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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.”

Quartet Pioneer,
Father of D.A. Johnson (Malaco) Passes

Quartet Pioneer,
Father of D.A. Johnson (Malaco) Passes


Jackson, MS – Quartet Pioneer and father of D.A. Johnson (Executive Director, Gospel Division Malaco Music Group), Willie Connell Johnson passed on Thursday March 6, 2014, at his home, surrounded by family in Jamaica, NY.

Willie Connell Johnson, born in Sumter, SC, founder of The Mighty Brooklyn Skyways, a quartet that enjoyed such hits as, “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven (But Nobody Really Wants To Die),” “May The Work I’ve Done Speak For Me,” and “Unbelievable Man,” all with Peacock Records. In the seventies, The Skyways recorded three albums with Savoy Records now wholly owned by the Malaco Music Group. Willie Johnson was honored when he was invited to participate in the historic recording of the 3 CD / 3 DVD Box Set of “Gospel Legends” released exclusively for television in 2005.

D.A. Johnson has brought the family legacy full circle by signing with Savoy / Malaco Records in 1999.

Please keep the entire Johnson family and friends in prayer.

The funeral arrangements are as follows:
Date: Friday March 14, 2014
Viewing: 5pm-7pm
Service: 7pm

Venue: Holy Nazarene Deliverance Ministry
237 Ralph Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11233

Funeral Home: James H. Willie Funeral Home Inc.
918 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(P) 718-875-1036
(F) 718-875-4082

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.