[Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Lauren of Lauren’s Southern Gospel Views From the Pew.]
The Whisnants opened the night with “We Are So Blessed.” I love that they chose to open the night with this song. They have an incredible blend on this song, and it really sets the tone for the night. Then they sang the familiar “Gloryland Way” and had the audience sing along. This would be the first of many songs that they had the audience join in on. If you liked sing along events, this would have been your type of concert! Jeff was featured on “We’ll Meet Again” next.
Jeff welcomed the audience and said that he hoped we would all grasp the message of the songs. If we know Jesus, we can have a hope and rejoice with them tonight and help them lift up His name. He said they were from Morganton, NC, a part of the country where you could shake a tree and a southern gospel group would fall out! Haha! He then introduced all the members of the group.
Aaron was then featured on “He Can Move that Stone.” Love this song from their project That’s Why We’re Here. Jeff mentioned that the song was #2 for two months in a row. Even though it never made it to #1, that’s still a great accomplishment! They then sang the familiar favorite, “King Jesus Is Coming,” that really got the audience clapping along!
They then introduced the Whisnant sons, Austin and Ethan. They had both been part of a camp meeting in Texas all week, and Austin was not feeling well and had lost his voice. But Ethan came up and sang “Strange Way to Save the World.” He is really coming on strong as a young artist with his voice! There was no track just Austin playing guitar, which really allowed him to showcase his vocals.
Jeff said that we can trust Him because He is alive and well and sitting at the right hand of the Father. They then sang “He’s Living Today.” Next, Aaron was featured on “I’m Trusting the Blood.” This is another favorite of mine! They ended the first half with “New Day Dawning,” which of course got everyone out of their seat and clapping along!
To start the second half, they sang “He Keeps Me Singing” and their “Ready Medley.” Again they had the audience join in. I loved that about the night. They wanted the audience to worship and sing right along with them. It wasn’t about them singing but about people lifting up the name of Jesus.
After a fun “happy birthday,” they pulled the focus back. Susan said what a good night it had been. She said if you run out of people to pray for to pray for them. They face trials and struggles just like we do, but when He is all you have, that’s when we find He is all you need. She talked about her struggle to want to fix things, but there are things that we all go through that no matter how hard we try, we can’t fix. However, with God all things are possible. She said if it all falls apart, God will still be God, and we can say “all is well.” This song (“All Is Well”) was probably the highlight of the night for me. I say this a lot, but this really is my absolute, top favorite song that they sing! Susan always sings it with such conviction and conveying every lyric!
The Whisnants are such sweet people! I love seeing them when they come to Arkansas. It was a great night of worship where above all else it was clear that they wanted the name of Jesus to be praised, and that’s what it is all about!