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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Wanda Phillips-All Of His Love

For a good part of the 70s and into the 80s, Wanda Phillips was a huge part of Pentecostal music. From the annual NMMC Mass Choir Concerts to Christmas For Christ compilations to her solo albums, it was hard to miss her music for a good period of time in the Pentecostal music world.

This album, I believe her first solo record, comes from Rainbow Sound Inc. Records. (While not exclusively Pentecostal, I think it's interesting to note that Rainbow Sound Inc have generated their own following among collectors who seek to own every record they released.

Currently, Sister Phillips and her husband, Kenneth, currently continue to serve the Lord at their church in Austin, TX, Promise Land Church.

Of note, they are also the parents of Randy Phillips, who has also recorded music for the United Pentecostal Church before joining the incomprable group, Phillips, Craig, and Dean.

Enjoy Wanda's humble debut!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Qualkenbush Family-There's Just One Way

When I browse records on Ebay, I often search by general terms. Such as "family" since a lot of gospel records were released as T "X" Family. I look for the familiar names. If I see an unfamiliar name, it's easy to dismiss the record if the women are wearing jewelry, have cut hair, or the men have facial hair. (Not making any theological statements here...just realizing that United Pentecostal music is much less likely to have those things on their album covers!)

Another thing I look for is a woman/women with a PhD (Pentecostal Hair-Do.)

And that's what got me to snag this record.

Sometimes I get the record and find out they weren't UPC after all, or even Oneness Pentecostal. I have a handful or records I bought on nothing more than a hunch that, upon further research, do not fit what I am looking for to share on this blog.

However, sometimes I find a rarity that fits the bill. I was able to link this family to the Qualkenbush family of the River of Life UPC in Muncie, IN. This record seemed to be released to help fund raise money for their music ministry. They never reached huge audiences or released a lot of records. They never were invited to perform at Harvestime music conferences. I do not know if they were sold in the Pentecostal Publishing House catalog or just as they traveled church to church. These are the rarer records this blog loves to find and to share.

I was able to contact one of their relatives (not on the record) and found out that Troy Qualkenbush was mainly in the music ministry but has been known to preach. They are from French Lick, IN and have attended the Zion Apostolic Church in Indiana.

Beyond the little info I was able to get from a known relative, that's pretty much all I have on this one! He stated that Troy's preaching was "dynamic" and he is reserved and humble.

I hope you enjoy!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Carouthers & Company-Let It Continue...

I've had a few requests for this long out of print classic and I am glad to bring it to you! I have to admit that I was reluctant at first because Mark is still in the music ministry, and most of what I share here is from much longer ago, and long, long out of print. But it fits into the "private press" category I like to save, so there's that. But I will repeat what I wrote in my about me section on this blog: "This [blog] is intended as an archival project. The music found through this blog is intended for review purposes and should not be seen as a substitute for the original, legal, RIAA approved, record company enriching product. The music is free but if you like the music buy any reissues that may become available. Please support the artists and buy as much as you can directly from them. If you are the copyright holder of a particular album and would like me to remove it, then please let me know."

When I first started buying UPC music, I am not sure what was the first album I bought. But this is the one I remember listening to the most. To me, this represented what Pentecostal music was about in the 90s. Can there be a better Pentecostal worship song of the 90s than "Whose Report?"

I hope you enjoy this great album as much as I have over the years!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mark & Sherry Willhoite-To Know Him Is To Love Him

For the foreseeable future, I am putting a hiatus on the monthly themes and posting albums as the I feel the Lord directs my heart!

First, a few notes to make about this record: This is yet another Pentecostal record produced by David Huff and members of his band, David and the Giants, worked on this record. I know I've written about them before, but I have yet to see a comprehensive list of all the records David and his brothers have worked on in the UPC. Like how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pop, I may never know the true number. But as an archivist, the best I can do is tag David in the records he produced and help keep track here!

For today's post, I thought there was no better selection than this one since today is actually the good pastor Willhoite's birthday! He put out this record when he was just a few years younger than he is today!

He was the son of missionaries to the Philippines. Later in life, in 1976, he settled in to Baytown, TX, his hometown. He went to Texas Bible College and then worked as a traveling evangelist and staff minister for more than 25 years.

And, of course, he's a music minister.

Rev. Willhoite's musical ministry has touched several hearts over the  years. One video of his duet with Vera Swain in a hospital has generated over four million views! Now that's letting the light of God's gifts shine!

Sadly, it hasn't been all mountaintops and celebration in those years. Recently, I know the good Rev. suffered through hurricane Harvey and nearly lost everything he and his wife have worked for over the past 35 years. You can watch a video of a song he wrote after his experience that would have crushed most spirits. (And is it just me, or is he playing the same guitar as seen on the record cover?!)

Also, I know that he and his wife had to struggle through a cancer scare. But soon after the hurricane hit, he shared the news that Sherry was cancer free! So even through the storms, and through the trials, Mark and Sherry have shown brilliantly with the light of Christ! I am truly moved and touched by their ministry and work in Christ's name!

In honor to Rev. & Mrs. Willhoite, I would like to share a poem from an old issue of Gospel Tidings magazine, slightly rewritten.

It's called "New Beginnings." Considering all that he and many more went through with Hurricane Harvey, I felt it was appropriate.

God began to speak while sitting on His throne
The angels all hushed, there is a message in His tone.
There's a difficult situation about to end,
And new beginnings about to begin.
I'm looking for a man in whom I can trust
To get in, work hard, and clean up the dust.
The Lord searched high, the Lord searched low.
Just who, just who could He get to go?
The Lord searched far, and the Lord searched wide
He checked all the beaches where all the waters betide.
The Lord gave a smile, and said, I know where to start,
I'll choose out a man who's after my heart.
He looked to the East and he looked to the West,
And chose out a couple who suited Him best.
The Lord looked out, and the Lord looked in
For a heart untainted by sin.
This man would have to be able to build,
Fight Satan's power and never to yield!
This man would have to be filled with God's charm:
To lead and guide His sheep but never to harm,
One who loves God and leads us to pray,
One who seeks God's will and shows us the way.
In Pastor Mark Willhoite, God found such a man,
He fitted perfectly into God's holy plan.
We're glad that you have come, we know that you care.
The burden of souls we're most happy to share.
Let's all pull together to get the job done,
The battle's almost over, the victory already won.

Thank you, pastor! And happy birthday!

Dear readers, I hope that this humble record and his ministry touches your hearts and life, too!