Monday, May 7, 2018

Moments With Mercy- Interview With Mark Cates!

Hi friends!
The Dixie Echoes are a favorite in our family and I was so excited when I recently had the opportunity to interview their bass singer- Mark Cates.  First, let me tell you a little bit about The Dixie Echoes and then we'll get started.
"The Dixie Echoes have performed throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada at well-known venues such as the National Quartet Convention, Gospel Jubilee Cruise, the Brumley Sing, Memphis Quartet Show, Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, and Carnegie Hall as well as churches, fairs, and on television. The Dixie Echoes have appeared on such programs as TBN, INSP and are most notably remembered for their regular appearances on the nationally syndicated television show, The Gospel Singing Jubilee which aired in the late 1960’s and 70’s.    Although each individual presents his own musical styling, the members collectively share the common goal of doing everything they can to expose the audience to the power of a meaningful song. With arguably the best line-up of talent ever, the Dixie Echoes present the gospel message in song with a touch of class and excellence.    Over the last 50 years God has trusted the Dixie Echoes with the huge purpose of telling everyone they can about Him. To do this He has provided talented men with a dedication to this grand style of music. In the timeless tradition of the Statesmen Quartet and the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, the Dixie Echoes will continue to sing songs in such a manner that no one can miss a single word, not one distraction from hearing what the songwriter wanted to share."

And now for the interview.

Mercy: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Mark: I grew up in Pensacola, Florida and went to church at First Baptist Church.  I have an older brother and younger sister who both sing.  I met my future wife in the youth group at First Baptist Church in Pensacola.  We were married in February 1991.  My wife gave birth to our son Coby in October 2001.  He was born special needs with a condition known as micro-lissencephaly.  He eventually went home to be with the Lord in February 2010.

Mercy: Could you share your salvation testimony?
Mark: I was saved at Camp-0-the Pines at 7 years old.  I remember the preacher preaching on the “hell-train”.  There was a lot more hell fire and brimstone preaching back in those days.  During my years in the youth group at FBC I gained a greater understanding of what “Go ye therefore” and evangelism really meant.  I thank God for that free gift of salvation.  Everyone goes through difficulties in life, but when you go through the challenges of watching your son through his special needs challenges and his passing, then get beyond the grieving process you start to see the blessings God provided during that trial.  You never fully get past losing a child, but you do learn how to live differently and if you allow God’s blessings, you will see them.

Mercy: What started your interest in singing southern gospel?
Mark: I guess the seed was planted when I was very young when Mom and Dad would tune to the Gospel Singing Jubilee on Sunday mornings.  Later in 1982 or 83 I heard the opening “Roll Tide” on the Kingsmen Live at the University of Alabama.  I was hooked!

Mercy: Do you have any hobbies? If so, what?
Mark: My hobby has always been singing.

Mercy: What is the funniest thing a fan has ever said to you?
Mark: When Ben Hart used to travel with the group, people would get us confused.  People would come up and complement me on my fabulous piano playing.  I can’t play the piano at all.  ðŸĪŠ

Mercy: What is your favorite vacation spot?
Mark: I don’t really have a favorite spot yet, but when my favorite spot happens, I will let you know.

Mercy: What did you want to be when you grew up?
Mark: I always wanted to be a gospel singer in a male quartet.

Mercy: What is something most people don't know about you?
Mark: I’m boring.  I’ve never smoked, drank alcohol, or been wild.  I like to go to bed at 9:00 pm and get up around 6:00.  I have been married once in my life to the same woman I went on my very first date with at the age of 16 (we got married much later).  We’ve been married now for 27 years.  I have worked in the field of Neurodiagnostics for the past 27 years and continue to maintain a full time job doing that while also singing with the Dixie Echoes.

Mercy: What is a typical day on the road like for you/DE?
Mark: Going to Guitar Center and every thrift store from here to Timbuktu.  Only after the guys wake up at 1:00pm.  ðŸ˜

Mercy: What is your favorite Bible verse?
Mark: For by grace you have been saved, through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

Mercy: Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Mark: Yes, my wife just bought a Havanese puppy and I am the proud dad of a new dog.  Oh!!! We also sell Plexus......doesn’t everyone these days.  ðŸ˜‚

Mark, Thank you so much for taking time to do this!  Readers, I hope you enjoyed.  Make sure to go "friend" Mark on Facebook as well as "like" the Dixie Echoes Facebook Page .

Thanks for reading!
~Mercy

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Moments With Mercy - Interview With Andrew Ball!

