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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 Anointed Brown SistersBLACK MUSIC MONTH SPOTLIGHT!

How does a group distinguish themselves when others share the same name? That is the question that confronted a group from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The Anointed Brown Sisters is a family group comprised of four sisters and one of the sisters’ daughter. The group is originally from Havana, Alabama. They have resided in Tuscaloosa for the past 35+ years.

The group members are Chrishon Brown-Smith, Ora Brown, Abigail Brown, Mesha Brown-Lanier, and Ms. Smith’s daughter, Crystal Smith. Chrishon Brown-Smith is the lead singer, songwriter, and arranger for the group. Her son Terrence Smith, Jr., is the group’s drummer. Other musicians for the group are Re’gal Moore, Antonio Pearson and Marcilliaus McMillian.

The desire to sing quartet style gospel music was instill in the sisters at an early age. Their mom is a soloist and their father a quartet singer. The sisters grew up singing in the church. They have ministered across this country. They have also toured England and Italy. They have recorded three (3) projects.

Now, as to their name – According to Ms. Chrishon Brown-Smith, initially they were called The Brown Sisters, “the little girls with the big voices.” “There were so many Brown Sisters in [Alabama and other states,] that [the group] wanted something that would [distinguish them] from other groups.” “We began to pray and believe God for lifestyle changes and were filled with the Holy Ghost. The Lord spoke through the man of God that we were anointed and the anointing would stay with us as long as we sought Him and lived according to His word. After service, I told my sisters that the name ANOINTED Brown Sisters was in my spirit and they all concurred that it was in their spirits as well. We took on the name as well as the definition of the word.”

They are outstanding representatives of this genre. They have stayed true to their calling. Thus, this group of anointed women is indeed worthy of being spotlighted as we celebrate Black Music Month.