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September - October 2006


Women and Southern Gospel
How come women comprise only about 12% of members of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame? An absorbing interview with the latest inductee, Mary Tom Speer-Reid, examines this issue.
October 26th, 2006


Guy Penrod - A Special Meeting
Exactly one year ago Columbus Ledger-Enquirer police reporter Melanie Bennett died. Her heart was too small for her large body. Before her death one of her happiest moments had been a meeting with Guy Penrod. Now Richard Hyatt writes movingly about Guy and Melanie and her love for Southern Gospel.
October 26th, 2006


An email from XM Radio’s enLighten34:

It was a great pleasure meeting you or seeing you again at the NQC.

As some of you are aware … XM Radio’s enLighten34 has a new website devoted to the special programming being presented on our station, along with a photo gallery for enlighten listeners to contribute to … and an extensive LINKS section.

We invite you to check to make sure that we have a link to your website and that it’s correct. If you have a website and it’s not listed, we invite you to send us the information.

ALSO … we would greatly appreciate your reciprocating by adding a link on your site to our web address....A fair number of you have already done that, for which we say “thanks.”

From surveying done by XM management during the Summer, enLighten34 was already one of XM’s more-listened-to channels, even though only having been part of the satellite service for less than three months.

Please keep praying for us … as with this rapid growth, who knows what Satan may try to do.

October 24th, 2006


Golden Road Quartet
I've received an email from Lance A. Hamann, pianist with the Golden Road Quartet:

We have recorded several CDs and are attempting to market them and get some air time. If it would not be too much trouble, could you be able to assist me in figuring out the best way to do such? We could send a demo and give you a little bio on the quartet (such as opening for the Florida Boys, Legacy 5, and the Chuck Wagon Gang).

Their website is here, and they look a great bunch of guys.
October 17th, 2006


Mark Lowry - Back on His Feet
A welcome reMARKs newsletter from Mark Lowry, the first in a while. He writes:

For those of you who've asked, my leg's still giving me some pain but I'm walking unassisted. I found out recently that, due to my surgery, my right leg is 17 mm longer than my left leg so I need to have lifts made to go in all my left shoes. But it's good to be back on my feet!
October 12th, 2006


I've Got Cancer, But Cancer Don't Have Me
A revealing interview with Roger Bennett in his local newspaper.
September 29th, 2006


"I'm a stylist."

David Phelps talks to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
September 29th, 2006


Kirk Talley - Reaching out to Gays

Kirk Talley takes part in a Macon church outreach program on Saturday aimed at reaching out to gays and discovering if they can be "reoriented." According to a promotional website:

In addition to sharing the gospel message in song, Kirk now shares a personal message about how God lifted Kirk out of a horrible depression and gave him the desire to live when he wanted to commit suicide.

Do gay reorientation programs work? Not according to this website.
September 28th, 2006


I Honestly Despised the Church
The Associated Press carries a lengthy profile of Kenny Bishop and his fall from grace:

Just how far he strayed, Bishop doesn't say. "To go into any kind of detail would probably cause unnecessary hurt and embarrassment to people who don't deserve that," he said. His wife, Debra, divorced him, citing an "irretrievably broken" marriage. They share joint custody of their two teenage children.

...Bishop said he essentially became rebellious.

"When I was living in my rebellion, I honestly despised the church and anyone who had anything to do with it," he said. "I was angry with God. I was angry with anything spiritual. I didn't want anything to do with God."

Gradually, over a period of years, the singer said his focus turned from serving God to serving himself. He said he became greedy and self-centered.

"The scripture says pride goes before a fall, and I had a long way to fall because I had built myself up pretty tall," Bishop said.

September 25th, 2006


An Atheist Or Two Might Slip In
[Clarke] Beasley said convention surveys have found that more than half the attendees are Baptists, with Assembly of God members next and most of the rest fundamentalist Protestants. An atheist or two might slip in, but Beasley said Catholics don't seem to be "into commercialized Christian music. I am not sure why."

The Louisville Courier-Journal previews the National Quartet Convention.
September 14th, 2006


RIP Steve Irwin
The past few days have seen many hundreds of hits to a website article I wrote nearly four years ago, when the Gaither crowd came to Sydney. In my article I poked fun at the fact that - thanks to Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin - the Gaither people seemed to expect to find crocodiles everywhere.

All the hits have come via search engines, with people particularly interested in learning whether Steve Irwin was a Christian. Sadly, there no evidence (of which I'm aware) that he was.
September 8th, 2006

We Had Music in Our House Too - So Why Can't I Sing Like David Phelps?
David Phelps is interviewed by the Deseret News:

"We had music in the house all the time," Phelps said by phone from his home in Nashville, Tenn. "And we were a faithful family and I had plenty of opportunities to sing in church. So those things came together, and that's why I do what I do."
September 8th, 2006

Everybody Was on the Same Page
"It just kind of came up. I don't think anybody really planned for it...But it came up and everybody was on the same page with it."

Kelly Bowling gives a lengthy interview about the impending break-up of the the Crabb Family.
September 4th, 2006


Why Ethel Horst Listens to the Booth Brothers Every Sunday Night
Moving story in The Patriot-News:

As Walter Horst lay dying in May, he asked to listen to a compact disc of the Booth Brothers, according to his wife, Ethel.

"They just touched him," she said yesterday before the Booth Brothers performed in the 31st Blue Mountain Gospel Music Festival at the Lebanon Expo Center. "Sunday night he listened to them and Monday he was gone. Now, every Sunday night I put them on."
September 2nd, 2006



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