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Adam Crabb


published10/24/15 06:00:00PM

Few family names in Christian music evoke immediate thoughts of music like the name Crabb. There have been the Winans that certainly blessed us with amazing talent, the Goodmans with their distinct sound, or maybe the Blackwoods as the "original" quartet that toured, hugged babies, and sold records from the back of a station wagon. However, you would have to look long and hard to find a family in modern history that impacted the Christian music world like the Crabb Family.


This family came on the scene back in the mid 90's with enough energy to plow through most obstacles. They blessed us with smiles, music, love, an amazing work ethic, and they were eager to share their lives with those of us that watched and loved them back. It was an overnight success story by most comparisons, with nearly 20 #1 songs, 11 Dove awards and multiple Grammy nods, in less than ten years. They toured from the Grand Ole Opry,...


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Blackwood Brothers Quartet


published10/25/15 05:00:00PM

The Blackwood Brothers Quartet was formed in 1934 with brothers Roy, Doyle, James and Roy's son, R.W. In the late 50s Roy and Doyle retired from traveling and in 1954 R.W. was killed in a tragic airplane crash. However the quartet with James, as the quartets' leader and spokesman, established a new group of singers who would go on to take Gospel music to new heights as they traveled and sang in all fifty of the United States, every Canadian province as well as cities in Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa, South Africa, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines.


In 2002, James Blackwood went to be with the Lord, but his sons, Jimmy (James Jr.) and Billy continued the 78-year tradition. Recently Jimmy retired after singing for 49 years and his younger brother, Billy now carries on the quartet which has the distinction of being the best-known name in Gospel Music...


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Brian Free and Assurance


published10/24/15 06:00:00PM

Brian Free is undeniably the most recognizable southern gospel tenor of our generation. Since 1982, he has been at the forefront of southern gospel music since first joining Gold City Quartet, then moving on to form his own group.


While Brian and the group have enjoyed tremendous success in their musical careers, their first priority has and always will be their families. Brian, his wife Pam, and his youngest son Bryce currently reside in Winston, Georgia, while his oldest son Ricky and wife Kelly reside in Franklin, Tennessee. Ricky traveled with the group playing drums for nine years, but he is now a full-time studio musician, producer, and writer. Bill Shivers (Lead), along with his wife Michelle and daughters Brittany & Sara-Elizabeth, currently reside in Temple, Georgia. Derrick Selph (Baritone) currently resides in Villa Rica, Georgia with his wife Jennifer and their daughter Lydia. Jeremy Lile...


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Mark Trammell Quartet


published10/25/15 10:00:00PM

After three months and 36 candidates for the position, Mark Trammell has announced today that Randy Byrd will be the new bass vocalist for the Mark Trammell Quartet. Mark shares, “We are thrilled with the overwhelming inquiry about this position. And after much prayer and consideration, the group collectively feels that Randy is the man for this season of our ministry.”


Many of you will remember Randy from his recent years with the prestigious Blackwood Brothers Quartet. He also logged some miles with our friends the Mike Lefevre Quartet and the Songfellows. Randy relates the following upon receiving confirmation from Mark. 


“At 12 years of age, I heard The Cathedrals sing There is a Fountain and I was hooked!! I told my mother that night after hearing George Younce, ‘When I grow up, I want to be a bass singer.’ God has blessed me and allowed me to sing with...


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The Hoppers


published10/25/15 08:00:00PM

With humble beginnings as rural farm-boys, The Hoppers were organized in 1957 by founding member and owner Claude Hopper along with brothers; Will, Steve, Paul, and Monroe. The Hoppers memoir, After All These Years, tells the heartwarming story of how the group later came to be known as The Hopper Brothers and Connie. In the summer of 1958, Claude Hopper took a lunch break from his part-time job at the A & P Grocery store in Madison, NC, taking a walk to the corner. Connie Shelton was driving in the little downtown section of Madison and drove up to the light at the corner, saw Claude, and glanced over his way. "It was my big chance to ask her to play piano for us!" says Claude. Smiling from the corner, Claude motioned for Connie to roll her window down and hollered: "Hey, Connie! My brothers and I are singing together in a gospel quartet. Would you be interested in playing for us?" Connie answered, "I'll have to think about it." Then, the light...


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The Singing Byrds


published10/25/15 08:00:00PM

IT ALL BEGAN IN THE LATE FIFTIES, WHEN ANNA {MAMA} BYRD WAS A SONG LEADER IN A LOCAL CHURCH, WOULD TAKE HER TWO TODDLERS, LETTING THEM SING AS SOON AS THEY COULD CARRY A TUNE AND HOLD A MICROPHONE.


IN 1976 MAMA, JEANIE AND ELIZABETH WERE BEING INVITED TO DIFFERENT CHURCHES TO SING. THEY SANG WITH ONLY A FLAT TOP GUITAR, AND MAMA BYRD WOULD SOMETIMES PREACH REVIVALS. SPRING OF 1977 THEY RECORDED THEIR FIRST ALBUM WITH COMBINED MONEY FROM INCOME TAX RETURNS.


RECORDINGS WERE SELLING AND DATES WERE BOOKED WELL IN ADVANCE, MORE MUSIC WAS NEEDED. ELIZABETH LEARNED TO PLAY THE BASS GUITAR AND JEANIE PLAYED TAMBOURINE AND HAS SINCE GRADUATED TO PERCUSSIONS. ROUNDING OUT THE STRING MUSIC IS JEANIE'S HUSBAND, FERRELL BAILEY WHO PLAYS FLAT TOP GUITAR AND ALSO DOES THE DRIVING AND TAKES CARE OF THE SOUND. DUE TO RECENT CHANGES IN THE MINISTRY THEY PERFORM WITH SOUND TRACKS...


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The Trinity Heirs


published06/02/18 08:00:00PM

The Trinity Heirs, of Richmond, Kentucky, accepted the call to gospel music ministry in 1990. Songwriting has always been an important part of their ministry and Singer/Songwriter, Beverly Holman Sparks, has written over 65 songs. Beverly’s songs have been described as “story” and “message” songs and songs with “meat” in them. The group’s songwriting and vocals are very unique and anointed. Beverly says, “We pray our heartfelt, original songs will challenge, encourage and inspire you; cause you to smile or cry tears of comfort and joy; and make an eternal difference in your life.” They also record a few cover songs and some songs written by her brother, Dale Holman, who was a founding member of the group and was with them for about 16 years.


While they have enjoyed singing on cruises, a flight to sing at a church in California, singing on promotional showcases, radio tours,...


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Triumphant Quartet


published10/25/15 08:00:00PM

Formed in 2002, the then named Integrity Quartet began their ministry together at the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  In December of 2004, after a nationwide contest to submit entries, Integrity Quartet changed their name to Triumphant Quartet. 


2007 was another landmark year for the quartet. They were honored to receive the Christian Music Presenters (CMP) Artist Endorsement. They were also awarded certification as American Gospel Music (AGM) artists. An invitation to perform in a celebration of American Gospel Music at Carnegie Hall in New York City rounded out this enormously successful year. The quartet shared the stage with other prominent gospel music artists, a 200 voice choir, and the American Festival Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Eric Dale Knapp. Also in 2007, Baritone Scott Inman was voted Young Artist of the Year by the Singing News Magazine.

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