Here’s a roundup of goings on from the week in southern gospel!
*Triumphant Quartet announced that pianist Jeff Stice is leaving the group to help his sisters care for their parents. This ends a stretch of 12 years for the group with no turnover since their inception, something unheard of in our industry. I hope Triumphant hires a replacement, but this “remains uncertain.” Farewell to Jeff, whose classic touch on the keys and fun spirit will be missed!
*Hat tip to my reader John for noticing that Brooklyn Collingsworth is expecting her first child! Congrats to Brooklyn and her husband William! Of course this immediately raises the question of whether she’ll continue to be with the group, perhaps simply bringing the baby along with her. However, we learned a little while ago that Phil’s fiancee is going to join the group, so it could be that she’ll take on Brooklyn’s role.
*Read Lauren’s View From the Pew on the Mark Trammell Quartet’s latest bass fill-in and his incredible dedication to helping out the group even after a tornado destroyed his home here.
*All Top 5 nominees for this year’s Singing News Fan Awards have been posted here.
*Tickets just went on sale for the taping of a Gospel Music Hymn Sing in Morristown, TN that will take place on July 7th and feature many of your favorite artists. These will include the Nelons, Mark Trammell Quartet, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Karen Peck & New River, the Hoppers, the Talleys, and more. I believe Gerald Wolfe will be leading it, and so it will feel similar to the Redback Hymn Sing showcase at NQC. All 1500 seats are expected to sell out quickly, so click here to make your reservation now if you live within striking distance of Morristown, TN!
*Devin McGlamery is in the studio working on a new project called Captured (Live) — a laid-back, unpolished recording that captures some live moments of music with songs that are personally meaningful to Devin. Check out a preview clip below:
*Don’t miss Diana Brantley’s tribute to Pat Barker!
*I noticed last Friday that Brian Free’s son Ricky has landed a job playing drums for popular CCM singer/songwriter Matthew West. Great news for Ricky, but I’m gonna miss his contributions to BFA! Maybe he’ll still be able to moonlight for them.
*Speaking of BFA, I came across this great still shot from a few weeks back of them singing “Long as I Got King Jesus” with a 12-year-old boy. His parents took a video and put it on Facebook too. You should be able to go to their page here and view it, although I’m not sure since I don’t have an account.