Hey y'all!

The Ball Brothers have become one of the most popular male quartets in southern gospel, and I recently had the pleasure to interview their tenor singer- Andrew Ball!

The Ball Brothers need no introduction, so without further ado lets get started!


Mercy: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Andrew: I’m the oldest of the seven Ball Children. There’s an 18 year difference between me and my youngest sibling. I love old music from the 40’s and Christmas is definitely my favorite time of the year. I love producing and arranging vocals, and built a studio in my house where I love to work.

Mercy: When did you get saved?
Andrew: I was raised in church since I was born. Never remember missing a single service as a child. I clearly remember at age five feeling convincted during an invitation in a Sunday night service in September of 1984 and going forward and asking The Lord to save me. Even though I was young I knew I was lost and on my way to Hell, and had the faith of a child and received Christ as my Savior. I remember it vividly to this day.

Mercy: If you didn't become a singer, what would you be doing right now?
Andrew: I honestly can’t imagine doing anything else. Music has been a huge part of my life since I was very young. I started singing harmony at age 5 and would sing specials in church at that age. I’ve worked concrete construction, video editing, graphics design, furniture delivery! All of those jobs reminded me that music is where I should be lol!

Mercy: Who is someone that has influenced your singing?
Andrew: Brian Free & Jay Parrack were huge influences early on. I learned so much about vocal placement just trying to imitate their voices. It helped me unlock my “head voice” that I use a lot because I’m not a naturally a high singer. I have to work very hard at it. But I’ve also learned a lot from Darren Rust (our producer) and listening to other great artist such as David Phelps. I also listen closely to some of the older guys such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and others specifically studying their phrasing and how to deliver a lyric with feeling and conviction.

Mercy: What is your favorite song to sing and why?
Andrew: It depends on the day and my mood honestly. I always have a song running through my head at any given point (usually a Christmas song lol), but in concerts it’s definitely our song, "It’s About The Cross".

Mercy: What advice would you give a young person hoping to someday sing Southern Gospel?
Andrew: Sing every chance you get and always do your best no matter the venue. Learn an instrument (preferably the piano) and learn it well. (Something I wish a million times a day I would have done instead of focusing on Basketball lol!!) Be an innovator. Use the technology that is at your fingertips and be a visionary to chart a new path. The methods of 20 years ago will not work as well today and a younger generation will have a better perspective on how best to reach and draw a younger crowd to this great music.

Mercy: What is your favorite and least favorite part of traveling?
Andrew: Getting to see the world is my favorite part. I’ve been to all lower 48 states and 20 foreign countries. The opposite side of that is the fatigue that sets in being on the road that much.

Mercy: If you could meet anyone in the past or present, who would it be?
Andrew: I love WWII history and I would love to meet and talk with Dwight Eisenhower.

Mercy: What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing thing has happened to you on stage? Andrew: Probably the most embarrassing is the time I passed a kidney stone on stage during a concert. I don’t really remember much about the concert and I’m sure vocally and performance wise I was not at my best lol!!

Mercy: What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Andrew: Proverbs 1:5 because it’s difficult for me to be silent and listen sometimes. There are many times in life you need to be silent and hear what is being said around you.


Mercy: Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Andrew: Never be afraid to be yourself. People appreciate when you are genuine and real. Don’t put on a fake personality or try to mimic someone else. Be yourself and let God take you to where you’re supposed to be.

Andrew, thank you so much for doing this!  Readers, I hope you enjoyed!  Make sure to go follow the  Ball Brothers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and make sure to follow Andrews personal Instagram as well.

Thanks for reading!
~Mercy

Friday, April 27, 2018

CD Review: The LeFevre Quartet Ascending #Ascending #LeFevreQuartet

Calling all fans of quartet music! Today is the release date of a new album by one of our family's favorite groups, the LeFevre Quartet. We preordered our copy, so we've had it long enough to listen and decide what we do and don't like about it. In all honesty, there's only one thing we disliked about the album and that is the fact that it only has 8 songs on it. This is a new trend in music that seems to be gaining popularity, although I still love the longer 10 or 11 song albums that used to be standard. However, when the only "bad" thing you can say about an album is that you wish it was longer, that says a lot about how good the project is!


