The 2011 Southern Gospel Predictions Contest: The Results

Thank you for your patience with a second (tiebreaker) round and an additional day of waiting. Without further ado, we have our results! Here are your top 5 Southern Gospel predictions for 2011:

  1. TaRanda Greene will become a featured vocalist on the Gaither Homecoming tour. (Andrew S)
  2. The Kingdom Heirs’ new release in the spring with Jerry Martin on tenor will have at least two #1 hits on it. (J.C. Johnson)
  3. The Fan Awards will move back to NQC. (Garms Family)
  4. The Collingsworths will be featured on the cover of Singing News (Andrew S)
  5. Bill Gaither will retire from a full-time singing position with the GVB, continuing as emcee and “Mr. Homecoming,” but announce details of “Last World Tour.” (David Mac)

We also had five runners-up:

  • The Hinsons will do a reunion tour. (Andrew S)
  • Guy Penrod will release his much-anticipated follow-up solo release (and Daniel will refuse to listen to it because it’s not 100% gospel in content…at least he won’t ADMIT to listening to it) (Kyle)
  • The Collingsworth family will ink a deal with Lari Goss and begin work on a brand new project (NewSoGoFan)
  • Gold City will go ahead with their release of the Mike English cover of “Heaven,” only with Craig West featured, and it will be singled. (Kyle)
  • Taranda Greene restarts The Greenes. (Meagan)

The CDs offered as prizes will shortly be on the way to the winners. Thank you for participating!

And now, for once, instead of agreeing or disagreeing with me, here is your chance to agree or disagree with yourselves—or, I suppose more precisely, with each other. How accurate do you think these predictions will be? And did the most likely ones (or, perhaps, the most likely ones without being obvious or virtually guaranteed to happen) indeed rise to the top?

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The 2011 Southern Gospel Predictions Contest: Tiebreaker Poll

The results for the 2011 Southern Gospel Predictions Contest are in . . . sort of. The problem is, a flurry of last minute votes leaves a tie at every turn: There’s a two-way tie for first/second place (7 votes), a two-way tie for third/fourth place (5 votes), and a three-way tie for fifth/sixth/seventh place. The options are to either flip a coin or leave the decision in your hands; choosing the latter, here is a far simpler second-round tiebreaker ballot of your top seven choices:

This poll will be open for about 24 hours, until about 6 AM EST tomorrow. You may vote for any choice you like, and you may also enlist friends and family to cast votes.

My apologies to all contestants and voters who were expecting the contest to end this morning! Next year, if we do this again—and this has been so interesting that I am inclined to—let’s plan in advance on a two-ballot process.

Meanwhile, congratulations to the runners-up, in a three-way tie for eighth/ninth/tenth place:

  • Albums: The Collingsworth family will ink a deal with Lari Goss and begin work on a brand new project (NewSoGoFan)
  • Albums: Gold City will go ahead with their release of the Mike English cover of “Heaven,” only with Craig West featured, and it will be singled. (Kyle)
  • Group changes: Taranda Greene restarts The Greenes. (Meagan)
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Update: The 2011 Southern Gospel Predictions poll ends today

(UPDATE, 3 PM: We have had two reports of the poll not working for an individual. If it does not work for you, email your pick to editor@southerngospeljournal.com; one vote per email address. We will trust to the honor system that you have not otherwise cast your vote.)

The voting for the 2011 Southern Gospel Predictions contest ends today; cast your vote if you haven’t yet!

The poll ends right around midnight, give or take an hour (or more) depending on your time zone. The final results will be announced tomorrow; here are preliminary, incomplete numbers:

