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A cappella fans share their favorites

Here are some of the lists of your favorite a cappella albums, submitted to the Christian Chronicle.
Gerald Franks, member of a cappella music distribution list groups.yahoo.com/group/acappellacompany. He is an “a cappella aficionado,” worship leader and financial services representative in Huntsville, Ala., and a member of the Central church, Huntsville (www.centralfamily.org)
He notes that this is a list of albums currently available.
“So Excited,” Straight Company, www.straightcompany.com.
“The Series: Resurrection” and “Set Me Free,” Acappella, www.acappella.com.
“Committed,” Committed Acappella Chorus, www.trinityonestudio.com.
“My Goal,” Johnnie Wilder, Jr. www.shalonda.com.
“Sing a New Song: Volume 10,” Free Indeed and Jerome Williams, www.freeindeed.org.
“The Great I Am,” Southside Acappella Chorus featuring ASAP, www.shalonda.com.
“Audience of One,” Watershed Worship, www.watershedworship.com.
“Take 6” and “So Much to Say,” Take 6 www.take6.com.
“Acappella Project I,” Glad, www.glad-pro.com.
“Standing in the Safety Zone,” Fairfield Four
“A Cappella,” Haven Quartet
“Precious Memories: A Cappella Favorites,” Cathedrals www.cathedralquartet.com.
“An A Cappella Hymn Collection,” The Martins, www.the-martins.com.
“A Cappella,” Gaither Vocal Band, www.gaithernet.com.
“Christmas in Velvet,” ReGeneration
(Those without Web sites listed can be found at
www.a-cappella.com or www.singers.com.
Ken Pittman, administrator of a cappella Web site www.acadisc.com
1. “2000 Years Ago,” Rescue (This one won’t win your poll, but it knocked my socks off more than any album of the near 200 I’ve heard)
2. “Rescue,” Acappella (odds on favorite to win IMO)
3. “Beyond a Doubt,” Acappella
4. “Life,” The Firemen
5. “Act of God,” Acappella
6. “The Vocal Union,” The Vocal Union
7. “Acappella Southern,” The Acappella Company
8. “Set Me Free,” Acappella (another one that might win)
9. “Give Me Light,” AVB
10. “Sweet Fellowship,” Acappella (#1 Selling Album, might win)
Keith Lancaster, founder of the group Acappella
1. “Set Me Free,” Acappella
2. “Sweet Fellowship, “Acappella
3. “What’s Your Tag Say?” AVB
4. “We Have Seen His Glory,” Acappella
5. “Rescue,” Acappella
6. “Hymns For All The World,” Acappella
7. “Beyond A Doubt,” Acappella
8. “Hymns For All The Ages,” Acappella
9. “Real,” AVB
10. “The Collection,” Acappella
Ben Wiles, minister, Poplar Avenue Church of Christ, Wichita, Kan.
1. “A cappella Project I,” Glad
2. “Praise You,” New Creation
3. “Rescue,” Acappella
4. 1995 album by Lipscomb University chorus (the one with “O Sifuni Mungu”)
5. “Gloryland Way,” Ray Walker
6. “We Have Seen His Glory,” Acappella
7. “Hear it in Our Voice,” Acappella Company
8. “Best of Volumes 1-5,” Ken Young and Hallal
9. “Conquerors,” Acappella
10. “Yesterday, Today and Forever,” New Creation.
Honorable mentions: Side A of “Sweet Fellowship” (Acapella), “Acapella Project II” (Glad), “Give Me Light” (AVB), anything by Jerome Williams and Free Indeed
Rusty A. McMillon, youth minister for the 7th and Mueller Church of Christ, Paragould, Ark.
1. “Travelin’ Shoes,” Acappella (I must put this one first, because it introduced me to the group Acappella.)
2. “Song In My Soul,” AVB (It was their first album. I sang these songs over and over. I am surprised the tape has held up.)
3. “Rescue,” Acappella (It is such a beautiful album. The songs are deep in meaning. A must-have.)
4. “Set Me Free,” Acappella (Another very moving and inspirational album.)
5. “Conquerors,” Acappella (Sentimental value. An early release that fed my love for the Acappella group.)
6. “Give Me Light,” AVB (Just a fun album that was easy to sing along to. An energetic title track that was and still is thrilling. I was proud when they released the combined albums AVB “The Early Years.”)
7. “Acappella Traditional,” Acappella Vocal Union (“The Vocal Union”, “We’ve Got to Sing”, “Once Upon A Tree” — All of these are so thrilling to listen to. The lyrics are lovely. The tunes are catchy. The message is timeless.)
8. “The Road,” AVB (Another compilation of songs from other albums, including some new tracks. “The Sound of Music” track is one of my favorites.)
9. “Better Than Life,” Acappella (It’s nostalgic for me. It is a reminder of the quality of the lyrics that The Acappella Company has held to.)
10. “Praise and Worship Series, Keith Lancaster,” Acappella, AVB, The Vocal Union (The Acappella Company has something for everyone. I am partial to them I suppose, because of growing up with them. From their first album to Keith and Rodney Britt’s most recent “The Road to Jerusalem” I haven’t found many songs I didn’t enjoy. Quality lyrics. Quality singing. Quality albums. I listen to them over and over and over.)
Erik Tryggestad, associate editor, The Christian Chronicle, and member of Memorial Road Church of Christ, Edmond, Okla.
(I was disappointed by the lack of votes for albums by Hallal and the Zoe Group, which factored heavily into my own top 10)
1. “Deep Calls to Deep,” Zoe Group
2. “Glory,” Hallal
3. “Images of God: Songs of Faith and Praise No. 5,” Jeff Nelson and Covenant
4. “One More Day,” Johnnie Wilder Jr.
5. “Mercy,” Hallal
6. “Consuming Fire,” Zoe Group
7. “A cappella Project I,” Glad
8. “Word of God Longplay,” Acappella
9. “Savior,” Hallal
10. “The Heart of Worship,” Zoe Group
Jeanie Tryggestad (wife of Erik), medical school student, the University of Oklahoma, and member of the Memorial Road Church of Christ, Edmond Okla.
1. “Rescue,” Acappella
2. “Conquerors,” Acappella
3. “A cappella Project I,” Glad
4. “Beyond a Doubt,” Acappella
5. “Act of God,” Acappella
6. “Better Than Life,” Acappella
7. “Acappella Classics,” Acappella
8. “Broken Chains,” Broken Chains
9. “Set Me Free,” Acappella
10. “Travelin’ Shoes,” Acappella
Tell us your top 10. Send an e-mail to [email protected].

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