Singing News announces Top 10 nominees for 2013 Fan Awards

Singing News announced the top 10 nominees for the 2013 Fan Awards yesterday afternoon. Among the most notable narratives to emerge this year are the emergence of the Old Paths and, carried over somewhat from last year, Tribute Quartet as new leaders in the genre. Also notable are the new names we see by Songwriter being split into two categories and Horizon Group category being broken into four.

Here’s a 2012/2013 comparison of all the categories (except for radio DJs):

Favorite Artist
2013: Collingsworth Family, Mark Trammell Qt, McKameys
2012: Hoppers, Inspirations, Legacy Five
Both: Booth Brothers, Brian Free & Assurance, Greater Vision, Kingdom Heirs, Ivan Parker, Perrys, Triumphant Quartet

Traditional Quartet
2013: Old Paths
2012: Blackwood Brothers
Both: Brian Free & Assurance, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gold City, Inspirations, Kingdom Heirs, Legacy Five, Mark Trammell Qt, Tribute Qt, Triumphant Qt

Mixed Group
(no change)
Both: Browns, Collingsworth Family, Crist Family, Diplomats, Hoppers, Isaacs, McKameys, Perrys, Talleys, Taylors

2013: Red Roots, Three Bridges
2012: HisSong, Pfeifers
Both: Booth Brothers, Bowling Family, Greater Vision, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Karen Peck & New River, Nelons, Sisters, Whisnants

2013: Michael Combs
2012: Janet Paschal
Both: Mark Bishop, Adam Crabb, Jason Crabb, TaRanda Greene, Marshall Hall, Ivan Parker, Squire Parsons, Guy Penrod, Charlotte Ritchie

Favorite Male Singer
2013: Eric Bennett, Guy Penrod
2012: Scott Fowler, Mark Trammell
Both: Michael Booth, Ronnie Booth, Jason Crabb, Brian Free, Joseph Habedank, Ivan Parker, Arthur Rice, Gerald Wolfe

Favorite Female Singer
2013: Connie Hopper
2012: Charlotte Ritchie
Both: Lauren Talley Alvey, Peg McKamey Bean, Sheri Easter, Karen Peck Gooch, TaRanda Greene, Kim Hopper, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Debra Talley, Susan Whisnant

Young Artist
2013: Daniel Ashmore (Old Paths), Michaela Brown, Olivia Collingsworth
2012: Adam Brown, Phil Collingsworth, Luke Vaught
Both: Riley Clark, Morgan Easter, Eli Fortner, Trey Ivey, Amber Thompson, Austin Whisnant, Jordan Wilburn

2013: Riley Harrison Clark, Jeremy Peace
2012: Ernie Haase, Jodi Hosterman
Both: Chris Allman, Michael Booth, Brian Free, Gus Gaches, Jerry Martin, David Phelps, Eric Phillips, David Sutton

2013: Nick Trammell
2012: Dustin Sweatman
Both: Ronnie Booth, Gary Casto, Scott Fowler, Joseph Habedank, Clayton Inman, David Ragan, Arthur Rice, Bill Shivers, Gerald Wolfe

2013: Mark Lowry
2012: Steve French
Both: Jim Brady, Jon Epley, Rodney Griffin, Scott Howard, Scott Inman, Derrick Selph, Josh Singletary, Mark Trammell, Bryan Walker

2013: Matt Fouch
2012: Glenn Dustin
Both: Pat Barker, Eric Bennett, Jeff Chapman, Anthony Davis, Mike Holcomb, Jeremy Lile, Ray Dean Reese, Tim Riley, Tracy Stuffle

2013: Kelly Bowling, Shelly Brown, Mary Jane Carter
2012: Jackie Crist, Kim Ruppe Lord, Jessica Trammell
Both: Lauren Talley Alvey, Brooklyn Collingsworth, Connie Fortner, Karen Peck Gooch, Kim Hopper, Amber Thompson, Sonya Isaacs Yeary

Both: Peg McKamey Bean, Kelly Nelon Clark, Courtney Collingsworth, Sheri Easter, Sheryl Farris, Connie Hopper, Susan Peck Jackson, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Debra Talley, Susan Whisnant

2013: Bryan Elliott, Matthew Holt
2012: Dennis Murphy, Stewart Varnado
Both: Kim Collingsworth, Roger Fortner, Trey Ivey, Gordon Mote, Josh Singletary, Jeff Stice, Andy Stringfield, Kevin Williams

Both: Dove Brothers, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, Inspirations, Isaacs, Jason Crabb Band, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Kingdom Heirs, McKameys, Primitive Quartet

2013: Sheryl Farris
2012: Dianne Wilkinson (but see non-performing songwriter; this category isn’t quite an apples-to-apples comparison)
Both: Mark Bishop, Jim Brady, Gerald Crabb, Phil Cross, Rodney Griffin, Joseph Habedank, Ronny Hinson, Scott Inman, Kyla Rowland

2013 artists represented: Perrys, Hoppers, Mark Trammell Quartet, Brian Free & Assurance, Gaither Vocal Band, Old Paths
2012 artists represented: Legacy Five, Inspirations, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Gold City, Triumphant Quartet, Kingdom Heirs
Both: Booth Brothers, McKameys, Greater Vision, Tribute Quartet

Non-Performing Songwriter
2013: Chris Binion, Lance Carpenter, Ricky Free, Marty Funderburk, Marcia Henry, Barbara Huffman, Joel Lindsey, Mosie Lister, Rebecca Peck, Dianne Wilkinson

New Traditional Quartet
2013: Canton Junction, Carolina Boys, Common Bond Qt, Keepers of the Faith, Old Paths, Paul’s Journey, Providence Qt, Rebels Qt, Sanctuary Qt, Union Street

New Mixed Group
2013: Allen Family, Bontrager Family, Harper Family, Heaven’s Mountain Band, Littles, Mylon Hayes Family, Southern Raised Bluegrass, Sneed Family, Taylors, Williamsons

New Trio
2013: 11th Hour, Barry Rowland & Deliverance, Beyond the Ashes, Declaration, Erwins, Freedom Trio, Hyssongs, Porter Family, Promise Trio, Red Roots

New Soloist
2013: Anita Davis, Bethany Ellis, Randall Garland, Chris Hester, Billy Hodges, Steve Ladd, Michael Lee, Tim Livingston, Abby Paskavan, Angela Primm

Song of the Year
2013 artists represented: Whisnants, Kingdom Heirs
2012 artists represented: Inspirations, Kingsmen, Karen Peck & New River, Gold City (12 nominees in 2012 due to three-way 10th-place tie)
Both: Tribute Quartet, Greater Vision, Perrys, Brian Free & Assurance, Legacy Five, Booth Brothers, McKameys, Triumphant Quartet

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Posts Worth Reading: Copyright Law Made Simple

ClearBox Rights is an Intellectual Property Management Company with a significant Southern Gospel presence. If you want to record a song from the publishing divisions of Daywind (Dianne Wilkinson, Kyla Rowland, Marty Funderburk, Ronny Hinson, Scotty Inman) or Crossroads (Sandy Knight, Mark Bishop, Daryl Williams), you would obtain your license from them and send them the royalties for distribution to writers and publishers.

Several months ago, they launched a blog that explains complex copyright issues in simple English. Several of these posts clear up common misconceptions and are worth taking a few minutes to read. “The Standard U.S. Mechanical License Ceiling is No Longer 9.1 Cents” explains that, although there are circumstances where you can get a compulsory license and pay the statutory rate, most of the time, a copyright owner could charge more than that if he or she wanted. (Most stick to 9.1 cents as a ceiling, some by choice, and some from a misunderstanding of the law.) 

Another post particularly worth reading is “How Long Does a Copyright Last?” After a multi-decade drought of songs not entering the public domain because their copyrights keep getting extended, it looks like we are about five years away from the point when some of the Southern Gospel convention songs dating back to the 1920s will start entering the public domain.

