A Death and a Recovery

  • Posted on November 15, 2020 at 12:57 pm

By now, you may have heard that Henry Slaughter passed away Friday morning from pneumonia which was a result of COVID. I can’t help but think of Henry and Hazel without thinking of my grandparents. My grandparents recorded some records years ago and had the opportunity to meet Henry and Hazel during one of their recording sessions. I never had that chance, but I always felt like Henry was one of the faithful. He will be missed.

In other news, Steve Weatherford is finally home after being in the hospital since early October. He had quite a fight with COVID, and I wasn’t sure if he was going to pull through, but God … I’m rejoicing with his family while praying that God will continue to restore his health 100%.

I know that God answers prayer, and I can tell of instances where He has done miracles in my life, but I find it easy to become like the Israelites who would see God do amazing things and then the next day, they would forget all about it. God, help me to be faithful, to praise You for answered prayers, to trust You when You do not answer the way I want you to, and may I always be ready to give an answer for the Hope that lies within me.

A Conference Worth Watching

  • Posted on April 24, 2020 at 7:25 pm

Many years ago, we became aware of Pure Life Ministries, a ministry that is dedicated to calling people to holiness. In 2000, they started an annual conference which we attended for several years. I have not been able to attend in quite a while so I am thrilled that they are live streaming this year’s conference. I just watched the first session, and I am excited to see how God speaks to my heart this weekend. They will be streaming the first session again tonight at 9:00 EST and tomorrow morning at 8:00 EST.  Plus there will be several other speakers. I encourage you to make time to catch some of these sessions. You will find the schedule at the bottom of here. Below is the trailer which will give you more information. May we be bold followers of God in the midst of a crooked and perverse world.

Larry Hinson Is in Heaven

  • Posted on April 23, 2020 at 11:30 am

I received the sad news last evening that Larry Hinson of the Original Hinsons passed away unexpectedly. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to meet him and his wife, Jana, a few years ago. He will be truly missed. My prayers are with the family. This is the first song I thought of when thinking about Larry. He sings the second verse. I hope you enjoy.


Concert Withdrawal, Be Gone!

  • Posted on April 15, 2020 at 8:00 am

Does anybody else feel like it’s been way too long since they’ve attended a concert? I sure do, so I was thrilled to find Godsey Media’s HopeSings Concerts During Crisis. These are concerts that you can watch online. They are charging $20 per ticket, but your money is going to help artists who have been out of work for six weeks or so while the country has been locked down. Since I make much of my income traveling and doing events, I understand how difficult this time is and how much more so for groups that support several households through singing. This is not a time to think, “I can watch videos for free on YouTube.” This is a time to support your favorite groups so that they can continue to sing once the ban is lifted. Plus they would like to keep eating and paying bills before then.

I realize a lot of people are without work now, but if you still have money coming in and have some extra to share, I hope that you will check out the schedule and support one or more of the groups or artists who will be performing. For instance, tonight the Nelons will be giving a concert at 7:00. Then Saturday will feature Triumphant. On Sunday, Riley Harrison Clark, Gene McDonald, and their Surprise Quartet will be performing. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. One thing I like about this approach is that the artists aren’t just asking for money. They are willing to perform to an empty room while giving you a concert like you would expect to see in a concert hall.

Don’t forget to pray for these artists too. Many are feeling the strain of this time, so if you can’t support them financially, you can still lift them up to the Father and ask Him to give them strength and encourage their hearts. I’m so thankful to serve a God who has promised to meet all of our needs, many times using Brothers and Sisters in Christ to do just that. If you do watch some of these concerts, I’d love to know who you saw and how they ministered to you. God bless you all!

Dave Kyllonen Passed Away

  • Posted on March 20, 2019 at 7:26 pm

I found out today that Dave Kyllonen, formerly of the Couriers, has gone Home to be with Jesus. Growing up in Maryland, the Couriers were popular on the one southern gospel station I could get but I only saw them one time outside of NQC, and that was a number of years ago in my current state of Michigan. I appreciated how the group never lost their focus.

