The members of The Sojourner Quartet are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of February 5 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The McGuires, and Jean reviews new recordings by Ben Jam and Victory Trio. An article from Christian Voice magazine is the subject of this week’s News Notes. In the News this week is The Hinson Family, Allegiance Trio, SGMA and The Dixie Melody Boys. The show features exclusive concert video of Spoken 4 Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of 11th Hour, recorded in Ada, OK.
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Here’s the latest update from Tracy and Libbi.
Continue to pray for complete healing for Tracy!
We love you guys!
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Hendersonville, TN – Wilburn & Wilburn are proud to be the featured guests on an upcoming Sirius/XM radio broadcast. The hour-long program, which was recorded with a live studio audience at the Sirius/XM studios in Nashville, TN, features songs from their recent project, entitled Shoulders. The special will air on Saturday, February 27th, at 12pm EST on Sirius/XM radio. Additional broadcasts will be on Sunday, February 28th at 10pm EST, Tuesday, March 1st at 1pm EST and Wednesday, March 2nd at 6pm EST.
Shoulders, produced by Ben Isaacs, features ten songs, penned by accomplished writers such as Lee Black, Kenna West and Gerald Crabb; all of which are featured on the show. The first single from the project, “You Asked Him To Leave,” currently sits at #2 on the Singing News Charts for the month of April.
Shoulders is available at Christian retail stores across the country, online at daywind.com, 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 home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Legacy Five, Adam Crabb, Browders, Jim Brady Trio, Greater Vision, Joseph Habedank, The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, Bowling Family, Tribute, Nelons, Brian Free & Assurance, Blackwood Brothers Quartet and Wilburn & Wilburn. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Sony RED, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes.
For more information, visit www.daywindrecords.com
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From Brian Free & Assurance:Here it is!! A SNEAK PREVIEW of our upcoming album, “LIVE LIKE WE’RE REDEEMED.” It will be available at our concerts and on our website in February, and available at all major retail outlets (including iTunes) on March 15th
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For 53 years, the Pine Ridge Boys have sung quartet gospel music, a heritage that is rich in four part harmonies that are almost a lost art form.
After the success of STILL ENJOYING THE JOURNEY cd, the Pine Ridge Boys began selecting new music for a forthcoming cd. Larry Stewart, bass singer/ manager shares, “We have been looking for the perfect mix of songs with powerful lyrical messages and melodies. We went back to this song THE BLOOD STILL FLOWS written 25 years ago. The message is so powerful and has been exciting to sing in concert. The response has been exceptional. So much that we had to release the song before we finished the cd.”
Hey Y’all Media is handling the radio promotion in conjunction with the Pine Ridge Boys and Classic Artists Records. The immediate radio response has been well received.
2016 is off and running for the Pine Ridge Boys and the future is bright. Tour dates are being finalized that are taking the quartet into new areas. Radio response from conventional radio, satellite, internet, podcast programming and pay on demand is continuing to lay a solid foundation with gospel music fans, young and old alike.
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Vestal Goodman is a legend and an icon in Gospel music. Although she passed away on this date in 2003, she lives on in Ggaither videos and in the minds and hearts of Gospel music fans. The lady with a big voice, big hair and colorful flowing outfits, Vestal had a distinctive vocal styling that many tried to copy and few succeeded.
More than that, Mrs. Goodman had a heart that accepted everyone and a soul that loved to talk to her Heavenly Father. Anyone who had the honor of hearing her pray felt the power of the Holy Spirit and the brush of angel wings in the room.
Born on December 13, 1929, Vestal Freeman married Howard Goodman on November 7, 1949, joining the Happy Goodman Family and taking their sound to new heights. She won the Female Vocalist of The Year Dove Award in 1969, after which the Happy Goodman family went on to win many Grammy and Dove Awards.
Showcasing the vocals of the Queen of Gospel Music, is this video of Vestal Goodman singing, “In The Presence Of The King.”
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Weleetka, Oklahoma (October 16, 2015) Excitement is the best description for the Williamsons today as they have earned their first #1 on the Singing News Magazine Monthly Chart for the month of December 2015. [Editor’s note: The Williamsons also acheived Number One with “Shout” on the SGN Scoops Top 100 Chart for October 2015.]
Penned by Lee Black and Gina Boe, and sent to radio by Family Music Group,”Shout” is a joyous song taking you through history from Joshua to Gideon and on to the our King coming again. Something special happens when God’s people “Shout”.
The Williamsons have become one of the most polished mixed quartets in the entire Southern Gospel Music genre. Coming from their latest album Tell Somebody, this may not be the only #1 song you will see and hear from this dynamic young group.
Group manager Donnie Williamson stated, “What a blessing we have received with our first #1 song. This is certainly a group effort. I believe we have the greatest singers in the Gospel Music world with Karl Rice, Darin Hebert, and my wife Lisa. It’s also the hard work of Donna King who produced this song and Les Butler who did so well with radio promotions. Also a big thank you to the radio DJs who helped by playing this song. This is truly a blessing from the God we serve and sing about each week.”
If you would like to interview the Williamsons contact AG Publicity at email@example.com .
To book the Williamsons contact scheduling@thedominionagency.
