May 22, 2003
The Zionaires have joined the Quartets' page. Visit the Quartets' page for
access to The Zionaires' web page.
There is a new radio station featuring gospel quartet music. It is The
Gospel Network. It is a 24 hours internet radio network. Visit our
LINKS page for immediate access to The Gospel Network.
June 3, 2003
Columbia is buzzing about the upcoming live recording of some of South
Carolina's favorite gospel quartet groups. The recording will take place on
Friday, July 11, 2003 at 7:00 PM at Temple of Praise - 1723 Leesburg Road,
Columbia, South Carolina.
Groups taking part in this historic recording are
Rev. Matthew Mickens
and The New Highway Travelers, The Six Voices of Zion, The
Gospel All-Stars, Antioch, The National Juniors,
The Brewsteraires, Singing Angels of
Sumter, and The Zionaires.
The doors open at 5:30 PM. The cost of admission is $10.00 per person. No
tickets are being sold in advance. You will be able to pay at the door.
If you attend no other concert this year, this is definitely one to attend.
For further information contact Blanche Goodson at (703) 261-9546 or (703)
783-0068, or Soteria Management and Consultants at (912) 534-5583.
June 9, 2003
Pictures of 2003 Awards Banquet added. To view pictures go to the Awards
Banquet page and scroll down to the bottom.
August 11, 2003
The National Juniors have joined the Quartets' page. Visit the Quartets'
page for access to The National Juniors' web page.
August 28, 2003
The Brewsteraires ranked number 1.
For two months in a row the Brewsteraires' web page has been the most
visited page at this site. Congratulations to The Brewsteraires.
If your group is not posted on the Quartets' page you are missing a golden
opportunity to advertise the availability of your group.
September 1, 2003
If you were looking for a gospel concert on this Labor Day weekend, South
Carolina was the place to be. On Sunday, August 31, 2003, there were
concerts in Charleston, Bull Swamp, Sumter, Hopkins and Greenville just to
name a few.
On Sunday, August 31, 2003, Shirley Caesar and a host of other "major"
artists were at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville. SC Gospel Quartet has not
received a report on this concert, but with Shirley Caesar being in the
house we are sure it was a blessed occasion for all that attended.
On Sunday, August 31, 2003, Deacon Robert Burgess and The Mighty Soul
Searchers celebrated their 34th anniversary in Sumter, South Carolina. Sumter and the surrounding area really supported this program. There was
standing room only. In fact, many had to stand outside the building and
just listen to the praise and worship that was going on in the inside.
The crowd was blessed with the song ministries of The Abrams, Revelation,
George and The New Faith of Sumter, The Gospel All-Stars, The National
Juniors, The Gospel Charms of Lake City, Sumter Violinaires, and Ernest
Pearson and the Singing Disciples of Manning, South Carolina.
All of the
groups were great, but the night belonged to Revelation and Deacon Robert
Burgess and the Mighty Soul Searchers.
The crowd did not want Revelation to leave the stage. These young men
ministered in such a way, that all were on their feet praising God the
entire time they were on stage. To Revelation we say, stay the course. God
is certainly using you to bless his people.
Deacon Burgess and the guys went back and did some of the crowd favorites,
beginning with Don't Wonder About Him, and then they took a trip down
memory lane and ended with the drive song Meet Me Jesus In The Middle of
The Air. Overall, this was a wonderful program and what a way to spend part
of your Labor Day weekend.
On Sunday, August 31, 2003, Pelham Myers and the Five Singing Stars
celebrated their anniversary at Ladson Chapel Baptist Church Family Life
Center, Hopkins, South Carolina. We are very pleased to report that the
program started on time. And what a time it was.
