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Archive for May, 2007

Well, looks like it’s true..

May 30, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Gordon Mote, Roy Webb, SG Artists, SG Industry News

I guess I was in a state of denial the other day after hearing the news about Roy Webb’s resignation. It’s still a shock, but I guess with all this “family stuff” goin’ on, I understand. I’m sure this decision was made with alot of prayer and I’m sure God will lead from here out.

But on a happier note…
Gordon Mote has been chosen as their pianist for the remainder of the Summer tour. Awesome fit and I look forward to going to a concert with him playing for them.

Whoa…

May 29, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Prayer Requests, Roy Webb, SG Industry News

Maybe it’s old news for some, but Roy Webb is no longer the piano player for EHSSQ. I knew that his Dad was sick and all and that the situation was bad in more ways than one, but man what a shock! Roy was a highlight at every concert and I’m sure gonna miss him. Godspeed to Roy as he tends to these matters and to EHSSQ as they search for a new pianist.

Booth Brothers Join Daywind Records

May 28, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Austin's Bridge, Booth Brothers, Brian Free And Assurance, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, SG Artists, SG Industry News

As of May 24, 2007, they’re in the ranks of Legacy Five, Greater Vision, and Brian Free & Assurance. I think it’s a good move for the group and a good addition to the Daywind family, but I can’t help but think that Daywind is going in the direction of Progressive SG lately, what with signing Austin’s Bridge (Rascal Flatts for Christians, according to people like the guy at Averyfineline) and now this. Just that description is a giveaway that that is a Progressive group, and the latest Booth Brothers prject, though with another record company, was also Progressive. Now that they’re with Daywind, will the Booth Bros. return to the Traditional style? We can only wait for late 2007 to roll around, for that’s when the new project is expected.

Booth Brothers

Daywind Records

Pray for Roy Webb

May 25, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Prayer Requests, Roy Webb, SG Artists

I’m sure many of you noticed, as I did, that one member was missing from the GVB/EHSSQ live webcast: Roy Webb, pianist/comic relief. Well, according to a blog entry on EHSSQ’s Myspace, his dad is sick with cancer and knocking on death’s door. He and Roy have had “issues” over the years and Roy went to straighten those out and be with his family. Please pray for him and the Webbs during this difficult time…

My Final Thoughts On Rev. Jerry Falwell

May 22, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Christian Community

The funeral was today, and God blessed it! The order was as follows:
1. Sounds of Liberty sang. Not sure of the title, possibly “May All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful.”
2. Duke Westover, Executive Assistant to Dr. Falwell prayed.
3. Jim Moon, Lifelong Friend spoke.
4. Kendra Cook Penn sang “Finally Home.”
5. Harold Wilmington, Wilmington Bible Insitute spoke
6. Kim Goeglin, Special Assistant to the President, spoke and read the President’s address to the family.
7. Dr. Ronald Godwin, Exec VP at Liberty spoke
8. Mr. George Rogers, Friend and WWII Veteran spoke
9. Video Presentation to Doug Oldham singing “Thank You For Giving to the Lord”
10. Dr. Elmer Towns, co-founder, read Phil 1:3-26
11.Franklin Graham spoke
12. Jeannie Falwell spoke
13. Charles Billingsley sang “Going Home”
14. Jerry Vines shared the Gospel
15. Choir sang Hallelujah Chorus

Man, what an impact this man had. He was very influential on me, since I live in Bedford, a small town 20 minutes from Lynchburg. Many people these past days have criticized him for many reasons, but he things that none 0f them could ever do. He lead many people to Christ, and he unerringly preached the Word and nothing but the Word. He took a stand in politics that helped our country get godly men into the Oval Office. He helped Lynchburg grow as a city, which many wouldn’t care about, but those of us in the area are SO grateful. I pray that God will continue to bless Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University in the way He did when Falwell was alive. Rest in peace, Dr. Falwell, and I’ll meet you in the morning on the Other Side.

Daybreak Quartet

May 20, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Daybreak Quartet, SG Artists

Nothing’s really happened recently, but I felt it necessary to provide an un-necessary rant, so…

Just got the some CDs by these guys. Has anybody ever heard them? THEY’RE AMAZING!!!! They have an awesome lineup: high tenor, solid baritone and lead, pleasantly low bass. Their bass also happens to be the MC and pianist for the group, and they’re not a very well-known group, but are definitely on par with the more famous ones! Check them out at www.daybreakquartet.com.

EDIT: The bass emailed me and informed me that while he is the pianist and bass, the baritone is the MC.

SGN Fan Awards Finalists Revealed

May 16, 2007 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News

From the Singing News website:

The results are in! The Top Five finalists in the 2007 Singing News Top 5 Fan Award Nominees have been announced. Winners will be revealed Thursday, September 13 in Louisville, Ky., during the National Quartet Convention.

