April 7, 2011

I had to put in a plug for this interview because it’s just too darn cute. Michael Booth is interviewed by some of his youngest fans, amidst much hilarity and profound insight! The Garms family promises to be a valuable addition to southerngospelblog.com. Their contributions have already been highlights. This interview is probably their best so far. Be sure to watch the whole thing. [Update: The video has been removed from Youtube, so I have removed the embed. However, it… Read more

April 6, 2011

Someone passed along this link to me the other day. It’s a blog post on contemporary versus traditional worship. I thought it was relevant enough to similar discussions concerning SG that it was worth discussing here. We’ll start with this bit: The goal of corporate worship is to honor God and bring men and women to His Son.  Keeping that in mind prevents our preferences from getting in the way.  In my years of campus ministry our goal was to… Read more

April 4, 2011

Often I find it fun to get a quartet version and a trio version of the same song and compare them. It’s fascinating to hear how each sort of configuration will take a song and adapt it to their own strengths and weaknesses. Two songs I’ll focus on today are “Basics of Life” and “Beyond the Open Door.” The first is a well-known 4Him hit featuring the soulful Kirk Sullivan, and the second is a Gaither Vocal Band number featuring… Read more

April 1, 2011

Hey guys. This is tough for me to write, but I wanted to let y’all know that as of next week, I will no longer be able to update the blog.  After a lot of prayer and soul-searching, I have decided to become a Roman Catholic. Moreover, I feel that God is calling me to become a nun. I know this must be coming as a shock, but believe me when I tell you that this decision has not been… Read more

March 30, 2011

Okay guys, I’m contemplating something a little rad. At this point I have heard samples, read lyrics, and surveyed promo photography for Doug Anderson’s new project. This means that I already have a good sense of what the album sounds and looks like even though I don’t have it in my hands yet. So, how would it be if I wrote a review of it? Granted, it wouldn’t be as fleshed out as it would be if I had, er,… Read more

March 29, 2011

You can now hear samples and read lyrics from Anderson’s upcoming project here. He also has a bare-bones website (to be fleshed out soon) where you can register for his newsletter. I’m looking forward to this project. It’s interesting how many tracks have a country twang to them. I still think “Jesus is Holding My Hand” sounds like one of the best on the project, though several others sound very good as well. A few of them, depending on your… Read more

March 29, 2011

Yesterday while trawling Youtube, I came across a video I had forgotten about, and it made me laugh all over again. It’s from the 1992 team-up of Gold City and the Kingsmen, captured on live video and named King’s Gold. (The videos were OOP for a long time but have recently been re-released on DVD.) So naturally they had to include a bit of dueling on “Looking For a City.” Neither Brian Free nor Gary Shepherd attempts to go as… Read more

March 28, 2011

Oh the myst’ry of that cursed, blessed hill Where the sinless Son fulfilled the father’s will… *** Today I’m going to point my readers to a song that, as far as I know, has never been professionally cut. It was written by Ben Storie, who was recently interviewed along with Lee Black by Daniel J. Mount. Ben is a gifted writer, and even though nobody has picked this song up yet, I consider it to be among the best I’ve… Read more

March 26, 2011

The other day I was blessed to find and watch this video about a non-profit organization called Casey’s Cookies. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound recently paid a visit and put up this clip on their facebook page, which included footage of them hanging out with Casey and singing her favorite song with her at a concert — “He Touched Me”: I’m not ashamed to say that once I had watched it a couple times, the tear glands were kicking in… Read more

March 23, 2011

A while back, I acquired the vintage Cathedrals album Prestigious Cathedral Quartet. It’s probably best-known for containing Danny Funderburk’s sugar stick “Somebody Touched Me” and the oft-covered “An Old Convention Song.” Other highlights include a sweet Roger Bennett song (“When the World Looks At Me”), and a subtly haunting closing number called “Next Time We Meet.” But there was one song on the album that immediately caught my ear, because when I first heard it I had the nagging feeling… Read more

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