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. In Passing: Norman Holland, Record Company executive , mentor and best friend to many of the top groups in Southern Gospel music. Though few fans knew his name, he was loved and appreciated by so many in SG music, 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.
April - Back on top: The Browders have another number one with Lift Up His Name. Going back home: Deep bass Pat Barker will depart the Mark Trammell Quartet in mid May to spend more time with his young family. Pat has been with them for Four years, after being with the Dixie Echoes.