"...whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things
are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever
things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything
praiseworthy meditate on these things." Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
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From the broadcast the weekend of October 18th & 19th, 2014:
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
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"
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"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.
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
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
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
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:
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
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
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
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