January 10, 2015 Leave a comment
As busy as my life has been over the past year or so, it would take some huge news to bring me back out of hiding. Unfortunately, the news of said magnitude is not good news. It has been reported by many SG artist and industry types this afternoon that Lari Goss has passed away. I’ve mentioned Lari on this blog many, many, many times, and I consider him one of, if not the biggest unsung heroes in Southern Gospel history. Lari Goss was the most creative and innovative arranger the genre has ever seen. He touched so many different artists’ careers that it would be impossible to name them all. I will say that his fingerprints are all over the albums that were voted on this site a couple of years ago as the top 2 projects in SG: Pillars of Faith by Gold City and Symphony of Praise by The Cathedrals. He was also a driving force behind the group I’ve long felt should have been more successful, Friends IV, whose arrangements to this day are unparalleled in gospel music. In recent years, he produced the landmark recording Declaration by the Booth Brothers, which was met with much critical acclaim. Lari was truly one of a kind.
Enjoy your much deserved reward, Lari. Southern Gospel music will never be the same without your musical genius.