The Whisnants, a Southern Gospel touring group based in Morganton, North Carolina, have stood the test of time. The late John Whisnant, Sr., helped launch the group in 1973. Presently the ensemble consists of Jeff Whisnant, his wife, Susan, Austin Whisnant, Ethan Whisnant and Aaron Hise.
Awards and Top 40 songs, which includes thirteen "number one" tunes, are only a few of the honors that have been heaped on their musical offerings. Jeff says, "I have asked God to allow us to be the very best that we can be so that we can touch the lives of others. He has done just that." The Whisnants have made eighteen appearances at the National Quartet Convention.
The moment the group heard "He Can Move That Stone" they were excited about it. It came to them from Jim Brady and Rodney Griffin. Brady, a member of the Booth Brothers trio, has written many songs, several of which have been recorded by leading Southern Gospel touring groups and soloists.
Brady and Griffin, a member of the touring trio Greater Vision and author of several hundred songs, wrote He Can Move That Stone during the 2009 Singing at Sea cruise. Griffin said, "We found a cabin on the ship to be a quiet place in which to write."
Griffin continued, "I got the idea for the song a year earlier while reading Max Lucado's "Grace for the Moment" devotional book. The July 31 devotion was about God's promises. Lucado wrote, ‘God has made a promise that He will come back. How can we know He will do that? How can we believe He will move the rocks and set us free? Because He has already done it once.'"
"Immediately, I wrote down the words, He Can Move That Stone. I knew that the ‘rolled away' stone proved to us that Christ could move any stone in our lives! I brought that title to Jim on the cruise ship, and we went to work. We finished the song in about two hours, which was a rather short time. Some of our writing sessions have lasted six hours."
Griffin added, "I ‘pitched' this song to everyone I could think of and no one wanted it. Several years after we had written the song I remembered that I had not sent it to our friends, The Whisnants. Fortunately, it was exactly what they were looking for."
The minute The Whisnants heard the song they envisioned it being on one of their projects. So, they had the "tracks" recorded in the Hilltop Recording Studio in Nashville and during the third week of August 2013, they recorded the vocals in the studio in their home in Morganton.
Jeff's favorite line in the song is: "What He brings me to He'll bring me through." Fans who hear The Whisnants in concerts often go to the products table and ask for the CD with "the stone" song.
You say you have a stone
Been in your way so long
A test of faith, a heavy weight, that takes away your song
O, don't give in
You have a Friend
He can move your stone, He alone
Will help you smile again
‘Cause if He can take a little rock and make a giant fall
Bring down the stones on Jericho's mighty wall
If He can roll away the rock sealing up the tomb
Then He Can Move That Stone that troubles you
Sometimes it seems
God's forgotten me
Does He care, is He aware of my every need?
Then I recall His words
He controls this earth
And what He brings me to, He'll bring me through
That's good enough for me
Words and Music by Jim Brady & Rodney Griffin,
©2009 Brady House Publishing/Songs Of Greater Vision, BMI.