Singing in the Sun!

I think it’s pretty safe to say that not every Gospel Sing you attend has a whale painted on the side of the building…but the Myrtle Beach Convention Center does!  If you’re in Myrtle Beach, SC in mid-April, you can walk right in that convention center and enjoy Singing in the Sun.  This five day…

Snapshots #3 – Lake of the Ozarks Gospel Sing

The clock struck six.  Emerging from backstage, I was happy to see a small group huddling over the Singing News table that I had been manning during the week.  It was the last night of the Great Lake of the Ozarks Gospel Sing and closing the weekend were the Lesters and The Mark Trammell Quartet! …

Snapshots #2 – Lake of the Ozarks

Turning right at the yellow banner that read, “Gospel Sing Parking,” we found a place for our car and walked down the sidewalk to the Main Street Music Theater. It was Friday night, the Booth Brothers were scheduled to sing and from what I heard, the venue was sold out! (That proved to be true!)…

Snapshot #1 – Lake of the Ozarks Sing

It isn’t every day you get to ride atop a bluff and look off into a calm lake dotted with docks, boats and condos as you drive to a Gospel Sing.   April 4th was one of those days.  The sun wasn’t yet set, though the light of day was beginning to fade as we made…

We Need Each Other – Tracy Stuffle Benefit Concert

I remember the first time I saw the Perry’s in concert.  It was the inaugural year of Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic, we sat in the center section of Echo Hollow as the sun dipped below the horizon and Tracy, Libbi, Nick Trammell, Joseph Habedank and Matthew Holt took the stage.  It was a…

A Morning To Remember…

The morning began with congregational singing.  Once again, Chris was in the audience searching for favorite hymns, Gerald was on stage directing and Stan kept us on pitch with the piano.  Gerald encouraged us to sing loud even if we don’t think our voices are good because pitch changes as sound travels.  “Part of worship…

Monkey Islands and New Songs at Praisefest

If you read the review of the morning session, Friday Morning Standing Ovations, you’re probably wondering what poor group had to follow in the evening!  It couldn’t be just anybody…but, what do you think,… maybe the Collingsworth Family would do?  Well, that’s exactly who we had for the third session and second night of Praisefest…

Friday Morning Standing Ovations

I’ve often teased that “mornings” and “Gospel Sings” don’t belong in the same sentence, yet alone, in the same day; however, the Praisefest Branson crowd soaked it up!  That audience was at its best in the mornings, and this particular morning, they liked standing ovations.  (I’d challenge you to count just how many they gave…

The Beginning…

  March may be known as “March Madness” in the sports circle, but in Missouri, Southern Gospel Fans look forward to March as the month that Greater Vision and Legacy Five host Praisefest Branson in Branson, Missouri.  This year, GV and L5 invited artists such as the Mark Trammell Quartet, Jeff and Sheri Easter, the…

“If It Takes a Cow Bell” – Ivan Parker

  Quickly, I slammed the car door shut and darted to the sidewalk.  It was a cold February evening for a jaunt amidst the town square in Marion, Illinois…but for a Gospel Sing, well, it was worth it.  The Civic Center sits on the corner of South Market Street.  I rushed along the walkway, crossing…