Thoughts On The Tracy Stuffle Benefit

I watched the large majority of the benefit concert for Tracy and Libbi Stuffle online last night. What a tremendous outpouring of love and support by our fellow SG artists. I thought Jason Crabb and Joseph Habedank did marvelous jobs hosting the concert, and there were a lot of highlights. Former Palmetto State tenor Robert Fulton was singing with Gold City, and they sounded pretty solid.

There was quite a unique lineup of The Hoppers last night as well. Kim is very ill with sinus problems, and may even be facing surgery, sloshed and Dean were at home. Taranda Greene filled in for Kim, and Jason and Joseph alternated filling in Dean’s part. “I’ve Come Too Far” was fantastic, Connie and Taranda both nailed their parts of the song, and on the encore, Tim Riley supplied some incredible bass vocals.

The Booth Brothers did their two songs with only piano accompaniment from Nick Bruno, and it showcased their amazing blend and harmonies. The Collingsworth Family did an exquisite version of “Fear Not Tomorrow”, with Olivia joining what was a trio of her mom and sisters. I’ll disagree with my esteemed colleague Daniel Mount, as to my ears it sounded like Olivia was doubling Courtney, not Brooklyn. Mark Lowry was hilarious, and Paul Harkey was impressive with EHSS. The Oak Ridge Boys also sang with only piano accompaniment as well, and they were very genuine in their love and support for Tracy and Libbi.

More important and significant than all of this, though, came with The Perrys set, and the surprise appearance by Libbi, who sang a heart wrenching performance of “ThroughThe Night.”. After the set, Dr. Phil Hoskins took the stage and had a time of anointing and prayer for Libbi and Tracy. Seeing all of the artists in attendance gathered at the altar with their arms outstretched toward Libbi in prayer was the single most powerful moment I’ve witnessed at a concert. After several minutes of prayer, Libbi began singing “‘Tis So Sweet” from the midst of the group, and the rest of the artists and congregation joined in singing acappella. It was an incredibly sweet moment.

I have no idea how much money was raised last night, but judging from the crowd it had to have been a significant amount. Even,ore important though, 25 or so people rededicated their livestock Christ, and 8 or 9 were saved when Dr. Hoskins gave an altar call. This is what Southern Gospel is all about, and it made me proud to be even peripherally involved with this industry. All in all, a great night, and I was thankful to be able to watch the online stream.

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5 Responses to Thoughts On The Tracy Stuffle Benefit

  1. just me says:

    i did not get to see the benifit — but reading all the wonderful reports makes me PROUD OF SOUTHERN GOSPEL as a whole — this is SOUTHERN GOSPEL AT ITS BEST — and it is , as u say , WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT — and WHY WE SING and WHY GOD USES OUR VOICES as instuments

  2. Marlin says:

    Yes, it was a fantastic night … and I am so pleased that, while we couldn’t work out how to get a reliable feed on short notice for airing live, we were able to arrange and record for airing on enLighten last evening (two encore airings on the weekend as well). I’m pleased that Sirius XM management came through to authorize the recording with only a few days notice, as our corporate red tape doesn’t allow us anything to happen here without a lot of lead time.

    While my wife and I have known Mark Lowry since before he received the first phone call from Bill Gaither 25 years ago, I’ve never seen any better than he was Tuesday night — 20+ minutes of keeping the audience’s total attention and without a single note in hand.

  3. I agree with you about what part Olivia was doubling on. I watched closely and am pretty sure she was singing with Courtney through at least one section of the song. This would make sense given her alto range.

  4. John Powell says:

    Just wondering who has the CD/DVD of the concert; and how to get it. Surely someone has it recorded on DVD/CD! Sales could help with the total results from the benefit.

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