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Song Snapshots #30: Mary’s Wish

Song Snapshots is a column featuring the stories behind new and classic Southern Gospel songs. Ask Joseph Habedank which song, of all the songs he has written, is his all-time favorite. You might be surprised! He won’t name one of his #1 hits, or even his Song of the...

Audience Response

We've all heard a tenor or bass singing out of his natural range, a worn-out comedy routine, or a challenging song attempted by someone who isn't able to do it justice. I cannot tell you how many things I've heard justified with this line: "But the audience responded...

The Grand New Hymns

Lee Black has written or co-written numerous Southern Gospel hit songs, including the #1 Brian Free & Assurance hit "I Want To Be That Man." But he doesn't only write Southern Gospel hit songs; he also writes modern hymns on the side. Here is an example:...

Creating Trends

Every good group needs great vocalists and great songs. Great groups have one more thing: They either do something nobody else does or do it better than anyone else. Many of these can be described in ten words or fewer. Four examples: Statesmen (50s/60s): Modern...

Doing the Little Things

Yesterday, I bought the new Gaither Vocal Band hymns CD at Wal-Mart. As I was checking out, the cashier, to my surprise, commented that she remembered when Larnelle Harris was with the group, and particularly enjoyed that lineup. Then she told a story. Back in the...

CD Review: Into His Presence (The Perrys)

The Perrys' upcoming April 8th StowTown release, Into His Presence, is one of the year's most highly-anticipated releases. This was a day that many in the Southern Gospel community feared would never come. Over the last fifteen months, during Tracy Stuffle's...

An Interview with Paul Heil

I recently had the opportunity to interview Paul Heil, a legend in the world of Southern Gospel radio. For thirty-four years, he has run a syndicated program called The Gospel Greats. Daniel J. Mount: I thought I would start by asking a little bit about your...

An Interview with Doug Anderson on Drive

In the CD interviews column, instead of sharing a reviewer's thoughts about a project, we interview the artist to get the artist's own thoughts. Doug Anderson's second solo release, Drive, comes out today; he graciously agreed to share some insight into the project....

CD Review: Your Walk Talks (Mark Trammell Quartet)

There are no two ways about it: The Mark Trammell Quartet's brand-new release Your Walk Talks is a masterpiece. A great recording starts with great songs. Mark Trammell has proven he knows how to find good songs; it is not a coincidence that his years with the...

Look at what the Couriers did. Do that.

In the mid-1950s, Duane Nicholson (tenor), Neil Enloe (lead), Don Baldwin (baritone), Dave Kyllonen (bass), and Eddie Reece (piano) started performing together as The Couriers. Within about a decade, Baldwin and Reece had left, but Nicholson, Enloe, and Kyllonen...

When the screen goes blank

I got an blessing yesterday from a most unlikely source. The musicians at church planned to sing five songs, but forgot to tell the overhead/projection team about one of them, "In Christ Alone": (Video: The Booth Brothers singing three of the four verses in a medley.)...

Sheep, Goats, and the role of government

In a 2012 post, I discuss the questions "Was America a Christian Nation?" and "Is America a Christian Nation?" In the context of that discussion, I offered several possible definitions of what, exactly, it means to be a "Christian nation." The one that has the most...

First Impressions Matter

Every radio single will be someone's first exposure to that artist. It doesn't matter if it's an artist's first single or if the artist has had thirty years of hits; it will still be someone's first impression. It was 2004 when I first tuned into my local Southern...

Introducing CD Interviews

Several months ago, I did a reader survey. One of the questions was which columns you found most useful, and which you found least useful. There was a general consensus that most of the columns are interesting and useful. The one column that received a mixed reaction...

Songs That Answer Questions

In 1976, when Bill & Gloria Gaither wrote "Songs That Answer Questions," their generation had specific questions that needed to be answered. Today, the song's theme can be applied to a new generation: This generation needs songs that answer questions, period....