Ascending starts out with I Have It All, an upbeat quartet song, and it just gets better from there. (I've seen other reviewers make note of this as well, but the first time we heard the song I mentioned that it was the perfect album opener. Fun, happy, and with a great message.) "There aren't any filler songs on this album" is a phrase that gets overused a lot of times, but that is literally true with Ascending. All 8 songs are Biblically sound, deliver a solid message, and range from slow ballads to traditional quartet songs to the song Revival, which is a bit different than you'd typically expect to hear from the LeFevres but yet keeps the male quartet harmony going strong. Sailing Away is the quintessential quartet song that will get you clapping, toe-tapping, and singing along.

This album relies heavily on Jordan LeFevre's talent and gives him a chance to really shine. When you hear his features on Ascending, it leaves no doubt the future of Southern Gospel music is in good hands. I can't wait to see/hear A Rugged Old Cross in concert! (My personal favorite of his solos on the album).

Keith Plott has long been one of my favorite bass singers and the more I hear him, the more I realize just why that is! He has quite a range and moves easily from singing the smooth ballads to his upbeat feature on Silver And Gold.

Mike LeFevre puts emotion and heart into a song like very few can, and that stands out on his solo, I'll See You At The House. If you have recently lost a loved one, this is a song you will be putting on repeat. It's a wonderful reminder that goodbyes aren't forever.

I saved the best, in my opinion, for last. It was very hard to choose a favorite song from this album (another overused phrase, I know). I hesitate many times to say, "This is my favorite" because that often changes based on what situation or season I'm facing. However, after listening to the entire album through many times (at least 50), I have to say that Only Jesus has settled into the number one spot for me. It's a timeless song, meaning that it's relevant to everyone at every time-whether you're in a valley or on the mountaintop. We as believers always need reminded of what Christ has done for us, and I think this song drives home just how amazing our Savior truly is. Only Jesus could "shed the precious Blood that frees us" and that is something we can never hear too often. As a bonus, this song not only packs the greatest personal impact for me, but it features one of my favorite tenors and singers, Jeremy Peace, and highlights his amazing range.


Be sure to pick up a copy of Ascending online through the LeFevre Quartet's website, or download it digitally through iTunes. This is an album that every quartet and SGM fan will want in their collection!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Moments With Mercy- Interview With Michael Howard!

Hey y'all!
Awhile back we posted that we were going to start interviewing some artists that had "left the
With Michael back in 2016
southern gospel world".  We've previously interviewed Nick Succi (former pianist for the Kingsmen).  The next persons interview we have to share with you is Michael Howard's!  Michael used to play piano for Soul'd Out Quartet and left back in 2016.

Michael is multi-talented, He's a fantastic piano player (one of my personal favorites!) as well as a fantastic singer!

So, without further ado, my interview with Michael!


Mercy: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Michael: I’m 29 years old. I love my family. I am a thinker and an analyst in my mind. I really enjoy getting to know people and I’m an only child.

Mercy: When did you get saved?
Michael: When I was 7 years old

Mercy: What do you like to do in your free time?
Michael: Fishing, riding my four wheeler, playing music, hunting, and relaxing in my favorite chair and watching TV

Mercy: If you could choose one SG song to be your life song what would it be?
Michael: If You Knew Him

Mercy: If you could meet anyone in the past or present who would it be?
Michael: Abraham Lincoln or Noah (lol)

Mercy: What started your interest in playing piano?
Michael: I was 6 and wanted to play the violin but my parents wanted to start me with piano. My interest in piano started right away. My main desire quickly became one for learning the piano.

Mercy: What did you like and dislike most about being on the road?
Michael: I LOVED the relaxation of each day. We were able to have a slow easy pace most days unless we had a super long drive. I also loved meeting so many people. Loved playing on stage as well. The only thing I did not like was being away from my family, particularly on Sundays.

Michael and his family
Mercy: What is your favorite Bible verse?
Michael: Romans 10:9 9.

Mercy: Are you still active in the music industry?
Michael: I’m not very active with the music industry currently, but most likely will be again one day.

Mercy: Where do you call home?
Michael: Hebron, KY

Mercy: Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Michael: Since I left Soul’d Out I have been working part time at my church as an associate music director. I also work in the construction industry as a Manager and Lead Contractor. Someday I plan to enter back into the music world in a different way than before, but it is all up to God’s timing.

Michael, thank you so much for doing this.  Readers, I hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading!
~Mercy

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Fan Spotlight : Rebecca Pethtel


Good evening, everyone!  

We usually don't post in the evenings, but I wanted to get this new Fan Spotlight up so you all could enjoy it as well.  I am loving the opportunity to get to know all of these young people that are so enthusiastic about gospel music!


