Saturday, July 8, 2017

Moments With Mercy: Interview with Randy Crawford!!

Hey y'all, This is without a doubt one of the funnest interviews I've ever been able to do, especially the last 7 minutes or so :). And it was a honor to be able to do this interview. First, let me tell you a little bit about the Kingsmen:



"The successes of The Kingsmen have led to many prestigious opportunities. In 1977, The Kingsmen performed on the south lawn of the White House for President Jimmy Carter and in 1982 they performed at the opening ceremony of the World's Fair in Knoxville, TN which was broadcast on local and regional TV, with President Ronald Regan present to open the fair. The Kingsmen was also the first group to film and record a live performance at the famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and in 2000 they were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame followed by the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2008. They've garnered multiple dove awards and numerous Singing News Fan awards including favorite bass vocalist, tenor, baritone, lead, instrumentalist, video, the 1992 favorite song "Wish You Were Here" as well as favorite album by the same name, male quartet of the year, and group of the year. The Kingsmen band was voted favorite band a record 17 times making this quartet one of the most awarded groups in Southern Gospel Music. "The key is to never lose sight of what we are working towards" says Ray Reese, Kingsmen manager and bass singer. "We tour year in and year out to spread our music to people across the country. Our music has a message, the message of Christ. Every night we work to bring His message to our audience. Our goal is to see people saved through Jesus Christ whether we're singing indoors, outdoors, in an auditorium, church or studio recordings ". Today the Kingsmen consist of 2008 hall of fame inductee, Ray Dean Reese, his son Brandon Reese, Randy Crawford, Bob Sellers, and Joshua Horrell."

And now for the interview:



If you'd like to see when the Kingsmen will be in your area, go check out their website.
Randy, thank you so much for doing this!  Viewers, I hope you enjoyed!!
~Mercy

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Review of "Long Run" by The Old Paths!

Hey y'all,  I've been a big fan of The Old Paths for a while now and I was thrilled when they announced that they were coming back on the road for select dates!  We were able to go to their first concert back on the road at the Memphis Quartet Show.  As my sisters could tell you, this was the highlight of the entire week of MQS for me. :) While we were there I was able to pick up a copy of their new cd entitled Long Run.  It is a fantastic cd with great songs that encourage and inspire.
Here is a list of the songs on the cd.
1. Peace Is On The Way
2. In The Long Run (My personal favorite)
3. Broken People Like Me
4. Tangled In The Middle
5. At The Name Of Jesus (My Second Favorite)
6. My Everyday Life

They have they perfect mix of slow and upbeat songs and even though I put my top two above, there isn't a song on this cd I dislike!  If anything else, I wish the project was longer... :)
Also for anyone wondering, Steve's a great fit with them as tenor!! He doesn't overpower the group's sound (which you might expect from a tenor who's been doing solo work for the past several years),
but blends well to give that perfect quartet sound. We were impressed with how well the group
sounded both at Memphis and on this cd, which was actually recorded before their first concert together. You really can't tell that the Old Paths have been on hiatus for over a year, and that they have a brand new tenor to boot. Old Paths fans will quickly recognize the sound they loved before the group retired, and if you're hearing them for the first time, you'll quickly become a fan of the re-formed group!
Long Run is available online through iTunes this month, so make sure you get your copy!
Thanks for reading!
~Mercy

Monday, June 26, 2017

Moments With Mercy - Interview with Bryan & Yvonne Hutson

Hey y'all,  I am so excited to share this interview with y'all!  I have been a fan of Bryan Hutson for as long as I can remember... my favorite song of his is, "When God Ran".  Last year Bryan announced is departure from Soul'd Out, along with the news of furthering his ministry work with his wife.  Before we get started let me tell you a little bit about them and their ministry.


"Rescue Me Ministries is a ministry dedicated to strengthening, encouraging and challenging couples to fight for their marriage and family.Bryan and Yvonne Hutson are gifted speakers and vocalists who are committed to sharing the love of Christ through song, word and personal testimony. They are a Christian couple committed to encouraging, strengthening and challenging other couples to FIGHT for their marriage and family."

And now for the interview.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourselves.
"We serve together as "Rescue Me Ministries." We sing, preach/sing and host marriage retreats. We are the parents of 4 children and 1 granddaughter."

2. How did you two meet?
"We met in West Virginia while I (Bryan) was a Worship Pastor."

3. How long has Bryan been singing SG?
"I (Bryan) began singing/playing gospel music when I was 13 years old. I was a drummer for my family group; "The Woods Family."

4. What sparked your interest in counseling couples?
"We have made major mistakes in our lives and we believe God used those mistakes to teach us and give us a passion for helping others not make those same mistakes."

5. Could you each share your salvation testimony?
"Bryan: I had been singing gospel music for about 6 years and was working at a local fast food restaurant so I could sing on the weekends. One evening while at work, God convicted me and I "knelt down in the mop water and accepted Christ."
Yvonne: I was in 6th grade and felt God dealing with my heart. I asked God to save me, but I totally surrendered my life to Him in 2005."

