News & Notes for May 2014

Our goal at Fuson’s Findings is to provide you, the Southern Gospel fan, with the most up to date news and information regarding your favorite artists. Much has been going in the past few months, here’s news and information you may have missed.

Daniel Mount To Retire Southern Gospel Journal

Daniel Mount, long time blogger of Southern Gospel Journal (formerly Southern Gospel Blog) has decided to retire the blog this coming June. Daniel has been an important part of our industry for the past few years and has provided fans with the latest news and information regarding their favorite artists. On a personal note, Daniel was also a great help and encouragement when I reached out to him a few years ago for advice in starting a blog of my own. Although Daniel will be stepping away from SGJ, he will still be playing a vital role behind the scenes. Daniel, thank you for everything you have done to support this great music and we wish you nothing but the best!

In The Studio

The Inspirations have been hard at work at Crossroads Studio, on their 2014 recording which will be celebrating the groups 50th Anniversary. This recording will be worth noting since it will be the first Inspirations album in 42 to not include bass vocalist Mike Holcomb. In fact the only  members left from the groups 2013 recording “No Two Ways About It” are then baritone Jon Epley, multi instrumentalist Luke Vaught, and the groups pianist, manager and founder, Martin Cook. Epley has filled the bass slot, with fan favorites Matt Dibler (lead), Melton Campbell (baritone), and Dallas Rogers (tenor) returning to the group.

Tribute Quartet is working on their debut project, tentaively title “Journey of Hope” with Daywind Records, whom they signed with back in January. The project will once again be produced by Roger Talley, who has produced by the groups last three projects (For This Time, The Waiting Is Over, and Our Anthem). If this project is anything like its predecessors, it will equal or match the groups best work. We will let you know of the upcoming release date as soon as it becomes official.

Worth Watching For

SL31372Every month, we want to point out at least 3 recordings that we feel will be essential purchases for your music library. May is shaping up to be a great month, bringing some exciting new projects from some of the most talented Southern Gospel artists. One in particular that excites me is Mark Bishop’sThis Is What It’s All About“. Mark is one of our genre’s most talented artists, a singer-songwriter that with a knack for tapping into the audience’s imagination and taking them on a journey. This release will be no different from that perspective. What sounds intriguing to me is that this may be one of the innovative projects that Mark has ever recorded, with more of an acoustic feel than I have heard previously on any of the recordings. Look for this recording in retail & digital music outlets May 20th. To hear samples from the project, click here.

 

 

 

SL31392The Old Paths newest release “Decade”  will also be dropping this May 20th. A retrospective release that looks back over the groups first decade of ministry featuring  some of the groups highlighted signature tracks. It’s worth noting that these will be new recordings, featuring the current lineup (Tenor Jeremy Peace, Lead Tim Rackley, Baritone Douglas Roark, and Bass Daniel Ashmore). For fans of the group who may not be familiar with the groups work prior to the last 3 years, this will be a great introduction to the groups past repetoire. You can also hear samples from this project by clicking here.

 

 

 

imageAnother album worth watching for will be the major label debut of Jordan’s Bridge, a new trio made up of some familiar names to Gospel Music fans. The groups tenor, Phil Barker, has been a member of many of the genre’s top groups down through the years (Dixie Melody Boys, Singing Americans, Crimson River) as well as pianist Joe Lane (Anchormen, Singing Americans, Dixie Melody Boys). Joining Barker and Lane are lead singer Kirk Henry and baritone Rick Sheets. They signed with Bill Traylor’s Mansion Entertainment, and their debut project “All Who Call”, will be released on the Pathway label. The project will be available through digital music sources on May 30th, but you can  purchase a physical cd now from the group. You can listen to samples from the project or order it by clicking  here.

 

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