On Friday, July 11, 2003, eight (8) gospel quartet groups
from South Carolina were assembled to record a video. The video recording
was the brainchild of Ms. Blanche Goodson. Ms. Goodson is a national recognized
radio announcer. She is also the executive producer and host of Quartet
Live, a weekly television broadcast featuring gospel quartet groups and singers
from around the country. And, she is the founder and CEO of the Annual
South Carolina Gospel Quartet Awards Banquet.
The recording took place at Temple of Praise, Columbia, South Carolina.
Groups taking part in this historic recording were
Rev. Matthew Mickens and The New Highway Travelers,
The Six Voices of Zion,
The Gospel All-Stars,
The National Juniors,
Angels of Sumter, and
Each group recorded for 15 minutes. Two (2) songs from each group (except The
Zionaires) are on the video. Although,
The Zionaires recorded for 15 minutes, during
post production eight (8) minutes did not make it on the video. So, there
is only one song by The Zionaires.
One of the interesting aspect to this recording is that
the groups represent those that on any give weekend are keeping gospel quartet
music alive by participating in "local" gospel music concerts. These are
the type of groups that have a loyal following, have a limited repertoire, and
yet can be found on any given weekend spreading the Good News in song in their
The emcee for the program was
Elder Troy Jackson
of Brothers and Sisters
of Willacoochee, Georgia and
Sister Blanche Goodson. There is a
powerful 10 minutes ending to the video that includes the legendary
Bill Pinkney of
The Gospel Drifters
singing �The Lord Will Fix It.� During the singing of this
song, the members of the 8 groups became a mass choir. The lead singer
for each group shared lead duties, along with
Mr. Pinkney and
The video was finally released on May 2005.
The production on this project is great. The sanctuary where the
recording took place was a great venue for the recording. The stage was
definitely large enough for all of the members of the various groups and the
musicians. By the way, The Gospel
Drifters' musicians were the primary musician
for the recording.
The live recording was not well attended. However, the audience, though
few in numbers, was certainly an integral part of the recording. And the
groups did not disappoint those in attendance.
The quality of the sound is outstanding. There are no variations at all
in the recording level of the songs. The lighting is also outstanding. As
a result of good lighting, there are great camera shots. There are many
close-ups of the members of the group.
Unfortunately, there are no interviews on this video.
If you like good hard hitting gospel quartet music than this
video is a must for your collection. If you want a significant piece of gospel quartet history in your
collection than you must add this video. For many of the groups on this
video this is there first time on video and it may very well be their last
time. So, this video is a must. It will soon be a collector's item.
This is another video that is priceless. We give this video an 8.5 out of
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