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They used to call a quartet thrown together from members of other quartets a "scrap iron quartet." Somehow, that doesn't sound like it rises to the quality level of the Second Half Quartet, our Featured Artists on this program, because they are, individually and as a group, truly outstanding. They are Rodney Griffin and Chris Allman of Greater Vision, Mark Trammell of the Mark Trammell Quartet and bass singer Pat Barker, along with Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision as pianist and emcee. As you know, this "occasional quartet" originated when these artists, appearing on the same concert billing, would simply combine to sing together on the concert's second half — which is where the name originated.
Second Half Quartet songs on this program were from their brand new CD, "Renewed." As you heard, they did this second recording because the first one was so well received. And there's no question they have a great quartet sound together. What's more, their treatment of quartet classics is outstanding, certainly rivaling the original recordings. Plus, on this CD they have two brand new songs. All-in-all, I hope we'll continue to hear from the Second Half Quartet for many years to come.
The Second Half Quartet CD featured on this program, "Renewed," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. You can order easily from our webstore by using this link to go directly to this item.
Our Artist Spotlight guest on this program was "bass extraordinaire" Gene McDonald. Familiar to Southern Gospel music lovers for his nine years with the Florida Boys and his appearances on the Gaither Homecoming videos, Gene has a new CD out called "Reflections." You heard three of the songs from it on this feature. (The CD is available through our Springside.com webstore.) I promised the link to Gene's online video of his song "This Old House." Here it is. You can find more info about Gene on his website.
Michael Helwig's amazing testimony heard on this program is just part of a special video presentation he recently made. You can watch it in its entirety online here. Michael, as you know, recently had to leave his role as lead singer with the Blackwood Brothers because his ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease, is getting worse. But, as he says, his testimony now is touching perhaps more people than ever. Mike has a lot to say to people who are dealing with health issues or other difficulties. It's worth watching.
The Scripture reference given on the air in connection with the "Dear Captain" song by Three Bridges was 1 Timothy 2:1-3.
The benefit concert mentioned on the Headline Update for the benefit of Mike Upright's wife, Tammy, will be held Friday, July 14th, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Laurens Church of God, 908 N. Harper St., Laurens, SC 29360. Appearing will be Mike Upright, the trio Abishai, Chosen and "God's Army Interpretive Dance." As you heard, Tammy Upright has ALS and needs about $30,000 for treatment.
Because we have listeners in many countries around the world, we didn't spend a lot of time on this program about the Independence Day holiday in the States. But this year's 4th of July celebration in the USA coincides with a major celebration in Canada. Canada Day, July 1st, celebrated that nation's 150th anniversary of Confederation.