Several hundred persons were blessed with the music of Big Mack and the Harmonettes, The Singing Cavaliers of Eastover, The Redeemers, The Six
Voices of Zion, the anniversary group, and the legendary Jackson
The Jackson Southernaires really blessed the house. Huey and the guys were
definitely "In The House." They had plenty of time to sing, and sing they
did. They did some old and some new songs. Their smooth tear-jerking
rendition of Your Grace and Mercy was worth the price of admission. But
they did not stop there. They went back and did many of the crowd's
favorites and ended with songs from their new project - Anniversary. The
Jackson Southernaires was at their best. In fact, it was easy to envision
the late Frank Williams on the stage with the group. They really
Congratulations to Pelham Myers and the Five Singing Stars for a great
Labor Day weekend gospel program.
On Monday, September 1, 2003, the world renown Margaret Allison and the
Angelic Gospel Singers, along with Doc McKenzie and the Hi-Lites were in
Sumter, South Carolina. We have not received a report on this concert, but
with The Angelic Gospel Singers having not been in the Sumter/Columbia area
within the past 12 years, one can only imagine that this was an awesome
program. After all, the Doctor was in the house.
September 9, 2003
The rain started to fall*
On Sunday, September 7, 2003 it appears that South Carolina received more
rain in one day than the entire summer. The rain started to fall and it
rained all day Sunday. Didn't it rain. However, thou the rain kept falling,
it did not damper the 36th Anniversary of the Gospel All-Stars.
In spite of the heavy rain, the Orangeburg community and surrounding area
really supported the All-Stars. The crowd really showed their appreciation
to the singers.
The program began with The Modulations of Orangeburg. They
were followed by The Gospel Saints of Norway. After the Gospel Saints, Big
Mack and the Harmonettes electrified the crowd. Next, Gospel Redeemers
showed that they have not deviated from the high standard set by their
founder the late Bumpsie Welch.
After the Redeemer, The Gospel All-Stars really rocked the house. The crowd
was on their feet the entire time they ministered.
The legendary Shepherds
were next. The Shepherds is a very good group and they really sang for the
people. This group should be on every major program across this country.
Spirit of Columbia, who really blessed the house, followed the Shepherds.
The Rising Stars of Eastover took over from Spirit without skipping a beat.
The Six Voices of Zion, a group commonly known as The Headliners (a name
given to them by Nero "Mr. Gospel" Tindal) closed the program.
why they are called Headliners.
Congratulations to the Gospel All-Stars for an outstanding Praise and
*It's Gonna Rain - Canton Spirituals - Greatest Hits CD
September 10, 2003
The History Page has been completely revised. Are you or your group listed?
September 15, 2003
Reverend Andrew Chearis and the Songbird really rocked the house on
Saturday, September 13, 2003. The Songbird appeared in concert in Hopkins,
South Carolina at Lower Richland High School Arena. Not only did Rev.
Chearis sing, but he also ministered. The Brown Boyz of New York was also
in the house. They really electrified the crowd. This group is on their way
to the top.
Rev. Matthew Mickens and the New Highway Travelers,
The National Juniors of Columbia, The
Gospel All-Stars, Rev. George R. Johnson and The Johnsonaires, The Abrams,
Deacon Joe Davis and The Choice Gospel Singers of Hopkins were all
outstanding. They really ministered in song.
The Mistress of Ceremony duties were shared between Ms.
Blanche Goodson and Ms. Bridgett Shelly of Tupelo, Mississippi. Ms. Shelly
is a member of the advisory board of the American Gospel Quartet
Convention and is dedicated to doing whatever she can to preserve quartet
music. It was a very pleasant surprise to have her at the program.
Overall, this was a great concert. It was indeed a praise and worship
September 21, 2003
On Saturday, September 20, 2003, at the Masonic Temple in Camden, a benefit
program was held for one of quartet gospel music greatest fan - Calvin
Cain. Before highlighting the program we must present to you Eddie Cabbagestalk, Jr.
Eddie Cabbagestalk, Jr. - remember that name. You will be hearing a lot
about this young man.
