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!

SG Coffee???

While reading this thread over at SG Forums, I found discussion of the following website:  Southern Gospel Mugs.  It’s an interesting marketing idea for sure, we’ll see how well it catches on.  If you’re a coffee drinker, or just in need of a laugh this morning, check out the site and the featured singers!  Lord help us when they move to tenors and do one of these for Michael Booth….

YouTube Clip #5

I haven’t done one of these in a while so I guess I’m due for another.  While folding up some laundry last night I was listening to Ronnie Booth’s solo project on my Zune.  One song that really caught my attention was his rendition of Larry Gatlin’s “Steps.”  The Booth Brothers recorded this on their self-titled Spring Hill debut and it was great then but I really enjoyed this version with just Ronnie and a guitar.  In my opinion I don’t think there is a smoother vocalist out there than Ronnie Booth, or for that matter, a smoother sounding group than The Booth Brothers.  Here is a clip of them singing “Without the Lord” from Gaither’s Homecoming Picnic video.  They also recorded it on a CD titled “Harmony.”

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