Sunday Drive’s remake of ‘Born Again’ marks a significant landmark for Jeff Treece

JEFF TURNER

Childhood memories and a significant milestone for Sunday Drive’s Jeff Treece are some of the reasons the group decided to re-release a popular song from four decades ago.

“The older I get the more I reminisce about the good old days,” said Treece as he told the story about bringing back the 1979 song Born Again.

“One of the biggest years in my life was 1979. In 1979 I started two journeys. As a child I gave my heart to my Lord and Savior and I started playing the piano for my family group called Cedar Ridge,” he said.

Cedar Ridge formed in the early 60’s.  Jeff continued with the family group through the 90’s.  Their last project (or at least the last one in the Texas Gospel library) is Still Blessed, released in 1996. That recording was made made 17 years after very young Jeff Treece began playing piano for Cedar Ridge and learning what it means to be a part of a long-lived gospel group.

“I was young and not very good on the piano, but mom and dad let me grow into the position.”

This is where Born Again came into play as gospel music began to make significant changes in Treece’s life.

“It (Born Again) really touched my heart because I had just been born again. I would sit at the piano and sing as loud as I could _I’m so glad that I’ve been born again_! When we were recording the “A Million Miles” record I realized I had been saved for 40 years and I asked Misty if she would bring back the old hit.”

Jeff said they have received correspondence from people thanking them for re-recording the classic song.  Listen for Born Again throughout the broadcast day on Texas Gospel Canada!

Greater Vision celebrates 30-year anniversary of first album release

JEFF TURNER

Brian Mulroney was prime minister; Canadian Forces were participating in the Persian Gulf War and the Hubble Telescope was launched the same year Greater Vision released its first project. The group launched with Chris Allman, Gerald Wolfe and Mark Trammell.

Greater Vision made its first appearance in December 1990, but this month marks the 30th anniversary of their first album release. The producers were aiming for what they saw as a classic Southern Gospel sound.

“Greater Vision was born out of the Cathedral Quartet,” said Chris in an on-air interview with Texas Gospel’s David Ingram.

“Gerald Wolfe was with the Cathedrals for 2 years and Mark Trammel was with them for ten.  They along with myself started the group,” he said.

Founding member Gerald still serves as Pianist and Emcee for their shows today. Multi-Award-winning Songwriter, Rodney Griffin, sings Lead and Chris Allman sings Tenor.  The newest member is Jon Epley. He sings Baritone. 

Greater Vision has something special for collectors: A limited commemorative edition double LP on vinyl.  The Greater Vision Facebook page Thursday announced the vinyl release of “On a Journey” to celebrate the 30-year landmark.

2021 Singing News Fan Awards top 10 nominees

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First first round of voting in the 2021 Singing News Fan Awards is complete, and it has yielded the top 10 nominees in each category:

Favorite Artist
1. 11th Hour
2. Booth Brothers
3. Collingsworth Family
4. Jason Crabb
5. Brian Free & Assurance
6. Isaacs
7. Kingdom Heirs
8. Karen Peck & New River
9. The Sound
10. Triumphant Qt

Favorite Soloist
1. Mark Bishop
2. Michael Combs
3. Jason Crabb
4. Joseph Habedank
5. Mark Lowry
6. Gordon Mote
7. Ivan Parker
8. Guy Penrod
9. David Phelps
10. Lauren Talley

Favorite Quartet
1. Ball Brothers
2. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
3. Gold City
4. Kingdom Heirs
5. Kingsmen
6. Legacy Five
7. The Old Paths
8. Mark Trammell Qt
9. Tribute Qt
10. Triumphant Qt

Favorite Duet
1. Blake & Jenna Bolerjack
2. Jim & Melissa Brady
3. Chronicle
4. Aaron & Amanda Crabb
5. Fosters
6. Josh & Ashley Franks
7. Zane & Donna King
8. Peyton Sisters
9. Runnels
10. Wilburn & Wilburn

