Mike Rogers joins Brian Free & Assurance

Mike RogersLast night, Brian Free & Assurance announced that Mike Rogers is their new baritone singer. Brian Free stated:

When I received the audition info for Mike I was very impressed with his vocal ability and the gift to deliver a song. After spending some time with him, his wife Bekki and daughter Coraline at my home, I knew he was the one God had sent to be a member of our family. I love his heart and the love he has for people. He will be a wonderful addition to BFA.

Having over 300 people apply for the job, it was a hard decision due to all the talent I heard. I want to thank each person who took their time and effort to apply for the position. I am truly honored that so many wanted to be a part of our ministry. I know God has a place and time for you to use your talent for him.

Mike Rogers added:

The warmth and humility from Brian and the guys when I auditioned made me feel this was truly a God-thing, and confirmed for me that I wanted to be a part of their ministry. BFA is very family-oriented, which means a lot to me. Ministry is important, but after God, family is top priority. Quartet music doesn’t get any better than BFA. They are top notch, and I am honored to join them.

Rogers is the latest graduate of Ed O’Neal University. He was introduced to Southern Gospel when he joined the Dixie Melody Boys, ten months ago. (The day his hire there was announced, we interviewed him, here.)

Dixie Melody Boys owner Ed O’Neal commented, “We wish Mike and his family the best.” Tenor/publicist Matt Felts added, “Change can be hard but also exciting. History has proven that every time a singer has left, God has brought us another great addition to the Dixie Melody Boys. We know God has someone coming that will be the right fit for years to come.” The Dixie Melody Boys are accepting auditions at dixiemelodyboys@yahoo.com.

UPDATE, 5/25/13: The Dixie Melody Boys have issued this press release:

As many of you read last week, Mike Rogers resigned as our lead and will join Brian Free and Assurance in June. We will miss Mike. He has been a blessing to us and we know he has a bright future wherever God leads him in the future. We have begun to search for a new member of our team. This is truly an exciting time for our group. Over the last two years, we have been blessed to see the Dixie Melody Boys rise back up to the top of Gospel music. We are currently in the studio working on a new project that is sure to be a milestone recording for us. This album will be finished released shortly after the addition of a new lead singer. Last week, we announced that we have hired Aaron Dishman as our new baritone and piano player. With Steven Cooper moving to bass guitar, we know the fans will love seeing us add live music back to our program.

Ed O’Neal has set the standard in Gospel music for having the very best talent in his group through the years. We plan to keep that tradition alive for many years to come. Working for a true legend like Ed is a special opportunity. We are currently seeking the very best person available for this posistion. Our producer and Executive VP of Song Garden Music Group David Staton had this to say. “This is a rare opportunity for a singer. The Dixie Melody Boys are iconic and the next lead singer has a chance to become part of something special. This next album will allow them to make their mark on Gospel music as a great vocalist. The Dixie Melody Boys are set to be the group to watch over the next decade.” … 

We will be accepting applications at dixiemelodyboys@yahoo.com. We look forward to hearing some great singers. We covet your prayers through this process and your support for the group.

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  1. Sorry Daniel, but ten “years” ago? 🙂

    • Yeah, I caught that and went “huh?” I believe you mean “months”, my friend.

      • I believe my edit preceded your comment by about 15 seconds. 🙂 🙂

    • Oh, dear. Talk about a funny typo! Fixed!

      • Daniel, them crazy computers will correct a spelling error, but they don’t correct something that is spelled right or numbers put in wrong. Have a Blessed Day.

      • Yes, sir!

  2. I am looking forward to seeing Mike with the”new” group, and to hearing him sing. I am a relatively new listener to Southern Gospel (it’s not that popular here in New Jersey), and it astounds me how many changes there are in the industry, but no matter what happens, God still gets the glory.

    • It depends on the groups you follow – some groups, like (right now) the Collingsworth Family, the Hoppers, or the Triumphant Quartet, haven’t had a vocal change in over a decade. Others have one or two changes a year.

      • Well should family groups even be included in that list? It’s a different dynamic.

      • :shrugs shoulders: There are Southern Gospel artists with stability. That’s the only point I was making.

  3. I think this was a great hire for them!

  4. Some groups can have their alumni reunion in a telephone booth.
    The alumni of the Ed O’Neal University would need a convention center.
    Both locations speaks well for all involved!

    Some of the alumni of the Ed O’Neal University can be found here;

    Maybe the over 300 candidates for BF&A can direct their applications to The Dixie Melody Boys since EOU is accepting auditions at dixiemelodyboys@yahoo.com.

  5. Okay, maybe I’m mistaken, but doesn’t this leave TWO holes in the DMB? The last I heard, Steven Cooper was switching to just playing bass because of a medical condition, and they’re looking for a baritone who can also play piano. Did they find someone when I wasn’t looking, or is Steven now able to sing again?

    • Come to think of it, I suppose you’re right.

      • I’m unable to find anything that suggests differently. The Dixie Melody Boys’ website still shows the four guys from the past 10 months and no mention is made of the search for a new baritone/pianist.

    • Matt Felts posted this picture on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and said an announcement was coming soon, so they may have found a baritone/pianist that has not yet been announced. Maybe now they’ll announce the new lead and baritone at the same time.


      • Aaron Dishman is the new DMB baritone/pianist. Ah, Facebook.

      • I got the press release a few minutes ago. I scheduled it to go up tomorrow. (Today was crazy enough without adding another story into the mix.)

  6. That makes 3 singers from the DMBoys that Brian has hired as baritone. Singletary, Selph, and now Rogers. He goes to Ed O’Neal for baritones like Weird Al goes to Michael Jackson for songs.