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(Modesty): Tell us a little about yourself.
(Rebecca): My name is Rebecca Pethtel, I’m 17 years old and I go to church at Progress Baptist in Hendersonville NC. I love music especially SG!

(Modesty): When and what got you started listening to SGM?
(Rebecca): When I was 4-5 our pastor (Ralph Sexton Jr. of Trinity Baptist) asked my older sisters and I to sing “Thank You Lord” for a service. Then he asked us to sing it so regularly, we decided to start learning new songs and sing them as well. Then pastors and other people would ask us to sing at their revival, homecoming, benefits and other events.


(Modesty): Do you remember what album/recording, concert, or group you heard first?
(Rebecca): I don’t remember the first album I listened to but my first concert I went to was 11th hour.

(Modesty): What are your top five favorite groups?
(Rebecca): My top five favorite groups are The Collingsworth Family, 11th Hour, The Erwin’s, The Talleys and the Carr Family.

(Modesty): What is one of your current favorite songs?
(Rebecca): Hmm... that’s hard because there are so many good songs that I absolutely love. But my favorite right now is “Broken Ones” by the Talley Trio. I love this song because it talks about a loving God that cares for broken people in a broken world. It has such a sweet but powerful message.


(Modesty): What SG song was last played on your iPod/CD player?
(Rebecca): “I Found It All” by the Collingsworth Family

(Modesty): How many SG groups have you seen in concert?  Have you kept a tally of how many concerts you’ve attended?
(Rebecca): I’ve seen the Kingdom Heirs at Dollywood a few times and once in concert, I’ve seen 11th Hour once, Squire Parsons a few times and The Collingsworth Family.

(Modesty): Out of all the concerts/events you’ve attended, is there one in particular that sticks out to you as a favorite?
(Rebecca): Definitely The Collingsworth concert! I had the opportunity to play a duet with Mrs Kim and it was the best thing that’s ever happened to me! She is my idol as a musician. For days and even weeks after, thinking back on that night was like recalling a dream. I still can’t get over how amazing that moment was.



(Modesty): Do you prefer to download the music, or own the physical CD's?
(Rebecca): I prefer to download music so I can pop my earbuds in and listen to it when I’m on the go.

(Modesty): Do you sing or play any musical instruments?  If so, which part or instrument?
(Rebecca): Well, it depends on the song and who I’m singing with. I usually sing tenor but sometimes I’ll sing soprano or alto. I play piano, guitar and ukulele.



(Modesty): What SG song do you turn on for a pick-me-up?
(Rebecca): I listen to “It Matters To the Master” by the Collingsworth Family for a pick me up. The song is basically described in the title.


(Modesty): What SG song do you turn on when you need to relax?
(Rebecca): “He Sees What We Don't” by Eleventh Hour.

(Modesty): If you could choose one SG song as a life song, what would it be?
(Rebecca): “Lord, I’m Thankful” by The Perrys. It talks about how we have trials and fears and gives examples of men in the Bible who had faith in God and just like them, we can look back and see that God was with us the whole time and that He is good to us and we can say that we’re thankful at the end of the journey. If anyone hasn’t heard this song, I would encourage you to go look it up.

(Modesty): Do you own any SG records/cassette tapes or do just digital downloads/cds?
(Rebecca): We have some old CDs but I honestly don’t know where they are. So I just do digital downloads.

(Modesty): Do you have anything else you'd like to add for our readers?
(Rebecca): My sisters and I have had the opportunity to sing in some pretty amazing places. We did a combined concert once with Squire Parsons and Ivan Parker. We sing a couple times a year on a tv station out of Greenville SC. We founded the Youth category at the Gospel Singing competition at the WNC Mountain State Fair about 10 years ago and have sang and placed every year since. We’ve placed 1st 7 times, 2nd twice, and 3rd once. Now my sisters are moved out of the house so we don’t sing that much anymore but when we do, it makes my heart happy.    So yep, that’s just a glimpse into my life as a fellow Gospel Music lover.
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Rebecca, thank you for joining us for a chat on the blog!  Readers, I hope you enjoyed getting to know another fellow-SG fan.  Remember to contact us if you'd like to be featured!

Moments With Mercy- Interview With K. C. Armstrong!

Hey y'all!

Mercy here today, and I am so excited to share this next interview with you featuring KC Armstrong!

