Entries tagged with “Gospel Quartet”.

The Fantastic ViolinairesOnce again, the All Gospel Quartet Christmas broadcast was well received by listeners all over the world. We look forward to airing the ALL Gospel Quartet Music Christmas broadcast again during the 2017 Christmas Season. So, if your group has a holiday song or plan to record one this year, send it to us for the next All Gospel Quartet Christmas Music Broadcast.


The Top 25 Gospel Quartet Christmas songs, as rated by the listeners from around the world, from the 2017 broadcast were:


1. Merry Christmas Friend – The Fantastic Violinaires

2. Christmas Miracle – The Mighty Golden Bells

3. It’s Christmas Time – Angels Of Praze

4. This Christmas – Darrell McFadden & The Disciples

5. He Brought Joy (Christmas) – Lady Betricce Ward & Angelic Voices

6. Celebrate Jesus – The Dynamic Abraham Brothers

7. If It Had Not Been For Love – The Gospel Keynotes

8. Love Is The Greatest Gift Of All – The Evereadys

9. Go Tell It On The Mountain – The Sensational Nightingales

10. I’ll Never 4get Christmas – The William Singers

11. 12 Days Of Christmas – Keith Wonderboy Johnson & The Spiritual Voices

12. Celebrate Jesus – The New Joyful Sounds

13. Only God Knows – The Gospel Keynotes

14. Mary Did You Know – The Bishops Quartet

15. Saint’s Christmas – Ronnie R. Riles, Sr. Presents Family And Friends Praising God

16. Lord We Praise You – Minister Win Thompkins

17. Rise Up Shepard – The Gospel Keynotes

18. Show A Little Love – Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers

19. It’s That Time Of Year – Brothers & Sisters Featuring Elder Troy Jackson

20. The Gift Of Love – Timothy Garner & Tra-Vals

21. Born On Christmas Day – The Alabama Gurlz

22. Away In A Manger – The Canton Spirituals

23. Joy To The World – The Staple Singers

24. YMOF Merry Christmas – Young Men Of Faith

25. Let’s Go To Church On Christmas Day – Luther Barnes

Mrs. Henry Thomas-Harrison

It came to our attention that one of the most dedicated solider of this genre died last month. We knew she had been “a little under the weather” as she would say, but had no idea of the seriousness of her illness. But, that sums up the personality of Mrs. Henry Thomas-Harrison. She would not want anyone to be concern about her well-being. For, her concern was about this genre and the ladies and gentlemen that delivered the Word in song.

Our dear sister transitioned home on August 31, 2012. She leaves a legacy that embodies the love that she had for this genre. In her own words –

I am Ms. Henry Thomas-Harrison. I grew up in the heart of the Mississippi Delta; in Sunflower County.(My parents came to the Delta from the Meridian and Philadelphia areas of Mississippi) Chicago (The Windy City) is now my home away from home. I invite you to visit my quartet website at ..www.downhomegospel.com or try going to www.chicagogag.com and click on quartet news and reviews. I do not claim to officially represent the Chicago quartet groups in any capacity, but I appreciate them and support the many talented quartet groups here in Chicago and around the world. I grew up in the Mississippi Delta; so hearing good gospel, blues,and country western singing, good guitar and harmonica playing is not new to me, but I am very excited about what is happening here in Chicago every week, just knowing that the music is still alive and as strong as ever!!! Chicago: called The Mecca of Gospel Music by many around the world lives up to that name every weekend with the many talented gospel quartet groups that appear at the various gospel concerts around Chicago and the entire Midwest area each Sunday and also it’s many gospel choirs, soloist,contemporary gospel artist and the many others who bring joy to our hearts every week. Most of the African American gospel quartets in Chicago are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those who came to Chicago during the Black migration from the South, who came ‘up north’ to find work in the steel mills,the stock yards, the large catalog houses like Sears, Spiegels, and Aldens, Plus many other businesses that needed workers. These Blacks from the plantations brought with them their Soulful Delta gospel and blues singing, and their southern plantation style of playing ‘down home blues’ and ‘down home’ gospel guitar. In the Mississippi Delta every house (or shack) – no matter how poor, had a guitar, a harmonica and a few shotguns,I am not ashamed of the fact that I grew up on Jimmy Reed, corn bread, collard greens and blackeyed peas:) The Black Gospel Quartets in those days could be heard in the fields, on the porches after dark at night and of course on Sunday evenings at the country churches. Folks on the plantations would walk for miles sometimes to get to the programs. On Sunday mornings the quartet groups would purchase time at the radio stations and most of us on the plantations would wake up on Sunday mornings listening to the quartet singers on the radio. These groups would often sing live in the studio. Most everyone had large families on the plantations and it seems that every extended family had one of two quartet groups, and every “Colored” Baptist church seemed to have at least one or two quartet groups. Gospel Quartet and Blues on the plantation was a way of expressing The Sorrow,The Hope, The Joy and every emotion from deep inside that needed to be expressed. – REAL SOUL MUSIC!!

When the next book on Gospel Music is written, there has to be a chapter dedicated to those like Mrs. Henry Thomas-Harrison, who have done so much to keep this music before the public.

Ronald Ferguson Featuring The Forty-One Community ChoirThere are some CDs by choirs and ensembles that even get the attention of diehard Gospel Quartet fans. Chosen Purpose Live & More is one such CD.

The mastermind behind this CD is Ronald Ferguson. His group (the one he performs with on a regular basis) is Ronald Ferguson And Chosen. Some may remember Ronald from his days on the road as part of the band for the legendary Tommy Ellison & The Singing Stars.

Along with being an accomplished musician, Ronald is a songwriter and arranger. He “wrote and produced a song for his brother and sister, Staff Sergeants’ Roshawn and LaTanya Walker entitled “To The Troops”. [The] song took off Worldwide [and] it was posted on The Department of Homeland Securities website for Two Years and is still to this day being played at all military bases and stations all over the world.”

Ronald decided to use his exceptional musical talents to produce a project by his local community choir – The Forty-One Community Choir. The LIVE recording took place on October 16, 2011, at the Bethel United Methodist Church, St. Stephen, SC.

There are nine (9) songs on the CD, including 2 versions of the soon to be popular “There Is A Land.” “There Is A Land” is the song that will endear gospel quartet fans to this CD. In addition, it would not be a surprise to hear that choirs (and even some quartet groups) around the country are singing this song. The arrangement is just that good.

Ronald sings lead on eight (8) of the songs, including a duet with Jerome Ravenell on “There Is A Land.” Patricia Snipe Johnson sings lead on “Move Out Of God’s Way.“
The other songs on the CD are “All Of Me,” “Oh Lord We Come,” “God Can,” “Forever Yours” and “He’s Faithful.”

Ronald has masterfully weaved the gospel quartet style into the full choir sound. With this CD, the choir has establish a truly distinctive sound – some quartet, some choir, some down home flair into songs that minister to the listeners. The Forty-One Community Choir is sure to be in demand to minister to the world.

Listen to songs from Ronald Ferguson featuring The Forty-One Community Choir during the New Music broadcast at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio broadcast beginning May 11, 2012.