Favorite Mixed Group
1. Collingsworth Family
2. Endless Highway
3. Erwins
4. Hoppers
5. Isaacs
6. Jordan Family Band
7. Mylon Hayes Family
8. Nelons
9. Karen Peck & New River
10. Perrys

Favorite Young Artist
1. Hope Bowling (Bowling Family)
2. Autumn Nelon Clark (Nelons)
3. Trevor Conkle (Mark Trammell Qt)
4. Katie Erwin (Erwins)
5. Kennedy Hayes (Mylon Hayes Family)
6. Alex Jordan (Jordan Family Band)
7. Levi Mills (The Sound)
8. Logan Smith (11th Hour)
9. Josh Townsend (Legacy Five)
10. Ethan Whisnant (Whisnants)

Favorite Trio
1. 11th Hour
2. Booth Brothers
3. Jeff & Sheri Easter
4. Brian Free & Assurance
5. Greater Vision
6. Martins
7. Debra Perry & Jaidyn’s Call
8. The Sound
9. Talleys
10. Whisnants

Favorite Tenor
1. Chris Allman (Greater Vision)
2. Michael Booth (Booth Brothers)
3. Brian Free (Brian Free & Assurance)
4. Ernie Haase (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
5. Chris Jenkins (Kingsmen)
6. Steve Ladd (The Old Paths)
7. Jerry Martin (Kingdom Heirs)
8. Jay Parrack (LeFevre Qt)
9. David Sutton (Triumphant Qt)
10. Archie Watkins (Inspirations)

Favorite Lead
1. Ronnie Booth (Booth Brothers)
2. Keith Erwin (Erwins)
3. Scott Fowler (Legacy Five)
4. Grant Gibson (Karen Peck & New River)
5. Rodney Griffin (Greater Vision)
6. Dean Hopper (Hoppers)
7. Clayton Inman (Triumphant Qt)
8. Arthur Rice (Kingdom Heirs)
9. Bill Shivers (Brian Free & Assurance)
10. Logan Smith (11th Hour)

Favorite Band
1. Jason Crabb
2. Jeff & Sheri Easter
3. Endless Highway
4. Gaither Vocal Band
5. Inspirations
6. Isaacs
7. Jordan Family Band
8. Kingdom Heirs
9. Primitives
10. The Sound

Favorite Baritone
1. Dustin Doyle (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
2. Jon Epley (Greater Vision)
3. Loren Harris (Kingdom Heirs)
4. Scotty Inman (Triumphant Qt)
5. Paul Lancaster (Booth Brothers)
6. Mike LeFevre (LeFevre Qt)
7. Daniel Riley (Gold City)
8. Mike Rogers (Brian Free & Assurance)
9. Josh Singletary (Tribute Qt)
10. Mark Trammell (Mark Trammell Qt)

Favorite Songwriter
1. Lee Black
2. Becky Isaacs Bowman
3. Gerald Crabb
4. Bill Gaither
5. Karen Peck Gooch
6. Rodney Griffin
7. Joseph Habedank
8. Scotty Inman
9. Dianne Wilkinson
10. Sonya Isaacs Yeary

Favorite Bass
1. Daniel Ashmore (The Old Paths)
2. Zac Barham (Down East Boys)
3. Pat Barker (Guardians)
4. Eric Bennett (Triumphant Qt)
5. Jeff Chapman (Kingdom Heirs)
6. Kody Erwin (Erwins)
7. Matt Fouch (Legacy Five)
8. Paul Harkey (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
9. Ray Dean Reese (Kingsmen)
10. Chris West (Gold City)

Favorite Album
1. Worship From Home (Collingsworth Family)
2. Faithful Still (Down East Boys)
3. The Journey (Greater Vision)
4. Brotherhood (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound/Booth Brothers)
5. Songs For The Times (Isaacs)
6. 40th Anniversary Reunion LIVE (Kingsmen)
7. Hope (LeFevre Qt)
8. Live Like No Other (McKameys)
9. What Love Does (The Old Paths)
10. Bigger Than Sunday (Triumphant Qt)

