Liberty Quartet hires Doug Wiley

Doug Wiley

Doug Wiley

Liberty Quartet announced this evening that they have hired a new lead singer, Doug Wiley. Wiley grew up around Southern Gospel and has performed with the Southmen Quartet (singing lead), the Mercy Road Trio (singing tenor), and the California Melody Boys (singing tenor). He has also opened for evangelist Lowell Lundstrom.

Wiley lives in Visalia, California, with his wife Angela and their five children (ages 6-19). They will be relocating to Idaho.

Wiley’s hire is effective today; he replaces Dan Gilbert, who sang with the group for nine years of their (currently) fifteen-year run, and left last month. The press release states: “Doug is excited to join the Liberty Quartet family and spread the word of God through gospel music.”


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  1. *Slightly off-topic, but relevant in a way…*

    Fun fact: I was dedicated by Lowell Lundstrom

    • Fascinating! Do you attend a church he’s associated with?

    • I worked for Lowell in the 90’s A great Man of God!

      • Neat!

        I do have an old album with him.

      • One of the first LPs that I obtained as a young person was one of the Lundstroms–“Traveling With the Lundstroms”, I believe!

      • Wow, I somehow skipped over your reply. My dad was going to Bible college at the school Lundstrom served as president and chancellor of for 10 years.

      • OK – fascinating!

  2. How old is this guy? It looks like he’s in his 40s or 50s in this photo, and it was made when cameras only took photos in black and white!

    LOL

    • I could turn you black and white in less than thirty seconds … 🙂

  3. We Couriers sang with Doug in CA earlier this year. He was a superb tenor singer. He’ll do splendidly as a lead singer for Liberty too. Two well qualified tenors, Doug and Philip? Every group should be so lavishly blessed. Great choice, Liberty.

    • It’s always encouraging to see a singer starting out with commendations like this one. Now I can’t wait to hear him!

    • Thats the nicest thing you have ever said about me Neil…..and we are blessed to have Doug!!!

      • Neil is an encourager!

      • Neil has had very good things to say about you previously to me, Philip (even before anyone knew that Liberty would be on your resume some day). Were your ears burning? Hope your hat still fits. Ha!

    • Good point, Neil. Doug can sing tenor, so you know he’ll never run out of steam as a lead. Plus, they’ll be able to do some crazy arrangements that will work. I know Doug is excited to get started. So excited that it makes me a little jealous.

  4. Superb choice. Doug is a great singer & a great guy. I’ve been in concert with Doug on many occasions and this guy can sing circles arond many of the lead singers in SGM. Liberty could not have found a better guy.

    • Glad to hear it, and can’t wait to hear him with them!

  5. There is a video on the Liberty Facebook page of Doug when he was auditioning for the position.

    • That must have been what I saw!

      • That video is one that I took in Roseburg, Oregon, on November 6, 2011, at Church on the Rise (for those of you who, as I, are generally interested in the “stats”, so to speak.

      • Thanks!

  6. I am not sure if this link will work, but Liberty posted a video on their Facebook page of the new lineup. Just one word: WOW!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10150484372740862

  7. Doug is an outstanding vocalist and a great guy to boot. He’s going to be a perfect fit for Liberty. I’m convinced that their best years are ahead. By the way, if you haven’t picked up their new CD “God’s Been Faithful” you owe it to yourself to do so. I’m biased, I know, but it’s one of the best CDs to come out in 2011. The lyrics, the arrangements, the orchestration…well, you just have to hear it for yourself.

    (full disclosure…my name is on the CD as one of the producers, but the other guys are the ones that made this thing happen!)

    I’m proud of Liberty and am looking forward to what God is going to continue to do through their ministry.

    • I just have to say “Amen” to everything Keith said. Re the CD: I got it within minutes of its release on Sept. 23, and it’s about all I have listened to since…and I am still not tired of it! 🙂 And Keith–your years with Liberty were crucial in helping to bring the quartet to the point it is today. Words cannot express the love and appreciation I will always have for the Royce/Dan/Doran/Jordan/Keith lineup–not only for your sound, but also for all of you as individuals. Would love to see a “Reunion Tour” sometime! 🙂