Tim Parton leaves Legacy Five

History repeats itself; Legacy Five tenor Frank Seamans announced his departure in 2005 before being persuaded to stay onโ€”but left for real several years later, in September 2009. In July 2008, pianist Tim Parton announced his departure, before changing his mind a few days laterโ€”but now is leaving for real. He has accepted a job with 3 Angels Broadcasting Network (3ABN) in Illinois; he will juggle his schedule to remain with Legacy Five until a replacement is found. Pianists seeking to apply shouldย contact Scott Fowler at scottfowler@legacyfive.com.

UPDATE, 2:51 PM: Parton explains on his blog, here, that the health of his wife’s parents played into this decision, and that he leaves on good terms with Legacy Five.

UPDATE, 1/21/11, 8:58 PM: 3ABN is a Seventh-Day Adventist network; more on the network is here.

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  1. Ugh! Tim was one of their most important members! ๐Ÿ™

    • You’re comment made me think. He was indeed, along with Scott Fowler, Scott Howard, Glenn Dustin, and I’m sure Gus Gaches as he begins to meld with the group. (I’m sure you didn’t mean it any other way, but this is really a group that every one of them is a vital part, and I didn’t realize how much till I read your comment.)

      • I think Tim was probably their most talented member along with Gus, and that’s how I meant the comment. Those two have given the group an extra “something” that makes people sit up and take notice. So losing Tim is going to be particularly tough to handle.

      • I get what you’re saying… I didn’t post to contradict you (I trust you know that). But I don’t think any of them are more talented than Scott Fowler; why’d you have to go and say that? ๐Ÿ˜€

        Oh my lands, I glanced over and it appears that I typed “you’re” again in my previous comment. I will now bow out in shame and melt into the ground.

      • I do like Scott’s voice, but I would still say that Gus is more talented—and what’s more he would probably agree with me. ๐Ÿ™‚ But he’s always been a solid vocalist, and he did good work with the Cathedrals too.

      • ave to agree, Scott Fowler is prob one of the best voices around, he doesnt get the recognition he deserves

      • NSGF, Scott would probably agree that Gus is more talented, or Gus would probably agree that Gus is more talented? LOL. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • LOL, I meant Scott, but it did come off as ambiguous. I suspect Gus would decline to comment if asked. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • I have to agree with NSF on this one… Gus is not only the most talented singer L5 has; but he is one of the most talented singers in SG as a whole… He is also one of the most humble, I have told him before that I felt this way and he always tells me that I am to kind… And that is no slight to Scott as he is a very capable and talented singer himself he was the singer that piqued my interest in SG when I was like 10 after I heard him sing “He Made A Change” on my brothers Cat’s Faithful CD.

      • I agree that Gus is great and has added a lot to the group. That didn’t stop me from teasing NSGF. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This was the only morning in the world when I went to Avery before remembering I hadn’t stopped by here. I thought it was joking … April Fool’s … but re-reading meant it was serious.

    Wishing them all the best.

    • I held this for a couple of hours, since I put up the Ernie post first thing and wanted all our regular morning visitors to see it first.

      • My doctor has told me not to hold it. I am not sure what yours is telling you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. When I think of great accompanying pianists, I think of Stan Whitmire, Tim Parton, and Gerald Wolfe. None of them travel and play piano full time with a group. Who are some guys that currently are full-time pianists who have that perfect style for accompaniment? I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s not banging around on the keys to get noticed.

    • I’d put Roger Talley in that category, too, though he is also primarily a vocalist right now (though, like Wolfe, he has been primarily an accompanist in the past.)

    • I’d put Wayne Haun in that category. He certainly doesn’t try to attract attention, and he may not have the flashiest style, but he knows how to complement a song without overpowering the vocals or the lyric.

  4. I will abstain from writing my usual 2 paragraphs and simply say that I am REALLY sad about this. I wish my friend all the best… and career wise, this was probably a really smart move. I’m going to miss him more than words can express.

  5. Oh man…just as I started to get attached to the group as-is. I guess that’s life though…

  6. Im gutted over here in N Irleand! Im a really big fan of Legacy Five and Tim and felt that they were starting to sound like a real tight group! Just hpe the next pianist can slot straight in!

  7. Tim posted more of how this came about at his blog http://www.timparton.com/blog/news/12142011.aspx

  8. Anyone think Matthew Holt might be a good replacement? Their previous two pianists have bothe played and sung, and I know Matthew is an awesome piano player, and from what I hear, he’s a very good singer too.

  9. I hate to see Tim go, I also think overall he was the most talented and valuable member of the group due to his music knowledge that goes with it. BUT, this is music, and ALL genre of groups go through changes, and being near aging/declining health parents is a very admirable reason for a change. One name that comes to mind for me as a replacement is Channing Eleton. I know he is about to release a solo single so I don’t know if he would want to go that route…

  10. Will miss Tim with L5, he was first rate for sure…

    I Wonder if Doran Ritchey would be interested in taking the position, he would bring studio experience, and some great writing ability to L5. Which is(referring to the writing) IMO invaluable to a group, just look at the most successful groups in the industry, most of them have in house songwriters…

    • I don’t have any inside track here, but I think Doran would be the single person who, if hired, would get me most excited about the change.

      I’m not saying it would be the same for other groups – e.g., with the Perrys, it would be a re-hire of Matthew Holt. But I think Doran would be an incredible fit for L5

      • Me too. I’ve known Doran ever since he was a college student @ Penn View Bible Institute in PA and he’s an incredible talent. (both as pianist & writer)

    • Interestingly enough, the title track of their Just Stand project was written by Doran Ritchey. L5 has also recorded “Why Wouldn’t I,” another song from his pen.

      That being said, I hadn’t thought of that, but he’d be a good fit! He is a fantastic player and writer, I think he and Scott Howard especially would play well off of each other in the humor department, giving the stage presence a new element.

  11. The question is not whether Doran Ritchey would be right for L5. The question is whether L5 would be right for Doran Ritchey, & that would be a family decision.
    Being on the road “full-time” is really tough on (especially) “young families.” I think God calls some people to “full-time” traveling ministries & gives the grace to do so, but many families have suffered greatly as a result. It is not best for everyone. I’m glad I was given the opportunity of part-time, but had no desire to sing full-time. Apparently God didn’t give me the grace to do so, so there was no point in trying it. The plus for me is no family regrets!

  12. Hmm… I hadn’t thought of Doran Ritchey. I watched him with Liberty at NQC for the last couple years, but I don’t have any recollection of his style… Youtube, here I come! lol.

    Matthew Holt did enter my thoughts, though… I LOVE his style… and personally, he may be good fit for L5…
    Does anyone know what he’s been up to since leaving the Perrys? I saw him playing for a couple groups at NQC. I wonder if he would even be interested in getting back on the road.

    • He’s teaching in a college music program, and doing about one weekend a month with the Perrys. Especially since his songwriting partner Joseph Habedank is still with the Perrys, his ties seem to be pretty strong still there, and I imagine we’d see him there if he got the itch to be back on the road full time. But I think he likes his current setup, where he can still do enough road performing to keep that itch scratched. So I think it’s highly unlikely that he’d join L5. ๐Ÿ™‚