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Guest Post at Musicscribe

July 08, 2014 By: Aaron Category: Blogging Community, SG Artists, SG Music, The Skyline Boys

I recently got the opportunity to travel along for a weekend with the Skyline Boys, and I was asked to do a guest post about the trip on Musicscribe. Check it out!

Youtube Spotlight: Skyline Boys

February 25, 2014 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Music, The Skyline Boys, Youtube

Last weekend found me attending the Winter Hearts Benefit Concert, an annual event held in my home area of Lynchburg, VA. Each year, this organization brings in a Southern Gospel group (or multiple artists) to put on a concert to benefit a local family in need. This time, the lineup featured Howie McKinney (a soloist from Salem, VA), the Skyline Boys, and the Rick Webb Family. Space constraints and battery life prevented me from capturing the Rick Webb Family’s set, but I will say that I came away impressed from my first time hearing them. It was mentioned by the promoter that they are return favorites for the event, but I had never had the opportunity to hear them.

I did manage to take a few clips of the Skyline Boys. They were traveling with a fill-in lead singer after Brian Alvey’s departure, but it was not mentioned from the stage that he was filling in, and you wouldn’t have known the difference if you weren’t aware that they are searching. I hadn’t seen the group outside of NQC before, so it was nice hearing a fuller set from them. They did two songs from their new project, Love Came Through, and I was able to capture one: “Sing It, Brother, Sing It.” The new songs went over very well.

The lineup for this concert was tenor Jodi Hosterman, fill-in lead Chris Williams, baritone Chris Little, and bass Dennis Powers.

Clips from NQC 2013

September 16, 2013 By: Aaron Category: Freedom, Mark209, NQC, Omega, SG Artists, SG Music, The Skyline Boys

As promised, here are a few videos of some performances at NQC 2013. We’ll start with the “debut” of Freedom Quartet:

Next up is the Skyline Boys, with completely new top parts with the return of Jodi Hosterman at tenor and the newly hired Brian Alvey at lead:

Here’s a trio called Omega from GA. They have been on main stage as showcase winners in the past couple of years. New lead singer Kevin Harry filled in for the Dixie Melody Boys before Josh Garner joined. From what I can gather, this was the lineup’s first time on stage.

Finally, up-and-coming group Mark209 sang a Christmas song a regional showcase:

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.

News Roundup

July 13, 2008 By: Aaron Category: Naomi and The Segos, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Inspirations, The Skyline Boys

In my absence, here’s some things that have happened:

1. Naomi Sego Hires New Group– This is a somewhat shocking development, what with all the talk surrounding the group’s “final project” and Naomi’s retirement and all, but I am glad to still see her singing. Sego is hiring two former members of the group: Jerry Gill and Scott Spangler.

2. Skyline Boys sign with Crossroads Entertainment – And once again, Mickey Gamble brings a great group into the fold. Being from my homestate of VA, I have heard the Skyline Boys before. The group sounds great, especially with Jodi Hosterman on tenor. Can’t wait to hear future stuff from these guys.

3.SGConcerts.com Launched A project that’s been in the works for some time now has finally come to fruition. Fellow SG blogger Daniel Mount launched the site this past week, and I am proud to be part of the writing team. Check us out if you like a good concert review every now and then.


4. Matt Dibler’s Nephew Found
– And on a sad note, Brian Fouty’s body was discovered in Iraq. Fouty is The Inspirations lead Matt Dibler’s nephew. Please keep the family in your prayers.