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Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

   
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  From the broadcast the weekend of October 18th & 19th, 2014:




Click for Kingsmen Battle Cry Since the 1950s, the Kingsmen have been one of Southern Gospel music's premier quartets. They still are, despite the inevitable membership changes. In fact, some of today's group members will tell you they grew up listening to the Kingsmen! Their new CD, "Battle Cry," clearly illustrates that this quartet is still in the forefront of today's quartet singing. It's one of their best recordings in, as one group member said, perhaps 15 years. "Oh Yes I Am" is their first radio single, and it's one that is catching on fast on radio and among fans in concert. I'm hoping their next single will be the CD's title cut, "Battle Cry." It's another great song. But there are several more on there, too, that would qualify. More info about the Kingsmen can be found online at this link.

The Kingsmen's CD featured on this program, "Battle Cry," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. Call by Friday, October 24, 2014, ask for the "Featured Artist Discount," and get 20 percent off this item. You can order easily from our webstore by using this link to go directly to this item. Note, too, that our "Featured Artist Discount" applies to any other currently in-stock recordings by this artist. While ordering online, when you get to the "Checkout" page, find the "Special Instructions" lines near the bottom, type in "Featured Artist Discount - 20 percent" to get the discount. Note that the discounted price will not be reflected online or in your first confirmation e-mail, but it will be applied here when the order is processed and before it is charged or shipped.

Forgiven Quartet The Artist Spotlight segment on this program was our first opportunity to visit with the Forgiven Quartet from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and I'm glad we did. They have a good sound and an obvious heart for ministry through their music. The group has been singing since 1981, and founder Mark Green remains a part of the group today. They travel and sing primarily throughout the Midwest, having sung in more than 20 states. I thought it was especially interesting to find out that this quartet now has the last touring bus of the Cathedrals. That's history on wheels! More info about the group can be found online at this link.

We visited many times with the late Charles Johnson, especially back in the 1980s and 1990s, and he was always a very gracious gentleman. His music was loved and enjoyed by Southern Gospel fans and others, as well. As they say, he was one of a kind. And he will be missed. (Info about his passing was on the Headline Update of this program.)

Southern Gospel Prayer Chain items not included on the air:

  • Heather Ruppe was recently in a bad auto accident — a truck rammed the passenger side of her SUV, "totaling" her car. But Heather wasn't seriously hurt — for which she's thanking God.
  • Stan Hill of the Chuck Wagon Gang is still recovering from heart bypass surgery a few weeks ago.
  • Sylvia Greene of the Bradys has been plagued by "Sudden Hearing Loss Syndrome." Occasionally she's totally deaf, and doctors say even surgery won't help. But prayer and medical treatment has restored much of her hearing, which, of course, is pretty essential for a singer. So for that, her prayer is a prayer of thanksgiving.

     

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  From the broadcast the weekend of October 11th & 12th, 2014:




Kenna Turner West and Kyla Rowland I always enjoy visiting with songwriters on the program. As you heard, on the first hour we talked with two of today's top Southern Gospel songwriters, Kenna Turner West (photo, on the left) and Kyla Rowland (photo, on the right). Actually, presenting just half-a-dozen or so songs by each of these writers is hardly adequate as a sampling of their work. Both have written many, many songs. Kenna's songs keep showing up regularly on the charts. Kyla, by her own count, has written more than 2,000 songs over the years. I loved when they shared their thoughts about reaching the world with the Gospel through their songs. Actually, there's a lot more to both of these ladies than being just songwriters. Although time on the air didn't permit getting into this, both Kenna and Kyla are greatly in-demand as authors and speakers. You can find more info about Kenna, a certified counselor, on her website at www.kennaturnerwest.com. Kyla, whose songwriting hits date back to 1975 ("He Will Roll You Over The Tide" by the Cookes and the Inspirations) also has a women's ministry called Pray-A-Day and has published several books. Info about her is on her website, www.kylarowland.com.

The second hour of this program featured some of the sounds and excitement from the Singing News Fan Awards ceremonies held at the National Quartet Convention on September 25th. Due to time restrictions, most, but not all of the award receipients, were included. Acceptances were edited for time and the music was previously-recorded studio versions of songs by the winners. As I always mention on the program, these awards are simply a way that fans can say "well done" to their favorite artists, encouraging them to "keep on keeping on." I am encouraged that, over the years, the winning artists, based on their acceptance comments, have become increasingly aware that this is the case. The Fan Awards are voted each year by subscribers to Singing News magazine and are generally considered Southern Gospel music's most prestigious fan-voted awards.

Some editions of this program included on the Headline Update a reference to the Lesters' 47th annual Fall Festival of Gospel Music. It's held October 15-18, 2014, at Meramec Caverns in Stanton, Missouri. Quite a few of today's top groups will be "singing in the cave." More info about this can be found at http://thelesters.com/fallfestival/.

     


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