Finally, “Simple Complexity – Music Licensing in a Digital Age” explains the astonishing variety and complexity of various licensing types in today’s digital era.

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Sony’s Thoughts: Let Me Fall

Last evening, as I was getting ready for bed, I was listening to Kenny Hinson sing, “Let Me Fall.” As I listened and prayed and sang, the following prayer began to form.
Father, let me fall in love with You all over again. Until I learn to love You with everything in me–spirit, soul, mind and body–I can’t truly love anyone. Yet love is the greatest commandment. Without love, I am a sounding brass and tinkling cymbal. Just noise in the midst of what could be a beautiful orchestra. I want to produce beautiful music for You. I want to be a true friend and Sister to those You have put in my life. I want to walk so close to You that it is no longer I who live but You who lives in me speaking to those I encounter on a daily basis. Thank You, Father, for loving this poor girl who was in desperate need of salvation before You found me. Words cannot express my gratitude but I’m thankful that You can read the words of my heart. I love You so much!
Our relationship with God is the most important one we have. Focus is often put on human love and relationships but until we love God, we can’t truly love our Brothers and Sisters, husbands and wives, etc. No one on earth will ever love you near as much as God loves you.
As we approach 2013, this is my prayer. I want to fall in love with Jesus all over again. I want to remember how sweet it was when I first began to walk with Him, how strong the love was and the reassurance that I am His and He is mine. I want to consciously remember that He is by my side. As I go through each day, I am walking with Him. I’m so grateful that, when I reached out to take His extended hand long ago, He never let go. He has been and always will be faithful. Thank You, Lord!
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Spelling names correctly

Spend any significant amount of time reading Southern Gospel album/CD credits and liner notes, and you will quickly discover that our genre has had its fair share of poor spellers. Let’s clear up some of the most common misspellings:

  • Danny Funderburk – not Funderburke
  • Mike Holcomb – not Holcombe
  • Dianne Wilkinson – not Diane, not Wilkerson!
  • LeFevre – not LeFever (or worse)
  • James “Big Chief” Wetherington – not Weatherington
  • Lari Goss – not Larry Goss

Then there are a few that still puzzle me:

  • Ronnie Hinson or Ronny Hinson? I’ve been told that he prefers Ronny. But he was almost universally credited as Ronnie in 70s and 80s album credits—and his songs listed on BMI’s website are either credited to Ronald A Hinson or Ronnie Hinson.
  • Lee Roy Abernathy or LeeRoy Abernathy or Leroy Abernathy?

What are other misspelled names that you’ve seen often enough that significant confusion exists?

Studio Team

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Southern Gospel LP Swap #5

Some sites make it relatively easy to swap books and CDs. But I have yet to find something similar for Southern Gospel LPs. So I occasionally set aside a day and a post here for this.

We post the duplicates we have, and, optionally, the ones we seek. Since not all LPs have the same value, we indicate whether we would swap it for, say, 1, 2, or 3 others, rating a common LP as 1 and a rare one as 3. (If it’s worth more than 3, just sell it on eBay!)

Here are my current duplicates:

  • worth 1 – Anita Bryant - Love Lifted Me
  • worth 1 – Billy Graham - Billy Graham Crusade in Miniature (Cliff Barrows, George Beverly Shea, Myrtle Hall, The Kinsfolk)
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers - Bill Gaither Songs by the Blackwood Brothers
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers - Family Singing Time
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers - Following You
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers - Hits of the Century
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers - Hymns, featuring I Must Tell Jesus
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers - Hymns of Gold
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers - Jesus, Let Me Write You a Song
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers - Joy Comes in the Morning
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers - The Joy of Knowing Jesus
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers - Learning to Lean
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers - Lift Up the Name of Jesus
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers - Through the Years with the Blackwood Brothers Live!
  • worth 1 – Blackwood Brothers - We Come to Worship
  • worth 1 – Cristy Lane - Footprints
  • worth 1 – Cristy Lane - One Day at a Time
  • worth 1 – Dixie Echoes - Sing Songs of Faith
  • worth 1 – Downings - Great Gospel Songs
  • worth 1 – Downings - Singing From The Heart
  • worth 1 – Evie - Come On, Ring Those Bells
  • worth 1 – Florida Boys - Free Indeed
  • worth 1 – Florida Boys - From Then Till Now
  • worth 1 – Florida Boys - Sing Gospel Hits Vol. II
  • worth 1 – Kingsmen - Because of Him
  • worth 1 – Kingsmen - Give the World a Smile
  • worth 1 – Kingsmen - Suddenly There’s a Valley (worn and no cover)
  • worth 1 – Kingsmen - The Upper Window
  • worth 1 – Kingsmen - Your Ride’s On The Way
  • worth 1 – Nelons - Live! (as Rex Nelon Singers)
  • worth 1 – Oak Ridge Boys - At Their Best (worn and no cover)
  • worth 1 – Oak Ridge Boys - Go Out to the Program
  • worth 1 – Oak Ridge Boys - Sing Their Favorites
  • worth 1 – Rambos - Queen of Paradise
  • worth 1 – Rambos - Too Much to Gain to Lose and other Favorites
  • worth 1 – Reba Rambo -The Prodigal according to Reba
  • worth 1 – Henry & Hazel Slaughter - All in the Name of Jesus
  • worth 1 – Sons of Song - Something Old Something New
  • worth 1 – Statesmen - All Day Sing and Dinner On The Ground
  • worth 1 – Statesmen - Songs of Faith
  • worth 1 – Tennessee Ernie Ford - Faith of our Fathers
  • worth 1 – Tennessee Ernie Ford - The Folk Album
  • worth 1 – Tennessee Ernie Ford - Hymns
  • worth 1 – Tennessee Ernie Ford - Let Me Walk With Thee
  • worth 1 – Tennessee Ernie Ford - Spirituals
  • worth 1 – Tennessee Ernie Ford - Sweet Hour of Prayer
  • worth 1 – Truth - You Don’t Know What You’re Missing (two-LP set)
  • worth 1 – Lanny Wolfe Trio - Can’t Stop the Music (might as well be no cover, because it looks like a previous owner of the LP got really hungry and took big bites out of two corners of the cover! I promise it wasn’t me!)
  • worth 1 – Lanny Wolfe Trio - A Brand New Touch
  • worth 1 – Compilation - He Touched Me: The Greatest Gospel Hits Ever Recorded (two-LP set: Learning to Lean / Blackwood Brothers, Rise Again / Dallas Holm, I Want to be Ready / B.J. Thomas, Home Where I Belong / B.J. Thomas, Soon and Very Soon / Andraé Crouch, He Touched Me / Bill Gaither Trio, The King is Coming / Bill Gaither Trio, Because He Lives / Doug Oldham, Say I Do / Evie, Alleluia / Jana Wacker Chorus, Someone to Care / Jimmie Davis, This Ole House / Stuart Hamblen, The Rattlesnake Song / Wendy Bagwell, Peace in the Valley / Red Foley, He Looked Beyond My Fault / Dottie Rambo, Turn Your Radio On / Speer Family, What a Beautiful Day / Happy Goodmans, The Lighthouse / Hinsons, Jesus is Coming Soon / Oak Ridge Boys, One Day at a Time / Thrasher Brothers, When I Wake Up to Sleep No More / Thrasher Brothers)
Here’s what I’m looking for.
Anyone else interested in jumping in this month?
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Songs from Matthew

This is the fortieth entry in a series on Songs from the Books of the Bible.

Southern Gospel songs focus on many of the highest themes known to mankind—songs of Salvation, the Cross, the Resurrection, and eternity. But critics claim that they focus on these themes to the exclusion of other Biblical themes which are appropriate and perhaps necessary to address in song.

