The North Carolina Fall Gospel ClassicFans of Minister Luther Barnes know that the North Carolina Fall Gospel Classic was cancelled last year. This annual event has become one of the major events for gospel music enthusiasts, particularly fans of the quartet gospel genre.

Therefore, it was exciting news when we learned earlier this year that the Classic would return this month. Well, the day is upon us. The 2010 Classic begins today and runs through Saturday, October 9, 2010.

There will be seminars, workshops and showcases. Seminars and workshops will be conducted by industry personnel, recording artists, ministers and radio personalities. The showcases will feature soloist, duets, quartets, choirs, praise dancers, mimes and much more. The showcases are schedule for early evening each day and during he night services.

As in previous years, the Classic will be at the Red Budd Holy Church, 1108 Luper Street, Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

The Soul SeekersOne of the great young groups in the quartet gospel genre today is The Soul Seekers. The public have been waiting for years for the group’s sophomore project. Well, the wait is almost over. The new CD is scheduled to be released on November 16, 2010.

To celebrate the new release, the group will participate in a Listening Party this afternoon. The Listening Party will be streamed over the Internet on Ustream, beginning at 5:00 PM (Pacific Time).

“Soul Seekers Listening Party LIVE from Fever Studios/NHollywood, CA. Chat with group members Warryn Campbell, Nisan Stewart, Teddy Campbell, Gerald Haddon, Jubu Smith, Eric Seats, Craig Brockman and Charlie Bereal. Listen to songs from new project. Musician jam session with The Seekers! OFF THE HOOK!”

From Ustream

“With eight members strong making up this unbelievable young cast of acclaimed musicians and composers, The Soul Seekers are the new paradigm in modern-day Quartet music. Offering a seamless mix of production over its flawless musicianship and mastery of vocals, The Soul Seekers have really captured the very best of the timeless church expression on SS2.”

From Press Release

“The Soul Seekers . . . bring their signature hand clapping, toe-tapping, and spine-tingling sound with a modern gospel quartet twist. This group consists of highly sought-after recording, session and touring musicians, hit songwriters and producers collectively working with an array of superstar artists from Beyonce‘ and Missy Elliott to Nelly, 50 Cent, Diddy, Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler and Britney Spears to hit making shows Diddy’s “Making His Band” and “American Idol” to name a few.

As frontrunners in gospel music, The Soul Seekers are on fire and ready to minister to the world. Not only is it all good, but most importantly “It’s All God”.

From Press Release

Click on the link to Ustream and sign up to join in (and be a part of) the Listening Party.

Darryl Peavy & Nu Season We first heard of New Vision Records (of Cary, North Carolina) from a member of Women of Strength from Columbia, South Carolina. At that time the buzz was the recent signing of Women of Strength to the label. In addition, it came to our attention that New Vision was also working with several other ‘new’ artists.

Well, the first release by New Vision has made it to the marketplace. It is the project titled Miracle by Darryl Peavy & Nu Season. This group is from the Atlanta, Georgia, area. The members are Darrryl Peavy, Dontil “Twin” Peavy, and Edward “Ray Jackson, and Kenny Cooper.

The new project consists of eight songs and a forty-three seconds Intro. There are some good songs on the CD. The title track, “Miracle,” reminds us that nothing is impossible for God. The guys wanted the listeners to know that they can really sing and not dependent on the instruments to ‘make’ the song. Well, if that was the goal, they accomplished it with the ballad, Miracle.

The bothers Darryl and Dontil share lead duties throughout the CD. Thus, you are treated to a variety of arrangements and tempos. There is the upbeat “He Can See It All” to “Don’t Ever Leave Me,” and song that starts off with phrase using the vernacular of today’s generation.

The group describes itself as having “a new Quartet Sound, Style, Praise, Worship and Look.” We think they have a fresh sound to what is otherwise traditional gospel quartet music. They should be able to appeal to the die-hard quartet gospel enthusiasts and bring new younger fans to the genre.

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

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