CD Review: Pure Love (Legacy Five)
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CD Review: Pure Love (Legacy Five)

Pure Love is one of Legacy Five’s all-time most anticipated releases. The group recently saw a substantial vocal transition, with acclaimed songwriter Lee Black replacing outgoing tenor Josh Feemster and baritone Bryan Walker replacing founding member and twenty-year veteran Scott Howard. This album takes the opportunity to begin a redefinition of the group’s sound. It’s…

DVD Tapings: “Majestic” (Kim Collingsworth) and “We Will Serve The Lord” (Collingsworth Family)

Last night, the Collingsworth Family recorded two live DVDs, Majestic and We Will Serve The Lord. The taping was at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg, SC, a 3,244-seat venue that was at or very near capacity. As Phil Collingsworth Sr. noted in the introductions, it was the first live video they had recorded below the Mason-Dixon…

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 protracted, roller-coaster recovery from a January 2013 stroke, there were many points it seemed doubtful…

CD/DVD Review: Hymns from Home (Collingsworth Family)

The opening has a cinematic elegance: Footage of candles and other scenes from the Collingsworth Family home lies underneath a brief narration from Phil Collingsworth Sr. about the importance and impact of hymns. Then the scene shifts outside, where soprano and oldest sister Brooklyn Collingworth Blair sings the first verse of Amazing Grace solo, against…

CD Review: Glorious Day (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)

Is it a coincidence that Paul Harkey is wearing a short tie on Glorious Day‘s album cover? Ernie Haase thinks visually; small details don’t escape him. It’s probably no coincidence that Harkey’s debut album cover with the group has a distinct visual connection to the era that took the group to the top of the genre…

CD Review: A Tribute to the Songs of Bill and Gloria Gaither (Booth Brothers)

Is it possible for truly great songs from truly great songwriters to be overdone? If such a thing is possible, then our genre has probably never seen songs more overdone then those that have left the pens of Bill and Gloria Gaither. There’s no question that the songs themselves bear a timeless greatness. However, after…

CD Review: Lifetime (Mark Trammell Quartet)

Most of the time, when a Southern Gospel group records an album of hymns and classic songs, it is a low-budget project with simple arrangements, basic soundtracks, predictable song selection, and no unifying theme. Lifetime is a shining exception to the rule. Let’s start with the arrangements. Yes, Lari Goss brought his golden touch to the…