For how many chapters in Matthew can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • Matthew 2:1-12: We Three Kings (Gospel Singing Caravan, Gerald Wolfe, Nelons, Cathedrals)
  • Matthew 2:1-12: Little Star (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver)
  • Matthew 2:2: Beautiful Star of Bethlehem (Gaither Homecoming Friends, Cumberland Quartet, Homeland Quartet, Hoppers, Inspirations, Kingdom Heirs, Kingsmen, Kyla Rowland & Deliverance, Mark Trammell Trio, Mercy’s Well)
  • Matthew 2:2: New Star Shining (Dixie Echoes, Kingdom Heirs, Gaither Vocal Band)
  • Matthew 2:2: We Have Seen His Star (Martins)
  • Matthew 2:10: Rejoice with Exceeding Great Joy (Lanny Wolfe Trio, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Matthew 3: John the Baptist (Ball Brothers) (also Mark 1:4-11, Luke 3:1-22, John 1:6-37)
  • Matthew 3: John the Baptist (Couriers) (different song)
  • Matthew 3: John the Baptist (Reggie and Ladye Love Smith) (different song)
  • Matthew 3:3: Prepare the Way (The Harper Family)
  • Matthew 3:13-17: River of Jordan (Cathedrals, Dixie Echoes, Florida Boys, Jeff & Sheri Easter)
  • Matthew 3:13-17: John in the Jordan (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Jerry Salley with the Oak Ridge Boys)
  • Matthew 3:16: The Dove (Hoppers) (also Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22, John 1:32)
  • Matthew 4:1-11: I Won’t Trade My Crown (Down East Boys)
  • Matthew 4:4: Man Can’t Live by Bread Alone (Bill Gaither Trio)
  • Matthew 6:6: Come in the Prayer Room (Dixie Echoes)
  • Matthew 6:6: Secrets (McKameys)
  • Matthew 6:9-13: The Lord’s Prayer (Anthony Burger, Blackwood Brothers, Blackwood Quartet, Blue Ridge Quartet, Couriers, Danny Gaither, Dixie Echoes, Florida Boys, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Happy Goodmans, Jake Hess, Jeff Collins, Kim Collingsworth, The Martins, The Weatherfords, Talley Trio)
  • Matthew 6:19-21: Treasures Unseen (Florida Boys, Greater Vision, Beyond the Ashes)
  • Matthew 6:19-21: There’s a Treasure in Heaven (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver)
  • Matthew 6:19-21: Million Treasures in the Sky (Inspirations)
  • Matthew 6:19-21: Laying up Treasures (Downings)
  • Matthew 6:26-28: The Sparrows and the Lilies (Ruppes)
  • Matthew 6:26: Consider the Lilies (Hemphills, Blackwood Brothers, Blue Ridge Quartet, Cathedrals, Chris Allman, Florida Boys, Hemphills, McKameys, Spencers)
  • Matthew 6:33: God Doesn’t Think Like Me (McKameys)
  • Matthew 7:7-8: Ask, Seek, and Knock (Couriers) (also Luke 11:9-10)
  • Matthew 7:7-8: Just Ask (Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 7:7-8: If You’ll Just Ask Him (Soul’d Out Quartet)
  • Matthew 7:14: Long and Narrow Road (Speer Family)
  • Matthew 7:24-27: Built on the Rock (Talley Trio) (also Luke 6:47-49)
  • Matthew 7:24-27: Built on Amazing Grace (Florida Boys, Melody Masters Quartet)
  • Matthew 8:1-4: Sea Walker (Hinsons, Freemans, Kingdom Heirs, Statesmen)
  • Matthew 8:5-13: What’s That For a Healer (Barry Rowland & Deliverance)
  • Matthew 8:23-27: Master of the Sea (Kingsmen) (also Mark 4:37-41, Luke 8:22-25)
  • Matthew 8:23-27: He’ll Calm the Sea (Cumberland Quartet)
  • Matthew 8:23-27: That’s Him (Hoppers)
  • Matthew 8:23-27: Don’t Be Afraid (Cathedrals)
  • Matthew 9:17: New Wine (Gaither Vocal Band, Greater Vision, Promise) (also Mark 2:22, Luke 5:37-38)
  • Matthew 9:18-26: That’s When I Knew it Was Him (Kingsmen)
  • Matthew 9:20-22: Time of Healing (Harper Family) (also Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:43-48, John 5:2)
  • Matthew 9:20-22: Thread of Hope (Jeff & Sheri Easter)
  • Matthew 9:20-22: Touch the Hem (Gold City)
  • Matthew 9:20-22: Common Garments (Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 9:20-22: The Hem of His Garment (Perrys)
  • Matthew 9:37-38: The Harvest is Plenty (Perry Sisters) (also Luke 2)
  • Matthew 9:37-38: Steadfast on the Harvest (Cumberland Quartet)
  • Matthew 9:37-38: Unharvested Field (Happy Goodmans)
  • Matthew 9:37-38: The Harvest (Channing Eleton)
  • Matthew 9:37-38: The Harvest (Rambos) (different song)
  • Matthew 10:29: His Eye is on the Sparrow (Blackwood Brothers, Blue Ridge Quartet, Cumberland Quartet, Gaither Homecoming Friends, George Beverly Shea, Inspirations, Masters V)
  • Matthew 10:29: When I Remember the Sparrow (Florida Boys)
  • Matthew 10:29: When Sparrows Fall (Hope’s Call)
  • Matthew 10:29: I Can Trust Jesus (Collingsworth Family)
  • Matthew 11:28-30: Come Unto Me (practically everyone)
  • Matthew 11:3: Glorious Things He Has Done (The McKameys)
  • Matthew 13:31: Faith Like a Mustard Seed (Blue Ridge Quartet)
  • Matthew 13:31: Little Bitty Mustard Seed (Kingdom Heirs) (also Mark 4:31, Luke 17:6)
  • Matthew 14:13-21: Loaves and Fishes (Couriers) (also Mark 6:34-44, Luke 6:11-17, John 6:1-14)
  • Matthew 14:13-21: The Loaves and the Fishes (Blackwood Brothers)
  • Matthew 14:13-21: Oh, What Miracles God Can Do (McKameys)
  • Matthew 14:13-21: I’ve Prayed in the Dark Before (McKameys)
  • Matthew 14:17: Glorious Things He Has Done (The McKameys)
  • Matthew 14:22-33: Sea Walker (Hinsons, Freemans, Kingdom Heirs, Statesmen) (see John 6:15-21)
  • Matthew 14:22-33: He’ll Come Walking on Your Water (Crystal River)
  • Matthew 14:22-33: He Walked Upon the Water (Happy Goodmans)
  • Matthew 14:22-33: Try Walking on Water (Crabb Revival)
  • Matthew 14:22-33: Walk on the Water (Bill Gaither Trio)
  • Matthew 14:22-33: Walking on the Water (Crabb Family)
  • Matthew 14:22-33: Walking on the Water (Florida Boys) (different song)
  • Matthew 14:22-33: You can Walk on the Water (Cathedrals)
  • Matthew 14:22-33: He Calms Me (McKameys)
  • Matthew 14:22-33: Between Me and the Storm (Gold City)
  • Matthew 14:22-33: It’s Only Faith (Gold City)
  • Matthew 14:22-33: Who Needs a Boat (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Matthew 14:29: Under His Feet (The McKameys)
  • Matthew 15:27: Crumbs From the Table (Dixie Echoes, Florida Boys, Andrew Ishee, Cathedrals) (also Mark 7:28, Luke 16:21)
  • Matthew 15:27: Crying For Crumbs (Wilburns)
  • Matthew 16:18: Upon This Rock (Allison Durham Speer, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Matthew 16:18: The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail (The Talleys)
  • Matthew 16:19: Keys to the Kingdom (Blackwood Brothers, Masters V, Blue Ridge Quartet, Happy Goodmans, Junior Blackwood Brothers)
  • Matthew 16:23: Get Thee Behind Me, Satan (Statesmen) (also Mark 8:53, Luke 4:8)
  • Matthew 16:29: Take Up Thy Cross (Couriers, George Younce, Rebels) (also Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23)
  • Matthew 16:29: Don’t Take My Cross Away (Bill Gaither Trio, Dottie Rambo, The Prophets, The Rambos)
  • Matthew 17:20: Move That Mountain (Statesmen)
  • Matthew 18:3: Faith of a Child (Down East Boys)
  • Matthew 18:3: We Are Like Children (Rambos) (allusion)
  • Matthew 18:11-14: The Ninety and Nine (Gaither Homecoming Friends with the Talley Trio and Donnie Sumner, Golden Keys Quartet, Hayes Family) (also Luke 15:3-7)
  • Matthew 18:11-14: Here I Am (Hoppers)
