Phil Barker and Joe Lane launch Jordan’s Bridge

Singing Americans alumni Phil Barker and Joe Lane have just launched a new group, Jordan’s Bridge. They have been friends since their Singing Americans years; Lane filled in for several weeks on piano during Barker’s time with the group. Barker left the group in 1988; Lane joined himself in 1992. They discussed starting up a group for years, and recently decided the time was right. They performed their first concert last Sunday, December 30th.

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Barker, the group’s tenor, also sang tenor for the Harvesters before joining the Singing Americans. Lane, the pianist, also played for the Anchormen both before and after his 1992-1994 stint with the Singing Americans. He was introduced to a new generation of Southern Gospel fans in a recent tenure with the Dove Brothers. They will be joined by lead singer Rick Sheets and baritone singer / bass player Jamey Lane (Joe’s younger brother).

Joe Lane commented on the group’s mission: “We all have the same goal and that is to have a servant’s heart and see lost come to know the Lord. I’m tired of not doing all I can for God and this is my chance and my calling.”

He added: “I want to say how grateful I am to Phil, Rick, and my brother Jamey for their dedication and knowing this is what the Lord wants them to do. Rick is a wonderful person. Everyone loves and respects him in the community around here. He should have been mayor of Bristol, Tennessee. His stand for being a Christian resonates all over. I love to hear him sing. He has  a high voice and can reach down and get the low notes too. My brother Jamey is another incredible talent. His range is out the top and that’s what we need when having a high tenor like Phil. Jamey also plays an incredible piano, and can burn the strings off of a bass guitar. He also handles the sound. He has supported me for many years and I am so glad he is with Jordan’s Bridge. Phil has been a friend to me from day one. In my view, he is one of the top tenor singers ever. He gives a 100% every time he sings (and at any other time). If you know Phil, then you know how much he loves Jesus, and there’s no doubt.  I am a very blessed man in having these men singing with me. We are all enjoying this very much but more important and that is we are doing what God wants and that is serve HIM with the talents HE has given us.”

They have finished their debut recording; it will be released shortly.

Here’s a video from their debut concert:


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  1. These guys are good. Incredible song and very well done.

  2. Phil Barker is as good as they come! A true gentleman and fine tenor. He filled in for the Dove Brothers once for a couple of weeks when they were between tenors, and if you were fortunate enough to get to see that, it was fantastic! Best wishes to him and the new group.

  3. That guy can really sing tenor……great job on a classic and often performed song.

  4. ALWAYS ENJOYED PHIL’S SINGING. GREAT FOR THEM. LOOKING FORWARD TO YEARS OF MUSIC!

  5. Wish them well. Phil has always been an incredible tenor.

  6. Will be looking forward working some dates with the group ! Good job guys !

  7. I cant wait to hear them, again! They are incredible! Phil is as a high as a kite, still yet and the rest of the guys (Rick and Jamey) can sing really well, too. I love their harmonies! Joe sure can wear those keys out on the piano! It was a night filled with a great presence of the Lord, great singing and playing! These guys are as good as anybody out there! Go get ’em fellas!

  8. I’m excited about this new group. I’ve known Joe Lane for about 20 years and he has the heart and talent that is needed in SG music. You all need to hear his testimony of how God restored his hand after a potentially crippling injury. Phil Barker can flat get it done, as good as ever it seems. Looking forward to following these guys.

  9. By the way, this song was not in their program, nor was it rehearsed. It was done as an audience request.

  10. Here is an instrumental from that night http://youtu.be/rVPQbnh_2w8

  11. As a personal friend of Joe’s having his own group has been his dream for years. Joe’s story of coming back from a horrific hand injury to again be one of the best piano players in Southern Gospel music is a miracle in itself. Joe, Phil, Steve and Jamie want to spread God’s message through “Jordan’s Bridge” by singing in the ole time way which is so refreshing in gospel music today. My wife and I were at there first concert in Blountville, TN, and we were blessed to have experienced God’s message through the groups gift of singing touching music for the Lord.

  12. I just heard an advertisement where these guys will be appearing with Ivan Parker in Bristol TN at Liberty Baptist Church. Starts at 6:30 pm Jan 20th If you are in or around the Tri-Cities area of TN I would say plan to go hear them. I was at their debut concert and I am still blown away at how good they are but more than anything the Spirit that filled that Methodist church. I’ve never saw a UMC in this area that worship like this folks did. I’m going back to attend church there soon. It was awesome!!

  13. DEAR JOE, JUST FOUND A PAGE WITH YOUR NEW GROUP. IVE WONDERED FOR A LONG TIME WHERE YOU WERE. YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE PIANO PLAYER, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE PUT ME ON YOUR EMAIL SO I CAN KNOW WHERE YOU WILL BE, GOD BLESS THE GROUP. THEY SOUND GREAT.

    • Hey Martha,

      How long has it been since I’ve saw you? Hey I emailed you so check it out when you have time.

      Joe