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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Abbott Gospel Singers-He's My Friend

After spending some time in the 90s, I would like to go back a few more years and revisit the musical ministry of Marvin & Lola Abbott. This time around they are The Abbott Gospel Singers because Mr. and Mrs. Abbott are joined by Marvin's niece, Sherrie Cates.

As is the case with most of the records featured here not recorded by bigger names in Pentecostal music, there is little known about them outside of what I have already shared here. However, I did learn that Sherrie was born in 1948. She's from Roswell, NM, where she graduated high school in 1965. She attended Texas Bible College and married Stephen Wallingsford on June 20th, 1987.

And I know this is some great toe tapping gospel music for everybody to enjoy!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Tony Smith & Praise-Go and Tell

Here is a great piece of Pentecostal music history! A lot to mention here!

Tony Smith teamed up with Mark and Lori Carouthers a number of times in the 90's. Nate Sabin provided guitars on this album. Bryan Hill also contributes to this album, which was seen on a few projects in the 90s. Mark Carouthers also wrote several tracks here. Geron Davis penned "It's Pentecost."

Also featured on this album are the vocal talents of Stephanie Marshall. Today, Pentecostal music enthusiasts know her better as Stephanie Gallion. She met and married Jason Gallion only three years after this album was recorded (1994) and began full time ministry. They are both alumni of  the Indiana Bible College, where they currently serve as Dean of Students/Campus Pastor since 2010. She has contributed to several IBC albums and ministers in a variety of roles, including teaching and assisting in the Worship Studies Department.

Also included in the group is Andrew Arrowood, who currently serves at the Apostolic Pentecostal Tabernacle in Seymour, IN. His brother, Aaron, is also in the group, and he's currently the  Youth Pastor at the same church. Deanna Dill served at the college as Singles Ministry Coordinator.

So for a little CD nearly forgotten from the 90's, there's a lot of talent to unpack here!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Upper Room Experience-Let Me Tell You Who Jesus Is

Hello, friends!

Today I want to revisit what I believe is the most prolific band in United Pentecostal music history! They started out as The Apostolic Voices in 1980, changed their name to The Upper Room Experience in 1982, and released albums up through 2013. 33 years is impressive for any band, but remarkable in Christian music circles where most bands release only an album or two.

Sadly, it seems the passing of David Potter in 2013 was the reason the band stopped releasing albums. However, I do not think they are down for the count yet. I saw pictures on their Facebook page from 2017 in a recording studio! So I am hoping we see a new album before too long!

But until then, here is their 1992 release! Always one of my favorites, and with a classic Pentecostal song, "Let Me Tell You Who Jesus Is." (Fun fact: They re-recorded this song for their aforementioned 2013 release, which you can find for sale on CD Baby and Amazon! Please support them and buy their new music while enjoying this post!)

My personal CD copy of this had some water spilled on the case so I apologize for the warped images!


Monday, October 29, 2018

Evangelist & Mrs. Carroll McGruder-I've Had A Talk With My Lord

Early on in his blog, I posted Pioneers for Christ, a compilation put out by the sister Oneness organization, the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ. It featured some early tracks by Rev. Carroll McGruder and his first wife, Linda. I always wondered if he recorded any full length LPs with her. At the time I posted that record, I was unaware of any. So I was pleasantly surprised to find this recently on Ebay!

This is "The McGruders" before many became aware of "The McGruders." I don't have much more to say about this time in Rev. McGruder's life than I already wrote about in that original post. But this time around I found a picture of the happy couple during this time!

Trying to find out more about Rev. McGruder's ministry during this time brings me back to this blog when I do a Google search, so I guess I've come full circle on what I have to write here!

One thing of note the Southern Gospel style of Rev. McGruder that was so indelible and distinctive is not developed here. This is far more inspirational music than the toe tapping and hand clapping that gets worshipers dancing in churches across the world.

So without further ado...