5 votes:
  • Gaither: TaRanda Greene will become a featured vocalist on the Gaither Homecoming tour. (Andrew S)
4 votes:
  • Gaither: Bill Gaither will retire from a full-time singing position with the GVB, continuing as emcee and “Mr. Homecoming,” but announce details of “Last World Tour.” (David Mac)
  • Group changes: The Hinsons will do a reunion tour. (Andrew S)
3 votes:
  • Miscellaneous: The Collingsworths will be featured on the cover of Singing News (Andrew S)
  • Albums: The Kingdom Heirs’ new release in the spring with Jerry Martin on tenor will have at least two #1 hits on it. (J.C. Johnson)
  • Albums: The Collingsworth family will ink a deal with Lari Goss and begin work on a brand new project (NewSoGoFan)
  • Singing News Fan Awards: The Fan Awards will move back to NQC. (Garms Family)
2 votes:
  • Albums: Sisters & the Booth Brothers will record an album together (the Brothers & Sisters idea). (Andrew S)
  • Albums: Gold City will go ahead with their release of the Mike English cover of “Heaven,” only with Craig West featured, and it will be singled. (Kyle)
  • Group changes: Ryan Seaton will form a new SG Quartet, release a top selling studio CD, and announce a 2012 tour schedule. (David Mac)
  • Group changes: Taranda Greene restarts The Greenes. (Meagan)
  • NQC: Bill Gaither will take a role in planning and strategizing for NQC. (Lee65)
1 vote:
  • Albums: The Inspirations will record a song that doesn’t fit their usual sound and it will be a major hit (think Kingsmen/Wish You Were Here). (Clarence Grigsby)
  • Albums: The Isaacs will record a tribute to Dottie Rambo project. (Meagan)
  • Albums: Guy Penrod will release his much-anticipated follow-up solo release (and Daniel will refuse to listen to it because it’s not 100% gospel in content…at least he won’t ADMIT to listening to it!) (Kyle)
  • Albums: Libbi Perry Stuffle will record a solo album. (Andrew S)
  • Gaither: Tim Riley will take over the bass slot with the GVB for at least one year. (David Mac)
  • Gaither: The Alaskan Homecoming/Majesty dvds (Gaither) will debut at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. (Andrew S)
  • Group changes: The Bishops will Re-Unite but Phil Cross will sing the baritone, (2 great song writers in the group, might compete with Greater Vision) (sourceofpower)
  • Group changes: Tim Riley, once retired, will join Mercy’s Mark for a few select dates
  • Group changes: Mike Hopper will sing full-time. (Andrew S)
  • Group changes: The Epleys will become a major group, except without Jon. (Samuel)
  • Group changes: The Talley Trio will become a quartet. (Meagan)
  • Group changes: The Dove Brothers go either partially or completely country. (Samuel)
  • Miscellaneous: Sheri Easter will write a book. (Meagan)
  • Miscellaneous: The Mark Trammell Quartet will join Legacy Five, Booth Brothers, and Greater Vision in “Jubilee.” (Garms Family was the first with this one)
  • NQC: At the NQC, another conservative politician will make an appearance. (The Gospel Stache)
  • Singing News Fan Awards: The Booth Brothers will not “sweep” their respective vocal parts for the Fan Awards (obviously, favorite bass not included). (The Gospel Stache)
  • Singing News Fan Awards: Amber Thompson will win Young Artist. (David)
  • Singing News Fan Awards: “Love Came Calling” will be the 2011 Song of the Year. (Andrew S)
  • Vague, obvious, tongue-in-cheek, or impossible to quantify: Southern Gospel Blog is gonna have a record number of readers/hits during 2011. (Robert York)
  • Vague, obvious, tongue-in-cheek, or impossible to quantify: Tim Greene will come back on the road for a limited schedule. (David)
  • Vague, obvious, tongue-in-cheek, or impossible to quantify: I predict that even more groups will adopt the super-produced sound of Lari Goss, and the sound will be very similar to so many others who have done it before. (Jim)
All other options have 0 votes.
Remember, these results are preliminary—if you haven’t voted yet, here’s your chance to change them!
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The 2011 Southern Gospel Predictions Contest: The Poll

What do you think will happen in our genre next year?

You submitted your nominations here. Now it’s time to cast your vote!

http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=9e803856-9988-4783-88da-3b8f2880f33f

Only one vote is permitted per person. If you really want to win—which is understandable, given these prizes—you may enlist family and friends to come over and vote for your / one of your predictions. Voting closes at midnight at the end of the day on Sunday; the results will be announced Monday morning.

From time to time over the next four days, I plan to comment here and offer an update on the vote totals; regrettably, this polling option does not permit live public stats.

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The 2011 Southern Gospel Predictions Contest: Nominations

What do you think will happen in Southern Gospel in 2011?

It’s been a few months, so it’s about time for another contest here.

