Michael Helwig joins Dixie Echoes
Wesley Smith left the Dixie Echoes last month to return to the Palmetto State Quartet. Yesterday evening, the Dixie Echoes announced that their new tenor is quartet veteran Michael Helwig. Helwig, 35, has been singing professionally since age 19. He has sung tenor with Canada’s Torchmen, and lead and baritone with the Wilburns, the Stamps Quartet, the Williamsons, and, most recently, the Blackwood Quartet.
Helwig was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and currently lives in Carthage, Tennessee. He will be moving to the Dixie Echoes’ home base in Pensacola, Florida shortly. He will start with the group Thursday, August 11, at the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion.
Randy Shelnut Jr. commented: “As soon as Michael sang his first song with the group, I knew that we had found our new tenor. His voice blends great with ours and he has the ability to hit every high note with such ease. We’ve known Michael for a while, and are looking forward to having him as a part of the Dixie Echoes.”
He is married to Leslie Helwig, and has twin daughters Eva and Lauren, and a son, Sam.
So how will someone whose professional experience has been singing lead and (most recently) baritone fit as a tenor? Check this out:
Watch for this lineup of the Dixie Echoes to generate some serious buzz, quickly.