  • Matthew 18:11-14: A Shepherd in Search of a Lamb (Jeff & Sheri Easter)
  • Matthew 18:11-14: I’m the Lamb (That the Shepherd left the Flock For) (Booth Brothers, Couriers)
  • Matthew 18:18: Loose Him and Let Him Go (Gold City)
  • Matthew 19:6: What God Has Joined Together (Jeff & Sheri Easter) (also Mark 10:9)
  • Matthew 19:16-22: Poorest Man in Heaven (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Matthew 19:26: All Things are Possible (Soul’d Out Quartet) (also Mark 10:27)
  • Matthew 19:26: All Things are Possible (Todd Nelon Quartet) (different song)
  • Matthew 19:26: Anything is Possible (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Matthew 19:26: Nothing is Impossible (Browns)
  • Matthew 19:26: Nothing is Impossible (Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 19:26: The Word Impossible (The Talleys)
  • Matthew 19:26: Look How Big My God Is (McKameys)
  • Matthew 20:28: King’s Ransom (The Harper Family) (also Mark 10:45, I Timothy 2:6)
  • Matthew 20:28: Ransomed and Redeemed (Mark Trammell Quartet) (allusion)
  • Matthew 21:9: Hosanna (Browns) (also Mark 11:9-10, John 12:13)
  • Matthew 21:9: Hosanna (Hoppers) (different song)
  • Matthew 21:22: Cool Drink of Water (Gold City)
  • Matthew 22:32: He’s the God of the Living (Greenes) (also Mark 12:27, Luke 20:38)
  • Matthew 24: Matthew 24 (Inspirations)
  • Matthew 24:37: As it Was in the Days of Noah (Cathedrals) (also Luke 17:26)
  • Matthew 24:40-41: Are You Ready (Gold City)
  • Matthew 26:6-13: Alabaster Box (Hope’s Call) (also Mark 14:3-9)
  • Matthew 26:6-13: Far Beyond This Place (Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 26: Peter, James and John (Gold City)
  • Matthew 26:15: Thirty Pieces of Silver (Blackwood Brothers, Cathedrals, Inspirations)
  • Matthew 26:36-46: Bethlehem…Galilee…Gethsemane (Bill Gaither Trio, HisSong, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Matthew 26:36-46: For Now Gethsemane (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Matthew 26:36-46: The Garden (McKameys)
  • Matthew 26:36-46: Have You Had a Gethsemane? (Bill Gaither Trio, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Weatherfords) (also Mark 14:32-40)
  • Matthew 26:39: He Went a Little Farther (McKameys)
  • Matthew 26:69: Following Him From a Distance (McKameys)
  • Matthew 27: Champion of Love (Cathedrals, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, Poet Voices) (also Mark 15, Luke 23, John 19)
  • Matthew 27: At Calvary (Blackwood Brothers, Collingsworth Family, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Gold City, Greg Bentley, Henry & Hazel Slaughter, Liberty Quartet, Michael Booth, Paid in Full)
  • Matthew 27: Burdens are Lifted at Calvary (Poet Voices, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Matthew 27: Calvary’s Cross (Couriers)
  • Matthew 27: Calvary’s Hill (Gold City, Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Matthew 27: Calvary’s Love (Joshua Cobb)
  • Matthew 27: Calvary’s Story (LordSong)
  • Matthew 27: Calvary and Amazing Grace (Talley Trio)
  • Matthew 27: Calvary Came Through (Gold City)
  • Matthew 27: Calvary Conquers it All (Gold City)
  • Matthew 27: Calvary Reminds Me (Legacy Five)
  • Matthew 27: Calvary Was Calling (Voices Won)
  • Matthew 27: Calvary Will be my Refuge (Rambos)
  • Matthew 27: Calvary Wins Again (Tribute Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: The Glory of Calvary’s Cross (The Couriers)
  • Matthew 27: The Ground is Level at Calvary (Perfect Heart)
  • Matthew 27: Have You Been to Calvary (Statesmen)
  • Matthew 27: He Bought My Soul at Calvary (Blackwood Brothers, Couriers, Florida Boys, Glen Allred & Generations, Melody Boys)
  • Matthew 27: He Didn’t Move Mt. Calvary (Dixie Melody Boys)
  • Matthew 27: He Had to Hold to Calvary (Kingdom Heirs, Liberty Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: Heading for Calvary Alone (Teddy Huffam & the Gems)
  • Matthew 27: His Steps Didn’t Stop at Calvary (Rambos)
  • Matthew 27: I’m Covered by Calvary’s Flow (Florida Boys)
  • Matthew 27: I’ve Been to Calvary (Bill Gaither Trio, Blackwood Brothers, Cathedrals, Dixie Echoes, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Gold City, Golden Keys, Speers, Hoppers)
  • Matthew 27: I Believe in a Hill Called Mt. Calvary (Gaither Homecoming Friends, Gaither Vocal Band, Isaacs, Josh Cobb, Mark Trammell Trio, Bill Gaither Trio, Kingsmen, Matt Felts, Rebels)
  • Matthew 27: It’s Called Calvary (Hoppers)
  • Matthew 27: Jesus Died on Calvary (Prophets)
  • Matthew 27: Lead Me Back to Calvary (Blue Ridge Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: Let the Blood of Calvary Speak for Me (Hemphills)
  • Matthew 27: Life Begins at Calvary (Statesmen)
  • Matthew 27: Lonely Road up Calvary’s Way (Cathedrals, Imperials, Rosie Rozell, Speer Family)
  • Matthew 27: Look to Calvary (Primitive Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: Look Up to Calvary (The Rebels)
  • Matthew 27: Meet Him at Calvary (Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 27: Meanwhile in the Garden (Tony Gore)
  • Matthew 27: Precious Lamb of Calvary (Dixie Melody Boys)
  • Matthew 27: Remind Me of Calvary (Cathedrals)
  • Matthew 27: The Rugged Cross of Calvary (Inspirations)
  • Matthew 27: Show Me the Way to Calvary (Happy Goodmans, Inspirations)
  • Matthew 27: Thank God for Calvary (Blackwood Brothers, Chuck Wagon Gang)
  • Matthew 27: That Day at Calvary (Cathedrals)
  • Matthew 27: Victory Was Won at Calvary (Inspirations)
  • Matthew 27: Walking My Lord Up Calvary’s Hill (Dixie Echoes, Inspirations, Spencers)
  • Matthew 27: You Gotta Go by Calvary (Greenes)
  • Matthew 27: You Have to Go by Calvary (Hoppers)
  • Matthew 27: About the Cross (Gold City)
  • Matthew 27: As if the Cross Was Not Enough (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Matthew 27: At the Cross (pretty much everyone)
  • Matthew 27: Back to the Cross, Under the Blood (Wilburns)
  • Matthew 27: Because of the Cross (Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 27: Because of the Cross (Williamsons) (different song)
  • Matthew 27: Behind the Cross (Florida Boys)
  • Matthew 27: Beyond the Cross (Booth Brothers)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood of an Old Rugged Cross (Perrys)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood that Stained the Old Rugged Cross (Legacy Five)
  • Matthew 27: Bloodline to the Cross (Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: But For a Cross (Liberty Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: A Cross Became my Saving Grace (Wilburn & Wilburn)
  • Matthew 27: A Cry From the Blood (The Freemans)
  • Matthew 27: A Way to Cross Over (Florida Boys)
  • Matthew 27: All In the Blood of Jesus (Hayes Family)
  • Matthew 27: All Under the Blood (The Hemphills)
  • Matthew 27: An Unexpected Cross (Ernie Haase)
  • Matthew 27: Are You Washed in the Blood (Blue Ridge Quartet, Michael Booth, Paid in Full, The Rebels, Stewart Varnado, The Kingsmen)
  • Matthew 27: At Calvary (Collingsworth Family)
  • Matthew 27: Back to the Cross Under the Blood (The Wilburns)
