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the weekend of April 30th & May 1st, 2016:
Featured Artists on this program were the LeFevre Quartet.
Included in the group are Mike
LeFevre (baritone and the group's
founder), Jordan LeFevre
(lead singer and Mike's son), Jeremy
(tenor) and Jonathan
Epley (bass). Both Jeremy and Jonathan
joined the group within the past year. Jeremy was
well-known as a
former member of the Kingsmen and Jonathan
as a former member of the
Inspirations. Their songs on this program were from their new
"Home." That title song, which you heard,
memories of the Singing Americans who originally sang that song back in
the 1980s. The LeFevre Quartet's current radio song is called
It's a bit unusual. In fact, before he
released it, Mike called me to ask what I thought about making it a
radio song. He was concerned that it might be just a bit too
unusual. But —
not to worry — it's doing great. And
people are, indeed, catching on to the song's message about how God can
turn a "nobody" into a "somebody" for Him.
The LeFevre Quartet's
CD featured on this program, "Home,"
is available from our mailorder
service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to
Call by Friday, May 6, 2016, 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,
that our "Featured Artist Discount" applies to any other currently
in-stock recordings by this artist. While ordering online,
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
program was our monthly official Singing
Top 20 Countdown edition, based this time on the song
appearing in the magazine's May issue. The Singing News
the chart by surveying radio stations that play Southern Gospel music
nationwide to determine local favorites.
On the Headline Update
I mentioned the 2016
Absolutely Gospel Music Awards. Here's a
link for the
complete list of winners.
the 2016 Gospel Music
Fan Fair, May 16-21, 2016, in Somerset, KY, is available
at this link.
the weekend of April 23rd & 24th, 2016:
We've had Mark Bishop on the
program as Featured Artist many times over the years, but, at least
since his years with the Bishops,
this was the first time he's had a group. The group's full
name is "Mark Bishop
& Forget The Sea." The group includes,
as you heard Mark explain, his two daughters, the younger being just
17. Their self-titled CD was the source for the songs during
our visits, including their current chart song, "You Love Me Anyway."
Note that Mark still does solo appearances as well as the group
appearances, the latter of which are contingent upon
availability. By the way, Mark's song "Sometimes God Whispers"
is very different from the song Jay Parrack & Vocal Event put
out last year by that same title (which Mark didn't know about), but
the overall message is similar. This CD is slightly different
musically for Mark, but his solid lyrics remain.
The Mark Bishop & Forget The
Sea CD featured on this program is available from our
mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to
order. Call by Friday, April 29, 2016, 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.
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.
As you know, I love to feature
songwriters. So I was delighted to have Sammy Easom on this
program's Songwriter Spotlight. His best-known song is
undoubtedly "He's All I Need." Sammy told the story on the
program about why that song became so special to him personally in a
time of bereavement years after he had written the song. (The
recording of that song used on the program was from a
currently-available CD by Triumphant Quartet.) More info about Sammy
Easom can be found on his website. Aspiring songwriters
will find especially interesting a songwriting tutorial on that site
that Sammy has created. It's available directly here. Sammy currently
travels and sings with the Calvary's Hill Quartet.
On this program I included a brief conversation
with Michael Helwig
of the Blackwood Brothers.
As you've probably heard, he was recently diagnosed with ALS, Lou
Gehrig's disease. Michael calls such a diagnosis a "death
sentence," as doctors have told him he has only 2-5 years to live
before the disease shuts down his body. It's already taking
its toll physically, as Michael uses a wheelchair to get around.
But, as you heard from his comments, Michael is taking it
quite well. He's prepared for whatever happens during his
battle with the disease, for which there is no known cure. As
he was overheard telling someone,
"If I win I win, and if I lose I win." Michael
mentioned on the program that he's been getting cards of support from
many, many well-wishers. If you would like to offer your
encouragement, you could send him a card or message through the
Blackwood Brothers office: Michael
Helwig, c/o the Blackwood Brothers, PO Box 280932, Memphis TN 38168.
I'm sure it would be much appreciated.
On the Headline Update I mentioned the Jackie Wilburn Memorial Sing,
April 29-May 1, in Carthage, TN. More info is online here.
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