My heart goes out to Dave’s friends and family. Please keep them in your prayers.

Les Beasley Passes Away

  • Posted on November 18, 2018 at 2:41 pm

This morning, I awoke to the news that another southern gospel icon has gone on to Heaven. Although I’ve seen Les at the National Quartet Convention, I didn’t really know him. My impression of him was a man who loved people and always took time for them no matter how busy he probably was. He always seemed to be smiling. My heart goes out to those who were close to him. Please pray for the Beasley family and all those who knew and loved him.

Another Death in the Brady Family

  • Posted on December 28, 2016 at 11:27 pm

The last couple years have been rough for Jim Brady and his family. Last year, Jim’s dad and sister went on to Heaven within a short time of each other. The other night, Jim’s older brother Chuck was killed in a car accident. Please keep the Brady Family in your prayers once again. May God grant them comfort like only He can.

47th Annual Singing News Fan Award Winners

  • Posted on September 30, 2016 at 11:24 am

The Singing News Fan Awards program occurred Wednesday afternoon. For those who haven’t heard who the winners were, I’ll list them below.

Soloist: Ivan Parker

New Artist: Goodman Revival
They sang the Happy Goodman’s hit song, “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now.”

Band: Kingdom Heirs
Dennis Murphy thanked everyone for their prayers. He mentioned that they’ve had a rough few years and commented on how God underestimates how much they can handle. The fact that they are still going, though, is proof that God is giving them strength in spite of the storms. It was a reminder to me to keep them in my prayers.

Mixed Group: The Collingsworth Family

Soprano: Kim Hopper

Tenor: Michael Booth

Radio Station: WJBX (Knoxville)

Pianist: Kim Collingsworth

Songwriter: Rodney Griffin

Alto: Connie Hopper

Lead: Ronnie Booth

Trio: The Booth Brothers

Young Artist: Riley Harrison Clark
Tribute sang “Nothing Stops the Savior’s Love,” which features Riley.

Bass: Eric Bennett

Baritone: Mark Trammell
Mark quoted Psalm 1:1 in his acceptance speech. He also commented about his ministry: “While it’s the joy of my life, it’s also the greatest responsibility other than providing for my family.”

Quartet: Triumphant
They then sang their popular song, “Saved By Grace.”

Song: Amazing God (Triumphant)

Album: Living in Harmony (Triumphant)

Artist: Booth Brothers

Gerald Wolfe and Jason Crabb hosted the evening. They began and ended the awards show with the song, “Bye and Bye.” At one point, Gerald talked about how, whether you like it or not, people are watching you. He told the audience, “I know you’re human so you’re not perfect but do your best not to disappoint those who look up to you.” This applies to all Christians.

Each group that had a song nominated for song of the year sang those songs. They are as follows:

Greater Vision: “Put Out the Fire”
Triumphant: “Amazing God”
Karen Peck and New River: “Pray Now”
Wilburn & Wilburn: “You Asked Him to Leave”The Whisnants: “Worry Ends Where Faith Begins”

Loren Harris Joins the Kingdom Heirs

  • Posted on September 21, 2016 at 11:02 pm

The Kingdom Heirs announced yesterday that Loren Harris will be their new baritone, replacing Brian Alvey who recently left the group. It’s been a while since I have been excited about a group change, but I am very happy that Loren will be back on the NQC main stage this year. I won’t be attending the convention, but I plan to watch it online, and I’ll be making a point especially to see the Kingdom Heirs set.

Barbara Riley Passes Away

  • Posted on April 20, 2016 at 2:38 pm

I was saddened to hear about the sudden death of Barbara Riley, wife to Tim Riley and mother of Daniel Riley (Gold City), Amy Riley Strickland, and the late Doug Riley. I used to wish I could meet her, as I thought she must have been a strong woman. I was also impressed with the fact that her husband and sons seemed to think the world of her. In an age where so many marriages don’t last, she and Tim remained faithful to God and to each other.  Please keep the Riley family in your prayers during this time.