2017 Survey: First Voting Round

by | Aug 1, 2017 | History, Polls-Games-Contests

What was the Most Significant Personnel Change in Southern Gospel music’s history?

It’s time to vote and find out! We need your input to determine which group member addition made the greatest impact on the entire Southern Gospel music industry (not just the group they joined)!

We received a total of 36 nominations. These are divided into six sets for the first round of voting.

To vote, choose TWO from each SET and leave a comment with your vote on the first line of the comment.  List the set number followed by the letter A, B, C, D, E, or F (for example, 1A, 1B, 2C, 2D, 3E, 3F, 4A, 4B, 5C, 5D, 6E, 6F).

If you have any comments you’d like to make after your vote, please skip a line and make those below your vote. This helps us tabulate the votes accurately.

Voting Rules: You MUST submit a total of TWELVE votes, with no more or less than TWO selections from each set. Your vote will NOT be counted if you submit more or less than two from each set or more or less than twelve total votes. Submit only one comment with all twelve votes on the first line of that comment. 

Voting ends at midnight (EDT) on Monday, August 7. 

A. 1963 – Gloria Sickel Gaither joins the Bill Gaither Trio
B. 1952 – Bill Shaw joins the Blackwood Brothers
C. 1954 – J D Sumner joins the Blackwood Brothers
D. 1954 – Cecil Blackwood joins the Blackwood Brothers
E. 2002 – Jim Brady joins the Booth Brothers
F. 1945 – Lily Fern Goble Weatherford joins the Weatherfords

A. 1979 – Roger Bennett joins the Cathedrals
B. 1964 – George Younce joins the Cathedrals
C. 1980 – Mark Trammell joins the Cathedrals
D. 1957 – Neil Enloe joins the Couriers
E. 1963 – Dale Shelnut joins the Dixie Echoes
F. 1965 – Ed O’Neal joins the Dixie Melody Boys

A. 1985 – Michael English joins the Gaither Vocal Band
B. 1988 – Mark Lowry joins the Gaither Vocal Band
C. 1995 – Guy Penrod joins the Gaither Vocal Band
D. 1993 – Rodney Griffin joins Greater Vision
E. 1963 – Vestal Freeman Goodman joins the Happy Goodmans
F. 1989 – Kim Greene Hopper joins the Hoppers

A. 1980 – Tim Riley joins Gold City
B. 1982 – Brian Free joins Gold City
C. 1983 – Ivan Parker joins Gold City
D. 1994 – Mark Trammell joins Gold City
E. 1972 – Mike Holcomb joins the Inspirations
F. 2010 – Luke Vaught joins the Inspirations

A. 1997 – Charlotte Ritchie joins Jeff & Sheri Easter
B. 1995 – Arthur Rice joins the Kingdom Heirs
C. 1967 – Ray Dean Reese joins the Kingsmen
D. 1971 – Jim Hamill joins the Kingsmen
E. 1957 – Rex Nelon joins the LeFevres
F. 1981 – Karen Peck joins the Nelons

A. 1965 – William Lee Golden joins the Oak Ridge Boys
B. 2003 – Joseph Habedank joins the Perrys
C. 1962 – Jay Berry joins the Rebels
D. 1965 – J D Sumner joins the Stamps
E. 1948 – Jake Hess joins the Statesmen
F. 1996 – Lauren Talley joins the Talleys

The dates listed are the years each person joined their respective groups. If an individual pulled more than one stint with the same group, only the first year of the first stint is listed.

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


  1. LeviSamJuno

    1A, 1C, 2B, 2F, 3A, 3E, 4A, 4B, 5C, 5D, 6D, 6F

  2. Damon

    1A, 1E, 2B, 2F, 3A, 3D, 4A, 4B, 5B, 5E, 6A, 6B

  3. mzsbg

    1A, 1B, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3F, 4A, 4D, 5E, 5F, 6E, 6D

    Some of these were way before my time so not sure how valid my opinion is…just had to randomly choose someone.

  4. James Hales

    1C, 1F
    2B, 2E
    3E, 3F
    4A, 4C
    5D, 5E
    6D, 6E

  5. Daniel J. Mount

    1A, 1C (I wish I could do 1F as well)
    2A, 2B (good grief, how can you put 2A-C all in the same set?!) :)
    3C, 3E (I wish I could do 3D as well, and 3A also deserves to go forward)
    4A, 4D (good grief, how can you put 4A-D all in the same set!) :)
    5B, 5D
    6B, 6E

    • David Bruce Murray

      Hmm…I see that three of our wonderful readers can follow directions, but it’s one of our own wonderful contributing writers who can’t. :)

      (I’m giving James Hales a 1/2 mark. He had no additional comments, but couldn’t understand the concept of “on the first line.”)

  6. PeterT

    1A, 1E, 2B, 2F, 3D, 3E, 4A, 4C, 5B, 5D, 6B, 6F

  7. Chris Unthank

    1A, 1E, 2D, 2F, 3A, 3E, 4A, 4C, 5B, 5F, 6A, 6E

  8. Gradie Hartley

    1A, 1F, 2B, 2E, 3D, 3E, 4A, 4B, 5D, 5F, 6D, 6E

  9. JSR

    1A, 1C, 2B, 2F, 3A, 3E, 4A, 4C, 5B, 5F, 6B, 6E

  10. Matt

    1A, 1C, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3E, 4A, 4B, 5C, 5F, 6B, 6E

  11. Joe Mannon

    1C, 1F, 2B, 2E, 3C, 3E, 4C, 4E, 5C, 5E, 6C, 6E

  12. Brian Neyhart

    1A, 1E, 2B, 2F, 3A, 3D, 4A, 4B, 5C, 5E, 6D, 6E

  13. Tommy Jones

    1B 1C 2B 2E 3A 3D 4D 4E 5B 5E 6D 6E

  14. Jeff


  15. Dean Adkins

    1C, 1D, 2B, 2F, 3A.3E, 4A,4C, 5D, 5E, 6D, 6E

  16. Tony Watson

    1C, 1F, 2B, 2F, 3B, 3E, 4A, 4C, 5D, 5E, 6D, 6E

  17. Alan

    1B, 1C, 2B, 2E, 3B, 3E, 4A, 4D, 5B, 5D, 6D, 6E

  18. Nathan Curtis

    1C, 1E, 2B, 2C, 3B, 3E, 4A, 4F, 5B, 5D, 6E, 6F


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