The Kingsmen and the Chandlers featured in the April 2019 SGNScoops edition of Randall Reviews It, by Randall Hamm
April showers bring May flowers and also bring new gospel releases. This month brings only two, but they are dandies. One is a pre-release review of the new Kingsmen CD â€œVictory Shout,â€ and the other is a new album, â€œSeasons,â€ from an up-and-coming family group, the Chandlers.
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2019 Horizon Records
Songs: â€œRunning To Winâ€ (Sandy Knight BMI); â€œJust Climbâ€ (Karen Gillespie-Adina Bowman-Gene Ezell BMI); â€œIâ€™ve Ever Been Gladâ€ (Regina Walden BMI); â€œVictory Shoutâ€ (Kenna Turner West – Jason Cox BMI); â€œDear Johnâ€ (Jason Cox – Joseph Habedank – Kenna Turner West BMI); â€œIt Still Changes Meâ€ (Chris Binion – Matthew Lawson BMI); â€œKing Of Kingsâ€ (Rebecca J Peck – Dianne Wilkinson BMI); â€œProdigal Sonâ€ (Larry W Gatlin BMI); â€œYouâ€™ll Move Mountains For Meâ€ (Karen Gillespie – Rachel McCutcheon BMI); â€œThatâ€™s Where Youâ€™ll Find Meâ€ (Kenna Turner West – Jason Cox BMI)
Itâ€™s been two years since the Kingsmen released â€œThey Donâ€™t Know,â€ and since then three quarters of the quartet has changed. Josh Horrell who had replaced tenor Chris Jenkins, has now gone and has been replaced once again by Chris Jenkins. Bob Sellers, lead, left to start a solo ministry and is singing select dates with the Old Time Preachers Quartet. Randy Crawford, baritone, resigned due to health reasons. In Bob and Randyâ€™s place, the quartet welcomed new baritone Alan Kendall and lead Chris Bryant.
Songs from established songwriters such as Sandy Knight, Â Kenna Turner West and Dianne Wilkinson, and newcomers Karen Gillespie and Rachel McCutcheon, make this Kingsmen album a must listen.
The album opens with a mid tempo Sandy Knight composition â€œRunning To Win,â€ that will make you want to keep in the race. â€œJust Climb,â€ slows down the pace to feature what could be a single down the road. â€œIâ€™ve Ever Been Glad,â€ features Kingsmen bass Ray Dean Reese and he sings the fire out of it. â€œVictory Shout,â€ is the first single pulled and is off to a fine start.
One of the highlights of the CD is the re-recording of the â€œProdigal Son,â€ that was first recorded in 1980 for their â€œChartbreakersâ€ LP. Listening to the new version and the original, Ray has not lost a step or a note. This, I hope, will become a single; itâ€™s so good.
Some strong songs and some strong singing from a new batch of Kingsmen will thrill longtime fans, and make fans of folks who may not have been fans before now. Visit the Kingsmen at facebook.com/kingsmenquartet/ and get a copy of â€œVictory Shoutâ€ when itâ€™s released and request â€œVictory Shoutâ€ at your local Gospel radio station.
This CD is not available yet; it will be released on June 7th and will be well worth the wait.
Strongest Songs: â€œVictory Shout,â€ â€œProdigal Son,â€ â€œJust Climbâ€
Producer: Shane Roark
Executive Producers: Tim and Lana Chandler
2019 Upper Room Records
Songs: â€œAnchor Of My Soulâ€ (Jackie Jellison Nichols BMI); Â â€œHe Made A Wayâ€ (Tim Chandler BMI); â€œWho Would You Beâ€ (Tiffany Chandler Â BMI); â€œAll The Wayâ€ (Tim Chandler – Lana Jellison Chandler – Tiffany Chandler BMI); â€œI Donâ€™t Deserveâ€ (Tim Chandler BMI); â€œBetterâ€ (Tiffany Chandler BMI); â€œTurn Back To Jesusâ€ (Lana Jellison Chandler BMI); â€œGo Answer The Doorâ€ (Tim Chandler – Lana Jellison Chandler – Tiffany Chandler BMI); â€œSeasonsâ€ (Tim Chandler BMI); â€œMy Savior First of Allâ€ (Fanny J. Crosby PD)
The Chandlers are a family group based out of Greenfield, Tennessee. They are: mom, Lana Chandler; dad, Tim Chandler; and their daughters, Lyndsey and Â Tiffany Chandler. Many may know Lana as Lana Jellison of the group the Jellisons in the 80â€™s and 90â€™s. This group as such has been around a few years, but Tim and Lana have been around since 1992 as Tim and Lana Chandler, their daughters have joined the group in the last few years, and they are now known as the Chandlers.
I first became aware of the Chandlers in the early years of N.Q.C. at Pigeon Forge, seeing them at the showcase. They absolutely blew me away, and that same year they were signed by Chapel Valley, to the Upper Room Record division.
This is another great album the Chandlers have recorded with Chapel Valley. All songs but one are written by the Chandlers.
Great family harmony right off the bat with the first song â€œAnchor of My Soul,â€ that tells us that â€œthe one Iâ€™m serving, heâ€™s the â€˜Anchor of My Soul.â€™â€ Tim is featured on â€œHe Made A Way,â€ a bluesy number of the one who always makes the way.
â€œWho Would You Be,â€ asks the question: If I had lived in Christâ€™s time, who would I be? Lana is featured on â€œAll The Way,â€ and the sound that the Chandlers are known for, which is â€œget with it McGruders-style music,â€ is heard on this song, and thatâ€™s quite a compliment.
â€œBetterâ€ is my first choice for a radio single; upbeat and a wah-wah guitar make for a great retro sound. Itâ€™s catchy, plus has a great message to boot.
â€œTurn Back To Jesus,â€ â€œGo Answer The Door,â€ â€œSeasons,â€ and an a cappella reading of Fanny Crosbyâ€™s â€œMy Savior First of All,â€ close out the CD. Thereâ€™s nothing finer than when the Chandlers go a cappella. Their last release featured an a cappella version of â€œSoftly and Tenderlyâ€ with a new part, and that made it a fresh, new song that sparkled.
Since the passing of Priscilla and Carroll McGruder, I thought that the style of the McGruders would no longer be around. Boy, was I wrong. The Chandlers have a great anointing to carry on this style, both in their writing and singing.
Make sure, DJs, if youâ€™re looking for someone fresh to add to your playlist, may I recommend the Chandlers. If you as a fan of Southern gospel music are looking for someone new to discover, may I recommend the Chandlers.
Visit the Chandlers at facebook.com/TheChandlersMusic and get a copy of â€œSeasonsâ€ at thechandlersmusic.com/
Strongest Songs: â€œHe Made A Way,â€ â€œWho Would You Be,â€ â€œBetterâ€
Reviewed by Randall Hamm for April 2019 SGNScoops Magazine
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