Aaron Swain's blog about Southern Gospel Music, News, and other items of interest in the SG world.

Archive for August, 2009

Sneak Peek Of Upcoming Cross 4 Crowns CD

August 31, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Cross 4 Crowns, SG Artists, SG Music

Crossroads Records is getting ready to release Cross 4 Crowns’ sophomore project with the label, It Just Started For Me, in October. However, you can get a sneak peek at the project with this clip of the song “Keep Living For Jesus.”

Keep Living For Jesus – Cross 4 Crowns

This song is a good glimpse into what we can expect with this latest effort from the group. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable track, with a sound that reminds me of something that would have been produced by the Jonathan Pierce era of the Gaither Vocal band (think “When Jesus Says It’s Enough). It’s very radio-friendly, and the group would do well to send it out as a single.

Feel free to leave comments about the song here on the blog.

8/29/09 News Roundup

August 29, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Bill Gaither, Blackwood Gospel Quartet, Gaither Vocal Band, Legacy Five, Mike and Kelly Bowling, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Bowling Family

It’s been another news-filled week for Southern Gospel music. Let’s look at some things that took place in the past few days:

1. Mike & Kelly Bowling have experienced change again. Tenor Chris Whitaker came off the road to be with a sick family member, and stepping up to round out the group is Terah Penhollow. With the personnel change comes yet another name change for the group to The Bowling Family. Read more about it here.

2. Elsewhere in personnel changes, the Blackwood Gospel Quartet has hired a new tenor. Dale Evans is filling the tenor position for the group. The former tenor, Daniel Childs, came off the road due to health issues. The BGQ is currently at work on a new project slated for release sometime this September.

3. The Gaither Vocal Band’s new project, Reunited, is now available for preorder. This highly anticipated project will be available everywhere on Sept. 8, but you can hear it now by getting the download at gaither.com.

Be looking for a review on this blog in the weeks following NQC.

4. Legacy Five is also taking pre-orders for their upcoming Daywind release, Just Stand. The project will be making it’s official debut at this year’s NQC. Lari Goss is producing, and you can tell the guys are excited about this latest effort. One thing about Lari is that if he has a hand in it, it will be a quality product; he’s a master of the production craft. Be looking for a review on that project as well.

Update: They have clips of this and the Jubilee! project with the Booth Brothers and Greater Vision up here.

Upcoming Review: Gold Harbor – It’s All Good

Update On Tony & TaRanda Greene

August 25, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Prayer Requests, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Greenes

Earlier today, a surgery happened that has been a prayer request for a long time. Tony and TaRanda went in for a kidney transplant that would give Tony one of TaRanda’s kidney’s to replace his barely functioning one. It was just posted on Facebook that the transplant was a success and both are recovering nicely. Praise God!

What’s Going With Gold City?

August 24, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

Via SoGospelNews, you can find out! They have posted an interview with Daniel Riley about the group, touching on such things as the recent personnel changes and some of the recent comments about the group around the Internet.

I think the way Daniel made his opinion known on the comments was very tactful and clear. He could have very easily went on a big, angry rant about it all, but he stated his position and feelings on the subject and left it at that. Very professionally handled.

It’s also nice to see Aaron’s departure from the group cleared up. I wish him the best and will pray for him as he does what he needs to at home. The group is currently holding auditions for bass singers and pianists, the details of which are in the article.

Pray For Gary Casto

August 12, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Prayer Requests, SG Artists, SG Music, Tribute Quartet

From the Tribute Quartet newsletter:

Gary Casto, manger and lead vocalist of Tribute Quartet, will undergo surgery on Thursday to remove a kidney stone that is embedded in his kidney. Gary experienced some problems on the road last weekend, prompting a visit to the emergency room at Lebanon, Mo., while the group was there to perform on the Brumley Sing. He was able to finish the weekend, but after returning home was admitted to the hospital for more extensive tests which showed the kidney stone had become impacted in the kidney, causing the kidney to cease function.

On Tuesday, doctors performed a surgical procedure to correct part of the problem, and on Thursday, they will do a second procedure that will hopefully completely resolve the issue.

Tribute Quartet requests your prayers for Gary as he undergoes the second procedure tomorrow morning. He plans to miss no tour dates.

Get-well cards or notes can be sent to: Tribute Quartet, P. O. Box 454, Hendersonville, TN, 37077 or office@tributequartet.com.
Tribute Quartet, Inc.
P.O. Box 454
Hendersonville, TN

Prayers and hopes that all goes well.

Update: Tribute’s baritone/pianist Josh Singletary says via Facebook that Gary has come out of surgery and is in recovery. His doctor said he could leave this afternoon.

Dana Younce Willis Funeral Arrangements

August 12, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Prayer Requests

The Singing News has posted the arrangements here. Keep praying for the family.

Aaron McCune Leaves Gold City

August 11, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

It appears the rumors were true after all.

From a press release on Singing News:

Gold City announced today that the award-winning quartet is looking for a new bass singer following the departure of Aaron McCune. “We’ve set up a special e-mail address for those interested singers to send in their resume and demos,” says group manager Daniel Riley. “We invite serious parties to send their information to goldcityauditions@me.com.
“We’re looking forward to seeing all our friends at the upcoming NQC, and we hope to be able to introduce our new bass singer soon.”

It’s been floating around on several SG sites that this would happen, but I figured the only change coming was that of Josh Simpson leaving. The other rumor that was paired with this, that Tim Riley was returning, I’m still skeptical of. Tim’s health barely allows him to do the few Southmen dates that he currently does, from what I understand, and why would the group be auditioning people if he was returning?

My pick for next Gold City bass: Chris West, if he was willing to do it. The depth to his voice is very similar to that of both McCune and Riley, and it would be great to see him back with a group. My second choice, even though I’d hate to see him leave Cross 4 Crowns, is Justin Terry. Check out this video of him singing the Gold City classic, “Under Control.”

At any rate, it will be interesting to see who the group hires.

As a tribute to Aaron, here’s a recent video of him singing “Teach Me Lord To Wait.”

Prayers For Younce & Willis Families

August 10, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Prayer Requests, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

From Todd Nelon:

This is a very sad day for me. Dana Younce Willis daughter of George Younce died of a heart attack today. Dana was a good friend that I will miss greatly. I had the priviledge to spend alot of time with Dana and her family and what a loving family it is. Please pray for this family and especially for her husband Robbie whom I played in the Nelon band with. I know the depths of love that Robbie had for Dana.

My prayers go out to the family. Especially pray for her husband, as I understand he was out of town when this occured.

New Footage Of Gold City Tenor

August 03, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, SG Artists, SG Music

Thanks to Youtube user Hawkeye315, we finally have a clip of what Chris Cooper sounds like with Gold City. The two songs featured here are “I Cast My Bread Upon The Water” and “After Awhile.” His sound reminds me of a combination of Steve Ladd and Jay Parrack, and that’s certainly not a bad thing! I think he’s doing just fine in keeping up the good sound of GC.

Youtube Find: Steve Ladd With The Booth Brothers

August 02, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Booth Brothers, SG Artists, SG Music, Steve Ladd

For those wondering how it would sound when Steve fills in for Michael Booth (he’s taking some vocal rest vacation), here is a clip that DinanaSN got of Steve singing “Look For Me At Jesus’ Feet” with the group.