February - Passed: Legendary Songwriter Mosie Lister has died at the age of 93. The writer of So many great songs such as "How Long Has It Been", "I'm Feeling Fine", "Til The Storm Passes By" and many others, His music was sung and recorded by scores of top Gospel and secular artists. Earlier Mosie Had sung with several quartets including the fledgling Statesmen. He was married to his wife Wylene for 55 years until her death, then for 11 year to Martha. He formed his own publishing company in 1953. He was inducted into both the Gospel Music Association and SGMA halls of Fame. Also Dickie Mathews whose long career saw him at the keyboard for many artists. I remember him with the early Downings. Changing: Pianists. The Diplomats say Goodbye to Jeremy Elliot and announce their search for a replacement.
January - At The Top: of the singing news chart is "Christ Is Still The King" by Legacy Five Passed: Music Legend Andre Crouch, at 72, from complications following a heart attack. Andre's songs impacted all forms of Gospel music. Perhaps his most famous was "Through It All'. Also We Lost Larry Goss, best known for his superb skill in production, arranging and keyboard. He was a go-to guy for so many projects. He started with his siblings as the Goss Brothers.Best wishes: The Allen Family Announces The engagement of daughter Gabrielle to Robin Chartier. The Wedding is Planned For April 11. Leaving: the Jeff & Sheri Easter team, are son Madison and his wife Shannon. They will form their own writing and performing team. Other Changes: Casey Rivers and Ryan Seaton join Canton Junction as lead and baritone respectively. They Fill The spots left by Aaron Crabb and Shane McConnel. Casey was Successful country singer before joining Beyond The Ashes. Ryan spent several years with Ernie Hasse and Signature Sound. Paul's Journey announces the resignation Dennis King as baritone. Joe Kitson returns to the group. Zane and Donna King add Stephen Adcock as Guitarist and Vocalist. Honored: the Chuck Wagon Gang, with a full length documentary that debuts Feb. 10 At the historic Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee.
December - Another number one: for the Old Paths, as "Love Them To Jesus" tops the Singing News chart for December. A holiday disaster: for Gold City, as a fire destroys their bus barn and warehouse in Gadsden, Alabama. Their Tour bus, motor home and most of their product lost in the fire. Pray for them as they deal with these losses and the setback to their ministry. Record setting: The Lester are now the longest lasting SG group, without a break in their ministry. A very few started earlier but are either no longer active or had a break in their ministry.