By Lorraine Walker
Jubilee means ‘celebration’ and that’s exactly what we had when the Jubilee singers came to Hamilton, Ontario on December 5, 2014. IMC brought the Jubilee Christmas with Greater Vision, Legacy Five and the Booth Brothers all the way to Canada and the audience couldn’t have been any more grateful. Over a thousand people filled Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, where they were delighted to see a platform full of lit Christmas trees, ready to host this special musical celebration.
Having traveled many hours through the night to reach their destination, Landon Beene of IMC said, “It’s been a wonderful trip. We’ve had great weather and great ticket sales. A lot of people are excited about this tour. It was a breeze through the border last night, so as the Road Manager, that makes me really happy! We’ll see how it goes tonight on our way back through.” He added, “This is the first time that we’ve ever presented one of the Christmas Jubilee programs in Canada. We are sold out tonight, so I think the people are excited about the guys being here.”
The crowd certainly was eager as the ticket holders burst through the doors to find their seats. The decorated foyer was filled with the colors of the season and the merchandise of the artists. Preparing for the evening, Scott Fowler of Legacy Five remarked: “It’s good to be back in Canada. We always look forward to coming here and the Canadian folks are fun to sing to, so we are glad to be back. This is our last tour of the year and we are doing 12 Christmas shows in 12 days, so we call it the 12 days of Christmas. The Christmas Tour is the highlight of our year.”
The artists were as energized as the audience as they filed on stage for the opening number. What a delight to hear 10 voices in four-part harmony fill the sanctuary with the opening notes of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” along with a huge quartet-ending. Following this, Chris Allman of Greater Vision entertained the crowd with “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.” Allman later remarked, “My favorite thing about the Jubilee is hanging out with the guys, of course. We love the shows and we love to see the people enjoy themselves. Tonight was a great crowd. If we can see them having fun, it’s a lot of fun for us. We have fun on the stage, just hanging out with the guys. It’s a really special experience.”
Everyone certainly did have fun during the course of the evening, with emcee Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision often playing the straight man to jokesters Scott Howard, Michael Booth and Rodney Griffin. One example was the “Twelve Days of A Gospel Singers’ Christmas,” where even Trey Ivey joined in the hijinks. Howard remarked, “It’s always fun when we get together with all our buddies from Greater Vision and Booth Brothers, our best friends out on the road. We always have a good time. I tell people that we are going to have fun and we just hope you do too! The Christmas stuff is fun to do and I think everyone enjoys Christmas music. We only do it one month a year but I think people would like it year-round. So we may extend this tour next year.” There were several hints of a tour extension and a return to Canada during the evening, but as we know, a lot can change in a year!
One group who is dealing with change is the Booth Brothers, who sang the Evie Karrlson classic, “Come On, Ring Those Bells!” Jim Brady, who is leaving the Brothers to form his own group, the Jim Brady Trio, in the New Year, blessed the crowd with leading the Booths in “It Came To Pass,” written by Gerald Wolfe. Ronnie Booth showed his ‘crooner’ side by smoothly singing about “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire.” The addition of Rodney on saxophone was a surprise to the crowd and one of the many laugh-out-loud moments of the evening.
Legacy Five sang such Christmas favorites as, “I’d Sure Like To Go To Grandma’s House For Christmas,” and “Christmas With A Capital C.” Their pianist, Trey Ivey showed his prowess on “Here Comes Santa Clause,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and this writer’s personal favorite, “O Holy Night,” on which Legacy Five lent their vocals to bring the carol to a powerful, worshipful end. Bass singer Matt Fouch had his work cut out, as he was the only bass on the platform. His rendition of “I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas” turned dreams into reality with more comedy from his fellow singers.
Several times during the evening, different members of the groups would join together to bring different songs, carols and comedy. Rodney Griffin stated later, “My favorite part is how the three groups kind of forget their identities as individual groups. As Ronnie Booth explains it, when we get on this tour, the three groups become one. So there is no Greater Vision, Legacy Five and Booth Brothers. It’s just a team of 11 of us working toward the same goal. Right now we are hauling everything out together. A few moments ago we were greeting the people together and now we are hauling out Christmas trees together. We do as much as we can to make it a success together.”
