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The Torchmen Quartet prove “Faithful” after almost 50 years

Written by Staff on March 30, 2018 – 8:40 am -

Canada's premiere quartet, the Torchmen

Canada’s premiere quartet, the Torchmen


The Torchmen Quartet: Faithful

Recorded at Crossroads Recording Studio, Grant Ave Studios

Producers: Chris Allman, Amy King, Jon Hisey

Label: Independent

Review by: Lorraine Walker


It was a pleasure to receive the latest album from the Torchmen Quartet, entitled “Faithful.” Appropriately named, this recording talks about being faithful to the Lord Jesus every day, through every difficulty, and in every circumstance. I have known the TQ’s members, Mike Moran, Jon Hisey, Sandy MacGregor and Jeff Tritton for a long time and can attest to the fact that these gentlemen have been faithful to their call and to the Lord.


From the very first play of the first cut on the project, this CD feels like the TQ you know and enjoy, but upscaled to an even better version of themselves. “It’s An Everyday Thing,” has the type of instrumentation and vocals that listeners of Torchmen projects are used to, with violin and steel guitar, and the melody line seems perfect for MacGregor, who handles the song with ease. Special note that the drums on this track were played by Michael Booth, who has an excellent touch on the toms. This tune was written by Rebecca J. Peck, who also wrote two more cuts on this album.


The Torchmen Quartet's latest release, Faithful

The Torchmen Quartet’s latest release, Faithful

“Faithful Father” is an easy-listening quartet song, written by Rodney Griffith and Chris Binion. It’s a good reminder that no matter what, our Heavenly Father is faithful; much more so than we can possibly be. I enjoy Tritton’s vocals regardless of what he sings, and he adds his smooth tones to this song which is polished and so comforting to the ear and the heart.


“Crown Him King,” a quartet favorite by Luther G. Presley and Wally Varner, is handled effortlessly by this seasoned group. So well, I’m almost positive they have recorded it before. The quartet has recorded over 30 projects and I don’t claim to have every project, so it could well be that they have. Regardless, it is an excellent track.


“What If Someone” is another smooth Tritton song, written by Lanny Wolfe. It will make you wonder what if you had never been told about Jesus…and who you should be telling about Him today that may not hear about the Lord in any other way.


“I Want to Live Like Jesus,” written by Ernie Haase and Dianne Wilkinson, has the flair and instrumentation of a Cathedral Quartet cut. I so enjoyed the precision and thought behind this tune.


The Torchmen Quartet's latest release, Faithful. Back Liner

The Torchmen Quartet’s latest release, Faithful. Back Liner

Torchmen listeners may not be overly surprised at some song choices by MacGregor, but I have to admit, when I heard the opening strains of this song and realized what it was, I couldn’t believe my ears. But what a treat! If you listened to Christian music in the ‘80s, you couldn’t help but hear Twila Paris sing, “The Warrior is a Child.” MacGregor takes this song to new places and it truly becomes a quartet song. Great job, gentlemen. Kudos to your producer, Chris Allman.


“Good Things” is another Rebecca Peck song, this time with David Jenkins. Another finger-snapping tune shows the men’s crisp timing and more great vocals by Tritton.


“Reunion with You” begins with a melancholy tone in both lyric and notes, but sadness changes to hope with the chorus which reminds us that there will be an eternal reunion with our loved ones someday. This song by Tim Lanier immediately reminded me of my mom who passed away almost 8 years ago; however, the pang of separation never seems to diminish. Mike Moran tells this story with finesse and the ability to communicate emotion, thought and lyric, that has made him a favorite with Canadian audiences.


“Wonder Working God” lists among its writers the husband/wife team of Zane and Donna King. I prefer to listen to a new project without reading the liner first, so I knew this was a special cut even before reading that Donna was a part of it. She is one of the most talented people in Christian music and it seems that anything she is a part of becomes touched with a special sparkle that is all her own. One of my favorite cuts.


“I’m Gonna Keep Praying,” another Rodney Griffith song, reminds us what a privilege it is to be able to talk to God any time, anywhere. Another easy-listening song that has powerful, understated lyrics. That may sound like an oxymoron but when you listen to the song, you will agree.