Entry rules:

  • Submit as many predictions as you like.
  • Don’t submit a prediction that someone else has already submitted. Only the first entry of a given prediction will count.
  • It’s OK to email/message your friends to ask them to vote for your entries; just remember that if you do submit multiple entries, this might result in splitting your votes.
  • Don’t predict any specific lineup changes for groups. That would be like predicting that one of your co-workers would quit or get fired—even if you see it coming, some things are better left unsaid! (Speaking of this, I actually have one specific prediction in mind—that involves a group that has had a steady vocal lineup for most of my lifetime. I will refrain from posting it for this reason, but I have shared the prediction with several regular commenters here and can refer to them and to this somewhat vague reference if it comes to pass!)

Nominations will be open for about 48 hours; two days from now, Lord willing, I’ll close nominations and post a poll with either all eligible predictions or the best of the predictions, depending on how many submissions there are and any technological limitations of the polling software.

At least three CDs will be given away in prizes; five will be given away if there are more than 10 submissions. The three or five participants whose predictions receive the most votes will get their pick (in order, with the highest vote-getter picking first) from these CDs:

  • Kingdom Heirs, True to the Call
  • Bishops, Great Things
  • Legacy Five, Heroes of the Faith
  • Mark Bishop, Everyday
  • Kingsmen, Good Good God
  • NQC Live Vol. 9 DVD/CD
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Upcoming Contest, Next Tuesday

Next Tuesday, SouthernGospelBlog.com plans to launch a contest to see who can come up with the best and most interesting predictions concerning Southern Gospel and its assorted luminaries in 2011. So get your thinking caps on, and start thinking up some great ideas!

(But don’t post them yet! Entries posted now do not count!)

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The Thousand Comment Contest wraps up

A week ago today, I announced the thousand comment contest; if we got a thousand comments in a week, I would purchase the most active commenter a CD of his/her choosing. Even if we didn’t hit 1,000, the five most active commenters would get to pick from a stack of duplicate CDs I’ve accumulated over the last few months.

We didn’t quite make 1,000—we had 822—but that number is close enough to suggest that 1,000 is easily within reach if we do this contest again. (In case anyone was wondering, I ended up deciding to count all comments, even a few duplicates, because we were under 1,000.) And the top 5 winners still get great prizes!

Our top 5:

  1. New SoGo Fan (239 comments) – Simply unbelievable. Congratulations!
  2. David Mac (115 comments) – I guess I’ll be paying for postage to South Africa!
  3. Amy Rogers (79 comments)
  4. Nate Stainbrook (36 comments)
  5. Josh (28 comments)

I would have placed second with 169 comments.

An aside: This is post #1,800 on this site! It’s been a delight, and your participation is what’s kept me going. Thank you!

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The Thousand Comment Contest

When I find duplicate Southern Gospel recordings in my collection, I set them aside for the next contest. I’ve accumulated enough that it’s time for a new contest.

This one is pretty simple: The top 5 most active commenters on this site between now (7 AM ET on Monday, June 21) and a week from today (7 AM ET on Monday, June 28) will win one of the following prizes:

  • Booth Brothers, Declaration (CD)
  • Dave, Duane, and Neil (original Couriers), Changing World…Unchanging Christ…Changeless Sound (CD)
  • Various Artists, Sunday In the Country (CD) (Keith Urban, Trace Adkins, Diamond Rio, Josh Turner, Vince Gill etc.)
  • Hoppers, Never Thirst Again (tape plus mp3 if desired)
  • McKameys, With His Power (tape plus mp3 if desired)
  • Spencers, The Unseen Hand (tape plus mp3 if desired)
  • Spencers, I’d Like to Go Home Again (tape plus mp3 if desired)

So why is it called the Thousand Comment Contest? If this site receives more than 1,000 comments during these seven days, I will personally purchase the winner a single CD of their choice from Springside.com or CrossroadsMusic.com.

A thousand comments is easily attainable; we’ve had a number of weeks where there have been several hundred comments. Crunch the numbers: If just 20 people actively comment this week, it would only take 7.1 comments per person per day to reach 1,000 total.

Of course, make comments of some substance; comments that are completely off-topic, repetitive (copy and paste), or very short (fewer than 5 words) won’t count toward winners’ totals.

