The first hour (except for the Headline Update) was devoted to the works of two of today's most prolific Southern Gospel songwriters, Marty Funderburk and Twila LaBar
is also a most interesting songwriter — and person.She's a staff writer for Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing in Nashville, TN, and is on staff as Music Director of First Church, Nashville.
As you heard on the air, Twila
has written (or co-written) perhaps 700 songs (maybe more).Her
best-known song of recent years is probably "Orphans Of God," which was made so popular in the Southern Gospel world by the Talley Trio.That song won a BMI award last April as one of the most-played songs on Christian radio during 2007. (In had been recorded by other groups in other genres of Christian music as well.) I had forgotten about the "Family Tree" song she
wrote, recorded by the Lesters.But I found very interesting her
comments about why she
considers this such a personal song — the fact that she
, too, writes songs about fundamental Christian themes: "I write a lot of songs about the mercy of God, about the grace of God.And I write a lot of songs about the cross.And I don't want to ever get away from that.I believe that's a emssage that will never get old, will never get stale.People will always need to be reminded of the mercy and grace of God."You can find more info about Twila
and the work she
does at http://mckimcreek.com/.
The entire second hour of this program was devoted to sharing some of the sounds from the 2008 Singing News Fan Awards.The awards, voted by the magazine's readers, were bestowed at the National Quartet Convention
in Louisville, Kentucky, September 13th, in the 20,000-seat Freedom Hall during the convention's concluding night.