Past the Press Release: An Interview with new Dixie Melody Boys lead singer Mike Rogers

Dixie Melody Boys: Matt Felts, Mike Rogers, Steven Cooper, Ed O'Neal

Dixie Melody Boys: Matt Felts, Mike Rogers, Steven Cooper, Ed O’Neal

Past the Press Release is an interview series featuring a new member of a professional Southern Gospel group. It’s a chance to look past the standard “excited to be here” press release comment and learn a little more about them. Meet new Dixie Melody Boys lead singer Mike Rogers, whose hire will be officially announced today!

Later this morning, the Dixie Melody Boys will distribute an official press release announcing that their new lead singer is Mike Rogers. Rogers hails from Sandersville, Georgia. His wife is named Becky, and they have a three-year-old daughter, Coraline. He previously performed with Kindred Spirit. (Here’s a video of him featured on a solo with that group.)

Dixie Melody Boys tenor Matt Felts states that the group received over three hundred applications. He adds: “It was an overwhelming response. We didn’t expect so many men to apply. It proved to me that there is a lot of talent in Southern Gospel music. As we stated, our plan was to audition several men, take them on the road with us and then announce them in September. Sometimes plans change. As I was going through demo’s a voice begin to sing and I knew we had found our next lead singer. Ed listened to his demo and agreed. The moment we met Mike Rogers and heard him sing with us we knew God had brought us the right fit.” He added that they moved up the announcement after the strong response Rogers received at the Absolutely Gospel Fan Fest and at Frank Arnold’s Songfest; they knew it wouldn’t take long for word to get out online.

Daniel: What was your first exposure to Southern Gospel? If you didn’t grow up around it, what individuals or groups introduced you to this style?

Mike: I heard it around my grandparents’ house growing up but I never really connected to it. A few years back I was introduced to the music of Jason Crabb. I thought “If you can sing Gospel music like that, that’s what I want to do.” Michael English has also influenced me along with Jason.

Daniel: What / who inspired you to start singing?

Mike: I actually didn’t start singing until I was in my late teens. I got involved in a community theatre production that required me to sing.

Daniel: Did you have the opportunity to grow up in a Christian home? If not, where along the way did you hear the Gospel?

Mike: Luckily, I did. I started going to church around nine years old but I really committed my life when I was around 19.

Daniel: What group(s) have you sung with prior to joining the Dixie Melody Boys? (I’ve heard about your work with Kindred Spirit, but don’t know if there are any others.)

Mike: The first group I was with was called Saviors Touch. I was with them two years before joining Kindred Spirit this past January. They were dissapointed to see me go but fully supported me. They are thrilled for this opportunity that I have been blessed with.

Daniel: Do you play any musical instruments, or have other musical interests (e.g. songwriting, album production, live concert audio) other than singing?

Mike: I love anything to do with music. I began playing the guitar when I was 12. I also dabble a little with the piano, drums, mandolin and bass guitar. I also enjoy live concert audio and have written a few songs.

Daniel: How about non-musical hobbies?

Mike: I am an avid hunter and fisherman. I love the outdoors. From what I have been told by Ed and the guys, Golf will be my new hobby on the road. lol.

Daniel: Yes, I think that may be safe to assume! 🙂 Let’s suppose you had the opportunity to go back in time and hear any one Southern Gospel group you’ve never gotten to see in person live. What group would you pick, and what lineup or year?

Mike: I would have loved to hear the Hinsons back in the day. I’m sure that was an awesome show.

Daniel: If you could put together a dream team quartet of any vocalist currently in Southern Gospel, who would you pick?

Mike: Well, I’m pretty blessed to have a dream quartet where I’m at with Ed O’Neal, Matt Felts and Steven Cooper. These guys are great but if I had to pick other guys I would pick David Phelps, Jason Crabb, Joseph Habedank and Tim Duncan.

Daniel: I understand you’re married and have one child. Could you share a little about your family?

Mike: I have a beautiful and supportive wife Becky. We have been married 4 years. I am also blessed with a incredible 3 year old little girl named Coraline. We will be moving soon to Kinston.

Daniel: What are good ways to keep up with you and with the Dixie Melody Boys?

Mike: I have already been blessed to meet some incredible Dixie Melody Boys fans on the road and I am looking forward to meeting more. It’s an exciting time to join the guys. We have so many great things coming up. You can keep up with us at www.dixiemelodyboys.com and on our facebook page.


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  1. I enjoyed the interview. . .

    Ed O’neal is amazing. I first heard them in concert around 35 years ago and he has maintained a quartet that has a good sound in the midst of multiple member changes. Not to mention, some of the leading current SG singers came thru the DMB ranks.

    From an outsider’s point of view, it appears that Ed O’neal deserves a lot of recognition for giving so many SG singers a chance that they might never have had otherwise.

    Have you ever had an interview with him, Daniel? I’d like to see it, if so.

    • I’ve never interviewed him, but it would be beyond cool to do that one of these days!

  2. Mike Rogers has great test. I can tell by his choice of dream team quartet, I couldn’t have chosen a better team myself.

  3. I had the opportunity to see Mike with the Dixie Melody Boys this past weekend at Songfest in Jackson, TN. He not only is a great singer, but he also brings great stage presence/energy to the group. I could certainly detect the Jason Crabb influence in Mike’s singing. When they featured him on “Daystar” my wife (who was not a Southern Gospel fan when we got married but is slowly becoming one) whispered to me and asked “how long will they be able to keep him?”. When the song ended Ed O’Neal proclaimed “I’ve got me another good one” and then added jokingly “he will probably be here for about a year”. Seriously, I think the Dixie Melody Boys sound better than they have in a long time, and I’m looking forward to more great things from them.

    • I agree, Brad, they are sounding mighty good!

  4. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to sing with Mike for almost two years as a member of Savior’s Touch. He quickly became like a little brother to me and I’m SO proud of him and happy for this opportunity. I told him about a year and a half ago that he was gonna get discovered and go places. I’d also like to thank him for giving us (Savior’s Touch)a shout out in the interview.

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  6. We are so proud of our grandson Mike..he is a true southern gentleman through & through. His grandaddy Mack was so touched when he wrote and recorded a song about his time in Vietnam…He remembered the stories his grandaddy told..We’re looking forward to seeing the Dixie Melody Boys perform live..and looking so forward to his brother Mack to get his great start on the drums. God has truly blessed this family and we’re so proud he chose Mike and his family to take this wonderful journey with him.

  7. What a great interview! This young man has the heart and talent to sing anything he wants and it warms my heart to know that he is giving his talent to the Lord. I was very fortunate to have Mike with Kindred Spirit for a time but I knew it wouldn’t be long before someone bigger would pick him up. Sure enough that time came with the offer from DMB. Wendell and I hated to see him go but we knew it was his dream and we fully supported him and his ministry aspirations. Mike is just getting started and you will definitely see and hear more out of him in the future. God Bless You Buddy! You will always be a part of Kindred Spirit cause we “woar it slap out” haha. We love and miss you, Bek and Cora!

    kwh

    • What a great comment! It’s always nice to see a group manager who can speak so positively of a recently departed member.