The Williamsons began sharing the Gospel through music in 1998 as The Homesteaders Quartet. The dream of Donnie Williamson was to form a group to sing classic Gospel music on a limited basis. What he wanted to do never occurred. From the group’s onset their demand was overwhelming. Soon they were performing more than 100 dates a year. For the past several years The Williamsons have been in full time Christian ministry and entertainment and have traveled across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Their music has been in national charts and were they honored to be nominated to the Gospel Music Association for a Dove Award.
Their high energy musical style appeals to people of all ages. The versatility of The Williamsons is evident through the wide variety of musical styles they perform. There is always something for everyone. The marketing of their performances targets families and not just fans of any particular type of music. Spending an evening with The Williamsons is sure to be one that will lift you up, bless you, and entertain you all at the same time. Their primary desire is to share the Gospel in such a way that those in attendance who do not know Jesus Christ will come to know him before the program is over.
The Williamsons will be appearing at the 2015 Creekside Gospel Music Convention, November 2-5, Pigeon Forge TN at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Read more here and on the Facebook page. Get your free tickets HERE.
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It is not that unusual to find a teenager in a Southern Gospel group but in most cases it is a family group. A teenager in a male quartet is more of a rarity and a teenage bass singer is probably the rarest addition to a group. So it is a unique combination to find a teenage bass singer in one of the oldest SGM groups, but such is the case with the current group comprising the Gospel Harmony Boys.
In 1952 the Gospel Harmony Boys were founded in Huntington, WV by SGMA Hall of Fame member, Harold Lane. Since that time they have been recognized as one of the most musically sound groups in the genre. In their 63 years of ministry, they have only had five bass singers up to this point. I would like to introduce their sixth bass singer, Brandon Stone, a 17 year old high school senior.
1. Can you please provide some background information: family, education, church affiliation?
I am 17 years old and am a senior at Winfield High School. I was raised by a single Mom, and we live in Nitro, WV. We are a small family but very close. Along with Mom, my Nana (Marie Lamont), Pawpaw (Bill Lamont) and Uncle David (David Lamont) are my biggest support system and are always in the audience no matter what I am doing. I am a member of Teays Valley Baptist Church under the direction of my senior pastor, Dr. John D. Smith.
2. What was your early introduction to Southern Gospel music?
My maternal great-grandparents loved Gospel music. They had tons of the Gaither homecoming videos, always went to local Gospel sings and attended the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion for as many years as I can remember.
3. What is your musical background and influences?
Since I was a toddler, I have always loved music. I always told my mom I wanted to be a choir director when I grew up. I started playing the trumpet when I was 11 years old for Andrew Jackson Middle School. I continued through the years and still play the trumpet today in the Winfield High School marching band, concert band, show choir band and pep band. I started singing in our church’s youth choir when I was in middle school and sang my first solo in ninth grade at church. I also joined the adult choir at church when I entered high school.
4. When did you realize that singing was something you wanted to do?
I had never really put much thought into singing with a group like the Gospel Harmony Boys. I had no idea that I was qualified enough to sing for a Southern Gospel quartet. I was content on just singing at church. Now that the door has been opened for me to sing with the GHB, I realized that this was something I love and I hope to minister to people with gospel music for a long time.
5. How did you hear about the GHB opening? How was your audition?
I heard there was opening from Ron Peters, a man that attends my church. Ron works with Clacy Williams, and I guess one day he showed Clacy a YouTube video of me singing. The next thing I knew, I was getting a call from Clacy himself. The audition wasn’t that bad, other than the fact that I was extremely nervous. The guys were kind, helpful, and encouraging. I guess it went well since I am still here.
6. How do you balance school, GHB activities and church?
The good thing about GHB is that most of our endeavors are on the weekends, so it doesn’t affect my school time. While I sometimes have to miss service at my own church to be at an event or practice, I think of it as me working with my own ministry. Balancing it all hasn’t really been that challenging so far.
7. Favorites – school subject, movie, book, any hobbies?
My favorite things to do are probably what you would predict… but I honestly love to hear a good preacher in church, sing, play my trumpet, spend time with my friends and family and listen to gospel music.
8. What are your plans after high school?
After high school, I plan to attend Andersonville Theological Seminary. God called me to preach in July, 2013 so I will further my education to go into the ministry. I plan to serve at my church and sing with the Gospel Harmony Boys while taking classes.
9. How are the GHB guys treating you?
The Gospel Harmony Boys are the classiest, most respectable, fun, helpful, and friendly group of people I have ever been around. I was worried about being the new young guy, but from the first day, all three of the men have taken me under their wings and made this experience awesome. I have only sung in a few concerts so far, but I am having the time of my life and am honored to be singing with role models that put Christ first in their lives. They are a great example to a young guy like me just getting started. I could not be any happier, and I look forward to the future.
Clacy Williams, tenor and manager of the group had this to say about Brandon: “Brandon is an extremely talented young man who has the potential of becoming one of SGMs finest bass singers. He has a great attitude and it’s amazing how much quicker he learns, compared to the old codgers he’s adopted as comrades. Singing with Brandon is just good fun as well as watching him improve every program and every rehearsal.”
Clacy also adds, “We felt it was time to pay back and help a great young talent develop.”
by Dean Adkins
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First published by SGNScoops in March 2015.
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