Today for our Fan Spotlight we will be featuring Isaac Hughes, from TN. Isaac is another reader and fellow-SG fan that we were able to "meet" on this past Singing at Sea.
(Isaac) : My name is Isaac Hughes and I'm a bass singer in my church choir. We live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and attend Middle Tennessee Baptist Church. I'm also the section leader in the choir and I'm a section leader in the Siegel High School marching band. I'm also a big jazz fan (Sinatra, Bing Crosby, etc.).
(Modesty): When and what got you started listening to SG?
(Isaac): I've listened to gospel music my whole life. My mother plays piano and sings so I've been around it as long as I can remember. I'd have to say that Ray Dean Reese got me hooked on southern gospel music about 5 years ago. I watched a Kingsmen concert on YouTube called Kingsmen at Heritage Village and that got me hooked.
(Modesty): Do you remember what album/recording, concert, or group you heard first?
(Isaac): I heard (watched) the Kingsmen first, as I said earlier, at Heritage Village.
(Modesty): What are your top five favorite groups?
(Isaac): Top five are: 1. Kingsmen Quartet 2. Kingdom Heirs 3. Inspirations 4. Primitive Quartet 5. Cathedrals Quartet
(Modesty): What is one of your current favorite songs?
(Isaac): My favorite current song is "I'll Sail Away Yonder" off the Kingsmen's new project because I'm a sucker for conventional quartet singing.
(Modesty): What SG song was last played on your iPod/CD player?
(Isaac): Probably, again, "I'll Sail Away Yonder".
(Modesty): How many SG groups have you seen in concert? Have you kept a tally of how many concerts you’ve attended?
(Isaac): I haven't kept a count. I've seen a lot of groups on the Music City Show, taped in Nashville, to the Singing at Sea for the past 5 years.
(Modesty): Out of all the concerts/events you’ve attended, is there one in particular that sticks out to you as a favorite?
(Isaac): The best concert would have to be the Kingsmen Quartet reunion on the 2015 Singing at Sea cruise. I was in heaven on earth hearing Squire Parsons, Ernie Phillips, Mark Trammell, Ray Reese, and all the others sing old classics.
(Modesty): Do you prefer to download music, or own the physical cds?
(Isaac): I like both. I listen to music primarily on my phone, but I like to have a collection of cds.
(Modesty): Do you sing or play any musical instruments? If so, what part or instrument?
(Isaac): I sing bass in church choir and in a group at my church with my family and another quartet with a few others. I also play the bass guitar, trombone, baritone, and I'm currently learning the lap steel guitar. Fun fact: I actually was able to play the bass with the Kingsmen a couple years ago on stage.
(Modesty): What SG song do you turn on for a pick-me-up?
(Isaac): For a pick-me-up, I'd have to pick "Oh Yes I Am" off the album "Battle Cry".
(Modesty): What SG song do you turn on when you need to relax?
(Isaac): A relaxation song would be "Glory Road" by the Kingsmen.
(Modesty): If you could choose one SG song as a life song, what would it be?
(Isaac): My life song would be "I Know" written by Mrs. Ila Knight. It tells my story about salvation. Wonderful song.
(Modesty): Do you own any SG records/cassette tapes or do just digital downloads/cds?
(Isaac): I own 1 record. It's the Kingsmen "Live at Opryland USA". I also own cassettes of Anthony Burger and the Statler Brothers.
(Modesty): Do you have anything else you'd like to add for our readers?
(Isaac): Bonus: I hope to one day travel and sing with a group. It's a desire that's been in my heart for years.
Isaac, thank you so much for your participation and willingness to be featured! Readers, we hope you enjoyed learning about another SG-fan, and remember to contact us if you'd like to be in the Fan Spotlight!