Ishee leaving Palmetto State Quartet

The ever-resourceful Chuck at www.southerngospelreporter.com has confirmed Bryan Eliott, who has been the pianist for the Anchormen for the last four years, has resigned from that group effective the end of the year. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link appears to be down, and has been removed.] Eliott is headed for the piano bench in the Palmetto State Quartet, replacing Andrew Ishee. Ishee may be going to start a business with his brother.

Ishee is one of the best pianists in Southern Gospel. While nobody can blame him for wanting to spend more time with his family (especially now that he has a child on the way), it’s too bad Southern Gospel groups have to work so many dates that men of his level of musical genius have to leave the road if they want to have much more than passing glimpses of their families.


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  1. Yeah, it’s too bad that so many great artists and musicians have had to leave the field to spend time with their families 🙁 I fully endorse spending time with your family of course, but I’m going to miss Andrew dearly!

  2. Andrew Ishee is a southern gospel legend. leaving the ministry leaves a gaping hole in the heart of gospel music. We’ll keep praying for Andrew’s return and it won’ be the same without him. Pray for Andrew and Sheree and their newborn baby, keep praying for his return to the piano!!!