Best Gospel Artist - 2007
Pastor Charles Hilton
Since 2000, Pastor Charles Hilton has been leading a family quartet, the Consolators, back to the future of gospel music. Recently he has expanded the band to include his father on vocals and added organ and drums, while keeping the sound rooted in the classic close ensembles of the Golden Gate Quartet and the Swan Silvertones. Hilton restores the blues to gospel, both from his church Faith and Hope Ministries in St. Louis and on KXEN (1010 AM) and WGNU (920 AM) every Saturday morning and afternoon. With gritty, twangy guitar from Jimmy Williams and harmonies that ping-pong back and forth in precise time, the message never overtakes the music.