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GMA Canada announces nominees for 40th Annual Covenant Awards

Written by Staff on October 14, 2018 – 5:57 pm -

Canada's Double Portion nominated for several Covenant Awards

Canada’s Double Portion nominated for several Covenant Awards

The Gospel Music Association of Canada, begun in 1974, will present the 40th Annual Covenant Awards on January 24, 2019, at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The awards will be handed out in over 30 categories, during a ceremony featuring live performances from various nominees.

2018 Covenant AwardsSome of the nominees in the Southern gospel and Country gospel categories include:

GROUP OF THE YEAR: West Of Here, Manic Drive, The Color, Canada’s Double Portion, The Voyage

VIDEO OF THE YEAR: There Is More/Canada’s Double Portion, In My Lifetim/Jordan St.Cyr, Born For Greatness/Warren Dean Flandez Feat. KJ Apa, Hiding Place/Addition [Andrew Marcus], Let It Be Love
The Color, Road To Greatness/Caleb Bloomfield AKA Xempt, Something To Say/Andrew Abbott

Tom Roe, Covenant Awards nominee

Tom Roe, Covenant Awards multi-nominee

COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR: Heavenly Harvest/Rosemary Siemens, Billy Sprague & Joe Beck;  Voice Of Jesus/Tom Roe; Back To You/Michael Boucher, Jared Boucher, Nathan Boucher & Jordan Shew; Summertime, Summertime/Barbara Joy; Tornadoes/Michael Boucher, Jared Boucher, Nathan Boucher & Jordan Shew

SOUTHERN GOSPEL SONG OF THE YEAR: A Little Further Down The Line/Trevor Toews; Hands/ Christina Hemmerling, Debbie Hemmerling & Duncan A Hemmerling; Nothing But The Blood (Washes Over Me)/Barbara Joy & Robert Lowry (Public Domain); Voice Of Jesus/Tom Roe

Faithful by the Torchmen nominated for Covenant Award

Faithful by the Torchmen nominated for Covenant Award

COUNTRY / SOUTHERN GOSPEL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Good Things/The Proverbs;

Proverbs CD nominated for Covenant Award

Proverbs CD nominated for Covenant Award

Faithful/Torchmen Quartet; Back To You/Open Sky; There Is More/Canada’s Double Portion; Babies, Banjos & The Bible/Son Picked; Are You Ready/Tom Roe

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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.

 

Torchmen

Torchmen

“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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Mercy’s Well Special Guests on Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops on January 10, 2012 – 4:00 am -

The guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today are Mel Scarberry of Fair Haven Quartet, and the members of Mercy’s Well. The Feature Group is The Paul Family, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. Ken and Jean visit Christ Church, in Grove, OK, to hear Tribute Quartet sing. Jean reviews a new CD by The Tacketts, and the show features singing by The Torchmen and Forgiven Trio. The latest show is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.


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