Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Gold City-Hope For The Journey CD Review #GoldCity #HopeForTheJourney

The name Gold City is well known amongst Gospel music fans, and they have been a standard of solid quartet singing since their beginnings in 1980. While the group has undergone some changes through the years, they have consistently remained a favorite with fans, and with our family in particular. We were among those who (very anxiously) waited for Hope For The Journey, their recent release. When the cd arrived in the mail, we wasted no time in getting it into the cd player!

The album kicks off with I Can Tell You Why, a Dianne Wilkinson song that showcases both Scott Brand and Thomas Nalley on vocals. I've seen this one performed live at NQC, and it's a rousing song that gets you ready to enjoy all that follows.

Next up is Those Same Hands, which we were actually introduced to a few months ago at a Gold City concert we attended. This is a strong ballad that reminds us that the same Hands that healed the blind and fed the 5,000 are the same Hands that reach from the Cross. This is one of those songs that each time you hear it, you like it just a little bit more!

Someday is somewhat different stylistically, but it definitely works for the group. It's a fun sound, yet with an important theme that we can trust the Lord knowing that we'll be with Him in heaven someday.

Same God is the fourth track, and it's probably my favorite song on the project. It starts out describing a wedding scene at a church, then shifts to a funeral at another church just down the road. These two life events are so different; one joyous, one heartbreaking, yet through both of them, God remains the same - our one constant through life. This song usually gets hit on repeat and the message is one that every believer in any and every season of life needs to hear.

I Will Not Be Shaken gives us yet another listen to how talented a singer Daniel Riley is and starts off with the account of the Israelites at the Red Sea and Moses' faith as he trusted the Lord to deliver them. It's a great reminder for Christians that no matter what we face in life, we need to stay strong and keep faith in the Lord.

Alabama Mud is a rather unique song title, and I really wasn't sure what to expect from it but it has quickly become another favorite! This one features Thomas Nalley and describes an old fashioned baptism down at the river. It's another one that gets put on repeat quite often!

Jesus Frees The Fallen has another powerful message and shares the story of a man who grew up in church, fell away, and years later visits a church trying to find forgiveness. It's a wonderful song that encourages you whether you have a friend or family member in a similar situation that you're praying for, or if you are/have been in that same place in your life, wondering if God could truly forgive you.

A Bible Loving Man is one that some gospel music fans may be familiar with as it was recorded by the Florida Boys back in the '70s. I had heard the Florida Boys' version (I used to own the record it was originally recorded on) and I was excited to hear Gold City was recording this one. It's a classic SG song that features both tenor and bass and serves up traditional southern Gospel music at its finest.

All My Hope is Gold City's current radio single, and with good reason. I heard this for the first time at NQC and absolutely fell in love with the song. Thank God that no matter what we may have done or been through in life, as believers, our hope is in Christ and our sins are all forgiven.

This album ends with an a cappella song, Resting Place. I love hearing a group sing a cappella because it gives you a glimpse into the amount of talent and harmony they have. As you might expect coming from Gold City, this one is excellent!

All in all, Hope For The Journey is an incredible CD that is guaranteed not to disappoint! To be honest, it's my favorite album release of the year. The songs all have an important message, and the vocals are amazing. This lineup has developed their own Gold City sound that is fresh yet remains true to their heritage, and it resulted in a must-hear album!! You can purchase it digitally through iTunes, Amazon music, or call the Gold City office to order a physical copy at (256) 492-0942.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Interview With Dustin Doyle

Hey Friends!

I'm so thrilled to be back sharing another interview with you all!
We were able to sit down for an interview with Dustin Doyle (baritone singer for Ernie Haase And Signature Sound) while at NQC this year.
Dustin is no stranger to gospel music having spent 3 years with the popular group Beyond The Ashes before joining EHSS after Doug Anderson's departure in 2015.

"His excitement of joining EHSS in 2015 is self-explanatory-  "Singing with Signature Sound is a literal dream come true," said Dustin. "I've been listening to them since they started and I feel that God has answered my prayers. He's given me the platform that I’ve always wanted which is to sing amazing music and to make His name great."
Dustin plays several instruments, including guitar, piano, bass, and drums, and also enjoys writing songs and leading worship while at home.

In addition, he's a huge movie buff, specifically Superman and Star Wars, and proud to 'claim' he knows pretty much all trivia-related questions regarding both series'. Dustin also enjoys all things comic book and super hero-related.  He's also a big sports fan, especially the NBA and Major League Baseball.
Family is most important and comes first, however."

