October - Resigning: after 42 years as the bass singer for the Inspirations, Mike Holcomb has stepped down. It will be hard to imagine the Inspirations without Mike's low notes. Mike will be continuing his other love, preaching the Gospel as a musical evangelist. Other Changes: Mike Pelfry has left Gold City to reorganize his family group.Chip Pullen, most recently with the Anchormen will be GC's new lead. Honored: Claude and Connie Hopper of the Hoppers, for 55 years of musical ministry. The special event occurred this month in Greensboro, North Carolina. Karen Peck & New River, the Whisnants, Ivan Parker and the Talleys were all a part of the celebration. Update: on the condition of Megan Owens, wife of Soul'd Out Bass, Ian Owens. Last month she was hospitalized with a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Less than 3% of people will ever suffer from this bleeding of the brain, but of those that do 50% do not survive, Of those only 15 % will return to "normal" living. Last week Megan walked out of the hospital with full cognitive functions and motor skills. Headaches are diminishing and both she and Ian are praising God for his healing hand, and all of you for your prayers. Dove Awards: A big night for Jason Crabb - winner for best Southern Gospel performance, best inspirational song, best Southern Gospel song, and best inspirational album. Best Southern Gospel album was a tie between Canton Junction and the Gaither Vocal Band. Jeff & Sheri Easter for best country album and Devin McGlamery (of Ernie Hassse & Signature Sound) The Singing News Fan Awards: were a celebration of all things Booth .Brothers. They won as favorite artists, trio & album. Ronnie was favorite male singer and led. Michael -favorite tenor and Jim Brady - favorite baritone. Seven awards in all. They don't have a bass, so that left room For Eric Bennett of the Triumphant Qt. to claim that honor. Some things don't seem to change. Kim Hopper was favorite soprano for the 17th time in a row, and Rodney Griffin(Greater Vision) took songwriting honors for the 15th consecutive time. The Perrys Got Favorite song (I Got Ahold Of God This Morning) and Libbi Stuffle was favorite alto. The Collingsworth Family was favorite mixed group, with Olivia as favorite young artist (4th straight time the group has claimed that award.)and Kim was favorite musician. Favorite band was the Gaither Vocal Band. Diane Wilkinson name favorite non-performing song writer.
November-GVB changes: Two popular members of the Gaither Vocal Band are departing. Michael English has already departed and Mark Lowry will finish out the year. Both were on their second tour of duty with the group. No announcements from Bill as to their replacements. Other Changes: Stuart Carey is departing the Down East Boys. Stuart has been Their Bass for 12 years. No replacement has been named. Back on the bus: Tracy Stuffle continues his slow recovery and has resumed traveling with the Perrys. Contunue to keep him in your prayers. New honors: for the Blackwood Brothers. They were inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, along with Johnny Cash and Several other noteables. Singing News Number 1's: Forgot to note that last month Greater Vision topped the chart with "Looking For The Grace." This month it's the Browders And "He Is Alive."Back on the silver screen: Karen Peck is appearing in her second movie, Redeemed, produced by Christian film company Pure Flix.