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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.”

The Homegoing services for Rev. Charles McLean was held on Friday, January 11, 2013, at Gospel Temple Church Of God In Christ, 4121 Thurmond Road, Conley, Georgia. Bishop Richard “Mr. Clean” White is the Pastor. Many dignitaries of the gospel quartet genre attended the services.

Musicians and singers of the quartet gospel genre made up the choir for the services. There were members from The Gospel Incredibles (Rev. Galbert Conner,. Jr., Clarence Conner, Willie Ellis), The Gospel Keynotes (Paul Beasley, Jeffery Newberry), Bill Allen of The Gospelaires, Tommy Spann of The Brooklyn Allstars, members of Troy Ramey & The Soul Searchers, members of The Fantastic Violinaires, members of Mildred Clark’s Melodyaires, members of The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bishop J. B. Means, nembers of The Swan Silvertones, and numerous other singers and musicians. Ricky McKinnie of the Boys Of Alabama did a moving rendition of one of Rev. McLean’s favorite songs – Soon We’ll Be Done With The Troubles Of This World.

Bishop White delivered the eulogy. He reminded all in attendance that Rev. McLean has crossed that “Same Old River” and it is up to us to be ready when God calls us home to do the same. The time is now to get ready for the certain journey.

There was a musical tribute for Rev. McLean on Thursday evening, January 10, 2013, at the same church. Those taking part in the musical tribute were members of The Gospel Incredibles, The Gospel Keynotes and many local gospel singers and musicians from the Atlanta Area.

Musical Tribute
Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 7:00 PM
Gospel Temple Church Of God In Christ
4121 Thurmond Road
Conley, GA 30288

Homegoing Services:
Friday, January 11, 2013, at 10:00 AM
Gospel Temple Church Of God In Christ
4121 Thurmond Road
Conley, GA 30288


In Charge Of Arrangements:
Meadows Mortuary
419 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30316

New GenerationThere is a new generation of gospel quartet singers that are beginning to make a positive impact on this genre. One such group is New Generation. There are several groups that have adopted the name New Generation. However, the one we are referencing is out of Houston, TX.

This group was formed in December of 2008 by four brothers. According to their bio, they “began in music and ministry at a very young age, never having had lessons or gone to music school, but learned by experience in their home church.” Two members of the group are ministers.

Mario Rivers is the Manager and Keyboard Player for the group. Antaun Stewart is the group’s Drummer. Minister Marcus Stewart is on of the Lead Singer and Bass Player. Reverend Alonzo Stewart is the other Lead Singer and Bass Player. The group’s Lead Guitar Player is Donzell Taylor.

The group recently released a 3-play titled He Will Provide. Songs of the CD are “Keep On Moving,” “God’s Unchanging Hand” and “Waitin’ On Jesus.” Make no mistakes about it, the songs reflect that group is well rooted in traditional gospel music. With young men like the members of New Generation entering into the quartet gospel genre, the future not only looks bright for the genre, but it will be in good hands.

Listen to songs from the CD during the Quartet Mix and New Music broadcasts at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio.