Full Sail – Mark Trammell Quartet

When was the last time you faced a storm in life?  Something that tossed you to and fro in the turbulent waves…  Something that made you look up to find a ray of sunshine through the clouds…  Something that made you wonder if the Captain abandoned your ship?  Do you remember what it felt like…

CD Review: Mark Bishop & Forget The Sea

A new sound – created by instruments associated with an old style.  Lyrics that speak to the struggles of this day and age – told through words that take you back to a place of simplicity and country life.  A Gospel Music veteran introducing another generation to the music, picking and power of a well-placed…

CD Review: What If – The McKameys

The McKameys’ music has always been a blessing to me.  The music itself is soothing.  It is the kind that will inspire you.  It’s the kind that reminds you of the goodness of God.  When I select a McKameys CD on my iPod, I know that I’ll hear a variety of acoustic instruments like the…

CD Review: Pray Now – Karen Peck & New River

Anointed music stems from a ministry that’s growing – and Karen Peck and New River’s 2015 release, Pray Now, is an example of such progress.  I remember seeing KPNR in concert many times in 2014, and every time Karen shared with the audiences how their pastor had challenged their congregation to say the Lord’s Prayer…

CD Review: Walk of Faith – The Whisnants

What does it mean to live and walk by faith?  If you have the Whisnants new CD, Walk of Faith, you’ll hear a definition in every song.  Whether it is learning not to worry, witnessing to a friend or embracing how much God loves you – the whole project sums up the very subject. A…

CD Review: As We Speak – Greater Vision

Greater Vision’s 2015 release, As We Speak, is a combination of refreshing music and lyrics that are challenging, meaningful and encouraging.  Each song enhances the sound that makes Greater Vision so beloved among their fans; whether it’s a rich orchestra behind a ballad like “This Is Mercy” or a rousing tune like “Preacher, Tell Me…

CD Review: Once Upon a Hymn – Michaela Brown

What makes a good hymn project?  A male quartet?  A trio?  Family harmony?  After listening and enjoying Michaela Brown’s 2015 release, Once Upon a Hymn, I’m convinced the answer is simply, a violin. I have been a fan of the violin and fiddle since a young age, but in Gospel Music it seems like the…

CD Review: Still – Booth Brothers

When I first heard about Still, I was interviewing the Booth Brothers for the August cover story of the Singing News.  This was back in the summer of 2014 and after completing successful phone calls, texts and emails to Michael, Ronnie and Jim (who was still with the trio at the time), I could not…

CD Review: A New Chapter – Jim Brady Trio

The Jim Brady Trio’s first debut album, A New Chapter, officially releases January 27, 2015 and is one of the year’s most anticipated new projects.  With two of the genre’s most profound songwriters and an accomplished arranger and producer, this new group is set to enter the world of Gospel Music with solid material, tasteful…

CD Review: Home For Christmas – Mark Trammell Quartet and Whisnants

Home For Christmas was released in November 2014 by The Whisnants and Mark Trammell Quartet as the group’s first joint recording together.  There are twelve songs on this CD: four from the Whisnants, four from MTQ and four where both groups sing together.  This project combined traditional with modern, family harmony with quartet singing and…