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Charles Burke, 1936-2011

September 23, 2011 By: Aaron Category: Charles Burke, SG Artists, SG History, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Singing Americans

Came across this article on the Singing News website:

Singing News has learned that Charles Burke has passed away today (Friday, Sept. 23) at around 7 a.m. at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Early indications suggest that Mr. Burke suffered a brain aneurysm late last night at his home near Maiden, North Carolina. He had just celebrated his 75th birthday Sunday, Sept. 18.

Mr. Burke is generally regarded as a “behind-the-scenes” guiding force of Southern Gospel music. Among his numerous contributions to music in bringing life harmony are his distinguished service as a Board Member of the Southern Gospel Music Association and the Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame. An entrepreneur with several diversified businesses to his credit, including partial ownership of the National Quartet Convention, Mr. Burke was a driving force behind the outstanding quartet, The Singing Americans, and, with his son Michael, owned Tape Corporation Of America.

A tremendous discoverer and encourager of new musical talent, Mr. Burke was instrumental in the careers of such persons as Clayton Inman and David Sutton of The Triumphant Quartet, Ivan Parker, Danny Funderburk, as well as such groups as The Whisnants, The Reggie Saddler Family and The Dove Brothers.

In a conversation this morning with Michael Burke, Michael says that the family appreciates all the prayers during this time. He further states that funeral arrangements are pending, but will be shared as soon as they are finalized.

Mr. Burke made an indelible mark on Southern Gospel music; one that is, sadly, often overlooked. I suppose that is part of being “behind the scenes,” but the list mentioned in the press release is only a part of his many accomplishments and influences on this music.

I couldn’t find the original version of the song from when Michael English was singing lead, but here is a song from the Singing Americans featuring Clayton Inman that is a fitting tribute for Mr. Burke. Listen to the words that he heard early this morning: “Welcome to Heaven, my child.”

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHWazjrfVjk

Winners of the 2010 Singing News Fan Awards

September 30, 2010 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, Singing News Fan Awards

  • Favorite Musician- Jeff Stice- Triumphant Quartet
  • Horizon Individual- Morgan Easter- Jeff and Sheri Easter
  • Tenor- Michael Booth- The Booth Brothers
  • Soprano- Kim Hopper- The Hoppers- Kim’s daughter Karlye accepted the award and dedicated it to Tony Greene, making for one of the night’s more emotional moments.
  • Young Artist- Brooklyn Collingsworth
  • Baritone- Jim Brady- Booth Brothers
  • Horizon Group- Soul’d Out Quartet
  • Favorite Male Artist- Ivan Parker
  • Favorite Bass Singer- Eric Bennett- Triumphant Quartet
  • Favorite Lead Singer- Ronnie Booth
  • Favorite Alto- Libbi Stuffle
  • Favorite Mixed Group- The Hoppers
  • Favorite Female Singer- Kim Hopper
  • Favorite Male Quartet- Triumphant Quartet
  • Marvin Norcross/Templeton Award- Primitive Quartet
  • Favorite Soloist-Ivan Parker
  • Favorite Trio- The Booth Brothers- also dedicated to The Greenes.
  • Songwriter Of The Year- Rodney Griffin
  • Favorite Album- Jubilee- Legacy Five, Greater Vision,The Booth Brothers
  • Favorite Song- If You Knew Him- The Perrys
  • Favorite Artist- The Booth Brothers

There’s really nothing to complain about in this year’s awards; everyone who won something deserved the win, IMHO. Here’s hoping that we see the Awards back at NQC next year, though.

Dana Younce Willis Funeral Arrangements

August 12, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Prayer Requests

The Singing News has posted the arrangements here. Keep praying for the family.

Josh Garner Embarks On Solo Career

February 05, 2008 By: Aaron Category: Josh Garner, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

From a Singing News website post:

Josh Garner Officially Embarks On Solo Ministry
by Staff

LIMESTONE, TN (Press Release) – There have been rumors and speculation that Josh Garner has joined several groups in Southern Gospel music, but he has confirmed with Singing News that he is only pursuing his solo ministry.

Most fans remember Josh as the lead singer for the legendary Florida Boys quartet, but upon their retirement, he took several months off the road. Josh is ready to start traveling again, and is booking solo and emcee engagements across the country, as well as promoting his latest solo recordings “Sunday Meetin’ Time” and “Rays Of Sunshine.”

You can visit Josh at his brand new website, www.joshgarnermusic.com.

I’m pleased with this news. Josh is a very versatile singer, so I’m sure he’ll do well in this new endeavor.