James Hales

James Hales

James is a lifelong fan of Southern Gospel Music. Being exposed to the music through his dad's record collection as a 7 or 8 year old boy in the late 70's, James grew to love the music of the Happy Goodmans, Kingsmen, Inspirations, Rambos, Florida Boys and others. James has been a staff writer for Absolutely Gospel since 2000 writing music reviews and various articles, and he has contributed to Musicscribe and SGHistory.com for several years as well. James also writes for his own music page on Facebook as well, via James' Music Page (https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063484056683).
The Downings – “Neighbors” (1972)

The Downings – “Neighbors” (1972)

1972 was transitional year for the Downings, as the group began to make changes in their sound towards a more contemporary feel, with “Neighbors” being more country in nature. Read more about this great album in this latest article…

The Downings – “Take One” (1969)

The Downings – “Take One” (1969)

In our next series of LP reviews, we’ll be going through each album by the Downings. Though the group was relatively short lived, they made a huge mark in Southern Gospel music. Check out James’ review of their very first album, “Take One”!