First, let me tell you a little bit about KC and then we'll get started.
"My first professional singing job was in the summer of 1996 with Glenn Draper and The Lake Junaluska Singers at the Methodist Conference and Retreat Center in North Carolina (summers of 1996-1998).  From there, I have also sung and traveled the world with The Glenn Draper Singers based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee (1996-present).  The next professional group I was fortunate to be a part of was Crosswind, led by Jim Brogan out of Knoxville, Tennessee (1997-1999).  Jim and Dee Dee Brogan were also the ones responsible for introducing me to my wife, Chara!  Thanks guys!  Fast forward a few years, I joined up with my friend Pat Vaughn and started an incredible sacred men's ensemble, called Brethren, while working in the Washington, DC area (2005-present).  The most recent group I have been blessed to travel and sing with is called The PromisedLand Quartet out of Edinburg, Virginia (2014-present).  Gene  Hamman and Joey Wilson, original founding members, started up this dynamic Southern Gospel Quartet 16 years ago.  Although choral music was what first gave me an opportunity to sing, it was definitly quartet music that has inspired me to find my "big boy" voice and put in me the desire to minister through performing.  At the age of 19, I know I was called by God to the music ministry while at a gospel singing in Asheville, North Carolina.  I am thrilled to finally come full circle back to a quartet, my first love, where we have plenty of opportunities to lift the name of Jesus, share Jesus with unbelievers, and encourage fellow believers!  In addition to the great leaders of the groups I have sung with, I also want to thank all the incredible pianists/accompanists that helped take all these groups to the next level.  They are:  Kim Cargile & Mark Stamper-The Lake Junaluska Singers and The Glenn Draper Singers, Kevin Eubanks-Crosswind, Justin Dean-Brethren and Aaron Fields-The PromisedLand Quartet.  Thank you all!"
And now for the interview.


Mercy: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
KC: I am a husband to my best friend Chara (sounds like Kara). I am a father to three crazy kids (Adaline 12, Brogan 10 and Calvin 7). I am and active duty soldier musician (Sergeant First Class) in The US Army Chorus which is a part of The US Army Band. I am the Bass Vocalist for PromisedLand Quartet January 2014-present. I am a Bass Vocalist in a part-time sacred men's ensemble called Brethren September 2005-present. I am an occasional Solo Artist who performs and records.

Mercy: When did you get saved?
KC: 12

Mercy: How have you drawn from your military singing experience to benefit your southern gospel experience?
KC: My military singing experience has made it easier to sing, speak and entertain to large audiences. It has also made me more flexible and adaptable when things may not go as planned. But on the flip side, ministering to people on the weekends with PromisedLand or Brethren has made it easier to be a musical soothing balm between the front line soldiers and the American public as a member of The US Army Chorus.

Mercy: What is one of your favorite memories from being on the road?
KC: When I was with The USAF Singing Sergeants of DC, we went on a three week tour in the spring of 2002 to the southeast and performed in my home county in NC, Gaston County. I was the vocal soloist for that concert and it was the first time many of my family and friends ever heard me sing! It was an emotional set of spiritual with The USAF Concert Band, I Got Plenty Of Nothing, Steal Away and Ol' Man River.

Mercy: What started your interest in singing?
KC: I grew up singing rather bashful in church children's and youth groups, but focussed mostly on my trumpet playing through grade school. In high school I dated a girl who gave me my first Cathedrals CD, my first Gold City CD and my first Cappella CD. Listening to and singing along with those groups taught me that I could sing bass and not to be ashamed to sing as a man. Later, when I went to college I joined the vocal ensembles and was encouraged to study voice, so I did!

Mercy: What song do you turn on when you need a pick me up?
KC: "Dear Refuge Of My Weary Soul". It is an old hymn text that a group called Indelible Grace from Belmont University recorded almost 20 years ago. I ended up recording it on my first CD in 2011. Here is the first verse: "Dear refuge of my weary soul, On Thee, when sorrows rise, On Thee, when waves of trouble roll, My fainting hope relies. To Thee I tell each rising grief, For Thou alone canst heal; Thy Word can bring a sweet relief For every pain I feel."

Mercy: Who is your Biblical hero?
KC:  James: "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance...Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him."

Mercy: How long have you been in the military?
KC: 18 1/2 years

Mercy: Where is your favorite place to eat?
KC: Home, with my wife and kids!

Mercy: What is the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has happened to you on stage?
KC: The funniest may have been fairly recent? This past Christmas, I played Upright Bass in a Santa costume on an army holiday concert. It was a surprise to many involved in the program. The most embarassing was probably when I had to sing "The Trumpet Shall Sound" from Handel's Messiah in front of a 2,000 plus audience and me, the trumpet player and the organist got off track and none of us were in sync but kept on going. According to the trumpet player, it was my fault and I believe him.


