Mosie ListerThis week’s article features one of, if not the best, Southern Gospel Music song-writer of all time. His name is Mosie Lister. Mosie was born September 8, 1921, in Cochran, Georgia. He learned to read music almost as soon as he learned to read. At the age of 12 he begin taking violin lessons and this helped Mosie develop his ear for music. As a teenager he began to hear songs in his mind and also begin to put these ideas on paper. After high school he attempted to get into the country music field and shifted his violin lessons to country fiddle and guitar. He soon became a top-ranked fiddle player winning almost every contest he entered.

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Isaacs
This week’s article features the Isaacs, a family group that has traveled for over 30 years, are based out of LaFollette, TN. Current group members are Lily Isaacs, Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs, John and Rebecca (Isaacs) Bowman. They have a unique style that marries bluegrass harmonies and instrumentation with modern southern gospel lyrics.

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boothbrothers2008
This week’s article is about a group of young men from Brandon, Florida, called The Booth Brothers. As I said these men are young but the story goes back a lot further than these young men do. It all started with their dad Ron Booth and he was a long way from Florida when he got his start in gospel music. Ron was born in West Virginia and moved to Detroit when he was thirteen years old and this is where the singing began. Ron had a brother named Charles and they began singing together. Soon after these two began to sing three other brothers joined the group and this was the beginning of the Booth Brothers. All this happened along about 1957.

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Charlie--Hovie
This week’s article will continue to highlight the South Carolina Gospel Music Association’s 2009 induction class by featuring Hovie Lister.  As you may know Hovie was born in Greenville, South Carolina in the Poe Mill area. He was born on September 17, 1926, into a singing family. His grandfather taught “shape note” music schools. Hovie’s father was one of five boys and four of the five sang with Hovie’s father being one of the four. They were known as The Lister Brothers and only sang part-time and worked regular jobs in the cotton mill. Hovie stated that there were a lot of weekday singings and that every Thursday at the Salvation Army Auditorium a gospel music concert was held. Gospel music in those days was very popular. That was some 65 years ago.

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Left: H.I. (Ingram) Willis, Sr. Right: Bobbie Jean White
This week’s article will be focused on some of this year’s inductees into the South Carolina Gospel Music Association.

First is H. I. (Ingram) Willis, Sr. He lived in Greenville County and was a very big part of the “Shape Note” singing and schools for the better part of his life, in fact for some 50 years. During his involvement in Gospel Music he was the president of the South

Carolina State Singing Convention and President of the North Greenville Singing Convention. In addition to these activities he was choir director for 2 churches and sang second tenor in the Nelson Stamps Quartet, as well as playing guitar for the group. At one time the members of this group included Paul Burroughs singing Bass, W. H. Nelson singing Baritone, Woodrow Pittman singing First Tenor and as mentioned Willis rounding out the group.  This group had a regular spot on WESC radio on Sunday morning.

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Blackwood Brothers with Ken Turner.  Ken is on front row right side.This week’s article features one of this year’s inductees to the South Carolina Gospel Music Association’s hall of fame, Ken Turner.  As many of you probably know, Ken grew-up in Greer, more specifically in the Apalache Community. In an interview several years ago he shared how his father gave him a guitar and how he learned to play some cords. He said that he sat on the porch at night playing and singing.

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