From the big ballads to the acapella numbers to newer songs like, “It Will Always Be Christmas To Me,” as well as fun songs like “Hunting For Christmas,” the men kept the audience on the edge of their seats. Wolfe led the crowd in the favorite carol, “Silent Night.” Later in the evening, Wolfe commented, “The best thing about the Jubilee is hearing the audience sing. They are better than we are! You heard it tonight: “Silent Night”…that’s my favorite part of the whole evening.” He added, “I would do it all year. I just love this kind of music, I love the guys and it’s a lot of fun. It’s different every night because our memories [of how it was done the night before] aren’t that good!”
At the end of the second half, Ronnie Booth opened up the Bible to Luke 2 and reverently began the Christmas story. Scott Fowler followed this with “Welcome To Our World,” beautifully sung as only he can do. The men then sang the energizing, “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” and the lovely, “Christmas Benediction.” Ronnie said later, “My favorite part is the Benediction and the arrangement of that particular one by Larry Goss. That is my favorite of all the songs we do. The other one is the one we sing called, “The Right Time,” written by Mosie Lister. It says so much in such a little space. Obviously there is a lot of fun and people need that, but we are not here just to have fun, we also get very serious at the end, presenting Christ and the Gospel.”
Matt Fouch agreed with Ronnie. “I enjoy the laughter, the fun stuff; but one of my favorite spots is coming to the very end when Gerald brings it all together and shares with everyone, ‘You know, we’ve talked about how the story began with Jesus, and that’s the season that we celebrate. But let me tell you the rest of the story…’ That’s the part I look forward to every night, because that is where we see the hope with His resurrection.”
Michael Booth, one of those who certainly kept up his part in the comedy routines said, “Selfishly, my favorite part is that it is an easy night for me because in our programs I do all the emceeing, for the most part and I’m singing on every song. So it is a very easy program for all of us because we share the load. I also just like being with the guys. We are all pretty good friends. People ask us if we are having as much fun or getting along as well as it looks we are, and we do. We will get up on each other’s buses tonight and ride across the border, then when it gets around 2:00 or 3:00am we will get in our own buses to sleep.”
Many thanks to IMC and Greater Vision, Legacy Five and The Booth Brothers for presenting a beautiful, professional program, suitable for all those who enjoy Christmas music. If they come near your area, be sure you attend and bring an unsaved friend. The music will thrill them, the comedy engage them, and the presentation of the Gospel will bring them closer to the Christ of Christmas. Special thanks as well to Landon Beene, Brian Hutson, the Jubilee crew and the staff and ushers of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, Hamilton, Ontario. We certainly had a Celebration of Christmas!
For more information, visit http://www.imcconcerts.com/tour
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Hendersonville, TN – March 14, 2014 Legacy Five’s new album, “Great Day” , is set to release on March 25th, 2014. The album has already garnered much fan attention when the group allowed the public to vote for the album cover photo. Nearly 2,500 votes were cast.
“After listening to some 200 songs, I am very confident that we have assembled a stellar collection of music… perhaps the best ever for Legacy Five. Combine that with the genius of Lari Goss and you are well on your way to a great recording. Add in five pretty great guys and what do you have? One amazing and “Great Day”….our brand new recording on Daywind Records,” beamed Scott Fowler of Legacy Five.
In celebration of the new CD Legacy Five is giving away a free download for the song “Christ Is Still King” before the album releases. The first 1,000 fans to email email@example.com will receive the free download.
Ed Leonard, President of Daywind Records states, “Scott Fowler and the guys have recorded a fantastic album. This is their best one yet.”
Legacy Five has enjoyed more success in their short career than many groups experience in decades. They have been nominated for some 75 Singing News fan awards. The Southern Gospel Music Association honored Legacy Five with Recording of the year and they have had 2 Dove Award nominations.
The rich four and five-part harmony that Legacy Five has become noted for are the result of a masterful weaving together of five unique and versatile talents. Matt Fouch sings the bass, Scott Howard sings the baritone, Scott Fowler sings the Lead, Gus Gaches sings the tenor and Trey Ivey is the group’s pianist.
