July - Moving to the top: of the Singing News chart...Ernie Hasse & Signature Sound, with "That's Why." Pray for: Tim Riley. The veteran Gold City bass, suffered a slight stroke on July 26. Reports say there is no paralysis and that Tim is alert and able to communicate. Also for: Chonda Pierce. The popular Christian comedienne lost her husband David after he suffered a stroke and heart attack. Chonda is doing some deep grieving at this time. And yet another: Libby Perry Stuffle suffered a heart attack on July 26. Hospital tests revealed that a main artery was 99% blocked and some damage from the heart attack. adr's inserted a stint and added two units of blood upon discovering that Libb was severely enemic. Libbi is now home and has strict orders to rest through August. Passing: Jack Smith, long time steel guitarist for the Happy Goodmans. Victim of An auto accident. New bass voice: for the Mark Trammell Quartet. After three months and 36 auditions, The MTQ has selected Randy Byrd as their new bass singer.Randy previously Sang wit the Blackwood Brothers, The Lefevre Quartet and the Songfellows. Leaving: Justin Wells is leaving as tenor for the Lesters at the end of August. He'll be taking a church staff position in Chattanooga.
August - For All He's Done: by Greater Vision Is the new number one song on the Singing News chart. Prayer to Praise for: Connie Hopper. The matriarch of the Hoppers has completed her surgery to remove a small malignant tumor from her breast. Some concerts were cancelled to provide family support during this time. Connie has completed her treatment and has resumed her ministry. Protected:
Wilburn & Wilburn, from a car fire in Virginia. A minor accident
sparked a blaze that engulfed their rental car, although the father-son
team managed to get all of their belongings out safely and even get a
ride back to the airport for a new rental. Keep praying for your
favorite singers. Anniversaries: The Inspirations mark fifty years of great quartet singing, even as Mark Trammell celebrates forty years in Southern Gospel music. Together Again: All five Crabb Family siblings, plus Mike Bowling in what they have titled the Platinum Reunion Tour. January through mid February in select southeastern states. Passed: Eddie Wallace, SGMA hall of fame member at 96. Eddie was a part of the Sunshine Boys when they teamed with Red Foley for Gospel Musics first million selling recording - "Peace In The Valley." The tenor mery-go-round: The Lesters tenor Justin Wells leaves to take a church staff position in Chattanooga, while the Dixie Melody Boys, Matt Felts leaves DMB to Join The Lester. Also, the Down east Boys tenor Tony Jarmin is leaving to pursue other ministry opportunities. Both DMB and DEB are auditioning for replacements. A baritone change: for the Booth Brothers. Jim Brady will leave at the end of the year after 12+ years with the BBros. No auditions here though. The Brothers have their new member all picked out. Talk about a smooth transition. No word on who, yet.
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.