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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.”

Blanche Goodson, CEO, SC Gospel Quartet Awards ProgramThe annual SC Gospel Quartet Awards’ program was held on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Lower Richland High School, Hopkins, South Carolina. The morning session consisted of workshops relating to the gospel music industry.

The evening session included a concert featuring Flossie Boyd Johnson & Favor, Spirit of Columbia, Sister Mary Myers & The Team of Joy, The National Juniors, The New Israelites, The Redeemers, and Big Bubba & The Eternal Harmonizers.

Emcees for the program were Pastor Curtis Young Dr. Jana Harrell and Brother Henry Jones. Devotion was conducted by Evangelist Michell Tucker.

The Award Winners were:

1. MALE GROUP OF THE YEAR
THE SIX VOICES OF ZION

2. FEMALE GROUP OF THE YEAR
WOMEN OF STRENGTH

3.SONG OF THE YEAR
“FIRE NEXT TIME” BY PASTOR T. D. BROWN & THE MIGHTY GLORYARIES

4. BEST DRESSED MALE GROUP OF THE YEAR
THE GOSPEL LEGENDS

5. BEST DRESSED FEMALE GROUP OF THE YEAR
SISTER MARY MYERS AND THE TEAM OF JOY

6. MOST DILIGENT GROUP OF THE YEAR
THE HARMONETTES & COMPANY

7. MALE PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
PASTOR CURTIS YOUNG

8. FEMALE PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
JOHNNIE MAE RICH

9. RADIO ANGEL OF THE YEAR
PASTOR CURTIS YOUNG

10. PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE
PELHAM MYERS & THE FIVE SINGING STARS

11. BEST PERFORMING MALE GROUP OF THE YEAR
DOC McKENZIE & THE HI-LITES

12. BEST PERFORMING FEMALE GROUP OF THE YEAR
WOMEN OF STRENGTH

13. BEST QUARTET GOSPEL WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
FLOSSIE BOYD JOHNSON & FAVOR
WWW.FlossieBoydJohnson.COM

14. NATIONAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
DOC McKENZIE & THE HI-LITES

This is the thirteenth year for the program. Sister Blanche Goodson and her organization continue to move South Carolina gospel quartet group to the next level.

Ms. Ruth Naomi Robinson PerryAll across this country there are Quartet Gospel fans that go the extra mile for this genre. Seldom are they (understandably) individually recognized. For, no one would expect a group to list their many fans in the liner notes of the CD. And, certainly the audience would be aghast should a group decide to start reading names at the beginning of their ‘set,’ instead of just singing. That being said, it is fitting sometime to just pause and recognize some of the unsung heroes that have meant so much to this genre.

One such person is Ms. Ruth Naomi Robinson Perry. Ms. Perry transitioned to her eternal home on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. There are not many groups on the road today that have not come in contact with Ms. Perry. She would travel far and near to support quartet gospel. She was just as dedicated (if not more) to this genre than any gospel quartet group. She lived in Columbia, South Carolina. However, on any given weekend, groups were not surprise to see her showing up at a concert in Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, New York, or just wherever there was a good gospel quartet concert going on.

So, it was no surprise to the quiet observer to see Bishop Darrell McFadden (of Darrell McFadden & The Disciples), Rev. Frank Thompson, Jr. (of The Fantastic Violinaires), Rev. Curtis Young (formerly of The Five Singing Sons of North), and Minster Perry Taft at the Celebration of Life Services on today, Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Others from this genre that participated in the services were Marvin Latimore and Mel Johnson (of The Swan Silverstones), Alen Pringle, Evangelist Loretta Coleman (representing Radio Angels), and Sister Blanche Goodson (SC Gospel Quartet Organization).

Ms. Perry’s contribution to this genre will probably never make it into the history books. Many will never know all that she did for this genre. However, we who knew what she meant to this genre will never forget her work in the vineyard. Ms. Perry will certainly be missed by her legion of grateful fans.