The Hyssongs & Michael Frost Celebrate #1 Song

The Hyssongs caught up with songwriter, Michael J. Frost in Branson, MO, following a full day of concerts at Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic. Frost, who lives and performs full-time in Branson, is the writer of “Choose Life,” a #1 song for The Hyssongs in The Singing News September issue. Frost was presented with a plaque from the family group to commemorate the song’s success. From left: Richard Hyssong, Michael Frost, Dell Hyssong, and Susan Hyssong.

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