We are so excited to share this interview with y'all so, without further ado- our interview with Dustin.

Dustin, thank you so much for taking the time out of a very busy week at NQC to do this!  Readers, If you enjoyed and would like to learn more about EHSS head on over to their website!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The 2018 Fall Singing In The Smokies

Hey, y'all!

Who all has been to one of The Inspiration's famous Singing In The Smokies events?  We have wanted to make it out for years, but due to it being so far from us (it was about a 12hr. drive) we were never able to.  Earlier this year we decided that we'd plan on the second weekend of the Fall Sing, and Lord willing we'd be spending Oct. 19th-21st in Bryson City, NC!

The Inspirations host two Singing In The Smokies every year.. one over the summer (this was a five day event), and one in the Fall (this one was two weekends in a row).  For us it made more sense to plan for the Fall Sing, and we decided to attend the second weekend of the event.

We took it slow driving down, and pulled into Bryson City on Friday evening.  Saturday morning we had time before we had to head to Inspiration Park, so we took advantage of the time to wander downtown Bryson City.  Tried a little coffee shop (MountainPerks - stop in if you're in the area!), wandered some of the gift shops, and just enjoyed the beautiful scenery.  We had plenty of time, so we grabbed lunch and then headed to the Mtn. at about 1:00.

It was pretty neat finally driving up the Mtn. into Inspiration Park after having wanted to go for so many years.  We parked and unloaded our camp chairs (they had folding chairs available, but a lot of people chose to bring their own for comfort's sake), and had time to admire the beauty before the sing started.  First up on the schedule was the ever-popular McKameys, followed by a family favorite and the host group, The Inspirations!  Each group had an hour to sing, there's about a 20 minute break, and then each group got another half hour to sing. In between you can visit with the artists, grab something from the concession truck, or just stretch your legs and enjoy the view!  After the sing is over you can either head out right away or feel free to hang around for a little while and raid the food truck, fellowship, etc.  We liked the schedule because even going out for dinner afterwards we were still back to the hotel in plenty of time to relax, edit and upload some photos, and get ready for the next day.

Sunday morning everyone was up bright and early, and ready to head out to the Park to hear a sermon by Roland Kesterson.  I really appreciate that they have preaching as part of the sing as it feels more like you're at a revival than just a normal concert, and it really helped set the tone for the day.  We hung around and chatted for a few minutes, went and grabbed lunch, and then headed back for the concert portion of the day featuring The Old Paths, and of course, The Inspirations!  The schedule pretty much followed the same routine as the day before with each group getting an hour to sing, a 20 minute break, TOP got up to sing a little more, and then both The Old Paths and The Inspirations got up to sing a few songs together and dedicate Amazing Grace to a friend of the Inspirations who was having health problems.

This is a wonderful event, and one we are definitely going to try making again next year!  The good preaching, singing, fellowship and more, made for such a refreshing and encouraging trip.  Being out on the side of a mountain, listening to good godly music, and being surrounded by God's handiwork like that.. you'd be hard pressed to try and beat it!  Add to that the quaint little town of Bryson City, getting the chance to hang out and fellowship with dear friends, and exploring the area for photo opps made it just about perfect.  When we headed out Monday morning we roamed Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for photos... in fact, we took so much time doing that we didn't make it hardly as far as we were first planning.

If you're looking at going next year we have just a few words of advice.. 1.  Bring a sweater/jacket.  It gets quite chilly on the Mtn. for some people, and you don't want to be freezing.  2.  Realize that you very well may have no phone service.  I know some people had sketchy reception in and around town, but ours was completely out except for when we were at the Park.  Not a big deal, but just a heads-up.

So, who wants to go next year?!  We definitely would like to, and highly recommend you make plans to join us!  A little later on you'll be able to find information for next year's sings on The Inspiration Quartet's Website, as well as their Facebook Page.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Interview With Jonathan Mattingly!

Hey y'all!

  We first met Jonathan back in June of this year, at the Memphis Quartet Show.  While we had previously heard a few snatches of him singing with the Blackwoods, it wasn't until MQS that we were actually able to enjoy a couple days of hearing them sing, as well as getting to talk to/meet him (thanks to Butch Owens for the non-introduction.. 😂).

