Bill & Gloria Gaither & Their Homecoming Friends - Homecoming Christmas From South Africa
STYLE: Southern Gospel RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 21094-11832 LABEL: Gaither Music Group SHD2651 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £5.99
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Don't expect an African musical influence apart from a track by the African Children's Choir offering a version of "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands". This is largely as homespun American as you can get with the Gaithers' Homecoming Friends offering various Christmas songs with a few old hymns thrown in for good measure. Musically it's variable ranging from the always reliable Russ Taff and a fine version of "Blessed Assurance" by The Isaacs through to a pretty gruesome rendition of "Winter Wonderland" where Lynda Randle is helped out by her brother Michael Tait (dc Talk fans would really wince at this one). Ernie Haase & Signature Sound turn in a fine vocal on "Forgiven Again" while veteran Ben Speer shows he's some way past his vocal best on "Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem". Whether you will want this 2006 album when Christmas comes around again is open to some doubt.
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The first installment. A special Homecoming with a difference recorded in South Africa in conjunction with Franklin Graham and Operation Christmas Child.
Bill and Gloria Gaither and their Homecoming Friends along with evangelist Frankiln Graham, carried the message of God's love wrapped in a simple shoe box filled with necessities to the children of South Africa. Unforgettable moments of love and joy were captured on film as the children received their gifts and talked and sang with God's messengers from America.
Along with their involvement with Operation Christmas Child, the Homecoming Friends performed a special Christmas concert before a sold out crowd of enthusiastic gospel music fans.