Mercy: Is there anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
KC: I'm doing a solo concert trip to Alabama and back on May 11-13!

KC, thank you so much for doing this!  Readers, make sure to check out KC's solo concerts on May 11- 13th as well his other concert dates.  If you'd like head on over and give KC's Facebook page a like!

Thanks for reading!
~Mercy

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fan Spotlight : Matthew Benton

Hey, y'all!

We're back this morning with another Fan Spotlight, this time featuring Matthew Benton- a PK that LOVES Southern Gospel!  


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(Modesty): Tell us a little about yourself.
(Matthew): Well, my name is Matthew Benton and I'm the PK at Stokley's Chapel Baptist Church.  I LOVE SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC!!!!


(Modesty): When and what got you started listening to SGM?  Do you remember what album/recording, concert, or group you heard first?
(Matthew): My aunt Rebekah got me in to southern gospel music when I was 10. She was addicted to Brian free then so I only listened to Brian free. Then when I turned 12, me and my family went to Dollywood for the first time. I was all about those roller coasters!! My dad said, “Well, we are going to go see the Kingdom Heirs one time.” I thought it was like a 10 minute concert. When I looked into the program book it said 40 minutes!!! I thought that it was such a waste of time!!!! But Dad made me go, and boy am I glad we did. Ever since that concert at Dollywood, I have been a HUGE fan of SG music. Arthur rice gave my dad a free copy of their new cd, “redeeming the time” and I listened to it about 100xs!!!! That was the first cd I started to listen to.

(Modesty): What are your top five favorite groups?
(Matthew): My top five favorite groups are: 1) THE KINGDOM HEIRS 2) The Kingsmen 3) The Inspirations 4) The Perry’s 5) The Erwins.

(Modesty): What is one of your current favorite songs?
(Matthew): One of my favorite current favorite songs is “Heaven Was Counting to Three” by The Kingdom Heirs.

(Modesty): What SG song was last played on your iPod/CD player?
(Matthew): The last song that was played on my phone was “You Are Welcome Here” by The Erwins.

(Modesty): How many SG groups have you seen in concert?  Have you kept a tally of how many concerts you’ve attended?
(Matthew): I’ve seen the Kingdom Heirs 20xs!!! 2 in concerts and 18 at Dollywood. I’ve seen the Inspirations 4xs and I’ve seen the Erwins 1x and the Kingsmen 3xs. And I’ve been to NQC one night last year.

(Modesty): Out of all the concerts/events you’ve attended, is there one in particular that sticks out to you as a favorite?
(Matthew): The one that really stuck out was probably NQC. I’ve watched videos of NQC, but never been there until last year. It was a GREAT night!!!!


(Modesty): Do you prefer to download the music, or own the physical CD's?
(Matthew): I prefer to download music on my phone off of Apple Music.

(Modesty): Do you sing or play any musical instruments?  If so, which part or instrument?
(Matthew): I have sang ever since I could talk! I sing lead and a little baritone. I hope to one day sound like Arthur Rice!! I don’t play any instruments.

(Modesty): What SG song do you turn on for a pick-me-up?
(Matthew): A song that I play as a pick me up is probably “Just Beyond the Sunset”  by the Kingdom Heirs.

(Modesty): What SG song do you turn on when you need to relax?

(Matthew): A song that I play to relax is probably “When You Look at Me” by the Kingdom Heirs.

(Modesty): If you could choose one SG song as a life song, what would it be?
(Matthew): If I could have a life song it’ll probably be, “Calvary Answers for Me!” by the Perry’s. It reminds us that no matter what the devil says, no matter how sinful I am, Calvary answers for me!!!!!

(Modesty): Do you own any SG records/cassette tapes or do you stick with digital downloads+cds?
(Matthew): Um.. I do not have any cassettes or records, all I have is CDs and downloaded music (and a lot of it!).

(Modesty): Is there anything else you'd like to add for our readers?
(Matthew):  Special thanks to these six people that were extremely friendly to me when I started to listen to SG- Josh Horrell, Dennis Murphy, Matt Dible, Arthur Rice, Loren Harris, and Bob Sellers.  Of course a lot of people were nice, but these six I would call friends!


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Matthew, thank you so much for participating!  It's always a pleasure to get to know some of our readers and fellow-SG Fans.  Readers, do you have a story to share or an artist you'd like to see interviewed?  Email us at southerngospelgazette@gmail.com to be featured or send feedback!