  • Matthew 27: Because He Died (Blackwood Brothers)
  • Matthew 27: Because Of The Blood (Collingsworth Family)
  • Matthew 27: Blood Bought My Freedom (Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad)
  • Matthew 27: Bloodstained Pages (Michael Booth)
  • Matthew 27: Bought By the Blood (The Kingsmen)
  • Matthew 27: But For the Blood (The Hoppers)
  • Matthew 27: But For the Cross (LeFevre Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: By the Blood of the Lamb (The Inspirations)
  • Matthew 27: By the Way of the Cross (Blue Ridge Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: Call of the Cross (Brian Free)
  • Matthew 27: Calvary’s Cross (The Couriers)
  • Matthew 27: Come To The Cross (Ernie Haase)
  • Matthew 27: Consider the Cross (Legacy Five)
  • Matthew 27: Covered by the Blood (The Kingsmen)
  • Matthew 27: Cross and Nails (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Matthew 27: Cross Of Christ (Allison Durham Speer)
  • Matthew 27: Cry From the Cross (Dixie Melody Boys)
  • Matthew 27: Death Has Died (Cathedral Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: Each Drop of Blood (Childress Family)
  • Matthew 27: From The Cross To The Lost (Old Paths)
  • Matthew 27: God Saw a Cross (The Kingsmen)
  • Matthew 27: Hallelujah For the Cross (Cross 4 Crowns)
  • Matthew 27: He Bled, He Died, He Rose (The Whisnants)
  • Matthew 27: He Loved Me With A Cross (Ernie Haase)
  • Matthew 27: He Only Sees the Blood (The Perrys)
  • Matthew 27: He Sees Only The Blood (The Hoppers)
  • Matthew 27: He Went to the Cross For Me (The Spencers)
  • Matthew 27: Hide Me Behind The Cross (Gold City)
  • Matthew 27: His Blood Alone (Dixie Melody Boys)
  • Matthew 27: His Blood is On My Soul (The McKameys)
  • Matthew 27: His Blood No Longer Leaves a Stain (The Greenes)
  • Matthew 27: His Blood Says It All (Kyla Rowland & Deliverance)
  • Matthew 27: His Blood Washes Whiter Than Snow (Stamps Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: I Can’t Forget the Blood (The Browns)
  • Matthew 27: I Know It Was The Blood (The Perrys)
  • Matthew 27: I Love the Cross (The Talleys)
  • Matthew 27: I Plead The Blood (Cumberland Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: I Rest My Case at the Cross (The Perrys)
  • Matthew 27: I Still Cling To The Old Rugged Cross (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Matthew 27: I Still Glory In The Cross (The Bowling Family)
  • Matthew 27: I Will Glory In The Cross (Gaither Homecoming Friends, The Whisnants, Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 27: I’ll Never Get Over the Cross (Whisnants)
  • Matthew 27: I’ll Trade the Old Cross For a Crown (Happy Goodmans, Cross 4 Crowns)
  • Matthew 27: I’m Covered By The Blood (The Nelons)
  • Matthew 27: I’m Trusting The Blood (Whisnants)
  • Matthew 27: I’ve Been Washed in the Blood (Songfellows Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: In Remembrance Of The Cross (Tribute Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: It’s About The Cross (Ball Brothers)
  • Matthew 27: It’s All About The Blood (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Matthew 27: It’s All Under the Blood (The Martins)
  • Matthew 27: It’s Still The Blood (The Inspirations)
  • Matthew 27: It’s Still the Cross (Gold City)
  • Matthew 27: It’s The Cross That Carries Me (The Inspirations)
  • Matthew 27: Jesus Died on Calvary (The Prophets)
  • Matthew 27: Jesus Died So I Won’t Have To (Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 27: Jesus Saves (The Blood Still Sings) (Michael Booth)
  • Matthew 27: Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross (Blackwood Brothers)
  • Matthew 27: Kneel at the Cross (Blackwood Brothers, Blue Ridge Quartet, Cathedrals, Chuck Wagon Gang, Inspirations, Kingsmen, Stamps)
  • Matthew 27: Let the Blood of Calvary Speak for Me (The Hemphills)
  • Matthew 27: Life is in The Blood (Larry Collie)
  • Matthew 27: Lift Up The Cross (Crist Family)
  • Matthew 27: Love Grew Where the Blood Fell (Blackwood Brothers)
  • Matthew 27: Love Is A Cross (Mike LeFevre Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: Meet Me At The Cross (Liberty Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: Message Of The Cross (The Browders)
  • Matthew 27: Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone (Cathedral Quartet, Imperials, LeFevres, Stamps)
  • Matthew 27: My Hope is in the Blood (Primitive Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: Nailing My Sins to His Cross (The Downings)
  • Matthew 27: Near the Cross (pretty much everyone)
  • Matthew 27: Not That You Died (Legacy Five)
  • Matthew 27: Nothing But The Blood (pretty much everyone)
  • Matthew 27: Old Rugged Cross (pretty much everyone)
  • Matthew 27: On My Cross (Mercy’s Well)
  • Matthew 27: On the Other Side of the Cross (Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: Once Upon A Cross (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Matthew 27: Only a Few at the Cross (Florida Boys)
  • Matthew 27: Only By the Blood (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Matthew 27: Only His Blood (The Hoppers)
  • Matthew 27: Only In The Cross (The Hoppers)
  • Matthew 27: Only Through the Blood (Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 27: Only Through The Cross (Won By One)
  • Matthew 27: Only Your Blood (Kyla Rowland & Deliverance)
  • Matthew 27: Pointing Only to the Cross (The Martins)
  • Matthew 27: Power In the Blood (pretty much everyone)
  • Matthew 27: Precious Blood (Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 27: Refuge Behind the Cross (The Wilburns)
  • Matthew 27: Remind Me Of The Cross (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Matthew 27: Room at the Cross (pretty much everyone)
  • Matthew 27: Saved by the Blood (Old Paths)
  • Matthew 27: Saved Through Jesus’ Blood (The Spencers)
  • Matthew 27: Settled At The Cross (The Nelons)
  • Matthew 27: Somebody Died For Me (Triumphant Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: Somebody Died For You (The Couriers)
  • Matthew 27: Speak The Word, Claim The Name, Plead The Blood (The Talleys)
  • Matthew 27: Take It To The Cross (Legacy Five)
  • Matthew 27: Take Me Back to the Cross (The Kingsmen)
  • Matthew 27: Take Me Back to the Old Rugged Cross (Florida Boys)
  • Matthew 27: Take Up Thy Cross (The Couriers, George Younce, Rebels)
  • Matthew 27: Take Your Troubles to the Cross (Speer Family)
  • Matthew 27: Thank God for the Old Rugged Cross (Stamps Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: That Same Blood (Priority)
  • Matthew 27: That Should’ve Been My Cross (Union Street)