Legacy Five is on Daywind Records along with such artists as Greater Vision, Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck and New River, the Browders and more. Daywind is distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors (www.newdaychristian.com) and to the general market by Select O Hits.
For more information on Legacy Five, visit www.legacyfive.com.
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For the first time ever, five alumni members of the Cathedrals have reunited to present a special project featuring all-new recordings of some of the most loved and biggest hits of their career. In this once-in-a-lifetime compact disc, Scott Fowler, Ernie Haase, Mark Trammell, Danny Funderburk and Gerald Wolfe blend their voices together re-creating that classic Cathedral sound.
Distributed by Provident Distribution, this historic recording is presented through a special partnership with IMC Management and StowTown Records. Landon Beene (IMC Management) states: “You’re going to LOVE this project! I loved the Cathedrals – they’re the group that made me love this great, gospel music! To hear these five men come together and sing these songs is absolutely thrilling!’
1. Blood Washed Band
2. We Shall Be Caught Up
3. Wedding Music
4. We’ll Work
5. O Come Along
6. I’ve Read The Back of the Book
8. Can He, Could He, Would He
9. Oh, What A Savior
10. He Made A Change
11. Somebody Touched Me
12. Search Me, O God
13. Champion of Love
To purchase the project on iTunes, click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cathedrals-family-reunion/id736896143
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Nashville, TN – Organizers of the Cathedrals Family Reunion event announced a very special contest today. The “Sing With Us” contest will give one special winner the chance of a lifetime – to sing onstage at the Cathedrals Family Reunion with Scott Fowler, Danny Funderburk, Ernie Haase, Mark Trammell and Gerald Wolfe.
“This is a very special contest,” shares Landon Beene (IMC Concerts) “and will give one special person the chance to sing onstage to honor the legacy of the Cathedrals, joining their voice with the five voices of former Cathedrals members.”
The contest, open to all voice parts (Lead, Baritone, Tenor and Bass), starts immediately and will end at Midnight CST on September 16, 2013. The winner will be announced on September 18, 2013.
CONTEST WINNER PACKAGE:
• 2 Roundtrip Tickets to Fort Worth TX from anywhere in the United States
• On-Site Premium Lodging
• Seating in the family section
• Passes for VIP Reception with artist during the event
• Sing one song on stage with the Cathedrals Family Reunion during the event
HOW TO ENTER:
Submit a video or MP3 of you singing a Cathedrals song by the following methods:
• Post a video to the Cathedrals Family Reunion Facebook page wall or post a link to Twitter using #SingWithUs
• Send an MP3 or video to CathedralsContest@gmail.com
Tickets for this special weekend are on sale now at www.CathedralsFamilyReunion.com.
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May 30, 2013 (NASHVILLE, TN) – Anticipation is high as tickets for the Cathedrals Family Reunion event are set to go on sale Monday, June 3, 2013. The two-day celebration of the iconic Cathedrals will be held November 8-9, 2013 at the MacGorman Performing Arts Center in Fort Worth, TX.
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We are proud of the May issue! In fact, it’s not even summer yet, but this issue sizzles! Aaron and Amanda Crabb spice up the cover, and their interview will most definitely melt hearts! Also in this issue, catch the latest from Red Roots, the Pine Ridge Boys, and Mark Bishop. Get the scoop on Devin McGlamery and also Greater Vision’s new music projects, and catch the Younger Perspective with Adam Brown. Get to know Christian Country’s rising star, Abby Paskvan, and the West Coast’s Keepers of the Faith. You heard the news about the upcoming Cathedral Reunion, but get the inside scoop from Ernie Haase, Mark Trammel and Scott Fowler. Dr Jeff Steele delivers a word of encouragement, Lou Hildreth honors Tim Riley and Jeff Hawes honors his mom. Catch up on the latest Creekside Gospel Music Convention plans, see who made the top ten list for Diamond Awards and see what songs are topping the charts. As always….digital, free and good! The scoop is nestled inside a beautiful magazine and is now available in in two formats. You choose- PDF or flip-style and please share with friends, family and fans.
