Travis Jackson, Jr.Often we find out about good gospel music from fans of Gloryland Gospel. That is exactly how the CD Songs of Hope came to our attention. One of the listeners to our Quartet Radio broadcast requested to hear the song “Count It All Joy” by Travis Jackson, Jr.

After much searching we discovered that Mr. Jackson recorded the song in 2009 for the Forte Record Label. The song is one of 13 on the CD Songs of Hope.

Mr. Jackson was “born and raised in Fordyce, Arkansas. Like every success story, he gained and continued his singing ability in the church. He’s been on the road playing and singing traditional Gospel Quartet music since his teen years.”

At an early age he recorded with his family group, The New Heavenly Stars. He would later become the lead singer for The Sensational Revelators.

Songs of Hope is Mr. Jackson’s debut solo project. There is literally something on the project for every gospel music taste, from the traditional gospel quartet sound to contemporary arrangements.

One of the online comments for the CD describes it as “an awesome CD! Powerful anointed vocals. This is the type of project you can put in and experience the manifest presence of God.” The reviewer encourages the reader to “don’t just download individual songs, get the whole CD because IT WILL BLESS YOU.” We agree. The reviewer certainly sums up our overall assessment of this CD.

Listen to songs from the CD during the Quartet Mix at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio broadcast.

The Prodigal Sons Have you ever heard of The Prodigal Sons quartet gospel group? Your first thought is probably – sure. But, from where we sit, the question would be which ones?

Often former members of a group will start a group and incorporate their prior association into the name. You know, like – formerly of, or the New, or the original. You get the idea.

Well, there is one name that is associated with numerous groups and none of them (to our knowledge) have anything in common. That name being – THE PRODIGAL SONS.

There is a quartet gospel group by the name of The Prodigal Sons in North Carolina; one in Mississippi; one in Georgia; one in Texas; one in Alabama; one in Florida; one in New Jersey; and at least two groups that bear that name in South Carolina. And, if we look closer, we’ll probably find the name associated with groups in other States.

With such a popular name, whenever we receive a project by a group bearing that name, it gets our attention. One of the outstanding set of Prodigal Sons are from Irmo, South Carolina. The members of the group are Deacon James Charley, Jr., Isaac Harris, and H. Henry Charley. Their new CD is titled Phase II – I Don’t Care What Church You Come From.

There are seven songs on the CD. They are “The Lord’s Prayer,” “I Don’t Care What Church You Come From,” “Heart Like Thine,” “You Got To Move,” “On The Battle Field,” “How I Got Over,” and “Come On In The Lord’s House.” As you can see from the titles, the songs are staples in gospel music. And, in spit of being already familiar with the songs, The Prodigal Sons’ version will still get your attention. This is a good CD by a local group.

Many may remember “I Don’t Care What Church You Come From” as a song made popular by Slim and The Supreme Angels. The Supreme Angels’ version was actually titled “Shake My Hand” and is on their Live In Jackson project. The Prodigal Sons’ version is as ‘country’ in style as The Supreme Angels’.

Listen to all of the songs from Phase II during the Quartet Mix broadcast on Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio beginning on September 25, 2010.

Ecko Records Gospel Sampler 2010Ecko Records, home of The Gospel Miracles, The Echoaires, and The Eternal Light Singers, just released a CD sampler. The sampler contains one song from The Gospel Miracles, two from The Eternal Light Singers, and two new songs from The Echoaires,.

From The Echoaires upcoming CD “Ol’ Skool – Nu Flava” are the songs “I Owe The Lord” and “Don’t Forget The Bridge.” Both songs represent that old school quartet singing at its finest.

The Gospel Miracles CD “Hold Out” is one of the standout CDs of 2010. It is currently in the top 10 of Gloryland Gospel’s Top 20 Gospel Quartet CDs Chart. Huey Williams of The Jackson Southeraires is featured on the title track. The song from the CD on the sampler is “Trouble In My Way.”

The Eternal Light Singers CD is titled Simply Outstanding. It was one of the standout CDs of 2009. The songs from the CD on the sampler are “Wrapped Up” and “Walkin’ With Me.”

Listen to songs from the Sampler CD during the Quartet Mix at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio broadcast beginning September 25, 2010.

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