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February 2nd - February 20th, 2006

Driving Dottie Rambo to Tears
The Lexington Herald-Leader profiles Dottie Rambo, ahead of her February 23rd induction to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame:

Dottie Rambo is trying to decide what dress to wear and what song to sing. She's never been so excited, she says.

Rambo, known as the "Queen of Gospel Music," has been named to several halls of fame during a 60-year music career, but being inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame is extra special, she says.

"I'm the type -- I have a hard time receiving awards or rewards. But I can tell you this thing will be the one that drives me to tears because it's my home state," Rambo, 71, said in a recent interview from her home outside Nashville.
February 20th, 2006
 

The Most Exciting Young Bass Singer in 20 Years
Good story in the Jacksonville Daily Progress on the Florida Boys. Excerpt:

From the boot-heel of Missouri comes one of the finest bass singers to ever sing a gospel song — Gene Me Donald.

“Gene Me Donald is the most exciting young bass singer to come along in the last 20 years,” said Bill Gaither. His big, booming bass voice is featured on many of The Florida Boys hit songs.
February 18th, 2006
 

Billy Graham: God's Ambassador
Read here about the new Gaither Film Productions feature "Billy Graham: God's Ambassador." And watch a five-minute video preview here.
February 14th, 2006

Crabb Family for Marrakech
I don't know anything about Friendship Fest 2006 - to be held in Marrakech, Morocco, in May, with the participation of the Crabb Family - but it sounds worthwhile.

BREATHEcast.com reports:

Marrekech Regional President Abdelali Doumou called last year’s festival, which drew a crowd of around 85,000 people, a, “historic opportunity for Americans and Moroccans to celebrate together, through music, in friendship and peace,” extending an official invitation to [organizer Harry] Thomas to return to Morocco at the festival’s close.

According to Christianity Today, Thomas, whose initial efforts to run Friendship Fest were opposed by some Moroccans who objected against the religious content of the music, was able to quell tensions by assuring officials that none of the musicians would be proselytizing during the event – something that didn’t seem to bother the artists at 2005’s festival.

“We’re not allowed to evangelize but we were allowed to make connections, make friends, and share Christ that way,” Friendship 2005 performer Joy Williams told Christianity Today.

February 13th, 2006
 

Can't Afford Bill Gaither?
The Macon Telegraph reports:

Jonathan Fisher was raised on Southern gospel, acts such as The Statesmen Quartet and Jake Hess.

And while most folks his age prefer today's contemporary Christian, Fisher is still a fan of the old-timey stuff.

Fisher's love of the music led him to organize the Old Fashioned Campmeeting Gospel Sing. The sings bring together some of the most familiar faces and voices on the Middle Georgia gospel scene in a concert setting similar to the popular Bill Gaither Homecoming series.

"A lot of people can't afford to see Bill Gaither," said Fisher. "We just had a vision to get the old-timers together."

Read the whole inspiring story.
February 11th, 2006
 

Fan Favorite
SouthernGospelNews.com has announced 10 nominees for the first Fan Favorite Artist of the Year award. They are: Booth Brothers, Brian Free & Assurance, Crabb Family, Dove Brothers Quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band, Gold City, Hope’s Call, Jimmy Fortune and Karen Peck & New River.

Voting runs here, from midnight tonight until the end of the month.
February 8th, 2006

 

This Is My Story
Wouldn't you like to belong to the same church as Bill Gaither? It certainly helped Dave Liverett. The Lexington Herald-Leader explains:

This is My Story: 140 of the World's Greatest Gospel Singers
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Indiana artist and book illustrator Dave Liverett has created books about bridges and lighthouses and old country churches, but he wasn't sure whether there'd be a market for artistic portrayals of Southern gospel music stars.

So, he decided to check with Grammy-winning gospel songwriter of the century Bill Gaither.

"We go to the same church, and he just lives 10 miles up the road from where I live," Liverett says. "He immediately said, 'I think that's a terrific idea.'"

Thomas Nelson, the major Christian book publisher, also approved. Two years after Gaither gave the book his blessing, This is My Story: 146 of the World's Greatest Gospel Singers is on the shelves at Christian bookstores across America.

February 6th, 2006

"Israel Homecoming" Is Number One
Congratulations to the Gaither Homecoming crowd for "Israel Homecoming," named by the Gospel Music Association as the top-selling Southern Gospel album of 2005. According to the Association, the year's top Christian/Gospel album was "Nothing Is Sound" from Switchfoot, followed by "Lifesong" from Casting Crown.
February 2nd, 2006
 

**ARTISTS**

Allen Asbury
Mark Bishop
Booth Brothers
Mike Bowling
Anthony Burger
Cathedrals
Cynthia Clawson
Crabb Family
CrossWay
Jessy Dixon
Dove Brothers
Ann Downing
Jeff & Sheri Easter
Gaither Homecoming
Gaither Vocal Band
Gatlin Brothers
Gold City Quartet
Greater Vision
Buddy Greene
Hoppers
Isaacs
Katinas
Legacy Five
LordSong
Mark Lowry
Martins
Babbie Mason
McKameys
McRaes
Mercy's Mark
Oak Ridge Boys
Palmetto State
     Quartet
Ivan Parker
Janet Paschal
Sandi Patty
Karen Peck
David Phelps
Chonda Pierce
Dottie Rambo
Lynda Randle
Signature Sound
Russ Taff
Talley Trio
Randy Travis