“What Kind of Man,” another Dianne Wilkinson song, helps us look at the humanity of Jesus, which is not a subject often addressed by preachers, let alone Christian music. Well done, Dianne and Janice Crow. Well sung as well, as the harmonies are lovely.


“When the Preacher Gets to Preaching,” written by Rebecca Peck and Christine Degazio, is a fun song that reminds me of the old-time pastors you hear about, the kind who preaches it so straight that the listeners’ hair is parted. Those of us who have been privileged to sit under that kind of sermon totally get this song. Jon Hisey, great vocals! Totally enjoyed this song.


“Oh, What a Price,” the last Peck/Jenkins song, is a beautiful ballad that should be picked up by those churches who present an Easter choir performance. Lyrically and melodically, this song catches the enormity and solemnity of the cost of salvation.


Chris Allman’s comments on the liner indicate that he understands this quartet and his work on this project confirms it. Amy King and Jon Hisey, your talents are also greatly appreciated. For the rest of the album information, the reader is encouraged to buy a copy for themselves.


If you are a fan of Southern gospel music, or just like well done music of any kind, please pick up this album. Thanks so much, Torchmen Quartet, for continuing to raise the bar on your recorded music. Here’s to another 50 years!

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Erin Stevens’ Younger Perspective on Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

Written by Staff on September 12, 2017 – 1:27 pm -

Younger Perspective on Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

Younger Perspective on Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

A word from Erin…

Today, we turn our attention to one of the most underrated and incredibly talented young men in our industry. Chad McCloskey masterfully fills the baritone position for the Ball Brothers. Aside from the strong vocal abilities the Lord has blessed him with, what matters most is his soft-spoken manner and tender spirit, which is noticeable the moment you meet him. Whether you’ve been a faithful Ball Brothers fan for years, or if you’re newer to their music, this is your chance to get to know Chad a little better.


Erin: Being born in Wisconsin and growing up in Michigan, what did those early days look like once you discovered your love of singing? 

Chad: I come from a very musical family. My dad was the music director at our church, and my mom was heavily involved with various musical outlets such as choir, ensembles, and church specials. Growing up, I was fairly shy musically. I wasn’t particularly fond of the idea of standing up in front of people for anything, let alone to sing. As I got older, I was given somewhat of an ultimatum when it came to music. It was either sing or nothing, so I chose to sing. Once I got over my apprehension of crowds and my incessant fear of critique, I grew to love singing and jumped at the chance to sing whenever an opportunity presented itself. Fast forward 20 years, I now sing for a living, and I love what I do.


Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

Erin: How did you and your wife Sarah meet?

Chad: I’ve actually known Sarah since I was around 10 years old. Her family, while in evangelism, used to come to our church and sing, and my family would occasionally take them out to eat while they were in town. We lost contact over the years, but in 2006, (we) reconnected at the church her dad was pastoring when my family went into evangelism. 


Erin: An early congratulations on the newest addition to your family coming soon. How do you personally juggle being a gospel singer, a husband, and a father to Brooklyn and Mason?

Chad: Thank you. We are excited about the new addition. When it comes to juggling family and work, I find it prudent to keep the two separate. When I’m at home, I always try to focus on my family’s needs above anything else. We have dinner around the table every night and try, if we can, to do an activity together any chance we get. When I’m traveling, I try to focus on the task at hand to ensure I do my job accurately and efficiently, but at the end of the day, I always call home to check in on everyone. Fortunately, with the development in technology, staying in touch with my family while I’m away is pretty easy. 


Erin: What are some new and exciting happenings the fans can be expecting from the Ball Brothers for the last half of this year?

Chad: We are currently working on a couple different projects. We have been in the studio working on a new Christmas album. We’re hoping to have it finished and out this year. We are also getting ideas together for some music videos we are hoping to shoot later in the year. 


Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

Sarah and Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

Erin: With the Ball Brothers’ incredible internet success, how has it impacted your ministry and opened new doors of opportunity?

Chad: The impact from our online success has been substantial at the very least. With the change in the market, almost anything can be accessed online, so we see it as beneficial to cater to that outlet more. Since the views on the Ball Brothers’ Facebook videos have skyrocketed over the last few years, we’ve seen immense growth in our fan base, as well as concert dates. God has truly blessed our ministry and we are so humbled by everything He has done for our group.