A little bit later we contacted Jonathan and were able to set up an interview for NQC week!
 I couldn't be more excited to share this interview with you all so without further ado, my interview with Jonathan.

Jonathan, thank you so much for taking the time to be on our blog!  Readers, I hope you enjoyed.
If you'd like to check if the Blackwood Brothers are ever around you check out their schedule here!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Interview With Joseph Habedank!

Hey y'all, Mercy here!
You may remember a couple years back we did an interview with Joseph Habedank.  You can find that interview here.

  While at NQC this year we had the chance to sit down for a few minutes and catch up.
Without further ado, here is our interview with Joseph.

  Joseph, Thank you so much for taking the time to do this.  It was an honor to have you on our blog.

  Readers, I hope you enjoyed!  Make sure to check out Joseph's tour schedule to see if he'll be singing around you anytime soon.

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, September 21, 2018

Steve Ladd "Come Up Clean" New EP Release!

Recently we received a package from Crossroads that, quite honestly, we had been very excitedly waiting for! We knew the envelope contained a new release from one of our family's favorite tenor singers, Steve Ladd. Come Up Clean is an EP with 6 new songs, and includes guest vocalist Jason Crabb on the title song. Release date is September 28 (only one week away!), but you can preorder a copy on Steve's website today!

The album starts off with The Thing About A Valley, which is probably my favorite song on the disc. It reminds us how even the valleys we go through have a purpose - they keep us looking up and waiting on the Lord. I love the thought here! We all go through trials and hard situations but through it all, if we remember to keep trusting in God, then each valley has served its purpose.

He Has Made A Way is a great song that draws from the account of Moses and the Israelites at the Red Sea to show how our Lord can make even an impossible situation turn out for His glory and our good!  Such a great reminder.

I Never Lost My Praise is another song that will "hit home" for a lot of folks. In our seasons of pain, we can still keep our hope and joy in the Lord and even praise Him in the middle of our darkest times.

Unshakable God is another reminder that no matter what we may be going through, our God is unmoving, always there. He is our courage when we have none, our rescuer, the one constant, unchanging relationship in our life.

Come Up Clean features guest vocalist Jason Crabb (no stranger to our readers, I'm sure) and describes an old-fashioned outdoor baptism at the river, and the joy believers feel when they "come up clean". I'd love to see/hear Steve and Jason do this one live!

The EP ends with Grave Clothes, a song that describes the change that happens when Christ comes in and saves a soul. We don't need the grave clothes anymore, we've been brought to life!

Steve delivers exactly what one would expect on this EP. Solid lyrics, great vocals, and songs that will encourage, uplift, and challenge believers in whatever circumstances they find themselves in.  It's quickly become a favorite in the family, and I'd encourage you to preorder your own copy at Steve's website! You can also follow Steve on Facebook to keep up with his tour schedule and ministry news.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Talleys "Finest Hour" Review!

Hi, friends!

I've been a fan of the Talleys for several years now, so ever since their new album "Finest Hour" was announced, I've been excitedly awaiting our copy of it.  We've really enjoyed it, so I thought I'd hop on and share about it with you all!

 This CD includes a nice assortment of songs, sure to have a little something for everyone. From the first song, "Look Up" (that encourages you to, instead of looking around for the answers to your problems, look up!) to the last, "Begin Again God"(a great reminder that He is indeed, "a God of second chances") is sure to bless you.

Here is the complete track list:

1. Look Up
2. Jeremiah 29:11 (You Have Plans)
3. When The Answer Is No
4. Joy
5. We Are Witnesses
6. Grab Your Umbrella
7. Death Was Arrested
8. That's What The Teacher Taught
9. Get Me There
10. Home At Last
11. He Restoreth My Soul
12. Begin Again God

I don't want to give it all away, but a couple of my favorites on this cd have to be "We Are Witnesses" (who should be testifying about the Lord Jesus Christ and all He's done?  We should!) and "Death Was Arrested" (Christ has given us a new life in Him and gives us true freedom!).  While the entire group has some great features and they all do an exceptional job on this album,  Lauren's vocals really stand out to me.  I've always enjoyed Lauren's singing, and this album just reaffirms that.

While you're here, make sure to to watch the fun music video the Talley's did for "Grab Your Umbrella"!  This is such a fun song with a great message, and is constantly on repeat in our house.

If you'd like to buy a copy of this cd, head on over to the Talleys website, and be sure to Like them on Facebook!

Thanks for reading!