Singing News Fan Awards

The Singing News Fan Awards were presented yesterday at Dollywood.  You can watch the ceremony and get a full listing of the awards here.  Not unexpectedly, the Booth Brothers and Triumphant cleaned up, with the Booths taking Favorite Artist and Trio, plus the Tenor, Lead, and Baritone awards.  Triumphant took home Quartet, Album, Song, Bass, and Musician of the Year awards.  There were a couple of pleasant surprises as well.  The Gaither band took home Favorite Band, and the Ball Brothers won Horizon Artist.  Good to see the Ball Brothers get that kind of recognition.  I really feel they are the future of SG music.  Congratulations guys!  Courtney Collingsworth Metz also made Fan Award history yesterday, becoming the first person to win both Horizon Individual and Young Artist awards in the same year.  I can’t think of anyone more deserving, but I guess this means I can’t call her underrated or an “unsung hero” anymore.  Libbi Stuffle once again took home Favorite Alto, and in a mild surprise, the Hoppers took home Mixed Group.  I had somewhat expected the Perrys to take home that award, but the Hoppers really aren’t an upset to win.  Congratulations to all the winners!

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Another Booth Brother?

How about a little fun post for a Friday….

Is the University of Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley really Michael Booth’s long lost twin?  Now that you’ve recovered from the terrifying prospect of more than one Michael Booth in this world 🙂 , here’s a side by side comparison.

Derek Dooley

Michael Booth

The resemblance really is striking, isn’t it. Another Michael Booth? There goes the neighborhood!!!!

SN Fan Awards Winners

I’m following the Fan Awards announcements via Twitter.  Here’s the list of winners:

  • Musician: Jeff Stice, Triumphant Quartet
  • Horizon Individual: Morgan Easter, Jeff & Sheri Easter
  • Tenor: Michael Booth, Booth Brothers
  • Horizon Group: Soul’d Out
  • Baritone: Jim Brady, Booth Brothers
  • Young Artist: Brooklyn Collingsworth, Collingsworth Family
  • Soprano: Kim Hopper, Hoppers (accepted by daughter Karlye, who paid tribute to her uncle Tony)
  • Male Artist: Ivan Parker
  • Bass: Eric Bennett, Triumphant Quartet
  • Lead: Ronnie Booth, Booth Brothers
  • Alto: Libbi Stuffle, Perrys
  • Mixed Group: Hoppers
  • Female Artist: Kim Hopper, Hoppers
  • Male Quartet: Triumphant Quartet
  • Marvin Norcross/Templeton Award – Primitive Quartet
  • Soloist: Ivan Parker
  • Trio: Booth Brothers
  • Songwriter: Rodney Griffin
  • Album: Jubilee, Greater Vision/Booth Brothers/Legacy Five
  • Song: “If You Knew Him”, Perrys
  • Artist: Booth Brothers

There were several moments where Tony Greene’s recent passing was mentioned, and Michael Booth dedicated the Favorite Trio award to the Greenes.  One other result I was particularly pleased to see was the Young Artist award go to Brooklyn Collingsworth.  She has a very bright future ahead of her in this industry, and it was good to see her recognized.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Michael Booth Comments On Declaration Review

Through an email exchange with Nate Stainbrook, Michael Booth shared with us his reaction to our joint review of the Booth Brothers newest CD.  Michael also was kind enough to give us permission to post his thoughts on our blogs as well.  So, in a rare treat, here is the feedback we received from the artist who was the subject of our review.  More thoughts from yours truly will follow.

I wanted to thank you all for such a large and detailed review. I was impressed with so many insightful thoughts and expressions concerning the recording.

The purpose for Declaration was two fold. First was doctrine and theology. There are truths that I can’t get to in our concerts because of time. I talk enough as it is so I cannot take any more time away from the music. I shared this frustration of truths un-proclaimed with my close friend Scott Fowler. He suggested that we sing the truths in songs. Duh! Why didn’t i think of that? The problem was finding songs that contain certain truths that I was wanting to proclaim that would fit our audience. One might think that gospel songs cover everything that needs to be covered but I TOTALLY disagree. Many SG songs have fallen short of seeing truths through in a concise way. Such as Gods wrath. I have never heard a SG song address this truth in an effectively concise way. If I did then I can’t remember.