Erin: The jazzy, Michael Bublé-influenced tones to your voice are obvious to the listener. Besides him, who else are some of your top musical influences, and who would you normally be listening to?

Chad: I have a pretty wide range of music that I enjoy. I grew up listening to the Gaither Vocal Band, so they are an absolute must in my musical lineup. But I love groups from Journey to MercyMe to the Mullins. Some of the more singular influences would include Marshall Hall, Stevie Wonder, David Phelps, Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra, and Bryan Duncan.                                                                                        

Erin: What’s the strangest thing a fan has ever said to you?

Chad: Where to start? While I was dating my wife, I had a man approach me after a concert asking if I would be interested in his daughter. After I told him I was already dating someone, he quickly took the defense and came behind the product table, got in my face and very angrily asked why I thought his daughter was ugly. I just slowly backed into the crowd in a desperate attempt to get away. Who does that?


Chad McCloskey of the Ball Brothers

The McCloskey family

Erin: Favorite food on the road/favorite food at home?

Chad: Mexican food. It’s a favorite at home and on the road.


Erin: Is there a particular song you sing night after night on stage that has a profound, personal impact on your heart?

Chad: The song “It’s About the Cross” is a definite favorite of mine. The message of the song to me is too penetrating to ignore. It’s an unbelievable and humbling thought that a sinless, perfect Jesus willingly laid down His life for mine. 


Erin: It’s true that music speaks when words fall short. But after all the songs have been sung, how would you encourage that listener out there who has come to the end of their rope?

Chad: I know this sounds cliché – and we hear it all the time – but the most comforting thing to me when I’m at my weakest is prayer. We may not have all the answers, but God does. One passage in the Bible that stands out to me on this particular topic is Isaiah 40:29-31 … “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might, He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.”


Chad McCloskey of the Ball BrothersClosing thoughts from Erin…

Our strength doesn’t come from our own efforts. It comes from Christ. When we’re on the mountaintop, we sometimes forget to give Him the thanks that He deserves. But it’s in our weakest moments that we remember that we are nothing without Christ. He is the breath in our lungs and the fire in our souls. May we not fall prey to forgetting that all glory and honor are due His mighty name. Isaiah 40:29-31 was an excellent reminder Chad gave us. I appreciate his heart, and I’m thankful we have men like him still singing the gospel and spreading the good news for all to hear.


And that’s my take on it.


Until next month, Scoops fans.

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By Erin Stevens

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in July 2017

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Capstone Quartet featured on SGN Scoops’ Fast Five

Written by Staff on February 1, 2016 – 11:45 am -

Capstone Quartet

Capstone Quartet

SGN Scoops would like to welcome The Capstone Quartet to the Fast Five! The Capstone hails from Gordo, Alabama, singing for almost 25 years and has recorded 20 albums.

The Quartet has had strong ties with the Kingsmen Quartet, and was the home of Bob Sellers for eight years before he joined the Kingsmen. Capstone has had a powerful influence in its home state, as in 2006, the Alabama State House of Representatives adopted Resolution HR490 extending highest commendations to The Capstone Quartet “upon its outstanding accomplishments and utmost desire to bring glory to God.”
Capstone took a bit of an hiatus for a couple of years and then hit the road again in 2014. You will find their sound full and energetic, with the influence of the Kingsmen and other beloved Quartets’ sound well reflected.
The Capstone Quartet’s latest project is entitled Reborn, and it features songs such as: “Damascus Road,” “Where The Milk and Honey Flow,” “I Know What Lies Ahead,” as well as others that showcase the groups’ rich sound and tight harmony.
Let’s hear more from The Capstone Quartet as they respond to SGN Scoops’ Fast Five interview questions!
SGN: Tell us about Capstone. Who are the members and what can we expect if we come see you in a concert or worship service?
CQ: The Capstone Quartet is a regional quartet from Gordo, AL. At the present time we are in search of a tenor singer, but the other members include lead singer and manager Rodney Homan, baritone Preston Corbett and bass Billy Payne. At our services we sing a mixture of old-time Quartet music and also some of today’s Quartet music. We always put Jesus first in our services.
SGN: Tell us how the group got the name Capstone. Is there a story behind the name?
CQ: The Capstone Quartet was formed in 1992 in Tuscaloosa, AL., home of The University of Alabama, also known as The Capstone.
Capstone Quartet

Capstone Quartet

SGN: Tell us what God is doing in your ministry these days.

