September - At the Top: of the Singing News chart for September is the Kingdom Heirs' "I'll Know I'm Home. Passed: Mary Tom Speer-Reid, the younger of the two Speer sisters at the age of 89. Her passing leaves only two members of the original Speer Family still living, her sister Rosa Nell Speer Powell and he brother Ben, She was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame and Gospel Music Hall Of Fame with the family, and individually to The SGMA hall in 2006. Singing News Fan Awards: Another haul for the Booth Brothers. Voted favorite Group and Trio. Favorite Male Singer and Lead (Ronnie);Tenor (Michael) and Baritone (Jim Brady). Greater Vision Took Home Three: Favorite Songwriter ( Rodney Griffin); Album (For All He's Done); and Song (Preacher Tell Me Like It Is).The Triumphant Quartet has two -Favorite Traditional Male Quartet and Bass ( Eric Bennett). A pair for the Collingsworth Family - Musician (Kim) and Mixed Group. The Hoppers pair went to Kim Hopper for Favorite Female Singer and Soprano. Other awards for - Alto (Libbi Stuffle); Soloist (Ivan Parker) and Non-performing Songwriter (Diane Wilkinson). Favorite Young Artist was Amber Thompson. Changes: With Jim Brady leaving the Booth Brothers to form his own trio with Wife Melissa, the third member of each trio was announced by video. Paul Lancaster is the new baritone for the BBrothers, While Tim Parton Rounds out The new Jim Brady Trio. Both are SG veterans, but neither has a track record of staying for a long time. Maybe ths time will be different. More changes: The new tenor for the Dixie Melody Boys is Doug Pittman. The Old Paths got a lot younger with the addition of 16-year-old Josh Townsend at the piano. This amazing young talent also has miraculous story of God's healing grace, after a stroke as an infant.
October - Shouting at number one - : Listening For The Shout by the Browders tops The Singing News chart this month. Dove Awards: SG performance - Brian Free & Assurance for "Say Amen"; SG song to Karen Peck & New River for "Revival"; Sg album to Ernie Hasse & Signature Sound for "Oh What A Savior"; Signature Sounds' baritone Doug Anderson won the Country song and album awards; Special events award went to "A Cathedral Reunion. Pray for: Chuck Wagon Gang tenor Stan Hill who had by-pass heart surgery on October 2nd. Remembering: Charles Johnson, founder of Charles Johnson and the Revivers; Bob Johnson, a former member of the Speers, who also was a part of some Gaither Reunion Videos and teamed wth his popular wife Jeannie for Duets; Roy Bray, pianist and baritone for the Southmen Quartet. Roy was killed in a traffic accident with the groups bus; Norman Wilson, tenor for the Primitive Quartet. He suffered a heart attack while hunting. Changes: Bryan Walker is leaving the Perrys, but a familiar face and voice will replace him. Troy Peach, most recently with the Bowling Family, will return after a four year absence.