Fundamental truths are sadly taken for granted and left unclear too often in gospel songs. Now I realize the almost impossible task of clearly presenting some truths in three to five minutes, however I still believe that we can do better. So with Declaration we made an attempt at growing to a new level of intelligible concise doctrine and theology in music.

The second reason for Declaration was to present a new musical dynamic for our live program. We have established smooth and exciting. We felt that it was time to introduce something sonically fresh for the sake of variety and to keep from falling into the trap of complacency. Yet at the same time staying within our abilities and the boundaries of our audiences musical tastes.

Simple HUH????

We feel good about the truths in Declaration. Our hope is that it will influence others to take note and pursue an effort in growing the level of material on future recordings.

The obvious choice for a producer was Lari. Someone asked when they heard that Lari produced the recording if it sounded like everything else that Lari does. It made me laugh because that “Lari sound” is why we went to Lari! We wanted it to sound fundamentally like all of Lari’s other recordings but we believed that we could make it unique enough with our sound and input. Lari is one of a kind. Another thing is that we recognized the Cathedrals Symphony of Praise recording has lasted and continues to sustain its initial impact. Meaning that if Declaration is anything like SOP then it will last and sell a LONG time. That is why we could justify the great expense of this recording. We put three times the money into this recording than any of our past recordings.

Now the negative issues.

It’s too heavy for simple listening. My mother said that it wears her out to listen to all of it. It does the same to me also. We knew that this would happen. The problem as one of you said is that it is an in-your-face-ballad-lyrically-heavy recording.  I agree! The problem was that it was almost impossible to find up-tempo songs that could hang with the ballads on this recording. To ask the average SG up-tempo song to stand beside one of these diamonds would certainly prove to be unfair and would diminish the purpose of a fresh sonic approach. However it was made more challenging to record an up-tempo that would be palatable to our current audience and sonically fit with the Goss ballads. This was one of our greatest musical challenges in our entire career. We “almost” did it. I think at the least ONE more up-tempo would have helped BUT then we would get into higher production cost, royalties etc. At some point ya just gotta stop. Also…. I just couldn’t find another up song. Not at the time anyway.

So far the recording is working very well in concerts and people are being impacted by the truths. That is all that we could ask for.

You guys did a great review. Now you can see how insightful some of your thoughts were.

Your positive comments are greatly appreciated and any negative comments I feel were accurate.

MB

It’s not often that an artist takes the time to give feedback on a review that we as bloggers publish, and I thank Michael for taking the time to do so.  I do have a couple of thoughts about what he said.  First, I find his candor refreshing, and especially his thoughts about the lyrical content of the songs for this recording.  To me, that is incredibly impressive.  Too many times we hear and say things like, “That song is just fluff..” or “It’s watered down…” or “another ‘Momma and Daddy song??”  It’s good to see an artist taking such an interest and such care in the lyrical messages that they are putting forth.  I’m very appreciative of their desire to share deep, fundamental truths of Scripture.

Second is the obvious concern and desire for the Booth Brothers as artists.  It’s nice to see a group as successful as the Booths that are not willing to rest on their laurels, but are actively seeking to grow themselves musically.  Just to simply tie a specific musical direction (Goss’s well-known production work) with what they envisioned for the song selection for the album to be shows a great amount of care and dedication to their craft.  Again, this is something that is rare among SG artists, and something that is sorely needed.  In talking about this album being one of their greatest musical challenges, Michael says they “almost did it.”  No, Michael, you didn’t almost do it, you met and exceeded the challenge.  Knowing now the thought processes behind the scenes makes Declaration that much more impressive.

Thanks Michael, for sharing and for the kind words!

Thoughts From Michael Booth On OUR review!

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Hey Guys Michael Booth sent me an email today in which he has some very interesting insights on the Declaration album…

And besides that I want to thank you guys for being such great partners on this review and thank you Daniel for spearheading this undertaking! I think it went very well! I hope we can do this again sometime!

