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The Gospel Enforcers of New Jersey The Gospel Enforcers of New Jersey has a new CD titled Come To Jesus. The Enforcers have been around for quite sometime. Not only do they sing that ’traditional’ gospel song exceptionally well, they have masterfully blended R&B arrangements to some of their songs.

The project begins with the toe tapping “Come To Jesus.” Although it is a studio recording, you will think you’re sitting in an old-time revival. “Two Face” is the next track. The background harmony makes this one very easy on the ear. Next the guys tackle one of “grandma’s song” “Good To Be Alive.” You could envision this song being sang across the country in church serves every Sunday. The arrangement is one of the best traditional version of this song.

The hand clapping, washboard strumming “New Song” is next. Kept waiting for the lead singer to shout “Let’s Go To Work Fellows.“ The influence of the best from traditional groups of the South is all over this song. It might be a New Song, but it has all the trappings of good old gospel quartet music.

The influence of R&B is obvious on “Not My Imagination.” Several groups have ’toyed’ with trying to incorporate some of The Temptations’ Just My Imagination into a gospel song. The Enforcers version comes closest to incorporating the words and arrangement and yet delivers a gospel message.

On “Fly Away” the guys deliver an upbeat arrangement to an often recorded song. The arrangement may be a little to upbeat for most services in which this song is often heard, but it will certainly cause you to hit the repeat button. This is followed with Have “A Little Church.” Unfortunately it is the shortest song on the project. It will leave you wanting to hear the guys sing this one in concert. About one minute 48 seconds into the song, you’ll hear some familiar blues and R&B strumming. This one will probably be the favorite at concerts.

The guys go a little country on “In The Water.” They go back to the R&B influence with “We Need Him.” Seventies’ R&B fans will quickly pickup on the arrangement. They closed the project by retuning to the solid traditional gospel arrangement with “Stay There.”

Get on board quartet fans with The Enforcers. The guys deserve your attention. Listen to the entire CD during the new music broadcast at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio.

2012 New Year's CelebrationThere are programs that happen each year that you can actually plan your quartet gospel calendar around. For instance, anyone involved with quartet gospel know that on the First Sunday in October, all roads lead to Augusta for The Swanee Quintet’s Anniversary. And, for over 30 years the Blockbuster Showdown has taken place in Florence, South Carolina during the first part of March. Likewise, each valentine weekend, quartet gospel enthusiasts journey to Albany, Georgia, for the Family Reunion Fest. Don’t forget the Mississippi Burning near the end of May. The Burning has been a mainstay on the Gospel Quartet concert calender for over 27 years.

And, of course there is the American Gospel Quartet Convention held the third (3rd) week of January in Birmingham, Alabama. This will be the twentieth (20th) year for the Convention. The “2012 AGQC will exhibit a strong atmosphere with a mixture of church and music industry presentations, seminars, record company showcases, special luncheon, and powerful preaching.”

Another annual event is the New Year’s Day program sponsored by Loretta Coleman in Columbia, South Carolina. January 1, 2012, will be the twelfth (12th) year for the program. The 2012 program is headlined by Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites. Joining the Doctor will be The Fantastic Violinaires, The Sensational Nightingales, The Legendary Singing Stars, Lil’ David & The Bells Of Joy, Lil’ Sonny & The Peacemakerz, Faithful, Rev. Mathew Mickens & The New Highway Travelers, and God’s Bless.

What a FANTASTIC way to begin the new year.

Bishop F. C. BarnesYes, it is true – Bishop F. C. Barnes transitioned to the “other shore” early this morning. Bishop Barnes hit the big stage of gospel music with the mega hit – “Rough Side Of The Mountain.” And, since that time there has been no looking back.

Whether solo, with Minster Janice Brown, The Red Budd Choir, The “Company,” or a guest appearance with The Sunset Jubilaires, you knew any recording by Bishop Barnes was going to be solidly rooted in the traditional gospel music genre. His ability to take even songs in the public domain and make them meaningful and relevant to day’s times and challenges was remarkable.

Upon learning of the passing of Bishop Barnes, D. A. Johnson, Executive Director, Gospel Division, at MALACO, states –

“I was saddened when I received the news of the passing of Bishop F. C. Barnes. Bishop Barnes was the true patriarch of his family, consummate leader to his church ministry, highly dedicated professional in his dealings with his music ministry and always a gentleman. He wrote one of the greatest songs of all time so I affectionately referred to him as, “Mr. Rough Side Of The Mountain” I’m honored to have had the opportunity to serve in his music legacy. Bishop F. C. Barnes will be greatly missed.”

We wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Johnson’s assessment.

For updates on funeral arrangements visit the obituaries section of Quartet Central Message Board.