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On Saturday, December 17, 2016, SC Gospel Quartet Radio and SC Gospel Quartet Awards presented an appreciation program for Toby A. Goodson. The concert was held at Faith, Hope and Charity Church in Columbia, SC.

Before reporting on the concert, let me tell you about Toby. Toby is the son of Sister Blanche and Brother Ronald Goodson. Sister Goodson is affectionately referred to as The Mouth Of The South. She is a radio angel, promoter and currently the CEO of SC Gospel Quartet Radio and SC Gospel Quartet Awards. As CEO of SC Gospel Quartet Radio, she has taken an idea of having an online radio broadcast and launched a 24/7 online station that is changing the way gospel fans around the world get their praise on at home, work and while traveling. Ronald Goodson is a songwriter, arranger, singer and musician extraordinaire, he is also the lead guitarist for The Legendary National Juniors.

Thus Toby grew up immersed in the gospel music genre. As a result, he is an exceptional drummer. He is a music producer. He is also one of the up and coming music engineers  with a unique ability to maximize digital software and equipment to get the most out of artists. So, it was fitting that his Mom and Dad would want to celebrate the holiday season with a gospel concert Appreciation Program just for their son.

The concert began with devotion by Little Ms. Danasha Richardson. What a talent. At six (6) years old, she delivered biblical scriptures and very fitting devotional songs like a pro. The concert performers were The Southern Gospel Singers, Willie Goins & The Medlondyettes, The National Juniors and The Talley Boys, with Minister Teddy Cross and Robert Williams. All of the groups were great. The National Juniors introduce the congregation to the title track from their new CD “Just Look How The Lord Blessing You And Me.”

The headliners The Talley Boys, with Minister Teddy Cross and Robert Williams took the services to greater heights.  Now, for gospel fans, you know that The Talley Boys were the musicians for the group Willie Neal Johnson & The New Gospel Keynotes. And, you also know that Minister Cross and Robert Williams were longtime members of The Gospel Keynotes as well as The New Keynotes.

So, having Minister Cross and Robert Williams on stage with the Talley Boys brought back fond memories of the legendary Gospel Keynotes. This was a reunion of sorts and what a reunion it was. Minister Cross and Robert Williams shared lead duties. Yes, Minister Cross did call “Robert” just like the late Willie Neal Johnson would have. And, yes, the guys embraced all of the comedic moves that fans were use to seeing by a performance of “The Gospel Keynotes.” But, they sang. And, they took the audience down memory lane. And, what a trip it was – with songs like, “Jesus, You’ve Been Good To Me,” “This Is Just A Rehearsal,” and so many more. What a grand time we had with this new configuration of The Keynotes.

If you are a promoter and you want to bring to your city a group that will electrify the audience and deliver that traditional gospel quartet sound with a twenty-first century flare, then you need to book The Talley Boys, with Minister Teddy Cross and Robert Williams. You will not be disappointed. And, your audience will surely be saying “Lord, I Thank You.”

Tony and The Magnificent Voices - Durham, NCOn Saturday, May 21, 2011, there was a concert at Lively Stone Temple, Columbia, South Carolina (where Bishop James Mack is the Pastor).  The concert was a fundraiser for the church to replace their air condition unit that had been stolen.  Yes, someone stole the Church’s air condition unit.  So, this church, with a small congregation, put on a quartet gospel concert to raise money to replace the unit.

For all practical purposes, this concert was just like many others that occurred on Saturday across the country.  However, upon a closer look there were some things that made this a one-of-a-kind concert.

First, there were only four (4) groups scheduled to minister.  They were Elder Donald Danner, The National Juniors, Tony and The Magnificent Voices, and Lil’ Sonny and The Peacemakers. It does not take a lot of groups to make a program successful.

Secondly, the groups did not charge to be part of the program.  Even in these austere times, there are groups that will travel for miles for a good cause.  Elder Donald Danner is based in Walterboro, South Carolina.  For him and his background singers, it was a 100 miles one-way trip.  Tony and The Magnificent Voices came from Durham, North Carolina – a 250 miles one-way trip.

Thirdly, the groups really ministered.  It is not being suggested that groups on the road today minister to impress, but it is bonus for any program when the groups minister and impress.  And, that is just what the groups did.  Elder Danner has a new single titled “Baptized In The Name of Jesus.”  For many in attendances, it was the first time they heard the song.  The congregation enthusiastically embraced the song.

Tony and The Magnificent Voices is a family group consisting on the father, mother, their 6 daughters and grandchildren.  There is no finer group on the road today than Tony and The Magnificent Voices.  The audience embraced them and showed the group how appreciative they were for them having traveled from Durham to assist the church.

The National Juniors closed the program in classic form.  They know how to read a crowd.  And, whether a large or small crowd, they know how to get the congregation involved in the program.

It is programs like this fundraiser that help to keep gospel quartet music alive.  We commend the groups for stepping up and aiding this church.