CQ: God has blessed this group since its beginning. Changes come and go, members come and go, but the Spirit of this group has remained a constant from the start. Our goal is to always put God first in every service we have.
SGN: What advice would you give to a new group getting started?
CQ: Hang in there! Put Jesus first and always know that He will guide you.
SGN: How can we book Capstone and buy your product?
CQ: You can book The Capstone by calling Rodney Homan at 205-454-4508 , find us online at or email us at . We would love to come and worship with you!
You can also find The Capstone Quartet on Facebook, as well as their songs on You Tube.
Thanks so much to The Capstone Quartet for joining us on this edition of SGN Scoops’ Fast Five! It was good to find out more about your ministry. We hope our readers will follow your links and attend your concerts to hear you!
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Gospel Music Pioneers: A Look at the Legendary Blackwood Brothers Quartet

Written by Staff on January 21, 2016 – 9:09 am -


Blackwood Brothers Quartet

Blackwood Brothers Quartet

The name Blackwood is

synonymous with Southern Gospel music. In 1934, three brothers and a son from Choctaw County, Mississippi formed one of the most popular quartets in the history of Southern Gospel Music. The original group consisted of bass singer Doyle; lead James, tenor Roy, and Roy’s son R.W. singing baritone. The quartet was formed in the midst of the Great Depression in the US, which was a time when Americans were struggling to provide for themselves and their families. The American people needed hope and that was what the Blackwood Brothers Quartet was all about: bringing hope to the world and spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. The group, dedicated to the cause, developed a loyal fan base that would only continue to grow.


Blackwood Brothers: June 29, 1954

Blackwood Brothers: June 29, 1954

Billy Blackwood recalls, “They got a break that catapulted them to a national level overnight when, on June 13th, 1954, they appeared on and won the most popular television show of the day, Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, the 1950’s version of today’s American Idol. Outside of the south and the loyal fan base they had established in the upper Midwest, most of the US hadn’t been exposed to gospel quartet music. Well, that changed overnight when the Blackwood Brothers won Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts with a rousing tune called, ‘Have You Talked To The Man Upstairs?”

Read on for more on the Blackwood Brothers, for this triumph for the quartet was soon eclipsed by a terrible tragedy…

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SGN Scoops’ Fast Five: Bros.4

Written by Staff on November 30, 2015 – 2:16 pm -



Welcome to another edition of SGN Scoops’ Fast Five! This time we chat with Bros.4, a male Southern Gospel quartet from Mississippi. This is a group of men who have a strong, seasoned sound and who present original songs as well as Southern favorites. Good music done well will appeal to a wide audience and this is a quartet that has found their listener demographics expanding over the two years that they have been in ministry. Bros.4 have two projects filled with new and older songs and will be heading into the studio soon to work on a new CD.

Bros. 4

Bros. 4

Bros.4, it’s time to for you to answer the SGN Scoops’ Fast Five!

SGN: Tell us all about Bros. 4 (pronounced Brothers 4). Who are the members and how long have you guys been together? etc.

B4: We all live in the central Mississippi area and are known for our energetic spirit and tight harmonies while proclaiming the love of Jesus through song.   Bros. 4 is rooted in traditional Southern Gospel, but we strive to bring a modern feel and sound. The group covers an array of Christian music styles that appeal to all audiences, young and old.



Our ministry started in March 2013 in an effort to give hope to the community of Hattiesburg, MS after a devastating F5 tornado ripped through the college town. With our first concerts in June and July, we began by agreeing to learn 12 to 15 songs for these events; however, as we began to choose songs and rehearse, God’s will took over and Bros. 4 was born.

