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Archive for March, 2010

The Inspirations and Greater Vision Experience Change

March 30, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Greater Vision, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Inspirations, The Skyline Boys

In the almost three years that I have been writing this blog, one of the things I have discovered is that if I ever think to myself, “There’s absolutely NOTHING going on in Southern Gospel music!” then I’d better watch out! More often than not, it’s the calm before the storm! I hadn’t had much time to blog lately because of the “real world” bearing down, and after an uneventful few weeks as far as SG is concerned, we return to your regularly scheduled blogging with two lineup changes from two popular groups:

1. Dallas Rogers Leaves Inspirations – Daniel Mount got the scoop earlier this week, and he reports that Dallas is stepping down, and Skyline Boys tenor Jodi Hosterman will take his place. This will make for a sound quite different than any that The Inspirations have had before, because Hosterman is a departure from the Appalachian style of tenor that Archie Watkins and Dallas were. I am looking forward to hearing how this sound gels.

2. Jacob Kitson Departs Greater Vision – This bit of news was announced this morning, with a press release from Gerald Wolfe:

Morristown, TN: Greater Vision has announced the departure of Jacob Kitson from the group. “Jacob has only been with us a short time, but he has made many friends across the country, and we’re certain he will continue to be successfully involved in ministry for many years to come”, Gerald Wolfe said. “Jacob is one of the most talented people I’ve ever traveled with, and we want to do all we can to help him reach his full potential in the work God has called him to”, Gerald continued.

Jacob said, “Being allowed to use my talent for God in such an honored position beside two of the industry’s most respected men has been a thrill, but unexpected turns in the course of the Lord’s master planning sometimes come.”

“Jacob has a great heart for the Lord, and I have the utmost confidence that he will succeed in his future ministry”, Rodney Griffin said.

“Following God’s direction is not always popular, and trusting Him is not always easy, but I am resolute to do just that. I pray that as I embark on this new chapter of God’s will that He continues to work mightily through the dove-tailed ministries of preaching and singing to which He has led me. Furthermore, I can only hope that I have the chance to re-unite with friends far and near for many more years to come. What all the future holds at present is unclear; however, I do know that the Lord has led me to a preaching ministry as well as singing. So with this I plunge back into the world of Local-Church Evangelism. Preaching in Revivals, Churches, and Conferences across the country. I have an immense burden for the youth of our World, they need Jesus, and I desire to show this generation that He loves them beyond measure”, said Kitson.

An announcement concerning Greater Vision’s new tenor will be made next week.

For more information, visit Greater Vision News or Evangelist Jacob Kitson

While neither of these changes were expected, this is one I definitely did not see coming. I enjoyed hearing Jacob in his tenures with both Tribute Quartet and Greater Vision, and he has been a great friend to this blog. I wish him well in his evangelism ministry.

Jeanette Cooke nominated for a Living Legend Award

March 19, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Uncategorized

We are always excited when a Virginia artist gets recognition for the contributions they have made to the southern gospel industry. In this case, it is Jeanette Cooke of the Singing Cookes out of Bristol, VA. Christian Voice Magazine holds a yearly awards show at SGM Fanfair in Piegeon Forge, TN May 3rd – 8th. The Living Legend Award is one of the many catagories you can vote for and will have awards passed out at the awards show. I would encourage you to go to the voting ballot and vote as you see fit. Click Here to learn more about the Singing Cookes and the Cooke Brothers.


Credit App for the Iphone

March 19, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Uncategorized

Technology just keeps getting better and better and once again Apple has the upper hand. This app is an improvement over current smart phone software. A company called Paware Mobile has introduced an app (and cradle) that will allow Iphone users to place their phone in a cradle and swipe credit cards through the cradle. Of course one of the break downs in the system is that the phone has to have service in order to connect to the verification company. No signal no connectivity. These transactions are still verified through VeriFone, so there wont be a whole lot of change there. Apps for other smart phones exist but credit card numbers have to be keyed in which also results in the “business” being charged higher verification limits, in most cases. This also takes the artists away from quality face to face time with fans and has security concerns. If you would like to know more information visit the Paywayre Mobile links up above.

Stuff I Missed – March 2010 Edition

March 13, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Blackwood Quartet, Ryan Seaton, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, Triumphant Quartet

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life and other projects for this blog to work on, I missed several big news items in the world of SG.

1. Ryan Seaton Launches Solo Career – Many were wondering what path Seaton would take after his departure from Ernie Haase & Signature Sound in December. On Monday, that question was answered, when he announced that he was partnering with Innovation Management & Consulting to launch his solo career. This is an interesting move; most of Ryan’s presence has come in the form of being a quartet man (Dixie Melody Boys & Signature Sound), so it is worth watching to see how his sound will evolve in the solo realm. Best of luck to Ryan in this new endeavor! You can keep up with him through Facebook and his website.