—– Forwarded Message —-
From: Nathan Stainbrook <natesgblog@gmail.com>
To: snate14@yahoo.com
Sent: Wed, June 2, 2010 1:56:22 PM
Subject: Fwd: Review

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Michael Booth <lugtut@mac.com>
Date: Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 2:17 AM
Subject: Review
To: “natesgblog@gmail.com” <natesgblog@gmail.com>

Hey there Nate and fellas!!

I wanted to thank you all for such a large and detailed review. I was impressed with so many insightful thoughts and expressions concerning the recording.

I thought that I could offer you all some “behind the scenes” information now that the review has been done. I didn’t want to share this information before reviews were made so as to not influence any thoughts and opinions.

The purpose for Declaration was two fold. First was doctrine and theology. There are truths that I can’t get to in our concerts because of time. I talk enough as it is so I cannot take any more time away from the music. I shared this frustration of truths un-proclaimed with my close friend Scott Fowler. He suggested that we sing the truths in songs. Duh! Why didn’t i think of that? The problem was finding songs that contain certain truths that I was wanting to proclaim that would fit our audience. One might think that gospel songs cover everything that needs to be covered but I TOTALLY disagree. Many SG songs have fallen short of seeing truths through in a concise way. Such as Gods wrath. I have never heard a SG song address this truth in an effectively concise way. If I did then I can’t remember.

Fundamental truths are sadly taken for granted and left unclear too often in gospel songs. Now I realize the almost impossible task of clearly presenting some truths in three to five minutes, however I still believe that we can do better. So with Declaration we made an attempt at growing to a new level of intelligible concise doctrine and theology in music.

The second reason for Declaration was to present a new musical dynamic for our live program. We have established smooth and exciting. We felt that it was time to introduce something sonically fresh for the sake of variety and to keep from falling into the trap of complacency. Yet at the same time staying within our abilities and the boundaries of our audiences musical tastes.

Simple HUH????

We feel good about the truths in Declaration. Our hope is that it will influence others to take note and pursue an effort in growing the level of material on future recordings.

The obvious choice for a producer was Lari. Someone asked when they heard that Lari produce the recording if it sounded like everything else that Lari does. It made me laugh because that “Lari sound” is why we went to Lari! We wanted it to sound fundamentally like all of Lari’s other recordings but we believed that we could make it unique enough with our sound and input. Lari is one of a kind. Another thing is that we recognized the Cathedral Symphony of Praise recording has lasted and continues to sustain it’s initial impact. Meaning that if Declaration is anything like SOP then it will last and sell a LONG time. That is why we could justify the great expense of this recording. We put three times the money into this recording than any of our past recordings.

Now the negative issues.

It’s too heavy for simple listening. My mother said that is wears her out to listen to all of it. It does the same to me also. We knew that this would happen. The problem as one of you said is that it is an in-your-face-ballad-lyrically-heavy recording. I agree! The problem was that it was almost impossible to find up-tempo songs that could hang with the ballads on this recording. To ask the average SG up-tempo song to stand beside one of these diamonds would certainly prove to be unfair and would diminish the purpose of a fresh sonic approach. However it was made more challenging to record an up-tempo that would be palatable to our current audience and sonically fit with the Goss ballads. This was one of our greatest musical challenges in our entire career. We “almost” did it. I think at the least ONE more up-tempo would have helped BUT then we would get into higher production cost, royalties etc. At some point ya just gotta stop. Also…. I just couldn’t find another up song. Not at the time anyway.

So far the recording is working very well in concerts and people are being impacted by the truths. That is all that we could ask for.

You guys did a great review. Now you can see how insightful some of your thoughts were.

Your positive comments are greatly appreciated and any negative comments I feel were accurate.

Feel free to use any of this on your blogs. I just ask that you fix my spelling and punctuation. I’m a tenor not an English teacher. Well sometimes I’m a niner!!

Love all you guys and I pray that God will bless your efforts. If you have ANY questions please feel free to ask!!

MB

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