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Archive for June, 2014

Triumphant Quartet Signs With StowTown Records

June 30, 2014 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, Triumphant Quartet

StowTown Records has done it again by grabbing one of the biggest names in Southern Gospel music. From the Singing News:

June 30, 2014 (Nashville, TN) – StowTown Records is proud to announce the signing of GRAMMY-nominated and multi-award winning gospel quartet, Triumphant.

The GMA/Dove-nominated group is set for its premier release with StowTown in March 2015. Triumphant will once again partner with producer and StowTown co-founder Wayne Haun on the project.

“I cannot wait to get back in the studio with these guys. They are so talented, and working with them is always a pleasure,” said Haun. “They are genuine and downright fun. We make a great team.”

The longstanding fan-favorite quartet, based in Pigeon Forge, TN, consists of lead vocalist Clayton Inman, his son and baritone Scotty Inman, bass Eric Bennett, and tenor David Sutton.

“Triumphant has had the opportunity of working with Wayne Haun and Landon Beene over the past several years. We have been friends with (StowTown co-founder) Ernie Haase throughout his career,” added Sutton.”We are so excited to join the incredible team that God has put together at StowTown Records. We look forward to being able to create wonderful music together that will touch audiences all across the country. We can’t wait to see what God has in store.”

Triumphant was most recently with The Mansion Entertainment. Purely from an observational standpoint, it seemed that since signing with that label, all projects except the first one (Love Came Calling, one of their best to date) had been independent releases. Many probably did not even notice, as these independent releases were of the same level of quality as a “mainline release,” and even garnered some radio attention. StowTown seems to keep pretty busy, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing more label releases from the group.

Having Wayne Haun on hand to produce and arrange material may also help to ease the transition for the group following the departure of Jeff Stice, although I imagine that since he is doing solo dates and studio work now, he will still have at least a part in that role.

Still Here!

June 18, 2014 By: Aaron Category: Blogging Community, SG Artists, SG Music

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

It’s hard to believe that I haven’t written anything on this corner of the Web since March, but life got in the way for sure. As I finished up my junior year of college, I had to prioritize the copious amounts of difficult schoolwork, which unfortunately meant that Swain’s Musings was put on the backburner. But, if I’m being perfectly honest, I just didn’t feel motivated to post for reasons I can’t quite put my finger on, which is why I didn’t post even after the semester ended. While I certainly didn’t mean for this “break” to last multiple months, maybe it was what I needed to get that motivation back.

During the time that I’ve stepped away, it seems that Southern Gospel music has entered a season of change. The group whose CD I reviewed in my last post (Gold Harbor) suddenly lost their owner and manager, Jimmy Richards, which was a true shock. The last member of the original Cathedral Trio (and Quartet), tenor Bobby Clark, passed away during this time as well. We also saw several largely unexpected group changes, such as the departures of Pat Barker and Jeff Stice. Perhaps we’ll see them on the road again in the future, but for now, we thank them for their years of dedication to this music and the message in it.

The Southern Gospel blogging world also saw the end of an era with the closing of Southern Gospel Journal. Many of you will know that site as Southern Gospel Blog. Over his years of writing, Daniel Mount, in large part, opened the door for this particular blogging niche to gain traction. I can tell you that he was an inspiration in my decision to start writing about this great music. Daniel, thank you for all the years of thought-provoking articles and for facilitating a place for lively discussion about this genre. Hopefully, a few years down the road, the blog can make a comeback in some form or fashion.

Swain’s Musings will continue on as it always has; there is still so much more to write; CD reviews, future news, and other things of general interest. I look forward to it all! Be on the lookout for more coming soon.