Comments on older posts count. Here are a number that could still prompt relevant discussion:

This site is a few posts away from 1,800 posts, so there should be plenty to talk about!

For anyone who may be obsessive enough to count how many comments someone else has, here’s the comment feed.

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We have a Winner!

It’s official. We’re going to stick with theme #5, the theme up right now.

I knew heading into this that I couldn’t hope for unanimity on any theme, but we came remarkably close on this one (only two dissents). A few more tweaks are probably in order—a logo is still in the works—but you are now definitely looking at the future of the site.

Thanks to everyone for the input on the different designs, and thank you also to those who prefer predictability (yes, you, John!) for your patience over the past week.

On to the future!

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Giving Away LPs

A friend recently gave me a stack of LPs, most of them Christian music of one sort or another. I have gone through and pulled out the ones I want; here are the rest.

If you would like one or more of these, and are willing to cover the cost of postage and have a PayPal account to do it electronically, comment below with a valid email address (so that following commenters can know which have been taken).

  • Jesu, Priceless Treasure (The Northwestern College Concert Choir)
  • Tenderly He Watches (Jerry Barnes)
  • The Stranger of Galilee (The Mennonite Choral Hour)
  • Gloria in Person (Gloria Roe)
  • How Great Thou Art (Bill Carle)
  • In Grace Remember Me (Eddie & Beverly Dunn)
  • Paul’s Hymn of Love (C.L. Franklin)
  • Hymns (Johnny Desmond)
  • A Morning Without Clouds (Jeanne Odell and Dolores Van Der Puy)
  • Good Old Gospel Singing (Children’s Bible Hour Cousins)
  • Songs of Faith (Dee Dee Sharp)
  • Let Everybody Sing (Revivaltime Radio Choir)
  • Favorite Hymns of John Charles Thomas
  • Sings Gospel (Roy Clark)
  • Sing (The Merediths)
  • There’s a Season (Martie Swan)
  • Golden Hymns (Jimmy Graham and the Abbey Choir)
  • Signs for the Harvest (Signs for the Harvest Singers)
  • 8 Exciting Stories from the Bible
  • The King’s Chords (Friends Bible College and Academy)
  • A Miracle of Love (Jean Smith, Dennis Johnson)
  • On Country Roads (Oral Roberts)
  • Seven Years Before the Mike (The Mariners with Arthur Godfrey)
  • Yours…and His (Thurlow Spurr)
  • He’s Alive (Jerry Titus)
  • Joy To The World (The Lordsmen Quartet)
  • Great Sacred Songs (Connie Smith)
  • Blessed Assurance (Claude Rhea)
  • Faith Secrets (Lillian Waters)
  • Sunday Mornings with Charlie Pride
  • Gospel Sing (The Masters Family)
  • Sing the Old and the New (The Jubilee Three)
  • When the Saviour Reached Down (Betty Jean Nims, LaBelle Murtha)
  • Born to Die that I Might Live (Frank M. Harrison)
  • The Baylor University Chapel Choir Directed by Euell Porter
  • God’s Everlasting Grace (David & Becky Gray)
  • Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (Larry LaDonna Julie Joy)
  • Jesus Use Me (The Dailey Trio)
  • When Heaven is Home (Dr. Louis H. Evans)
  • Hymns and Gospel Songs Sung in Spanish (Ray Robles)
  • Sing for Joy (Mike Follin)
  • Hawaiians (Hawaiians)
  • Messages in Melody (Lowell Leistner)
  • Virgil Warrens plays the Marimba & Xylophone
  • He Walks With Thee (Red Foley)
  • Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled (Flo Price)
  • Piano Solos (Rudy Atwood)
  • Marimba and Vibraharp (Jack Conner)
  • How Great Thou Art (David Clysdedale)
  • Love Explosions (Karen Voegtlin)
  • Adam Again (Michael Omartian)
  • Held Accountable (Joe English)
  • Caught in the Crossfire (Limpic & Rayburn)
  • Undying Love (Ben Markley)
  • lost & found (Bill Robinson)
  • Billy Graham Crusade in Miniature

Don’t procrastinate, since I will be packing the remaining titles tonight to drop off at Goodwill tomorrow.

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