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Song Snapshots #38: We’re Not Gonna Bow

Kenna Turner West started writing songs as a child. “But they were horrible,” she recalls. “‘Sam Lives In a Garbage Can’ is the first song I ever remember writing, and then there was the big hit, ‘He's Contagious, and He Might Rub Off On You.’” When she was in her...

Song Snapshots #36: Give Me Jesus (Couriers)

Song Snapshots is a column featuring the stories behind new and classic Southern Gospel songs. One day, the Couriers were in downtown Philadelphia. They were visiting a long-time supporter of the group who had invited them over for a meal. “She has gone on to be with...

Song Snapshots #35: Red Letter Day

Sometimes even the strongest songs take a few years to find a home. After Kenna Turner West wrote "Red Letter Day," it took three years of pitching before it was recorded. "I believed in the song," she recalls, "so I was willing to get a lot of no's until I found a...

Song Snapshots #34: If She Could

“Some songs are written as stories for other people to tell, but some songs I write because the story is mine,” Kenna Turner West shares. “If She Could” falls into that second category. Her grandmother battled Alzheimer’s for about ten years. It reached the point...

Song Snapshots #33: Ask Me Why

Jason Cox and Kenna Turner West co-wrote “Ask Me Why.” Cox brought an idea to their co-writing session called "It's Love," with the idea of structuring a chorus around questions someone was asking—“ask me why,” “ask me where.” They decided to structure the song as a...

Song Snapshots #31: We All Come To The Cross

Just like the rest of us, Southern Gospel’s co-writers don’t always stay focused on the task at hand. But unlike the rest of us, that can sometimes be a very, very good thing. One day, Kenna Turner West, Tony Wood, and Lee Black were working on a story song. Somehow,...

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...

Song Snapshots #28: Ordinary Man

Song Snapshots is a column featuring the stories behind new and classic Southern Gospel songs. Several months after Joseph Habedank joined The Perrys, Joel Lindsey invited him to Nashville to co-write songs together. “Joel was the first person to bring me to Nashville...

Song Snapshots #27: That’s All I Need

Song Snapshots is a column featuring the stories behind new and classic Southern Gospel songs. Joseph Habedank had the idea for “That’s All I Need” on a Singing at Sea cruise in 2009 or 2010. “I just had this chorus going in my head,” he recalls, “and I thought,...

Song Snapshots #25: Sweet Beulah Land

Here's a recently-posted video where Squire Parsons tells the story behind writing "Sweet Beulah Land"—forty years ago this year: Interestingly, this was recorded at the church where he first sang the song, so there are some local details that he probably doesn't...

Song Snapshots #23: Euroclydon (Couriers)

Song Snapshots is a column featuring the stories behind new and classic Southern Gospel songs. One day, as Neil Enloe was reading his Bible, he came across the Acts 27 account of Paul’s shipwreck. Unlike other versions, the King James Version, which he describes as...