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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 Jackson SouthernairesThe Jackson Southernaires’ new CD is titled Back Again. The title will have you asking – What is meant by “Back Again?” A search of many music libraries will reveal that the phrase is often used to describe albums (and CDs) by groups that 1) have been away from recording for sometime, or 2) music from a group that has returned to their roots.

We’ll neither describe The Jackson Southernaires. The group released the CD Destiny in 2008. In 2005/2006, they released Reality. So, ‘Back Again” probably does not refer to a return to the recording studio for The Jackson Southernaires. The group’s releases are always rooted in the traditional gospel quartet sound. There is no doubt that The Jackson Southernaires deliver good solid gospel quartet music every time they enter the studio.

So our assessment of “Back Again” is that it signifies that the group is ‘back’ with an exceptional project. The new CD consists of eleven (11) songs never before recorded by The Jackson Southernaires. Huey sings lead on each song. He shares lead duties with Maurice Surrell, Sr. on “Take Me Back.” Yes, “Take Me Back” is the song made popular by Andréa Crouch. The choir, Brandon Mitchell & Singers With A Purpose, provide background vocals on “I Need You” and “Take Me Back.”

Castro Coleman wrote the song “He’s Got Me.” Castro also plays guitar throughout the entire project. He showcases a blues arrangement to “Did It For Me.” Huey shows that he knows how to deliver a gospel song laden with chords that will remind the listener of blues singers from the Mississippi Delta.

No matter how you interpret the title “Back Again,” you will find that it contains good gospel quartet music. Listen to song from the CD during the next broadcast of Quartet Mix at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio.