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:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Friday News Roundup #214 (11) Gerald Wolfe: Mr. Hall still comes out to concerts in the Dallas-Ft.Worth area. He’s a gentle giant… and he still has a booming voice. Daniel J. Mount: I do hear of him performing with groups who come through his area from time to time. From the picture, it’s easy to see how he got the nickname “Big John” Hall!...
Singing News Fan Awards to return to NQC (15) Chris Henry: Man, this is great news! I’ve definitely been in the detractors seat for the last several years. The Fan Awards didn’t seem right somewhere or some other time than NQC. And... Daniel J. Mount: I couldn’t have said it better. Disagreements are perfectly fine; it’s how we disagree that matters.