Meet the Guys

Adam Dungey, from Clinton, MS, is the bass singer and manager. He is the nephew of Butch Owens (bass for the Blackwood Brothers Quartet) and cousin to Ian Owens (bass for Soul’d Out). Adam is also a third generation bass singer. In addition, he played drums and ran sound for many groups over his career, most notably, The Imperials.



Buddy Graves, from Byram, MS, sings the lead and grew up singing in school and church choirs. His love for Southern Gospel music extends back to his early childhood. He and his father, Jerry, are walking encyclopedias of Southern Gospel information. Buddy saw his dream of singing in a quartet come to fruition in 2001 when he was given the opportunity to sing with Mercy River Quartet and later with Strong River.

B4 9Brandon Wilson, from Laurel, MS, brings many talents to the group. He sings baritone and plays the piano, as well as handling the majority of the song arrangements. As a teenager, Brandon played piano, and later sang baritone with Mercy River Quartet. Brandon believes his calling is ministry, both through pastoring and singing God’s word.

Darryl Smith from Purvis, MS sings tenor and runs sound for the team. He previously sang with and owned the popular Mississippi trio, New Life, which eventually became a quartet. He is a true dedicated servant of the Lord, offering his time as a Christian leader, talent, and resources as blessings to others on a very regular basis.




SGN: When you guys are out on the road, what is your favorite place to eat?

B4: That is a very fun and challenging question when it comes our group. It’s usually a debate of which fast food restaurant are you in the mood for, or better yet, which one is open?! FYI: Buddy wishes we sang more in the New Orleans, LA area as he is a foodie!


Bros 4SGN: Tell us what God is doing in your ministry these days.

B4: We are humbled by the recent responses to our efforts. The enthusiastic reaction from both old and new worshippers, motivates us in our pursuit of sharing God’s message. He is the unfailing motivation for our dedication to be the best we can be as a ministry team. Our unique presentation, showcasing our true love for what we do and for each other, hopefully will change lives and provide hope.


Bros 4SGN: How can we purchase your product and find your upcoming dates?

B4: Our products are always available at an event or online at Worship dates can also be found on the website and at We would also like to encourage each of you to follow us on facebook (, Instagram (4bros4) and twitter (4bros4).


SGN: With 2015 approaching its close, what are some future goals for Bros.4?

B4 logoB4: Our goals are simple. We want to continue to participate in worship opportunities that hopefully enrich congregations, encourage Christians and inspire non-believers. In addition, we want to head back to the studio with new original material as well as some fresh takes on some familiar favorites.


Our thanks to Bros.4 for allowing us this glimpse into their ministry through the Fast Five. Visit their website to hear their music and be inspired. If you are in the Mississippi area, be sure to check their schedule and catch a concert with Bros.4. You are in for a terrific time of great Gospel music!

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2015 Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame Inductees

Written by Staff on October 14, 2015 – 1:24 pm -

SGMA-HallOfFame-HorizontalDuring the week of the National Quartet Convention, the Southern Gospel Music Association was pleased to induct two new members into the SGMA Hall of Fame.








ed_sprouse_obitOn Thursday, October 1st, James “Ed” Sprouse was posthumously inducted. He was born in Vernon, Alabama, September 20, 1923, and sang with many other quartets
before his call to join The Blue Ridge Quartet in 1950.  He sang tenor with them until he retired in 1965. He joined fellow members of The Blue Ridge Quartet who
are in the SGMA Hall of Fame, Elmo Fagg, Fred Daniel, Kenny Gates, Jim Hamil, George Younce and David Reece.  Mr. Sprouse passed away last year on September 21st one day after his 91st birthday. His son, Phil Sprouse, was present to accept the award and spoke of his father’s impact on his life.




hqdefaultOn Saturday, October 3rd, James Lewis “Big Lew” Garrison was also posthumously inducted. He was born in Carter County, Tennessee, on August 30, 1933. “Big Lew”,
as he was affectionately known, sang tenor with The Prophets Quartet from 1959 to 1971. He was known for his powerful falsetto voice, and how he closed each program
with “Just A Rose Will Do.”  He retired in 1971 to his hometown of Elizabethton, Tennessee. He suffered a stroke on August 28, 1994, and passed away one day after his 61st birthday on August 31, 1994.  He joined fellow members of the Prophets Quartet, Ed Hill, Jack Toney, “Smiling Joe” Roper, and Eddie Crook in the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall Of Fame. SGMA President, Arthur Rice, accepted the award in his honor.

