Dale Shipley launches solo ministry

Former Perfect Heart lead singer Dale Shipley recently announced a solo ministry on Facebook:

I am now beginning to take some booking engagements. New CD and new website @ www.daleshipley.com. On the CONTACT page you can find links to contact Duane Garren who is doing my booking. You can also find a couple of songs from my new project on the STORE page.

For Southern Gospel newcomers who never saw Perfect Heart live, here’s a video of Shipley in action:

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Saturday News Roundup #155

Worth Knowing

  • Mansion Records is launching a bluegrass imprint, BlueGrass Valley Records. They will be working with the bluegrass artists Brad Davis, Detour, Nightflyer, Tammy Larson, and The Wilhites.
  • On Thursday, the Crist Family announced that Breana Crist was coming off the road. Here’s an in-depth farewell open letter to her fans.
  • Lynn’s Chronicles recently reviewed Dianne Wilkinson: The Life and Times of a Gospel Songwriter. (Thanks, Lynn!) The review is here; more information on the book is here.

Worth Watching

There are too many good videos worth watching this week to only feature one! Here’s a first look at Randy Byrd with the LeFevre Quartet.

(Here’s a second video featuring new tenor Thomas Nally.)

Here’s a video of the Kingdom Heirs in the studio, working on their spring release Redeeming the Time, and having fun in between takes.

Finally, this Perfect Heart video has been making the rounds this week. Tenor Garry Sheppard sings bass, bass singer Mike Presnell sings lead, and pianist Jeff Stice singing tenor with Perfect Heart. Even though the spotlight is on Garry, since Jeff is the one on the scene today, definitely don’t miss Jeff’s high ending! Another point of interest is that Joseph Smith, who would eventually move on to the Booth Brothers and then the Mark Trammell Trio, is singing baritone. 

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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Saturday News Roundup #84

Worth Knowing

  • Signature Sound performed the National Anthem before a NASCAR race last year. It got a strong response—so strong that they’re being invited back. They will sing “I Pledge My Allegiance” and the National Anthem at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 4.
  • While we may talk about Wal-Mart’s domination—and eating up small businesses—in other fields, that’s not the case in music. It threw in the towel this week, announcing that it will be closing the MP3 download section of its online store.
  • Jeff Easter’s mother, Mary Louise Sechrist, passed away last Sunday, August 7. She was 76.
  • Congratulations to SoGospel Back Row’s Steve Eaton on his one-year anniversary as a Southern Gospel blogger!

Worth Watching

Here’s a blast from the past—the early ’90s Perfect Heart singing “In the Sweet Forever”:

Danny Funderburk is singing tenor here, and Jeff Stice is on piano. Other members in this particular lineup are, if I’m not mistaken, Dale Shipley on lead, Mark Lanier on baritone, and Mike Presnell on bass.

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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Matt Felts joins Perfect Heart

Perfect Heart

Mike Presnell, bass singer for Perfect Heart during their glory days, in the early to mid 1990s, recently brought the group back. The group announced yesterday that they have hired Matt Felts, who has sung with Monument Quartet, the Skyline Boys, and Cross 4 Crowns, as their new tenor. “Matt has proven himself to be a premier talent in Southern Gospel but more importantly his deep desire to see God’s kingdom grow line up perfectly with our group’s main goal,” Presnell said.

Felts said that it was an “incredible honor” to join Perfect Heart: “They were the very first live concert I ever attended and I’ve always been a fan of Mike’s. Though they have a rich tradition, I am more excited about all that God has in store for us.”

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Perfect Heart returns

Perfect Heart bass singer Mike Presnell has secured the rights to bring the group back. The new lineup will feature Wesley Anders (tenor), Jimmy Dunn (lead), and Tommy Smith (baritone).

Based on the sound clips at their website, www.perfectheartqt.com, it looks like they have a decent sound and will be a good addition to the group’s tradition.

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