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Interesting Observation

November 06, 2008 By: Aaron Category: Greater Vision, Kirk Talley, SG Artists, SG History, SG Music

Commenter quaid posted something yesterday that I thought was a very true statement:

Just wondering, has anyone else noticed vocal similarities between Jacob Kitson and Kirk Talley? I know, you who read this will probably think ‘what in the world is he talking about?’
But listen to “Be Still and Know” with Kirk in mind. I think you’ll see (hear) what I mean.

You can hear the song he mentioned here in the media player.

I think the comparison is pretty accurate. Both Kitson and Talley can carry a ballad like nobody’s business, and yet fit right in to any other faster song. The good thing is, Kitson is still young, and can only improve with age. He may very well be remembered as a great tenor akin to the likes of Talley by the next generation (controversies excluded, hopefully). I have a feeling Gerald Wolfe saw this similarity as well when he hired Jacob to sing tenor for Greater Vision.

What say you? I’m sure opinions will differ widely, and I’d love to read them.

SGN Awards Winners

April 22, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Anthony Burger, Booth Brothers, Crabb Family, Gold City, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Kirk Talley, LeFevre Quartet, Mike and Kelly Bowling, SG Artists, SG Industry News, Talley Trio, The Greenes, The McRaes

Well, as promised, here’s the list of who won what at the SGN Awards:

SONG OF THE YEAR: “Mountain Mover” – Talley Trio (written by Jim Brady, Barry Weeks and Tony Wood)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR:Rise Above – Talley Trio (produced by Roger Talley)PACESETTER:Gold City
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR:LeFevre Quartet
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:Mike Bowling (Mike & Kelly Bowling)
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:TaRanda Greene (Greenes)
MALE GROUP OF THE YEAR:Booth Brothers
FEMALE GROUP OF THE YEAR:The McRaes
MIXED GROUP OF THE YEAR:Talley Trio
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (Artist):Daryl K. Williams (Daryl Williams Trio)
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR (Professional):Chris Binion
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (Artist):Roger Talley (Talley Trio)
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (Professional):Nick Bruno
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR:Justin Ellis (Crabb Family)
BEST LIVE PERFORMER: Booth Brothers
TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN SONG OF THE YEAR:“Truth Is Marching On” – Gold City (written by Jim Brady, Barry Weeks and Tony Wood)
TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN ALBUM OF THE YEAR:Revival – Gold City (produced by Michael English, Ken Harding, David Lehman, Daniel Riley, and Michael Sykes)
PROGRESSIVE SOUTHERN SONG OF THE YEAR:“Sky Full of Angels” – TaRanda Greene (written by Burton Collins, Clay Mills, and Lisa Stewart)
PROGRESSIVE SOUTHERN ALBUM OF THE YEAR:Rise Above – Talley Trio (produced by Roger Talley)
COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS SONG OF THE YEAR:“Over & Over” – Jeff & Sheri Easter (written by Belinda Smith and Sue C. Smith)
COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS ALBUM OF THE YEAR:Graceland – Mike Bowling Group (produced by Mike Bowling)
SPECIAL EVENT PROJECT OF THE YEAR:The Best of Anthony Burger – Anthony Burger (produced by Bill Gaither)
RADIO PROMOTER OF THE YEAR:Rhonda Thompson (Rhonda Thompson Promotions){FAN FAVORITE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Kirk Talley

Well, I can’t say I’m too happy with some of the awards. Such as the SONG OF THE YEAR.
Mountain Mover by The Talley Trio? Oh, come on! It’s a good song and all, but there were plenty of better songs on the ballot this year. And as I said in a previous post, Gold City’s Revival album sounded more progressive than traditional. But ah well, can’t change what happened. Now I want to see how the Diamond Awards and Singing News Fan Awards will turn out in a couple of months.