute Quartet and Brian Free & Assurance, takes the audience through the decades of Southern Gospel Music from 1910 to present. Fans have the opportunity to relive the music and hear the stories of groups like the legendary Statesmen Quartet, the Blackwood Brothers, Gold City, the Cathedrals and many more.
“I am personally thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of such a creative presentation of the history of our genre of music,” offers Scott Fowler of Legacy Five. “Working with these other renowned quartets has been an honor and we’re proud of the quality of event we’re able to deliver to fans. We’ve had a long relationship with both Daywind Records & Harper Agency, and I’m glad we’re able to all come together in this touring package!’
To bring Quartet Night Across America to your town, contact The Harper Agency at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 615.851.4500.
DMG Concerts is a division of Daywind Music Group that promotes Southern Gospel music through elite concert events. For more information on upcoming events, visit dmgconcerts.com or contact Dani Phillips at email@example.com.
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This year for Christmas I am giving away a $25 Shell gas station gift card to 1 lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is be on the On the Couch With Fouch email list , like my Matthew Fouch – Bass Singer Facebook page and share the giveaway post on that page. Here is the link to the Facebook page:www.facebook.com/matthewfouchbass
I will check the email list and the share list from both. If your name is drawn and you’ve done both, YOU WIN!!
Best of luck and Merry Christmas!!!!!
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I love the Christmas season. It is the most wonderful time of the year and I can’t wait for it to roll around every year. We get the opportunity to travel in the Jubilee Christmas tour and it is a blast of a trip! This year, I took a few minutes and asked most of the Jubilee gang a Christmas question. I hope you enjoy this Jubilee Christmas edition of On the Couch With Fouch.
Matt Fouch releases a video interview with various artists on a regular basis, with the title “On The Couch With Fouch.” As the bass singer with Legacy Five, Matt has been a part of Jubilee Christmas for several years. Matt talks with various members of Legacy Five, Booth Brothers, and Greater Vision.
We hope you enjoy this edition of On The Couch With Fouch.
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“I hope you had a
wonderful Thanksgiving. Now that you’re back to your regular routine, here is this month’s interview. Tim Lovelace is the host of the television show The Music City Show. He is also a very funny man, great songwriter and quite accomplished on several instruments. Tim answers some tough Fouch Zone questions that you do not want to miss.
Thanks for watching and have a great day.” –Matt Fouch
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Thank you so much for watching today’s video. This is a special video for the month of November. Gus is the former tenor singer for Legacy Five and I had a great opportunity to interview him a couple weeks before he left. He takes this opportunity to personally thank everyone and it is a wonderful way to hear from Gus about what he will be doing in the future. Thank you for watching and thanks for following On the Couch With Fouch
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IMC Management has just announced two sellout Jubilee Christmas concerts in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Jubilee Christmas tour, featuring Greater Vision, Booth Brothers and Legacy Five, has been successful from day one, with sellout concerts in numerous cities across North America. This is the first time, however, two concerts have sold out one month prior to the event. IMC President Landon Beene stated, “IMC is thrilled to be taking this exciting, one-of-a-kind Christmas event to Canada this year! With the early sellouts in Calgary and Edmonton, be sure to purchase tickets now for a concert coming to a city near you!”
Managed and promoted exclusively by IMC Management, the tour will cover nearly 10,000 miles in 14 days, making stops in major cities across Canada and the West Coast. If you are planning to attend one of these memorable events, secure your tickets while they are still available. This is a concert full of fantastic harmony, joy and encouragement for people of all ages. You won’t want to miss it!
For more information on how you can purchase tickets to this must-see Christmas event, go towww.imcconcerts.com.
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