There are now one-hundred, sixty-five members of the SGMA Hall of Fame, the pioneers of Southern Gospel music today. The SGMA museum is located inside Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and we need your support to help preserve it for future generations. For more information, visit us at


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Dean Adkins’ Gospel Music History: From Church to Touring

Written by Staff on September 9, 2015 – 11:35 am -

Cathedral Quartet standing Bobby Clark, Danny Koker, George Younce. Seated Glen Payne

Cathedral Quartet standing Bobby Clark, Danny Koker, George Younce. Seated Glen Payne

Some of the better-known quartets spent a number of years as the resident church group. Besides providing songs for the congregation, members of the groups also served as part of the church staff. Although there were a number of groups that started as church quartets, the Weatherfords, Cathedrals, Landmarks, Monitors and Toneys were among those who moved on to become well-known names on the Gospel circuit.

Toney Brothers back Bob and Kyer Toney, middle Alden and Jim Toney, front Bryan Jones

Toney Brothers back Bob and Kyer Toney, middle Alden and Jim Toney, front Bryan Jones

In the early 1950’s, the Weatherford Quartet were the resident group for WOWO radio in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. They also sang in churches and became acquainted with Rex Humbard who was preaching at Calvary Temple, in an old theater in Akron, Ohio. In 1953, WOWO decided to not use live music and as a result the Weatherfords had no radio contract. The Weatherfords joined Rex Humbard as the resident group for the Cathedral of Tomorrow, a new state-of-the-art facility.

Monitors Quartet back Standing: Ned Williman, Bill Nelson. Seated Warren Holmes, Horace Floyd and Don Ritter

Monitors Quartet back Standing: Ned Williman, Bill Nelson. Seated Warren Holmes, Horace Floyd and Don Ritter

One of the Weatherfords better-known alignments during this time consisted of Armond Morales, Earl Weatherford, Glen Payne, Bobby Clark and Danny Koker. The group also did some touring but Rex Humbard wanted a group that was active in the church. In 1963, three members of the Weatherfords: Danny Koker, Glen Payne and Bobby Clark, decided to stay and became the Cathedral Trio.
The Cathedral Trio performed at the Cathedral of Tomorrow and traveled with Rex Humbard. In 1964, they added George Younce and became a quartet. They continued as part of the Cathedral of Tomorrow staff until 1969. Although they were no longer a part of the Cathedral of Tomorrow, they kept the name Cathedral Quartet and maintained their home in Stow, Ohio. From this beginning, they ultimately became one of the best-known Southern Gospel groups.
The Landmark Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio was (and is) a church that utilizes many of the touring Southern Gospel groups. The pastor, Rev. John Rawlings, loved quartet music and so did his son, Carroll. The Landmark Quartet was formed as the church’s home group. Although members changed through the years, one of the better-known lineups consisted of Buddy Liles, Don Norman, Mack Evans, Lorne Matthews and Carroll Rawlings. This group also did some touring and recorded some quality albums.
​The Monitors Quartet was organized in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1957 by Horace Floyd, former member of the Swanee River Boys. He added Bill Nelson as lead, Ned Williman as baritone, Warren Holmes on bass and Din Ritter as pianist. The Monitors were affiliated with the Cadle Tabernacle, a large Christian church in Indianapolis, which seated over 10,000 people. The church also broadcast on WLW radio in Cincinnati and was heard in a multi-state area. The Monitors performed on radio seven days per week. The Monitors continued for several years before disbanding. The group was reformed as a part-time group around 1980 and consisted of Lem Kinslow, Bill Nelson, Hal Morrison, Ray Burdett (former Statesmen bass) and Jeff Stice.

