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.
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.