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As you heard on the air, this program marked the 37th anniversary on the air of The Gospel Greats program. Yes, it's hard to believe. But God has been so good in providing the opportunity to do this for so many years. For us, the highlights include the many friends we've made over the years — artists (many of whom are no longer with us), radio station friends and, of course, listeners like you. But the biggest thing is hearing stories about people who have given their lives to Christ or rededicated their lives to Him as a result of something heard on the broadcast. Thanks to you — yes, YOU! — for being such a faithful friend and listener. May the Lord continue to bless this work for His honor and glory, and His alone.
Our Featured Artists on this edition were the Guardians — Dean Hickman, Neil Uhrig and John Darin Rowsey. Although this trio's roots date back to 1988, they're more popular today than ever. Their brand new CD, from which you heard five songs on this program, is called "Lift Him Up." And that's exactly what they are working to do through their music. "Packin' Up," the first song you heard on the program, is actually their new radio single. I don't know if I mentioned that. But I like what John did in arranging it. They even included one of my all-time favorite songs, Jim Hill's classic, "What A Day That Will Be." More info about the Guardians can be found on their website.
The Guardians' CD featured on this program, "Lift Him Up," is available from our mailorder service, Springside. Just call 1-800-38-MUSIC to order. You can order easily from our webstore by using this link to go directly to this item.
I'm not sure why — I didn't plan it that way — but the second hour had three songs in a row about looking forward to heaven. There was that song I mentioned above, "What A Day That Will Be," which was followed by "Land Of No Goodbyes" (Browders) and "Home" (Jason Crabb). Interesting.
Our Artist Spotlight guests were the Singing Contractors, Josh Arnett and Aaron Gray. As you heard their story, these two real-life carpenters/contractors love to sing. So one day they did recorded a cellphone video of them singing in an unfinished room they were working on. The video went viral. In fact their website (http://thesingingcontractors.com/) calls them "A Facebook Phenomenon." That video got more than 45 million views — and counting. I like the fact that these guys are able to take their Gospel music into venues where "regular" artists couldn't go, thereby spreading the Gospel to new people. Songs heard on this program were from their "How Great Thou Art" CD. They also have a new a cappella CD out.