January - Talleys on top: of the Singing News chart to start the year with their song "Up Above." New GVB member: One of the two slots left vacant when Michael English and Mark Lowry left the Gaither Vocal Band has been filled with the addition of Adam Crabb. Adam was one of three brothers in the popular Crabb Family, as well as a popular soloist. No word yet on when or if the group will add one more member. More changes: Jared Stuffle Will continue singing bass for the Perrys until has dad, Tracy, is well enough to return to the road. Jared (JK) previously ran sound and has filled in at bass for the past month; The Liberty Quartet welcomes back Paul Ellis to their group. Paul left in 2006 to serve as a church worship leader. 11th Hour welcomes Courtney Parker as their new soprano. The Dove Brothers have a new tenor and his name is Marc MacPherson Leaving: Ben Hart has left the keyboard position for the Dixie Echoes. No replacement has been named. Moving: Aaron and Amanda Crabb have left their Worship Leaders position at Cornerstone Church in Texas to become lead Pastors a a new church in Tennessee. No word as to how or if that affects Aaron's position with the group Canton Junction. Passed: Jack Pittman, former member of the Palmetto State Quartet ( 40 years) and Colbert Croft, Southern Gospel songwriter, with his wife Joyce. He was also a pastor and evangelist. Five more years: The Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame and Museum has extended their arrangement with Dollywood fpr an additional 5 years. So make your travel plans to Pigeon Forge. Achoo!: The Booth Brothers had to cancel an entire weekend of dates when the members came down with type A flu. You don't want to infect your fans.
February - New at the top: of the Singing News chart is "Preacher, Tell It Like It Is' by Greater Vision. Bill Gaither: Names the new baritone for the Gaither Vocal Band. Todd Suttles steps into the spot vacated by Mark Lowry, Suttles has been Sports Fitness Director for the past two decades at Vanderbilt University, but has also provided background vocals on a number of recordings. He's the first African-American member of GVB since Larnelle Harris. New at the keyboard: for Mercy's Well is Josh Simpson. Josh has tickled the ivories for Brian Free & Assurance, the Hoppers and Gold City. Injured: Peg McKamey Bean, of the McKameys, in a fall. She spent three days in the hospital, and the McKameys cancelled several concert dates. No information on her return to the group. Retiring: Say goodbye to one of SG music's most versatile and popular family groups. The Crist Family has announced they are retiring after ten years of full time music ministry. With the Starkels pursuing a different path and the daughters getting married it was clear that a chapter had come to an end. After February the group will have limited farewell concerts. Since their initial announcement, Rich Crist has bee n hired by Crossroads Entertainment as an A7R associate. He'll remain available for the remaining dates with the group. Congratulations: to Tribute Qt. Tenor Riley Harrison Clark and his wife Megan on the birth of their baby boy Colbin Harrison Clark. Colbin made his entrance just before the end of January.
March - On Top: of the Singing News Chart is The Borrowed Tomb by the Kingdom Heirs. Pray for: Bobby Clark, the original tenor for the Cathedral Quartet. He suffered two strokes in late January. He is currently in rehabilitation at home. Back to the NQC: After two years away, the Singing News Fan Awards will again be a part of The National Quartet Convention. This Year's NQC will be September 21-27, and the Fan Awards will be back on Friday Night. New Arrival: for the Bill Shivers family. Bill, Michelle and daughters Brittany and Sarah welcome George William Brent Shivers III on Feb. 25.At the movies: Kelly Bowling is the latest SG singer to land a role in a faith-based film. She'll play nurse Kathy in the movie "Virtuous", to be released on Mothers Day.