Tags: Aaron and Amanda Crabb, Adam Brown, Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Devin McGlamery, Dixie Phillips, Dr. Jeff Steele, Erin Stevenson, Ernie Haase, Greater Vision, jeff hawes, Keepers of the Faith, Lorraine Walker, Lou Hildreth, Mark Trammel, Red Roots, Rhonda Frye, Sandi Duncan Clark, Scott Fowler, southern gospel, southern gospel concerts, Southern Gospel News, the Pine Ridge Boys, Tim Riley
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Nashville TN – (May 4, 2012) Landon Beene of IMC Management and Concerts has officially announced that theGospel Music Celebration™ Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean is SOLD OUT! Organizers have opened a waiting list for the cruise which is set for January 19-26, 2013.
“We are thrilled and can’t wait to head out on the ship with all our friends who have signed up to join us,” Landon Beene said. “We’ve built a different cruise model with a limited slot of artists so that music lovers get to hear more of their favorites and get more interaction with those artists. Our cruise is designed to be a “celebration” on sea, a chance to enjoy each other. I feel like this is the primary reason our first time Caribbean destination has sold out so quickly. This fact, added with a 5-Star first class cruise line, makes for a GREAT combination. Our passengers LOVE the fact we are on a conservative cruiseline such as Holland America and when they leave our cruise they’re already on the phone inviting friends to come back with them on a future trip! That is exciting!”
Artist Scott Fowler of Legacy Five commented: “I have been singing gospel music for 23 years and have probably been on around 35 cruises in that time. IMC and Inspiration Cruises consistently give exceptional service at a great value and put us on the best luxury vessels in the fleet. They present THE BEST that gospel music has to offer and put together unique programming on board. When you add it all up, the choice is clear – if you want the best Gospel Music Cruise experience anywhere, IMC Gospel Music Celebration™ Cruises are IT!”
On each cruise, guests enjoy intimate times of relationship building with the artists, chapel and testimony services, The “Not-So-Newlywed” Game featuring artists and their spouses, Hymn Sings, Sunday Morning Church services and of course, nightly concerts.
Although this Caribbean Cruise itinerary is SOLD OUT, a waiting list has been opened and cruise bookings are now being accepted for the ALASKAN Gospel Music Celebration™ Cruise from July 14-21, 2013 embarking from Seattle, WA. The Alaskan cruise will feature The Booth Brothers, The Collingsworth Family, Legacy Five, Ken Davis, Liberty Quartet, TaRanda Greene, Freedom Singers and more.
Photo: L-R: Scott Fowler, Landon Beene, Michael Booth, Phillip Collingsworth, Eric Bennett, and Gerald Wolfe
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“This will be Legacy Five’s first ever concept video. Our music and our mission have always been about bringing hope and encouragement to every ear that would hear our music. We have been blessed with some great friends who support us and love us and we are excited that some of them will be able to enjoy this music video experience with us.” said Scott Fowler.
L5 is seeking extras of all ages for a church congregation scene. Film date is March 12. “Ask Me Why” can be heard on their latest project A Wonderful Life. Fans can also find out more about the project on L5’s Facebook page by searching for Friends of Legacy Five.
If you would like to participate or would like more information, send the following information to Brittany Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org:
How you became an L5 fan:
For more information about Legacy Five, visit
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Hendersonville, TN (November 3, 2011) –Daywind Records artist, Legacy Five, is excited to announce the release of their newest album, entitled A Wonderful Life. The project is the first to feature new pianist, Trey Ivey, and is now available at retail.
A Wonderful Life, produced by Steve Mauldin, includes 12 songs from the pen of songwriters such as the Booth Brothers’ Jim Brady, Dianne Wilkinson, Marty Funderburk, and Kenna West. The first radio single, “Ask Me Why,” arrived at radio stations in September and received a great response from audiences at the National Quartet Convention.
Scott Fowler of Legacy Five shares, “We spent a lot of hours listening to songs trying to find exactly the right material for this recording. We feel like A Wonderful Life is as good as it gets!”
A Wonderful LIfe is available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other outlets. Bulk purchasing for gift and ministry purposes is available by calling 1-800-635-9581.
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. In addition to Legacy Five, Daywind is home to such great artists as the Perrys and Booth Brothers, among others.
For more information on Legacy Five, visit legacyfive.com. For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com.
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