6. What is each of yours favorite vacation spot?
"Bryan: I love Hawaii and Banff Alberta Canada but going anywhere with Yvonne is fine with me!Yvonne: my favorite place is to be home with my husband and children."

7. Tell us a little bit about your new cd and when will it be released?
"Our new CD is called "Grace." It is a collection of songs that speak of God's grace and mercy. Our music is a mix of light contemporary and progressive southern gospel. When choosing songs, we focus on lyrics and biblical truth before musical style."

Bryan & Yvonne, thank you both so much for doing this!  Readers, I hope you enjoyed.  If you'd like to keep up with the Hutsons you can find them on Facebook at Friends of Bryan Hutson and Rescue Me Ministries.

Thanks for reading!
~Mercy

Friday, May 19, 2017

2017 National Quartet Convention!

Hey, y'all!


We just wanted to take a few minutes today to tell you about our trip to the 2016 National Quartet Convention, and some of what we're looking forward to at this year's event!  As always, NQC was a blast and such a blessing and encouragement for all of us.  And we can't wait to be back there in just a little over 4 months!! So, let's get started.


The decision for NQC to remain in Pigeon Forge for the next five years was met with an overwhelming reaction.  Sure, there may have been a few small complications the first year, but together the NQC board and the city of PF have worked out any issues that arose.  There have been so many improvements made, and it's been a wonderful venue and location for convention.



As always, there was a great lineup of groups to meet, hear sing, and get to know.  Some of these quartets, trios, and solo artists that performed Main Stage were fan favorites such as Triumphant Quartet, Tribute Quartet, Legacy Five, The Kingsmen, The Ball Brothers, The Inspirations, Greater Vision, The Booth Brothers, Soul'd Out, The Talleys, The Jim Brady Trio, The Collingsworth Family, Gold City, The Kingdom Heirs, The Mylon Hayes Family, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Hoppers, etc.  The list could go on and on!

There were the evening concerts, but there were also chapels and many showcases such as the Vintage Quartet Showcase, the Stories of the Songs, the Matinee Extravaganza, Music, Music, Music, etc.  And we can't forget the Singing News Fan Awards!

There are many highlights that we'd love to share with you all, but we'll try to cut it down so as not to keep you here all day...


  • Sunday Evening Bonus Concert 
  • NQC Press Conference
  • Chapel: hearing Eric Bennett preach one morning was one of my absolute favorite parts of NQC!
  • Singing News Fan Awards - As always, this was so much fun seeing who the fan favorite in each category is! :)
  • NQC Artist Showcase - We were able to make it back to the artist showcase in the food court Wednesday and Saturday and it was a lot of fun hearing some GREAT groups. And I got to hear one of my favorite soloists - Steve Ladd.
  • Joseph Habedank Mainstage Friday Night.  Our family hasn't been able to see Joseph much since he left the Perrys and it was SO good to be able to see him on mainstage again.  And... For those of you who don't know, he'll be back again this year!
  • Saturday Night Finale - This is always a bittersweet night as you look back on the memories you've made during the week but it was also special this past year getting to hear some of the #1 songs that have now become classics.
NQC is seriously one of our biggest highlights of the year, and we've been making plans for 2017.  Speaking of the 2017 NQC, be sure to start making your own plans to attend as it will be the 60th Anniversary, and I've heard that it is going to be quite an event!

We are so excited and cannot wait for what is sure to be a special event, as well as one of the biggest highlights of our year.  So remember September 24th - 30th... a fantastic event you don't want to miss!

~Mercy

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Moments With Mercy - Interview With Thomas Nalley!

Hey y'all,

I am so excited to share this interview with all of you Gold City fans!  Before we get started, let me tell you a little bit about Gold City.

"Their name is synonymous with setting the standard for male quartets since their inception in 1980. Many have tried to pattern their style and sound, but there’s only one Gold City. Theirs is a stellar career with numerous number one songs, fan and industry awards, and prestigious honors. Yet this Gadsden, Alabama-based group remains down-to-earth, grounded in their southern roots, and committed to continuing their mission of delivering power-packed four-part harmonies and singing songs that are meaningful, entertaining, inspiring, and uplifting.  Each member of Gold City is talented and dedicated to sharing the good news of the gospel through songs with encouraging and challenging lyrics, presented in an exciting performance on stage. Each man is committed to moving forward and taking Gold City even further than it has gone before. Remaining true to the heritage of the legacy of the past 30-plus years, Gold City continue to build on the great foundation that has already been established. In other words, there’s a lot more in store for Gold City fans old and new, so get ready–the future is now and the best is yet to come."

And now for the interview.


Thomas, Thank you so much for doing this.  Readers, I hope you enjoyed! If you'd like to see if Gold City is ever around you, go check out their website.  Also keep an eye out on their Facebook page and see if you can catch a "Live With the City"!

Thanks for stopping by!
~Mercy

Friday, April 14, 2017

Moments With Mercy - Interview With Jordan Wilburn!

