Posts From David Bruce Murray

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 and David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.


Hans Zimmer has released a composition titled “Aurora” online. 100% of the proceeds will be contributed to the victims of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. The download can be purchased

The Founder Of Southern Gospel Music

If It Wasn’t James Vaughan… A few days ago, I proposed that the person who most shaped the Southern Gospel we know today came after James D. Vaughan. There are

CD Rated: Ben Jam – Prepare To Meet God, Volume 2

RATING: 1 1/2 Stars Website: Prepare To Meet God, Volume 2 begins with a halfway promising piano riff indicating this could be a decent mid-grade recording. That first impression

Hype/Reality: Down East Boys – Amen

Hype/Reality articles are a twist on the traditional CD review. First, I’ll provide you with a few sentences about a CD or a song. These will typically come from a

Mega CD Review: Kingdom Heirs – We Still Stand Our Ground

RATING: 5 Stars Producers: Arthur Rice and Jeff Collins Website: Song Titles: “I’m Not Worried About Forever,” “Tell Me Why,” “I’m A Brand New Man,” “If You Give The

Gaither Tent Revival Taping And Rain Fest

I just returned home from the Gaither Tent Revival taping at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC. I stayed for nearly four hours, and it was still going strong

Bringing Choral Preview Clubs Into The 21st Century

One issue I’ve dealt with as a music director in a mid-sized rural church is piles of printed music that tend to collect over the years. Every church with even

Concert Review – Oak Ridge Boys, Newberry, SC

This afternoon, I enjoyed a concert by the Oak Ridge Boys in Newberry, SC at the historic Newberry Opera House. I have uploaded several photos to my Facebook account. The

Keep “Forgiven Forever”

To balance out last week’s call to retire a poorly written lyric, I want to put in a plug for what I believe will be the next great worship song

A Statement Of Faith Becomes A Strategic Marketing Plan

Greater Vision, Legacy Five, the Hoppers, and the Booth Brothers are all including the song “Statement Of Faith” on their latest CDs using the same Lari Goss produced track. I

CD Rated: Joyful Hearts-Redeemed

Joyful Hearts – Redeemed 3 Stars Redeemed is an independently produced CD covering nine well-known songs including Greater Vision’s “He Is To Me,” Legacy V’s “I Stand Redeemed,” Signature Sounds’

CD Rated: Brian Free & Assurance – Acappella

Brian Free & Assurance – Acappella 4 1/2 Stars The CD is short, so it’s only fair to write a short review. Acappella has nine tracks and clocks in with