Monday, May 30, 2016
No vocal artist in any musical genre would be successful were it not for the God-given talents of the composers. Southern Gospel music is filled with many extremely capable writers who can craft songs which speak to the hearers. This has helped the Triumphant Quartet with their 2015 album release, "Living In Harmony." It is presently at number “sixteen” in the countdown for best album.
Another reason for the success of the album is the continued strength of the group’s song selection. Amazing God has been extremely well received by the Southern Gospel music audiences. At the time of this writing the song has risen to the Number Seven (7) position on the Singing News Top-80 Chart. (Editor's Note: The following month this song reached the Number One position on the Singing News Top-80 chart!)
How does one attempt to describe the greatness of the Almighty? A wonderful example can be found in Amazing God, a song which glorifies our Heavenly Father. Even though this subject has often appeared in Gospel songs, the vocal interpretation of the artists can make that genre of songs all the more enjoyable.
Lee Black, one of the composers of Amazing God, has risen to prominence over the course of the last several years, co-writing many notable tracks on artist’s albums. He graduated from the University of Alabama, receiving a degree in music education with an emphasis in choral conducting.
Sue C. Smith, another of the composers of Amazing God, has written twelve number one songs. In 2013 she was named Absolutely Gospel Music Songwriter of the Year. She is also deeply involved in writing music for church choirs. More than sixty musicals, flowing from her pen, have been presented in churches world-wide. During many years of conducting church choirs, I had the privilege of presenting numerous Sue C. Smith offerings. Joining Black and Smith in composing Amazing God is the talented songwriter, Janice Crow.
You want to hear the story of how I’ve made it through,
When life is full of trouble, pain and fear?
The answer may sound simple,
Though everything else crumbles,
One thing has remained through all the years
I still serve an amazing God.
He’s been with me every mile my weary feet have trod
He still cares, He still hears,
He’s still mending broken hearts and drying tears.
This old world is bound to change,
But I’m glad I know the one who always stays the same,
And my song will ever be
Amazing God you’re still amazing me.
The God who parted waters still makes a way today.
He’s always brought me through the troubled seas.
The one who fed the thousands,
Whose word could calm the tempest,
He’s my bread of life and He’s my peace.
Janice Crow/Lee Black/Sue C. Smith
Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing / CCTB Music
Christian Taylor Publishing (ASCAP, BMI)
(L-R) Sue C. Smith, Lee Black, Janice Crow.