June 14-17: Memphis Quartet Show; Cook Convention Center, Memphis Tennessee; With the Mark Trammell Qt., Blackwood Brothers; Kingsmen, Gold City, Tribute Qt., Ernie Hasse & Signature Sound, Triumphant Qt., Old Paths, Inspirations and many more. Quartet Show.com or 901-568-2389.
June 24: Heritage of Gold Concert; The Church At Wills Creek Gadsden,Alabama featuring Gold City, Ivan Parker, Tim Riley, the Lefevre Quartet, Jay Parrack & Vocal Event and Jonathon Wilburn. 1-256-439-4769 or wilburn2.com.
July 8- 15: Ben Speers Stamps-Baxter School Of Music; eight days of great training for vocal and instrumental. on the grounds of Middle Tennessee State University outside of Nashville; 615-669-8641 or StampsBaxterSchool.com
July 1: Biggest All-Night Singing In The World; Memorial Field, Bonifay, Florida With the Perrys, Karen Peck & New River, Dixie Echoes, Mckameys and more. 941-756-6942 or billbaileyconcerts. com.
July 6-8: Bean Blossom Southern Gospel Jubilee. Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground, Bean Blossom, Indiana. Hosted by the Perrys, with Gold City, Jason Crabb, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Booth Brothers, Hoppers, Kingsmen, Mckameys and more. 941-756-6942 or billbaileyconcerts.com.
July 12-15: Jackson Sings The Gospel; Carl Perkins Civic Center, Jackson, Tennessee. featuring Triumphant; Hoppers; Ernie Hasse & Signature Sound; Guardians; Ivan Parker; Jason Crabbe; Isaacs; Kingsmen; Karen Peck & New River; Perrys; Gold City and Many more, 941-756-6942 or billbaileyconcrts.com.
July 26-28: James D.Vaughn Quartet Festival; Crockett Theater, Lawrenceburg, Temmessee, with Gold City, Inspirations, Mark Trammell Quartet, Hoppers, Triumphant, Tribute Quartet, Kingsmen, Guardians w/ Pat Barker, Blackwood Brothers, Perrys and many more. 1-800-547-6500 or lawrenceburgtn.gov.
August 2-5: Brumley Gospel Sing, Maybee Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. featuring Karen Peck & New River, Nelons, Blackwood Brothers, Kingsmen, Tribute Quartet, Gold City, McKameys. Hoppers, Gordon Mote & more. Plus -Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers and The Oak Ridge Boys. 1-800-678-1353.
August 2-5: Lebanon Gospel Music Get-Together, Cowan Civic Center, Lebanon, Missouri. With the Isaacs, Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet, 2nd Half Quartet, Jim Brady Trio, Booth Brothers, McKameys, Collingsworth Family, Triumphant, Whisnants, Wilburn & Willburn & More. 417-236-9090 or lebanonsing.com
June Another number one: for Karen Peck & New River-I Choose Christ. Legacy Five: is looking for a pianist Trey Ivey is resigning to spend more family time. He will continue until a replacement is found.
May Never Will I Ever Again: by Greater Vision was number for the Singing News in May. Five weeks: after the death of her younger brother, Ben - Rosa Nell Speer Powell died at age 94. She was the last living Speer sibling. Pray for: Kody Erwin, bass singer for the Erwins. He is critically ill with viral meningitis/encephalitis. Changes: Greater Vision adds Jon Epley, formerly with the all Brothers & Lefevre Quartet. He will be the lead voice on their new release. Gerald will continue to play piano, m.c. and sing on some songs. Geralds neck problems are making it difficult to maintain voice control through a whole concert. Gordon Mote: joins Canton Junction as their 4th voice. He will continue to travel as a soloist.
April 11th Hour: gets their 4th Straight number one on the Singing News with He Welcomes The Beggar. Ben Speer: the younger brother in the legendary Speer Family has passed at the age of 86. Older brother Brock was the front man and MC, while Ben was lead singer, pianist, sometimes comic relief and group techie. I was honored to have many interviews and discussions with Ben. He was also instrumental in forming the Stamps-Baxter School of Music an most of the early Gaither Homecoming events. Rosa Nell, the youngest daughter is the only remaining sibling. A new tenor: for the Down East Boys. Doug Pittman has spent the last two years With the Dixie Melody Boys (also known as the Ed O'Neil School of music).