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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.”

Retired LadyWhen we saw the posting on yesterday from gospelntune on Gloryland Gospel Quartet Central Message Board, it truly caused us to smile. We smiled because it was exciting to see someone reach the age of retirement with vim and vigor to really enjoy life. For, we understand that this is not retirement to the rocking chair for gospelntune.

In fact, if you know anything about her commitment to this genre, you know that retirement presents the opportunity for her to commit more time to this genre. Check out the many activities for which gospelntune is involved – “We Care.” Saturday Morning Radio Broadcast, Columnist for Gospel Magazines, Gospel Promoter, Emcee, Church Musician, Community Organizer, the Quilt, and Event Planner. Sure does not sound like someone who is retired.

And, on top of all that she does (and is doing), We Care has been expanded to include “journalism and promotions, to include inspirational moments, community affairs, jobs, family matters, artist interviews, CD Release Parties, morning SMILES, gospel promotions and more.” Sure does not sound like someone who is retired.

Gospelntune concludes her post with “It’s good to be back…standing in the gap to preserve Quartet Gospel Music! Join us in keeping Quartet Gospel Music in the eyes, ears and hearts of people everywhere!” Now, if that’s retirement, we encourage every fan of this music to retire. Sure does not sound like someone who is retired.

Congratulations gospelntune on your retirement. So good to know you have reach this milestone. For, the Quartet Gospel Genre is the real beneficiary of your retirement.

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.