2. Triumphant Signs With Mansion Entertainment – In another unexpected change, Triumphant Quartet announced that they are leaving their longtime record label, Daywind Records, and signing with Mansion Entertainment, with promises of a new live project from The Mansion Theater. Wayne Haun will be producing. Bill Traylor has a history of making great things happen when he is involved, and as president of Mansion Entertainment, he’s made a great move by signing this quartet.

3. Dan Keeton Joins Blackwood Quartet – Earlier this month, it was announced that Ron Blackwood was coming off the road, Josh Garner and John Rulapaugh were leaving the Blackwood Quartet as well, and Mark Blackwood was bringing tenor Dale Evans and lead David Mann and merging the quartets together for a reloaded Blackwood Quartet. The changes have not stopped there, though; it was announced Friday that Dan Keeton would be replacing Dale Evans, as Evans is coming off the road to spend more time with his family. Keeton filled in with the group on recent dates, and “everything simply came together,” as he put it.

With the lineup of Dan Keeton, Mark Blackwood, David Mann, and Chris West, this quartet is a stellar vocal group. Mann has promised big things coming for the group on various blogs, so stay tuned.

Concert Review: Gold City – March 11, 2010

March 13, 2010 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

Thursday night, March 11, I headed over to Halesford Baptist Church in Wirtz, VA for a Gold City concert. The last time I’d seen a Gold City concert (not counting NQC), they still had Jonathan Wilburn, Steve Ladd, Aaron McCune, and Josh Simpson with them. This particular concert was being promoted as early as the end of 2009, but my interest increased after the changes in the lineup. I was looking forward to hearing the “reloaded” lineup of Gold City, having heard various Youtube clips and being impressed with what I heard.

At the risk of sounding like a crazed fan, this group blew me away! Hearing them online does not even come close to how good they are live. This lineup has gelled very well, and I, along with my co-blogger Jeremy Bell, my mom, and SouthernGospelForums.com friend Ruth Voorhees, had a blast on the front row! Song list included:

I Cast My Bread Upon The Water
When I Get Carried Away
He’ll Do It Every Time
I’m Saved, I’m Sure I’m Ready

What Children Believe
After A While
I think Tim Riley must have liked my reactions to him going for low notes; he kept looking at me the whole concert whenever he would do so!
Rainbow Of Love
Roy Webb Piano Solo (Just A Little Talk With Jesus)
One Scarred Hand
This song was done a capella with no microphones. The acoustics in the church worked very well for this; check out Jeremy’s post about the evening for videos of this song and others from the night.
Josh Cobb Solo (Satisfied)I think Josh may have gone into David Phelps territory on the final note of this song. This is a great showcase of how he has developed as a vocalist since his Legacy Five days.
Where Is God
I’m Not Giving Up
I Love This Land

Look Who Just Checked In
It’s Still The Cross
Under Control
I’m Rich
Midnight Cry

It was a great night of music, and a good time was had by all in attendance. I enjoyed catching up with Roy Webb afterwards, and it was a pleasure meeting Josh Cobb, both of whom read this blog. If this group is in your area, I’d encourage you to go see them. You will be blessed!

Gold City visits Wirtz, VA

March 13, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Concert Reviews, Gold City, SG Artists, SG Music

Thursday evening 3 members of the Virginia Gospel Music Association had the privilege of seeing the new lineup of Gold City in concert in Wirtz, VA at Halesford Baptist Church. In attendance was Aaron Swain, Andrew Graham, and myself Jeremy Bell. (Ruth V gets a shout out since she was there early enough to save seats.) Aaron will be posting a review later on and I will be posting pictures to facebook. Just as a teaser, here are some clips that Andrew shot for your enjoyment. My favorite was probably One Scarred Hand Acappella.

Rainbow of Love

One Scarred Hand – Acappella


An Interview With Michael English

March 09, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Gaither Vocal Band, Interviews, Michael English, SG Artists, SG Music

This is one of the most exciting posts I’ve been able to make in this blog’s existence! As the very first interview done on Swain’s Musings, I got to sit down and chat with Michael English backstage at a Gaither Homecoming concert on February 12, 2010, and we covered topics from his background, to his testimony, to coming back to the Gaither Vocal Band, to future projects, and much more.

Hope you enjoy it, and thanks to Michael English for taking the time to do this!

Michael English Interview from Aaron Swain on Vimeo.