  • Matthew 27: That’s What the Blood Was For (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood (Booth Brothers)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood (Happy Goodmans)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood (The McKameys)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood and Its Power (Barry Rowland & Deliverance)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood Covered It All (The Greenes)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood Covers It All (Legacy Five)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood Cried Out (Ernie Haase)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood Has Made Me Worthy (Michael Jason Frost)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood Hasn’t Ever Changed (Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood is Still Enough (The Wilburns)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood is Still Here (The Inspirations)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood is Still There (Kevin Spencer & Friends)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood of Jesus (Collingsworth Family)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood Of The Lamb (The McKameys)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood of the Son (Makes Us One) (The Rambos)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood on my Hands (Old Paths)
  • Matthew 27: The Blood Remains (Cross 4 Crowns)
  • Matthew 27: The Body And Blood (Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Matthew 27: The Closer I Get To The Cross (The Dills)
  • Matthew 27: The Cross (The Crabb Family)
  • Matthew 27: The Cross Gives Me Hope (The Akins)
  • Matthew 27: The Cross Has Won Again (The Kingsmen)
  • Matthew 27: The Cross in the Middle (Florida Boys)
  • Matthew 27: The Cross is Now Empty (The Hoppers)
  • Matthew 27: The Cross Jesus Carried (Tribute Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: The Cross Now is Empty (The Hoppers)
  • Matthew 27: The Cross of Christ (Triumphant Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: The Cross Said It All (Greg Bentley)
  • Matthew 27: The Cross Was Enough (LordSong)
  • Matthew 27: The Cross Was His Own (Cathedral Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: The Day Death Died (Liberty Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: The Glory Of Calvary’s Cross (The Couriers)
  • Matthew 27: The Gospel Song/Before The Cross (Booth Brothers)
  • Matthew 27: The Old Rugged Cross (pretty much everyone)
  • Matthew 27: The Old Rugged Cross Made the Difference (pretty much everyone)
  • Matthew 27: The One Who Died for Me (Happy Goodmans)
  • Matthew 27: The Other Side of the Cross (Cathedral Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: The Rugged Cross of Calvary (The Inspirations)
  • Matthew 27: The Way of the Cross (Blackwood Brothers)
  • Matthew 27: Then He Bowed His Head And Died (Gaither Homecoming Friends, Gaither Vocal Band, Larry Ford)
  • Matthew 27: There at the Cross (Brian Free)
  • Matthew 27: There Is Still Forgiveness At The Cross (Cumberland Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: There Stands A Cross (Dixie Echoes)
  • Matthew 27: There’s A Cross In The Way (Master’s Voice Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: They Can’t Take The Blood (Diana Perry Gillette)
  • Matthew 27: Three Crosses (The Statesmen)
  • Matthew 27: Three Rugged Crosses (The Freemans)
  • Matthew 27: Three Wooden Crosses (Liberty Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: Through the Blood (Heaven Bound)
  • Matthew 27: Trading A Cross For A Crown (The Booth Brothers, Collingsworth Family)
  • Matthew 27: Turn To The Cross (Sanctuary Quartet)
  • Matthew 27: Under the Blood (The Inspirations)
  • Matthew 27: Victory at the Foot of the Cross (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Matthew 27: What Happened to the Cross (The Hoppers)
  • Matthew 27: When He Was on the Cross (I Was On His Mind) (Florida Boys, Dixie Echoes, Ricky Atkinson & Compassion)
  • Matthew 27: When I See The Cross (Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 27: When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (Gaither Vocal Band, Bill Gaither Trio, Janet Paschal)
  • Matthew 27: Without the Blood (Blackwood Brothers)
  • Matthew 27: Without The Cross (The Greenes)
  • Matthew 27: Written in Blood (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Matthew 27: You Can Tell By His Blood (The Inspirations)
  • Matthew 27:4: Innocent Blood (Hoppers)
  • Matthew 27:31-33: Love Carried the Cross (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound) (also Mark 15:20-21, Luke 23:26, John 19:17)
  • Matthew 27:31-33: The One who Carried the Cross (Monument Quartet)
  • Matthew 27:31-33: It’s the Cross that Carries Me (Inspirations)
  • Matthew 27:31-33: I Carried His Cross (N’Harmony, Dills)
  • Matthew 27:31-33: The Cross Jesus Carried (Tribute Quartet)
  • Matthew 27:31-33: Will You Carry My Cross (Couriers)
  • Matthew 27:44: Between Two Thieves (Freedom, Shannon Knight)
  • Matthew 27:51: In Twain He Rent the Veil (Blackwood Brothers) (also Luke 23:45)
  • Matthew 27:51: Anytime (McKameys)
  • Matthew 27:57-60: He’ll Carry Me (Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 27:57-66: Joseph Got His Tomb Back (Soul’d Out Quartet)
  • Matthew 27:57-66: Temporary Tomb (Legacy Five) (also Mark 15:43, Luke 23:51, John 19:38)
  • Matthew 27:57-66: A Borrowed Tomb (McKameys, Kingsmen)
  • Matthew 28: Alive and Well (Speer Family) (also Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20)
  • Matthew 28: Alleluia, He’s Alive (Greater Vision)
  • Matthew 28: Because He Lives (Bill Gaither Trio and pretty much everyone else)
  • Matthew 28: He’s Alive (Talley Trio, Gaither Vocal Band)
  • Matthew 28: He’s Alive (Naomi and the Segos) (different song)
  • Matthew 28: He’s Alive and Well (Dixie Melody Boys)
  • Matthew 28: Jesus Came Out Alive (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Matthew 28: Jesus is Alive (Tribute Quartet)
  • Matthew 28: Jesus is Alive and Well (Nelons, Triumphant Quartet)
  • Matthew 28: Whose God is Alive? (Couriers)
  • Matthew 28: Celebrating Resurrection Morning (Cross 4 Crowns)
  • Matthew 28: Nobody’s There (Gold City)
  • Matthew 28: Resurrection (Bill Gaither Trio, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Matthew 28: Resurrection Day (Lesers)
  • Matthew 28: Resurrection is Just Ahead (Kyla Rowland & Deliverance)
  • Matthew 28: Resurrection Morn (Bill Gaither Trio, Collingsworth Family)
  • Matthew 28: The Resurrection Morn (Hoppers) (different song)
  • Matthew 28: Resurrection Morn (McKameys) (different song)
  • Matthew 28: Resurrection Morn (Perry Sisters) (different song)
  • Matthew 28: See, What a Morning (Booth Brothers)
  • Matthew 28: Something’s Happening (Mercy’s Mark, Hoppers)
  • Matthew 28: There Rose a Lamb (Gold City)
  • Matthew 28: He’s Living Again (Bishops)
  • Matthew 28: The Empty Tomb (Dove Brothers)
  • Matthew 28: The Empty Tomb (Hoppers) (different song)
  • Matthew 28: The Empty Tomb Says it All (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Matthew 28: His Tomb is Empty (Tribute Quartet)
  • Matthew 28: His Tomb is Empty Now (Cathedrals)
  • Matthew 28: His Tomb Wasn’t Empty (Karen Peck & New River)
  • Matthew 28: The Tomb is Empty (The Hemphills)
  • Matthew 28: The Cross is Now Empty (Hoppers)
  • Matthew 28: Love Was in the Room (Booth Brothers)
  • Matthew 28:1-4: At the Breaking of Day (McKameys)
  • Matthew 28:20: Always (McKameys)
  • Matthew 28:20: Jesus is With Me Everywhere I Go (McKameys)