Favorite Soprano
1. Brooklyn Blair (Collingsworth Family)
2. Kelly Bowling (Bowling Family)
3. Melissa Brady (Jim & Melissa Brady)
4. Morgan Easter Smith (Jeff & Sheri Easter)
5. Katie Erwin (Erwins)
6. Karen Peck Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
7. TaRanda Greene (Cana’s Voice)
8. Kim Hopper (Hoppers)
9. Amber Eppinette Saunders (11th Hour)
10. Lauren Talley (Talleys)

Favorite Song
1. Amazing Amounts Of Amazing Grace (Down East Boys)
2. You Are Loved (Jeff & Sheri Easter)
3. This Grace (Joseph Habedank)
4. Between The Prayer And The Answer (LeFevre Qt)
5. I Believe The Book (Legacy Five)
6. The God I Serve (Karen Peck & New River)
7. Never A Time (Perrys)
8. Can I Get A Witness (The Sound)
9. God Has Provided Himself A Lamb (Mark Trammell Qt)
10. Eye Of The Storm (Triumphant Qt)

Favorite Alto
1. Kelly Nelon Clark (Nelons)
2. Sheri Easter (Jeff & Sheri Easter)
3. Kari Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
4. Wendy Hayes (Mylon Hayes Family)
5. Susan Peck Jackson (Karen Peck & New River)
6. Jaquita Lindsey (11th Hour)
7. Courtney Metz (Collingsworth Family)
8. Libbi Stuffle (Perrys)
9. Debra Talley (Talleys)
10. Susan Whisnant (Whisnants)

Favorite New Artist
1. Avenue
2. Bowling Sisters
3. Endless Highway
4. Vernon Greeson
5. Heart 2 Heart
6. Jordan Family Band
7. Soul’s Harbor
8. The Sound
9. Sunday Drive
10. Westward Road

Favorite Musician
1. Becky Isaacs Bowman (Isaacs)
2. Kim Collingsworth (Collingsworth Family)
3. Jared Easter (Jeff & Sheri Easter)
4. Matthew Gooch (Karen Peck & New River)
5. Jacob Mills (The Sound)
6. Gordon Mote (Soloist)
7. Josh Singletary (Tribute Qt)
8. Josh Townsend (Legacy Five)
9. Gerald Wolfe (Greater Vision)
10. Sonya Isaacs Yeary (Isaacs)

Congratulations to all of the nominees!  The second round of voting takes place with the ballot in the May issue of the magazine.  The final vote, later this year will set the winners, and the results will be announced at The National Quartet Convention in September.

New addition for The Collingsworth Family!

SPECIAL DAYWIND RECORDS

For Michael and Courtney Metz of The Collingsworth Family, it has been quite a journey to adopt their son. Michael and Courtney were overseas for nearly a month as the process was completed.

Theo is at home now and is said to be adjusting to life in his new home well. Our prayers for Michael, Courtney and Theo!

Theo is grandchild number 4 for Phil and Kim Collingsworth. I know they are excited! Here’s the latest single from The Collingsworth Family….”It Runs In The Family!”

Testing God is not the same as seeking Him

FLOYD ROGERS

An atheist writer wrote that he honestly attempted to believe in God but ultimately found that the evidence did not stack up. I believe woven into his words is the reason he failed.

Ephesians tells us, “…it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” Doesn’t this tell us that attempts to try to believe in God, or lean on our own understanding to form an argument for God are doomed to fail if saving faith is the goal?

James tells us if your motives are wrong, you won’t receive.  There’s a difference between testing God, and seeking Him. Could this be the reason some folks who are rich in intellect allow their own understanding to become a stumbling block?

What are your thoughts?