Last Week’s Happenings
- An elevated portion of Interstate 85 collapsed in Atlanta, Georgia last week after an intense fire underneath weakened the structure. Traveling singing groups will have to steer clear of Atlanta to make it to concerts on time. In other words, it’s business as usual.
- Jim Korn learned he will be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame during the GMA Honors Celebration, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Well, technically, it’s a singing GROUP that is being inducted. Korn is just one of a few dozen alumni who have passed through the group over the past 35+ years.
- The Gaither Vocal Band announced effective immediately, Bill Gaither has retired as the group’s manager and owner. Former tenor David Phelps will assume all managerial and ownership duties. The group’s next album will be a collection of favorites, re-re-re-recorded with an assembly of existing and newly-cut vocals, as arranged by Phelps.
- The Second Half Quartet announced a name change; they will now be known as Greater Trammell and Pat.
- New Day Christian Distributors, hot on the heels of their landmark Word Records distribution deal, is excited to announce an exclusive distribution agreement with Daywind Records.
- StowTown Records has signed up-and-coming mixed group, The Purgatories, to a recording contract. Their debut album for the label will be titled Almost There.
- Horizon Records announced they have signed America’s next great male quartet, the Superlatives. Combining the the intensity of the best of the Kingsmen, the precision of the best of the Cathedrals, and the sincerity of the best of Gold City, yadda, yadda, yadda…. They’re really good.
- Due to the success of “Old White Flag,” Clayton Inman announced he is leaving Triumphant Quartet to launch his very own bluegrass ensemble. Picking legends Ricky Skaggs and Doyle Lawson will join Inman’s new venture, which will be billed as Old White Men.
- Please continue to remember Singing News editor Danny Jones who is mercilessly tormented by Karen Peck, Ivan Parker, and Lauren Talley on a regular basis. He has already lost most of the hair on his head. Now his eyebrows are starting to fall out.
- Chuck Barris, host and creator of the Gong Show, passed away on Tuesday, March 21 at the age of 87. His funeral expenses are $516.32, a highly unusual amount. An unknown minister with a paper bag over his head delivered the eulogy consisting mostly of lame jokes.
Please let us know if any significant upcoming releases are missing from this list. Note, the dates listed here are distribution dates when music will officially be available through retail and/or large online outlets. Some titles may be available sooner direct from the artists.
David Bruce Murray
David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.