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3:1 CD Review: Canton Junction (Canton Junction)

Canton Junction - Canton Junction3:1 Reviews offer three highlights of an album and one area that could have been improved.

1: Production Quality: This two-disc, twenty-song set sounds incredible. Perhaps it stands to reason that baritone Michael Sykes, who has produced many of the Gaither Vocal Band’s most-acclaimed releases, would bring top-tier production quality to his own group’s album. He does; track and production quality is every bit as strong as you would find on a Gaither Vocal Band release.

What might be surprising is that the vocal performances are actually stronger. Tenor Matt Hagee and lead singer Aaron Crabb both come from family group backgrounds (the John Hagee Family and the Crabb Family, respectively), but both adapt amazingly well to the male quartet setting. Bass Tim Duncan has an almost unrivaled quartet resumé for someone his age; after spending three years as Poet Voices’ final bass singer (1999-2002), he spent eight years with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (2002-January 2011). When it comes to ensemble sound, Canton Junction is easily in the top five in Southern Gospel (perhaps top three), and also easily the strongest on the progressive end of the spectrum.

In other words, in every aspect except song selection—an area where Gaither has an indisputable advantage by being the most prestigious Southern Gospel artist on the road today—Canton Junction is on par with or even stronger than the Gaither Vocal Band. That is no small feat for a brand-new group on its debut project.

2: Rusty Goodman remakes: Since Michael Sykes is Rusty Goodmans’ son-in-law (he’s married to Rusty’s daughter Tanya Goodman Sykes), it might not be terribly surprising that the album includes two Rusty Goodman songs, “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now” and “Who Am I.”

What might be more surprising is what he’s done with them. He has transformed both songs into straight-ahead, in-the-groove, driving quartet harmony songs. They sound like the versions he’s been waiting for a chance to make. He’s honed his skills producing the likes of the Gaither Vocal Band and the Oak Ridge Boys, and he uses those skills to reinterpret these songs for a new generation of fans.

3: Sweeter As The Days Go By: This live version of the song that got it all started for Canton Junction is a sonic delight. Canton Junction’s first (public, released) appearance was with this video—a performance so strong that it earned more than 80,000 views in a matter of months, practically unheard-of numbers in Southern Gospel. It was a pleasant surprise to hear the live version included here.

:1: You can have too much of a good thing: It is entirely understandable why the group recorded twenty tracks. Most groups need that many in their repertoire for live concerts. They probably figured that if they were going to record that many tracks anyhow, they may as well put them all into a two-CD set. Songs like “Dig a Little Deeper,” “Softly and Tenderly,” and “Go, Tell it on the Mountain” will certainly have their place in the live concert setting, but seem out of place here. But had Canton Junction selected the strongest ten or twelve tracks, this would have easily been a five-star recording.

In fact, has only handed out one five-star rating this year so far—to this album of Stamps classics. Had Canton Junction whittled the list down to the ten or twelve strongest songs, this album would have easily been the strongest recording of the year, to date.

Traditional or Progressive: Middle-of-the-road to progressive.

Album rating: 4.5 stars.

Credits: Group members: Matthew Hagee (tenor), Aaron Crabb (lead), Michael Sykes (baritone), Tim Duncan (bass). Produced by Michael Sykes and Aaron Crabb. Mixed by: Pete Greene, Ronnie Brookshire, Steve Allen, and Nathan Zwald. Mastered by: Glenn Meadows. Engineers: David Young, Steve Allen, Robert Smith, Ron Fairchild, Brandon Shattuck, Mark Drury, Mark Capps, Nathan Zwald, Pete Greene, Grayson Rogers, Kendall Ryan, Marshall Young, Cary Smith, Jake Burns, Bob Clark. Assistant Engineers: Taylor Pollert, John Furr, Josh Papp. Digital Editing: Robert Smith, David Young, David Ponder. Recorded at: Difference Media, San Antonio, TX; Cornerstone Church, San Antonio, TX; Square One Studio, Franklin, TN; Sony Tree, Nashville, TN; Beech Creek Studios, Nashville, TN; The Tracking Room, Nashville, TN; Loud Recording, Nashville, TN; SoundShop Recording, Nashville, TN; Classic Recording, Franklin, TN; Sound Emporium, Nashville, TN. Piano, Keyboards: Gary Prim, Gordon Mote. B3 Organ: Gordon Mote, Justin Ellis. Drums: Steve Brewster, Scott Williamson, John Hammond. Bass: Duncan Mullins, Mark Hill. Acoustic Guitar: Joel Key, John Willis. Electric Guitar: James Mitchell, Kelly Back, Jeff King. Steel Guitar and Dobro: Steve Hinson. Harmonica: Randy Miller. Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo: Bruce Watkins. Violins: Pam Sixfin, Conni Ellisor, Alan Umstead, David Davidson, Kathy Umstead, Karen Winkelman. Violas: Jim Grosjean, Elizabeth Lamb. Cellos: Carol Rabinowitz, Julie Tanner. Strings Arranged and Conducted by: Steve W. Mauldin. Strings Performed by: The Nashville String Machine, Carl Gorodetzky (Contractor).

Song List: DISC 1: I Wouldn’t Take Nothin’ For My Journey Now; Show Me Your Way; Heaven Is; The Son Shines Down on Me; Who Am I; Go Tell it on the Mountain; Coming Home; Softly and Tenderly; The Inviting Christ; My Savior’s Love. Disc 2: Sweeter as the Days Go By; You Are So Beautiful; What a Wonderful World; Glorify; Dig a Little Deeper in God’s Love; Going Home; Since Jesus Came Into My heart; In the Valley He Restoreth My Soul; Hold On; Smile.

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Songs from Isaiah

This is the twenty-third entry in a series on Songs from the Books of the Bible.

Southern Gospel songs focus on many of the highest themes known to mankind—songs of Salvation, the Cross, the Resurrection, and eternity. But critics claim that they focus on these themes to the exclusion of other Biblical themes which are appropriate and perhaps necessary to address in song.