Female

Peg McKamey Bean- The McKameys

Sheri Easter- Jeff & Sheri Easter

Kim Hoppers- The Hoppers

Libbi Stuffle– The Perrys

Susan Whisnant– The Whisnants

Male

Scott Fowler- Legacy Five

Ernie Haase– Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Ivan Parker- Soloist

Arthur Rice- Kingdom Heirs

Gerald Wolfe- Greater Vision

Tenor
Brian Free- Brian Free & Assurance

Ernie Haase– Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Frank Seamans– Legacy Five

David Sutton- Triumphant Quartet

Jason Waldroup– Greater Vision

Lead
Matt Dibler– The Inspirations

Scott Fowler- Legacy Five

Clayton Inman– Triumphant Quartet

Arthur Rice- Kingdom Heirs

Gerald Wolfe- Greater Vision

Baritone

Doug Anderson- Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Rodney Griffin- Greater Vision

Scott Howard- Legacy Five

Scott Inman– Triumphant Quartet

Mark Trammell– Mark Trammell Trio

Bass
Eric Bennett- Triumphant Quartet

Tim Duncan- Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Glenn Dustin- Legacy Five

Mike Holcomb- The Inspirations

Tracy Stuffle– The Perrys

Alto

Sheri Easter- Jeff & Sheri Easter

Connie Hopper- The Hoppers

Libbi Stuffle– The Perrys

Debra Talley- The Talley Trio

Susan Whisnant– The Whisnants

Soprano
Connie Fortner– The McKameys

Karen Peck Gooch– Karen Peck & New River

TaRanda Greene- The Greenes

Kim Hopper- The Hoppers

Lauren Talley- The Talley Trio

Young Artist

Eli Fortner– The McKameys

Ricky Free- Brian Free & Assurance

Joseph Habedank– The Perrys

Scott Inman– Triumphant Quartet

Dustin Sweatman– Mark Trammell Trio

Horizon Individual
Grant Barker- The Kingsmen

Jeremy Lile– Brian Free & Assurance

Josh Singletary– Tribute Quartet

Dustin Sweatman– Mark Trammell Trio

Nick Trammell– The Perrys

Horizon Group

The Ball Brothers

The Browns

Crystal River

Paid In Full

Young Harmony

Musician

Roger Bennett- Legacy Five

Kim Collingsworth– The Collingsworth Family

Matthew Holt- The Perrys

Jeff Stice– Triumphant Quartet

Roy Webb- Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

Songwriter
Mark Bishop

Jim Brady

Gerald Crabb

Rodney Griffin

Dianne Wilkinson

Album

Get Away Jordan- Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

I Know- The Inspirations

Live In Music City- Legacy Five

Revival- Gold City

Triumphant- Triumphant Quartet

Group of the Year

The Booth Brothers

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound

The Inspirations

Legacy Five

Triumphant Quartet

Song

Give It Away- Gaither Vocal Band

He Will Hide Me- The Perrys

Heaven’s Hero- Greater Vision

Hey Jonah- Triumphant Quartet

I Have Not Forgotten- The Inspirations

I Will Trust You Lord- The McKameys

If It Takes A Valley- Brian Free & Assurance

My Anchor of Hope- Kingdom Heirs

Once Upon A Cross- Mark Trammell Trio

Strike Up The Band- Legacy Five

D’oh! Another (Possibly) Disbanded Group!

May 16, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Jody Brown Indian Family, SG Artists, SG Industry News

According to the guys over at SoGospelNews.com’s Forums, the Jody Brown Indian Family is disbanded. Well, actually they’re “taking time off the road”, and will decide at a later time whether to continue or not. I’m hoping they’ll continue; they’re a relatively young group that has already had good radio play and could make a pretty good mark in the realm of SGM Family groups…

Groups Long Overdue For A New Recording

May 15, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, Gold City, Legacy Five, Mercy's Mark, SG Artists, The Florida Boys, Valor

With the Gaither Vocal Band recently announcing that they’re at work on a new album (just them, not the upcoming EHSSQ/GVB dual effort), it got me to thinking about other groups that I want another project from. Here’s some of them:
The Florida Boys- after they get a new tenor and everything calms down on the personnel end, I’d love to hear a new one from these guys!

Mercy’s Mark- it’s been a while since the 2006 release of Something’s Happening. These guys will undoubtedly keep getting better with each one, so why not go to work?

Legacy Five- Don’t really need to mention them in this list, since they’re at work on a summer project, but I just can’t wait!

Gold City- Another one I don’t need to mention, because in their SoGospelNews.com blog they mentioned a new one in the works…

Valor- This trio should just wait to see the response to their performance at NQC this year before going ahead with anything but I’d still like to hear some more.

Those are the major ones that come to mind. Hopefully they might stumble upon this humble blog and go for it!

The Rev. Jerry Falwell Passes Away

May 15, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Christian Community, Prayer Requests

As I’m sure most of you already know, Dr. Falwell passed away today at about 12:40 PM after being rushed to Lynchburg General Hospital. His death was caused by a cardiac event. Please be in prayer for the family and congregation at this hard time.