imageAlden Toney sang tenor with the Blackwood Brothers from 1949 through 1951 and then took a job in the automotive industry in Detroit, Michigan. Alden’s brothers, Bob and Kyer were discharged from the Army in 1954. In 1955, brother Jim joined the others to form the Toney Brothers Quartet. Like other quartets that came after them, they became affiliated with a church, Gilead Baptist Church in suburban Allen Park. They began appearing on CKLW-TV in Windsor, Ontario, Canada as well. This group appeared on the first National Quartet Convention in 1957. When Alden retired in the early 1960s, he was replaced by Ron Booth Sr., father of Michael and Ronnie of the Booth Brothers.
The foundation of being associated with a church was manifested in the ministry and presentation in each of the aforementioned groups.

by Dean Adkins

First published by SGN Scoops in February 2015

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Performers Announced for 2016 Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing

Written by Staff on August 25, 2015 – 8:41 am -



Carthage, Tennessee (August 24, 2015) – Award winning Gospel duet Wilburn and Wilburn are excited to announce that this great annual event is expanding to three days, and the talent line up at the 2016 Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing is a great one. Joining Wilburn and Wilburn as well as Elaine Wilburn all three days, will be: The Inspirations, the McKameys and the Primitive Quartet.

Wilburn and Wilburn

Wilburn and Wilburn

Jonathan Wilburn says, “We have expanded our event to three days. This will allow our fans to plan a weekend trip to the beautiful middle Tennessee area. There are many things to do and see here in the area. Whether you love the good ole’ outdoors, maybe shopping, or camping, or whatever, there is an activity to fit you. More than anything else we have some of the finest artists in Southern Gospel Music that are planning on being with us.”

The event is held each year in Carthage Tennessee at the Smith County AG Center. Carthage is the home town for the Wilburn family.

The schedule for the 2016 Spring Sing at the AG center in Carthage TN is:

Friday April 29-7pm-The Inspirations, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn

Saturday April 30-7pm-The McKameys, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn

Sunday May 1-2:30pm-The Primitive QT, Wilburn and Wilburn, and Elaine Wilburn

The AG Center has 15 premium camp sites just steps from the main auditorium. There are plenty of state parks, hotels and restaurants close by. You will not want to miss this year in the hills with Wilburn and Wilburn at the annual Jackie Wilburn Memorial Spring Sing.

For more info or for a free brochure call 256-459-4769. The AG center is located at 159 AG Center Lane, South Carthage, Tennessee, 37030.

If you would like to interview Wilburn & Wilburn contact AG Publicity at .

To learn more about Wilburn and Wilburn go here  or on FaceBook at .

To book Wilburn and Wilburn contact Beckie Simmons at the Beckie Simmons Agency at or call 615-595-7500 .


About Wilburn & Wilburn

Wilburn & Wilburn, the Father – Son team of Jonathan and Jordan Wilburn are continuing the tradition for three generations. Jonathan spent the first 16 years of his Southern Gospel Music career singing with his family, the Wilburns, one of Gospel Music’s most beloved and respected families. In 1996 Jonathan would move to Gadsden, Alabama where he would anchor the lead position with Gold City for the next 12 years.

Adding a dimension to this group is Jonathan’s son Jordan. Feeling his call to sing Gospel music at a young age, it is a great match of Father and Son to create a great sound and an excitement that enhances any worship service.

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Written by Staff on August 21, 2015 – 1:42 pm -

Thomas Nalley

Thomas Nalley

–Gadsden, AL

Gold City proudly announces Thomas Nalley as their new tenor.  Thomas most recently sang with the LeFevre Quartet.  Group manager Daniel Riley says, “Chip Pullen, Chris West, Bryan Elliott and I are thrilled to have Thomas join our group.  We know him to be, first and most importantly, a man of God, a hard worker and a great voice to add to our team.  We welcome Thomas and his family to Gold City, and are exited about what God has in store for our future.”
Thomas says, “I’m thrilled to be with such a legendary group who still carries the standard of great quartet music.  The very first concert I ever went to was a Gold City concert.  That night I remember telling Jonathan Wilburn I thought I might like to sing full-time, and I asked him about how to go about pursuing it.  He directed me to the Singing News magazine!  So, to now have the opportunity to stand on stage with this group is like I’ve come full circle.   I know I have some big shoes to fill, following in the footsteps of some of the greatest tenors in gospel music who have sang with this group, like Brian Free and Jay Parrack to name just two.  I’m greatly honored and humbled that God would see fit for me to find a home here with Gold City.”  Thomas adds that he’s thankfully always been a Gold City fan, so he already knows most of their songs!
Gold City

Gold City

Daniel says the group is hard at work selecting songs for a much-anticipated new Gold City recording. “We’ve already met with our producer, Michael Sykes, and we are excited about making some new music for our fans.”  This project will be a follow-up to their highly acclaimed “Hymn Revival” project, of which their latest single, “Power of the Cross,” currently sits at Number 9 on the Singing News radio chart.