For how many chapters in Isaiah can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • Isaiah 1:18: Whiter Than Snow (Cathedrals, Triumphant Quartet)
  • Isaiah 1:18: He’ll Wash You Whiter than Snow (Melody Boys)
  • Isaiah 1:18: His Blood Washes Whiter Than Snow (J.D. Sumner & the Stamps)
  • Isaiah 2:4: Down By the Riverside (Couriers, Florida Boys, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Kim Collingsworth, Lancers, Statesmen, Southern Gospel Players)
  • Isaiah 6: Above and Beyond (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 6:1: High and Lifted Up (Cathedrals – Dianne Wilkinson song)
  • Isaiah 6:1: High and Lifted Up (Talleys – different song)
  • Isaiah 6:1: Above and Beyond (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 6:8: Send Me (Whisnants)
  • Isaiah 7:14: He’ll Do a New Thing (Inspirations)
  • Isaiah 9:9: Bethlehem Morning (Ladye Love Smith and Larry Ford on Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Isaiah 9:12/17/21: Bethlehem Morning (Ladye Love Smith and Larry Ford on Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Isaiah 11:6: A Cradle in Bethlehem (Greater Vision)
  • Isaiah 11:6: Peace in the Valley (just about everyone)
  • Isaiah 24:15: Glorify the Lord in the Fire  (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 25:8 (also see Rev. 7:17, Rev. 21:4): Tears Will Never Stain the Streets of That City (Rambos, Allison Durham Speer, Blackwood Brothers, Florida Boys, Inspirations, LordSong, Perrys, Tim Surrett)
  • Isaiah 25:8 (also see Rev. 7:17, Rev. 21:4): No Tears in Heaven (Blackwood Brothers, Blue Ridge Quartet, Cathedrals, Chuck Wagon Gang, Gaither Homecoming Friends, LeFevres, Rebels, Spencers)
  • Isaiah 25:8 (also see Rev. 7:17, Rev. 21:4): He’ll Wipe Away the Tears (Inspirations)
  • Isaiah 25:8 (also see Rev. 7:17, Rev. 21:4): God Shall Wipe All Tears Away (Rambos)
  • Isaiah 25:8 (also see Rev. 7:17, Rev. 21:4): There’ll Be No More Tears (Spencers)
  • Isaiah 26:19: When Dust Shall Sing (Wilburns)
  • Isaiah 35:8: Holy Highway (Gaither Vocal Band and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Isaiah 35:8: The King’s Highway (Hoppers)
  • Isaiah 35:8: I’ll Keep Walking in the King’s Highway (Blackwood Brothers)
  • Isaiah 35:8: Highway to Heaven (Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Isaiah 37:16: You’re Still God (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 38:1-5: Set Your House in Order (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 40:4: Even the Valley (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 40:4: He’ll Do a New Thing (Inspirations)
  • Isaiah 40:8: God’s Word Will Stand (Archie Watkins)
  • Isaiah 40:8: God’s Word Will Stand (Williamsons)
  • Isaiah 40:11: The Shepherd’s Point of View (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 40:31: Eagle Wings (Gaither Vocal Band)
  • Isaiah 40:31: Teach Me, Lord, to Wait (Cathedral Quartet, Statesmen, Bill Gaither Trio, Blue Ridge Quartet, Wilburns, Gold City, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Isaiah 40:31: They That Wait (Whisnants)
  • Isaiah 43:19: A New Thing (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Isaiah 43:19: Lord, Do a New Thing (Greater Vision)
  • Isaiah 43:19: He’ll Do a New Thing (Inspirations)
  • Isaiah 49:16: In God’s Hands (Inspirations)
  • Isaiah 49:16: In the Palm of His Hands (Anchormen)
  • Isaiah 49:16: Hide Me in the Palm of Your Hands (Weatherfords, Imperials)
  • Isaiah 49:16: In the Palm of His Hand (Dixie Echoes) (allusion)
  • Isaiah 49:16: In the Palm of His Hand (Goss Brothers) (a different song)
  • Isaiah 49:16: The Palm of His Hand (Palmetto State Quartet)
  • Isaiah 49:16: The Palm of His Hand (Ronny Hinson) (a different song)
  • Isaiah 53:2: But He Did (Kyla Rowland & Deliverance)
  • Isaiah 53:3: Man of Sorrows (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Isaiah 53:5: By His Stripes (Isaacs)
  • Isaiah 53:5: By His Stripes You Are Healed (Rambos)
  • Isaiah 53:5: From a Star to Stripes (Couriers, Cathedrals, Mark Trammell Trio) (allusion)
  • Isaiah 53:5: Scars and Stripes (Cathedrals, Greater Vision, Daybreak Quartet) (allusion)
  • Isaiah 53:5: Scars and Stripes Forever (Inspirations) (allusion)
  • Isaiah 53:5: The Healer (Cathedral Quartet)
  • Isaiah 55:8: Wait for the Morning Light (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 55:8-9: God Doesn’t Think Like Me (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 59:9: Wait for the Morning Light (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 61:3: Garment of Praise (Scott Fowler)
  • Isaiah 62:4: Beulah (Tribute Quartet)
  • Isaiah 62:4: Dwelling in Beulah Land (Chuck Wagon Gang, Lewis Family, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Singing Americans, Hinsons)
  • Isaiah 62:4: I’ve Pitched My Tent in Beulah Land (Couriers)
  • Isaiah 62:4: Is This Not the Land of Beulah (Freemans, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Isaacs, Bill Gaither Trio, Kingsmen, Channing Eleton)
  • Isaiah 62:4: Longing for Beulah (Gold City, Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Isaiah 62:4: The New Beulah Land (Dottie Rambo)
  • Isaiah 62:4: Sweet Beulah Land (Akins, Allison Durham Speer, Ball Brothers, Bill Shaw, Browns, Cathedrals, Christian Davis, Chuck Wagon Gang, Danny Funderburk, Dumplin Valley Boys, Florida Boys, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Gaither Vocal Band, Hope’s Call, Inspirations, Kingsmen, Masters V, N’Harmony, Nelons, Old Paths, Paid in Full, Palmetto State Quartet, Stewart Varnado)
  • Isaiah 63:1: Mighty to Save (Voices Won, Chigger Hill Boys & Terri)
  • Isaiah 63:1: Jesus Alone is Mighty to Save (Perrys)
  • Isaiah 65:24: Unspoken Request (McKameys)

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Past the Press Release: An Interview with new Dixie Melody Boys lead singer Mike Rogers

Dixie Melody Boys: Matt Felts, Mike Rogers, Steven Cooper, Ed O'Neal

Dixie Melody Boys: Matt Felts, Mike Rogers, Steven Cooper, Ed O’Neal

Past the Press Release is an interview series featuring a new member of a professional Southern Gospel group. It’s a chance to look past the standard “excited to be here” press release comment and learn a little more about them. Meet new Dixie Melody Boys lead singer Mike Rogers, whose hire will be officially announced today!

Later this morning, the Dixie Melody Boys will distribute an official press release announcing that their new lead singer is Mike Rogers. Rogers hails from Sandersville, Georgia. His wife is named Becky, and they have a three-year-old daughter, Coraline. He previously performed with Kindred Spirit. (Here’s a video of him featured on a solo with that group.)

Dixie Melody Boys tenor Matt Felts states that the group received over three hundred applications. He adds: “It was an overwhelming response. We didn’t expect so many men to apply. It proved to me that there is a lot of talent in Southern Gospel music. As we stated, our plan was to audition several men, take them on the road with us and then announce them in September. Sometimes plans change. As I was going through demo’s a voice begin to sing and I knew we had found our next lead singer. Ed listened to his demo and agreed. The moment we met Mike Rogers and heard him sing with us we knew God had brought us the right fit.” He added that they moved up the announcement after the strong response Rogers received at the Absolutely Gospel Fan Fest and at Frank Arnold’s Songfest; they knew it wouldn’t take long for word to get out online.

Daniel: What was your first exposure to Southern Gospel? If you didn’t grow up around it, what individuals or groups introduced you to this style?

Mike: I heard it around my grandparents’ house growing up but I never really connected to it. A few years back I was introduced to the music of Jason Crabb. I thought “If you can sing Gospel music like that, that’s what I want to do.” Michael English has also influenced me along with Jason.

Daniel: What / who inspired you to start singing?

Mike: I actually didn’t start singing until I was in my late teens. I got involved in a community theatre production that required me to sing.

Daniel: Did you have the opportunity to grow up in a Christian home? If not, where along the way did you hear the Gospel?

Mike: Luckily, I did. I started going to church around nine years old but I really committed my life when I was around 19.

Daniel: What group(s) have you sung with prior to joining the Dixie Melody Boys? (I’ve heard about your work with Kindred Spirit, but don’t know if there are any others.)

Mike: The first group I was with was called Saviors Touch. I was with them two years before joining Kindred Spirit this past January. They were dissapointed to see me go but fully supported me. They are thrilled for this opportunity that I have been blessed with.

Daniel: Do you play any musical instruments, or have other musical interests (e.g. songwriting, album production, live concert audio) other than singing?

Mike: I love anything to do with music. I began playing the guitar when I was 12. I also dabble a little with the piano, drums, mandolin and bass guitar. I also enjoy live concert audio and have written a few songs.

Daniel: How about non-musical hobbies?

Mike: I am an avid hunter and fisherman. I love the outdoors. From what I have been told by Ed and the guys, Golf will be my new hobby on the road. lol.

Daniel: Yes, I think that may be safe to assume! :) Let’s suppose you had the opportunity to go back in time and hear any one Southern Gospel group you’ve never gotten to see in person live. What group would you pick, and what lineup or year?

Mike: I would have loved to hear the Hinsons back in the day. I’m sure that was an awesome show.

Daniel: If you could put together a dream team quartet of any vocalist currently in Southern Gospel, who would you pick?

Mike: Well, I’m pretty blessed to have a dream quartet where I’m at with Ed O’Neal, Matt Felts and Steven Cooper. These guys are great but if I had to pick other guys I would pick David Phelps, Jason Crabb, Joseph Habedank and Tim Duncan.

Daniel: I understand you’re married and have one child. Could you share a little about your family?

Mike: I have a beautiful and supportive wife Becky. We have been married 4 years. I am also blessed with a incredible 3 year old little girl named Coraline. We will be moving soon to Kinston.

Daniel: What are good ways to keep up with you and with the Dixie Melody Boys?

Mike: I have already been blessed to meet some incredible Dixie Melody Boys fans on the road and I am looking forward to meeting more. It’s an exciting time to join the guys. We have so many great things coming up. You can keep up with us at and on our facebook page.

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