Cathedrals Family Reunion CD announced

About six weeks ago, IMC Concerts and Showcase Management announced a Cathedrals Reunion concert in Texas this November featuring Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, Scott Fowler, Danny Funderburk, and Ernie Haase. Yesterday, a second press release was distributed, announcing that a Cathedrals Family Reunion CD will be released at this event:

A special Cathedrals Family Reunion CD is being recorded and will be released on November 8, 2013 during the weekend. For the first time ever, Scott Fowler, Danny Funderburk, Ernie Haase, Mark Trammell and Gerald Wolfe will unite their voices together to perform the signature classics of the Cathedrals. Some selections will also feature all 17 voices from the groups Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Greater Vision, Legacy Five and the Mark Trammell Quartet. George Younce and Glen Payne will also be included in the album as their voices will be placed with newly recorded tracks along with the voices of Danny, Ernie, Gerald, Mark and Scott.

Information on the release date and the record company behind the release has not been provided. Funderburk is not currently recording with a major label; Fowler, Trammell, and Wolfe all are members of groups on the Daywind roster; Haase’s group is on his own label’s roster (Stow Town).

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  1. It seems IMC/ Showcase is showing a marketing ability that may eventually rival the Gaither Music Group!

    Now, we will have to wait and see if they release a two DVD set that costs $29.95!

  2. A CD sounds good but adding a DVD would be a sure seller. I even wish they would consider doing a live stream of this event,for a cost,of course. I would sign up,as I won’t be able to make the live event.

  3. Are you sure it’s to be a “live” CD? Since it’s being released during the event, I thought it would be a studio project recorded in advance.

    • Good point. I think you’re right.

  4. I wonder who is producing/arranging the album. I also wonder if it’ll have a table project budget or a mainline budget. I’m sure it will be a great project (it’s near impossible for these voices to err on cathedrals songs), but it would be nice to see them go all out on this.

    IMHO, the best cathedrals tribute album so far was the EHSS tribute. This would have to be extremely well done to top that! But then again, this album will have Danny songs on it 😉

    • I don’t know who will be producing/arranging it, but I agree with you about the EHSSQ CD. Given it’s success in capturing the true Cathedrals feel without copying them exactly, I think Wayne Haun would be the best choice.

  5. I wonder which Bass Singer they will feature more of on this project: Fouch, Barker, Harkey?

    • Hopefully they will switch in and out so we can get the best of all of them…typically when old Cathedrals members would sing together they used Glen Dustin. That makes me think they would go for Fouch. I doubt they will go for Barker…he is one of my favorites, but he doesn’t have the “George” sound they are no doubt looking for. Harkey is still fairly new with his group, and although he has been singing for many years, I get the feeling he has just discovered his “niche” with the group. If he gets featured any, it would definitely give him more credibility in the SG community.

      • But of the three, Barker’s tone is easily the one most reminiscent of George Younce. The others remind me of other fine bass singers – Harkey of Jeff Chapman, for example – but not of Younce.

      • Yeah, I’m gonna have to disagree as well. There is no bass singer in gospel music today who channels George Younce better than Pat Barker, IMO.

      • Hmm…maybe I’m wrong. I love Barker, but I haven’t heard him as much as I would like. Maybe if I heard him singing some classic Cathedral tunes it would help? I agree with Daniel that Harkey is a lot like Chapman. I still wonder though if Fouch will be favored because of his position. I’ve heard him the least of the three, though, so I can’t really comment on his sound. Personally, I think they should have at least as a guest singer George’s son. He is a wonderful singer that sounds very much like his father. I think it would be a wonderful tribute if they did that.

      • Check out the Mark Trammell Quartet’s “Treasures” project. It’s uncanny how much Barker sounds like Younce on “Wedding Music” and several other songs.

      • Here’s Pat on “Wedding Music”

      • Just listened to this clip, a clip of Younce in the early Ernie Haase years, and Harkey from last year. As far as solidly hitting the low notes, Harkey seemed much more similar to Younce. I prefer to judge bass singers on hitting low notes vs upper register, so I would prefer to hear Harkey. Of course all of this one to one comparison is on just one song…

      • Easy choice… The handsome (and humble and talented) Pat Barker gets the nod.

      • Barker can sound like George in the mid range on occasion, but doesn’t have the cut or low notes that George had. Face it, and I don’t mean this disrespectfully, but no one can match George. He was one of a kind. With that said, Harold Gilley was great at impersonating some of the bass singers. His J.D. was awful close. It seems like his Younce wasn’t quite on target though, but I would have to listen again.

      • Many Southern Gospel bass singers are excellent at hitting low notes at the end of the song. Personality and emcee work aside, strictly speaking vocally here, what set Younce apart from the pack was his melodic tone in his mid-range and upper range. That is also Barker’s strength.


        His speaking like George is a little off in places, but he sure is pretty convincing with him vocally as well as talking and singing like J.D.

      • I thought they were using a mp3 of George Younce like they would do on Who Can Do Anything.

      • No, that’s really Pat. That’s how good he is. 🙂

        (The caption on the video backs me up.)

  6. Ok, I definitely will. Thanks! 🙂

  7. Give Pat Barker all the credit in the world…but he has nowhere near the depth of range that George Younce possessed. His upper register is definitely relative, but the low range is what sets Younce apart.

    • Note for note: I’m fairly confident that Barker sings down to a bass singer’s B-flat. Younce rarely went past that point. He recorded a couple of A-flats in the 70s, and G-flat once. I think he can easily pull off anything Younce did in the last dozen years of his career, except for Younce’s intentional vocal fry played up for comedic effect on a song like “Echoes From the Burning Bush.”

      • George recorded an F on “I Believe I’ll Live For Him” Don’t be mistaken, Younce hit Abs still towards the end of the Cathedrals career (“I Will Serve Him”, “Because He Lives” etc.) I never cared a lot for the song “That’s What Jesus Means To Me” as far as musically, but once on “Nashville Now” he pummeled the low Ab nice and full. I am sure it helped that the mic was a decent volume, but he nailed it expertly. Yes, Pat does decently on Bbs (I loved when he did the glissando on “We Shall Wear A Robe and Crown” on the Goss tribute, but with all due respect, it wasn’t as full voiced as Younce’s unless you count the last few years of his life where he lost a lot of his cut.

      • My tape player must be out of time, then, because “I Believe I’ll Live For Him” is the note I had in mind when I was discussing his low F-sharp.

        I guess that where I’m coming from is this: Many bass singers can hit low A-flats. Few can sing melodies like George did.

      • You should also hear George’s low E on “The Love of the Lord” now I will be the first to admit that Ab was about the lowest note that George could probably hit consistently, but he also hit a low Eb on the Cash recording.

      • We discussed your tape player being off a half step before (including on that song as I recall). Sometimes boomboxes in particular are notorious in running fast and raising the pitches. Now most components have tighter controls but even those can eventually have problems. The churches professional deck eventually had a problem that caused it to do that. As far as Younce’s gifts, the mid range was one of them for sure, but he was the bass of the group and people didn’t go to hear him sing lead all of the time. Even in the low range up an octave had more cut and fullness than many bass singers. Riley has more cut on the low ones, but Younce made up for it by being the complete package and his personality and stage presence.