Eddie is the keyboard player for The Ballad Sisters
of Camden. Eddie is a phenomenal keyboard player. We have heard keyboard
players with many of the national groups. We can only say to them that
there is a new kid on the block. Eddie's talents measure up to any of these
national groups' keyboardists. Eddie is also a great singer. But the most
unique aspect to this you man is that he is only 8 years old.
only 8 years old. According to his mother, who is one of the member of The
Ballard Sisters, Eddie has been playing the keyboard and signing since he
was 5 years old. This young man is GOOD!
After a spirit filled devotional service led by Deacon Raymond Jones of the
Prodigal Sons, the first group to be call to the stage was The Ballard
Sisters. The Ballard Sisters were awesome, and with the talents of young
Eddie, one can only imagine the heights this group is destined to obtain.
The National Juniors followed the Ballard Sisters. The National Juniors
have a new lead singer, Reggie Jenkins. Reggie brings a fresh sound to the
Juniors. The Juniors were, as always, great.
Rev. Matthew Mickens and The New Highway Travelers were next. The energy
they displayed kept the crowd on their feet the entire time. This group
gives you a hard hitting quartet sound and style. They are always a crowd
pleaser. They sing God's word in song with a lot of power. Look out world,
the New Highway Travelers are on their way to the top.
The Gospel Incredibles from Atlanta followed the New Highway Travelers.
They had plenty of time to sing, and they really song for the people. The
testimony of Minister Clark Connor was very powerful. He electrified the
crowd with how God healed him from cancer. The Gospel Incredibles are, in
The Brewsteraires closed the program, and what a way to close the program.
They were joined on stage by Leslie Fisher of the Six Voices of Zion and
Rev. George Johnson of Rev. George Johnson and The Johnsonaires. The New
Highway Travelers' musicians backed up the Brewsteraires. This ensemble
left no doubt that God was being praised and lifted up.
This was a benefit program for Calvin Cain. Calvin is the number one fan of Evelyn Turrentine-Agee. Thou she could not, because of prior commitment,
attend the program she was gracious enough (along with her husband) to call
and speak to Calvin at the program. Calvin was already on a spiritual high,
but after talking to his favorite gospel singer, he could not be contained.
Thank you Evelyn and Joe for taking the time from your concert in New York
to share words of encouragement with Calvin.
Congratulations to The SC Gospel Quartet Awards Banquet and the family and
friends of Calvin Cain for making Saturday night a night to remember.
September 22, 2003
Information on the upcoming
5th Annual SC Gospel Quartet Awards Banquet
has been added to site.
October 7, 2003
Blanche Goodson Day
The Fifth Annual Blanche Goodson Day was indeed a very successful program. Several hundred persons witnessed great preaching and outstanding gospel
quartet music. According to many, it was an experience that Hopkins and the
surrounding area will never forget. As a result of the success of the
program, five (5) scholarships will be granted to students for the
2004-2005 school year.
October 13, 2003
Luther Barnes Fall Classic
Congratulations to two of South Carolina's finest quartet groups. We
understand that The Anointed Angels of Columbia was the second place
winner, and that Norris Brown and Holy Vision of Effingham, South Carolina
won first place. Congratulations to these groups for their dedication to
spreading the Word through Song, being committed to their ministry, and for
showcasing the exceptional talent from South Carolina.
October 25, 2003
Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC's Anniversary
On Friday, October 25, 2003, Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC's began
their anniversary weekend with a power packed concert in Denmark, South
Carolina. The crowd of about 1,700 was certainly treated to some of the
best in Gospel Quartet Music. The program began with devotion and the performance of several area groups
including The Gospel Legends of Columbia and Richard Jamison & Morning
Stars of Glory of Orangeburg.
After which the Williams Brothers (minus
Henry Green) gave the crowd much to shout about. They were vintage Williams
Brothers. They ended their set with "Cooling Waters." And yes, Lee Williams
did join them on stage for the signing of "Cooling Waters." This was
certainly a crowd pleaser.
Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC's then took the stage and really
ministered to the people. They did some of the old favorites like "Running
For My Life," and songs from their new project Right On Time. They ended
their ministering with "I Can't Give Up." It was powerful and the crowd was
left begging for more.
You would think that it could not get any better
after Lee and the guys left the stage.
But, of course the Doctor was in the house. Doc McKenzie and the Gospel Hi-Lites
followed the QC's. They took the service to another level. Doc began with
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus." His rendition of this hymn was so
powerful that many people were in tears. Doc and the guys really
ministered. During one of his songs Doc refers to the area in front of the
stage as "the pool." Well, the pool was crowded. Not only was the pool
full, but people were coming out of their seats into the isles. There is no
doubt about it, Doc McKenzie and the Gospel Hi-Lites really know how to
minister in song.
The Canton Spiritual (minus Dwayne and Theo) closed the program. They did
some old and some new songs.
Although it was the QC's anniversary, it was Doc McKenzie and the Gospel
Hi-Lites' night. Lookout world Doc McKenzie and the Gospel Hi-Lites are
taking gospel quartet music to another level.
With such a spirited program it was unfortunate that there was not an alter
call at the end of the service.
October 27, 2003
The fourth Sunday in October of each year belongs to The National Juniors. It is always the date for their anniversary program. On Sunday, October 26,
2003, twelve groups joined The National Juniors for this year's
celebration. The first group to perform was the Gospel Cavaliers of Lugoff. They were
followed by Sister Mitchell and the Gospellettes.
The Southernaires were
next. After which, the Gospel Saints of Norway performed. They were
followed by Rev. George Johnson and The Johnsonaires. Next The Carolina
Gospel Singers took the stage. Then it was time for the anniversary group. The National Juniors really showed their appreciation for those that came
out to the program. The Six Voices of Zion followed the Juniors. The
Brewsteraires then showed why they are in such high demand.
The Golden Trumpet of North Carolina was the guest group. They are
rightfully named. They have a very powerful yet smooth sound. Big Mack and the Harmonettes, Deacon Joe Davis and The Choice Gospel
Singers, and The Chosen Ones closed the program.
We congratulate the National Juniors for continuing to lift the Word in
song for over forty years.
November 2, 2003
The Brewsteraires' Anniversary
On Saturday, November 1, 2003, The Brewsteraires celebrated their 52nd
anniversary. After a spirited devotion, the fist group to take the state
was The Smith Sisters. They were followed by The Radio Angels. Women with a
Vision then blessed the house. The Spiritual Harmonizers took the crowd
back to the good old days of gospel music. They are a good group.
Revelations of Augusta, Georgia was next and they really lifted our Lord
and Savior is song.
The anniversary group took the stage and really ministered. Calvin Cain
joined them for a trip down memory lane. Words do not fully explain the
awesome music ministry of the Brewsteraires. The crowd did not want them to
leave the stage.
The National Juniors and Big Mack and the Harmonettes closed the program.
Emcee duties were performed by Ms. Blanche V. S. Goodson. Congratulations to the Brewsteraires for staying true to their calling and
for a great anniversary program.
November 17, 2003
Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC's spent the weekend in South Carolina. They performed four concerts over the weekend.
Starr, South Carolina
On Friday, November 14, 2003, Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC's were in
Starr, South Carolina. With only two local groups on the program, the QC's
were able to perform a full concert. The place was packed, standing room
only, and the crowd really enjoyed every minute of the song ministry of the
Saturday, November 15, 2003 was truly a great day in South Carolina. No, we
do not mean USC lost to the University of Florida or Clemson's stomping
Duke. We are not referring to SC State's triumph over Florida A&M or
Benedict College ending the season over 500 by beating Lane College.
