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Tony Greene Passes Away

September 28, 2010 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Greenes, Uncategorized

After several early reports of his passing that were in error earlier today (he was taken off the ventilator but breathing on his own), Tony Greene passed away today at 4:25 PM. From the Singing News:

Anthony Elden Greene, known to most Southern Gospel music fans as “Tony,” passed away today, September 28th just before 4:30pm Eastern Time at the age of 41. Tony had been in Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., since September 21 due to several health complications.

Tony is survived by wife, TaRanda, and their children, Isabella (age 6) and Jocelyn (age 2). He is also survived by his brother Tim, sister Kim Greene Hopper, and his mother, Carolyn Greene, and several nieces.

The son of (the late) Everette and Carolyn Greene, Tony was born in Boone, N.C., on October 17, 1968, the youngest of three children. By the early 1980s, Tony and his siblings were singing Southern Gospel music professionally as The Greenes, garnering several No. 1 songs and appearing on the nation’s leading concerts.

In addition to being noted as a gifted lead vocalist, Tony has also been included in the list of leading concert promoters of Southern Gospel music. Throughout the years, Tony’s promotions encompassed dozens of states, while providing Christian music in not only churches and auditoriums, but also aboard cruises, bus tours and more. He was also a key factor of the success of the long-running Gospel Singing Jubilee multi-day concert held in Boone, N.C., for almost 30 years.

Tony married the former TaRanda Kiser on February 13, 2001. Together, they continued the ministry of the Greenes, while also being involved in several other ventures that include work with Abraham Productions (concert promotions featuring the Singing In The Sun in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the Gatlinburg Gathering in Gatlinburg, Tenn., and other locations), and the Good Shepherd Funeral Home in Indian Trail, North Carolina.

On August 25, 2009, Tony underwent a successful kidney transplant, with TaRanda providing the donor kidney. He returned to traveling within a month and though he encountered some minor health difficulties, he continued with the Greenes until additional health issues forced his hospitalization on September 21, 2010.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

In tribute to Tony, here are the Greenes at NQC 2009 singing one of their best-known songs, “Hold On,” soon after Tony’s kidney transplant. Please pray for the family during this difficult time.


NQC 2009: Wednesday Night

September 17, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Legacy Five, NQC 2009, NQC Turnover Season 2009, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Greenes

Another night of NQC has become history. A few thoughts for the night:

1. The way Legacy Five sang tonight (Frank Seamans in particular), you’d never guess a personnel change was taking place. Often if a member of a group is getting ready to leave, their stage presence and their singing sounds off. Not so with L5 and Seamans. Seamans is one of the most under-rated vocalists in the industry, let alone tenor singer. It will be interesting to see who L5 picks up as the next tenor.

Something I respect Frank for is, he’s all class, even in the change. At least he is staying on until a new guy comes on board instead of leaving the group up the creek without a paddle.

2. More sound issues. Tonight, the mics popped, cracked, and sizzled again, and several vocalists’ mics were way too hot. Arthur Rice in particular almost blew everybody out of their seat every line he sang. No fault of his own; the mic was simply too loud. Maybe since Gaither has rolled in and his technical crew will have shown up tomorrow, the sound situation will start to improve.

3. Tony and TaRanda Greene looked and sounded great tonight. Big contrast from last year, when Tony barely had the strength to stand. The kidney transplant was a success and it shows.

Post your thoughts in the comments section if you wish.

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!

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
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:Mike Bowling (Mike & Kelly Bowling)
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)
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.