Thomas’ first date with Gold City will be Wednesday, August 26, at North Glencoe Baptist Church in Glencoe, AL.
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Thomas tells SGN Scoops on Friday: “I’m thrilled to be a part of Gold City! They have such an incredible heritage in Southern Gospel! I am absolutely humbled that God has opened this opportunity for me to continue to serve Him. The future for Gold City is bright and I’m honored to be a part of it!
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IMC Management Announces Plans For 2015 Christmas Jubilee Tour 

Written by Staff on August 20, 2015 – 1:52 pm -

Jubilee Christmas 2015

Jubilee Christmas 2015

Johnson City, TN – Following three straight years of tremendous success, IMC Management has announced plans for the 2015 Christmas Jubilee Tour. The Jubilee Tour features three of Southern Gospel Music’s most recognized artists, The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five. The 2015 Christmas Jubilee Tour will begin November 30 and feature 15 concerts, with stops for the first time is such Canadian provinces as Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. It has been two years since the Jubilee Christmas Tour made stops along the West Coast, and this year the event will return to Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California.

What began as a light-hearted lunch conversation between three friends, has become one of the most popular concert tours in Gospel Music. Managed and promoted exclusively by IMC Management, The Jubilee Tour brings three of the most popular names in Southern Gospel Music together for a unique and unforgettable concert experience. The event has proven to be very popular in cities across the North America, with sell-out concert attendance in numerous cities in recent years.
The evening allows each group to be featured during the first half of the program, then the second half brings the three groups together for a Jubilee spectacular filled with Christmas classics.  The unscripted and spontaneous format is both entertaining and inspirational, providing audiences with a most enjoyable, must-see evening.
The Jubilee Christmas Tour concerts feature material from the multiple Christmas Jubilee recordings and have delighted crowds throughout the Holiday season. Since that first year in 2012 when the Tour first kicked off, The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five have been uniting to bring Christmas cheer to Gospel music lovers throughout North America. This year promises to bring more Holiday cheer.
“We are very excited to take the Christmas Jubilee Tour into new territories and  back to the West Coast,” IMC President Landon Beene states. “In 2013, the Tour enjoyed multiple sold out events, which was a first for Southern Gospel Music in nearly a decade, so we know Gospel Music lovers on the West Coast will be excited that the Christmas Jubilee Tour is returning.”
IMC will partner with successful Canadian promoters, Wayne Dyck, Bill Griffin and Don Miller to bring the Christmas Jubilee Tour to Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia for the very first time.  “Western Canada’s Gospel Music fans are enjoying the growth of Quartet style, harmony driven music often referred to as Southern Gospel,” Canada’s Gospel Music Celebration, Inc President, Wayne Dyck, states. “Blooming Canadian groups and fans are encouraging full-time Gospel groups to come to Canada with their music, and we are delighted to play a part in bringing this very powerful Christmas presentation, featuring solid, traditional Christmas centered music to Western Canada. A full production presentation brings the rich meaning of Christmas with lighter moments and powerful traditional music, which is absolutely what this season of the year is all about. We are blessed and delighted to have this meaningful Christmas concert series come our way to give the Christmas season a strong presence in the Christians’ calendar.”
The Western Canadian Jubilee Christmas Tour will be featured on December 1 in Winnipeg, MB, December 2 in Regina SK, December 3 in Saskatoon SK, December 4in Edmonton, AB, December 5 in Calgary, AB and December 9 in Chilliwack, BC.
Tickets will go on sale for all US Dates beginning September 14, with a exclusive pre-sale to IMC and artists email subscribers on August 27.  Canadian dates are ON SALE NOW! Additional information, including the complete 2015 Christmas Jubilee Tour schedule is available at
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