We are talking about the birthday and recovery celebration of the matriarch
of a family from Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Unfortunately we do not
have authorization to use her or the family's name. Without being able to
give you the name, we can tell you what happened. God blessed her to
recover from illness and to exceed the 4 score and 10 years that some
believe to be the optimum life span. In fact she is celebrating her 74th
Those gathered included her husband, children and their spouses,
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins and friends. It was a big
event. What made it even greater was the surprise guest, Lee Williams and
the Spiritual QC's. Yes, Lee was there. By special arrangement Lee and the
fellows performed a concert for this private gathering before heading to
Lake City for Tommy Ellison's anniversary program. There were no other
groups or singers at this private gathering, just Lee Williams and the
Spiritual QC's. As expected, the QC's were great. God certainly moved in a mighty way. The
QC's did mostly requested songs. Those gathered could not contain
themselves when the QC's sang an extended version of "I've Come To Far To
Turn Around." It indeed was a "Good Time" and the QC's was definitely
"Right on Time."
Tommy Ellison's Anniversary
On Saturday, November 15, 2003, Tommy Ellison and The Singing Stars
celebrated their anniversary in Lake City. By all reports, it was a great
program. The emcee, James Wilson, kept the program on schedule.
After devotion, local groups, including the Daughters of Zion and The
Gospel Legends, opened the program.
Thereafter, The Williams Brothers took
the stage. They had plenty of time to sing. The Brothers (including Green)
were great. Next the Christianaires rocked the house. It has been a long time since the Christianaires have been in South Carolina, and they really made up for
their absence. Paul and the guys really ministered to the crowd. Whenever
you see the Christianaires you can expect to get a testimony from Paul, and
he did not disappoint the crowd.
The anniversary group was next. Tommy and the Singing Stars sang a melody
of some of their most popular songs. And you know Tommy had to "sail"
before they left the stage. This night was no different. The Singing Stars
are some of the best musicians in the industry, and they were at their
best. Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC's closed the program. Unlike a lot of
programs, this time they had plenty of time to sing. Lee and the guys were
awesome. With so many hits it did not matter what they sang it was going to
be appreciated. Those present really enjoyed the QC's.
Overall, this was a great anniversary. The crowd of about 2,000 really
showed the Singing Stars that they are truly appreciated. The folks in and
around Lake City really like their "gospel quartet" music. Lake City is a
great place for a gospel quartet concert.
Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC's rapped up the weekend with a concert in
Rock Hill on Sunday, November 16, 2003. We have not received a report on
this concert, but we can only imagine that the folks in and around Rock
Hill were treated to the very best in gospel quartet music.
December 1, 2003
The Chosen Ones' Anniversary
Have you ever been blessed to be in a praise and worship service that you
did not want to end? Have you ever felt the anointing so powerful that you
know that the Spirit showed up and showed out. Well, if you have, then you have an idea of the grand first anniversary of
The Chosen Ones of Columbia.
The anniversary was held on Sunday, November
30, 2003, at Faith Hope and Charity Church. The church was full to
capacity. Several groups did not get to sing. The reason for their not singing had
nothing to do with time. The praise and worship was so powerful, no one
wanted it to end. Those that did get to sing just continued the praise and
This is what a concert should be about. That is, lifting the name of our
Lord and Savior in song. No show. No gimmicks. No pretence. Just letting
the Spirit take over, and the congregation (crowd) basking in the "glory
that filled the house."
It was a time for souls to be saved. It was a time
for lives to be changed. It was a time for healing. What a time, what a
time it was. It was a time for groups to recognize that their music
ministry is just that - a ministry.
The groups and choirs that did sing
really let the Holy Spirit use them. Those that sang were St. John Baptist
Church Musical Choir, the dance team of First John Baptist Church, the
praise team from St. Paul AME Church, the National Juniors, Teams of Joy,
Ray and the Angels and Women of Strength.
Those that did not, because of the anointing presence of the Spirit, were
Big Bubba & The Eternal Harmonizers, the Rev. George R. Johnson and The
Johnsonaires, Revalations, The Sons of Christ and the Ballard Sisters.