Hey everybody,  I'm so excited to share this interview with y'all!  I first started listening to Wilburn and Wilburn two years ago when they sang "You Asked Him To Leave" at NQC and I've been a fan ever since...  So, without further ado, let me tell you a little bit Jordan.

"Jordan Wilburn is a new name for Gospel music but with his ability to present a song with conviction and honesty, this talented young man will be singing his way into your heart very soon. Jordan has been in and around Gospel music all of his life. Jonathan says, "Before Jordan was born I would put headphones on my wife’s stomach and play gospel music". So you guessed it, this boy was born singing. Jordan states, " I have always loved singing about the goodness of Jesus. My dad has always been my hero and I am looking forward to being up there with him every night doing what God has for us to do". Jordan will be finishing his history degree while on the road with his father. I believe America is ready for the fresh new talent of this dynamic
singer. You will definitely be blessed by this new generation of Wilburns!"

And now for the interview.


Jordan, Thank you so much for doing this!  Readers, I hope you enjoyed.  Make sure to go check out Wilburn and Wilburn's website to see if they're ever around you!
~Mercy

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Backstage with Blair Campbell!

Hello All!


Ladies and gentleman, today I want you all to spend a few minutes with me here to take a peek into the life of Blair Campbell with Saving Grace Trio!  I was excited to hear Saving Grace Trio for the first time at NQC 2016, and was thrilled when Blair agreed to an interview!

     1.   Tell us a little about yourself.  "I am 17 years old and a senior at Jackson High School in Jackson, Ga. I play volleyball and tennis and have been for the past 4 years. I love to sing, and have been singing for all of my life. I also play a few instruments including piano, mandolin, and the ukulele. Singing is my passion and I can’t wait to see where God takes Saving Grace Trio."

     2.   How did Saving Grace Trio begin?  "We’ve been singing together since January of 2016. It all started when my dad, Melton, came off the road from singing with the Inspirations Quartet for 15 years. After all those years of traveling, he decided he wanted to be home more and spend more time with his family. I told him that the only way I’d be okay with him coming off the road is if we could start singing, so we did. Then, one day I was at my nana’s house, and we were looking through old song books. I came across this one named “Saving Grace” and right then and there I knew that that’s what I wanted to name the trio."

     3.   Where do you envision Saving Grace Trio in 10 years?   "In the next ten years I hope for Saving Grace Trio to be traveling all around the United States singing and spreading God’s word, and traveling almost every weekend. I also hope to one day sing on the same stage as some of my southern gospel inspirations and the singers that I look up to in the industry."

     4.   Can you share your Salvation testimony with us?   "I’ve always been in church, thanks to my amazing parents. My mom and dad are such Christian people and they’ve shown me that with God anything is possible. If you just trust in God, everything will work out according to God’s will. I got saved back in June of 2005 at a local church in my hometown during bible school. I was 4 at the time, so I really didn’t know the meaning of it. However, years later after that I was at church camp in Adrian, Ga, and got saved but this time actually understanding what I was doing and knowing what it meant, and in November of 2012 I was baptized. From then on, I’ve continued to live for Christ and do so everyday. I’ve been through many situations that if I didn’t have God, I wouldn’t have made itthrough."

     5.   What is one of your favorite Bible verses, and why?   "Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God.” I love this verse because it just means what it says. If you believe in God and trust in him, nothing is impossible. You can do anything with God by your side."

     6.   What is one of your favorite songs to sing, and why?   "I don’t know that I can pick a favorite song that I like to sing. I love so many that I can’t pick a favorite. However, here are a few that I love to sing: Hidden Heroes, Healin’ Stream, and We Speak Your Name."

     7.   Who have some of your biggest influences been as far as SGM?   "My influences in the southern gospel industry are Lauren Talley, Sonya Isaacs, and Amber Eppinette. I absolutely love their voices! Their tones are just awesome as well as their huge range!"

     8.   What do you love most about singing with your Dad?   "I love being able to sing on stage with my dad. I sometimes think about it when I’m on stage singing and get all teary eyed at the fact that I’m living my dream of singing on stage with my daddy. He’s another one of my big inspirations! No pun intended. Ha-ha"

     9.   What is something most people do not know about you?   "Most people don’t know that I’m a certified scuba diver. I got certified when I was 10 years old back in 2011. My Uncle Dave, who is a diving instructor, was the one that certified me. He’s also a big influence in my love for music. Every time I and my brother would go to his house, we’d always sit in the living room at night and jam. Uncle Dave would be on the bass, my brother, Levi, would be on the guitar, and I’d be on the piano. Those were some fun times!"

     10.   What are your hobbies?   "Some of my hobbies other than singing include volleyball, tennis, and drawing."

Blair, thank you so much for taking the time to do this with!  We loved featuring you, and hope to see you back here on the blog in the future.  Readers, please head on over and give the Saving Grace Trio page a "Like" on Facebook!  We have several other fun interview in the works so be sure to keep an eye on our page, and we'll see you back here shortly!