However, none of these groups were complaining. They understood that the
Holy Spirit had done all that was needed for the night and that it was time
for the benediction. This was one of the best concerts that have been in the Columbia area in
Congratulations to The Chosen Ones. With the first anniversary
being so powerful, we are looking forward to the second.
December 8, 2003
The Pilgrim Jubilees
In the liner notes to their new CD The Pilgrim Jubilees defines "Jubilee"
as being "jubilant, rejoicing, and to exult." Well this is a great
description of the glorious time that was held on Sunday, December 7, 2003,
at Bibleway Church on Atlas Road. There was much rejoicing, feet stomping,
and praise being sent up to our Lord and Savior.
The concert began with a spirited devotion.
The first group to perform was
Elizabeth Male Chorus from Florence, SC. Although a chorus, there is no
doubt that their roots are solidly in gospel quartet music. They were
followed by The National Juniors of Columbia. The Juniors were excellent. They were joined on stage by Johnny Pugh, one of their members who was on
military leave from Iraq. [We pray for his safe return to the USA after his
tour of duty in Iraq is over.] The Juniors are definitely on the move. To
borrow a phrase from the Jubes, they are getting better all the time. They
will be in Birmingham for the American Gospel Quartet Convention in
Next The Voices of Faith took the stage. These four guys, all members of Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, can really sing. They are
working on their first CD. We look forward to getting our hands on their
new project. The world is in for a real treat. The Voices were followed by
The Gospel Originals. The Originals is a group from Aiken, SC. We have seen
this group in concert many times. But their best performance was Sunday
night. Once this group develops "original" material they are sure to become
one of the groups of the future.
Standing on their feet, the congregation, consisting of over a thousand
persons, welcomed the Pilgrim Jubilees to the stage. Among the songs they
sang were "I Love You," "Don't Let Him Down," "Old Ship of Zion,"
"Fireball," and "Just Like He Said." The Jubes did not let the congregation
down. They sang, and sang, and sang. The Jubes were at their best.
The program started on time and under the capable hands of emcees Blanche
V. S. Goodson and Deacon Nathaniel Stewart there was no down time during
the concert. Thank you Bibleway for not forgetting the quartets and for
bringing this free concert to Columbia.
December 15, 2003
Saturday, December 13, 2003, was a great day in Lugoff, South Carolina. To
help usher in the holiday and the Christmas spirit Doc McKenzie and The
Gospel Hi-Lites, along with Tommy Ellison and The Singing Stars appeared in
a free benefit concert. There was standing room only. The crowd came
bearing gifts of all types. Because of this program many families in the
Camden/Lugoff area will have a great holiday.
Also on program was Brian Mayes and Heaven Bound. If
you have not seen Brian in concert, you are truly missing a treat.
This young man is anointed. He does not give you a show. He
gives you a spirit fill song service. The word "awesome" has been
over used, but there is no better word to describe Brian. He is just
There were a number of other groups on the program.
They all did an excellent job in praising our Lord and Savior. Tommy
did something that he normally does not have the time to do, and that is
sing. Tommy really sang. He did not have to ask the Lord to
let the Holy Ghost "come on down" his singing was evidence that the Holy
Ghost was present. And there is no doubt that The Singing Stars are
some of the best musicians in the industry. And of course the Doctor
was in the house. So you know that all was well.
Doc seems to elevate his song services each and every time.
Saturday night was no different. Doc and the guys did some old
favorites and some new songs. They were at their best, and the
audience really showed their appreciation.
The emcee for the program was none other than Blanche V. S.
Goodson, general manager of WLGO radio station. She shared the emcee
duties with Minister Curtis Young. Also present was the Queen
herself, Ms. Loretta Coleman of the Big DM and LC Ministries.
This was a great program. The Christmas spirit was in
the air. Congratulations to the promoters, the singers and the audiences
for making this an outstanding program, and for brightening the lives of
so many with numerous gifts.