Dixie Melody Boys hire Austin Foster
This afternoon, the Dixie Melody Boys announced that their new lead singer is Austin Foster. He is an eighteen-year-old from Birmingham, Alabama, son of Southern Gospel DJ and promoter Ron Foster.
Group manager Ed O’Neal said: “I met a young man at NQC last year and he stuck in my mind. We invited him in last week to audition. His voice was powerful and anointed but his personality instantly fit right in. After the last man left, we talked and decided to offer him the job. … We are excited to have Austin with us. I know the fans will love him. He is true Southern Gospel and a great young man. His ability to sing the great songs of the past as well as the newer songs we do makes him a unique talent.”
Tenor and publicist Matt Felts added that there were over 300 applicants. “We listened to each demo and prayed that God would send us the right fit for where the group is headed. There were so many great singers, many already established names in Gospel music so it was hard to narrow them down. Each one brought something completely different and special to the table. We took a different approach than usual and had the men spend the day with us and all go to lunch together. It was a great way to get to know them more.”
Foster said, “I am super excited to sing with the Dixie Melody Boys. I have been listening to these guys all my life. It is an honor to share the stage with them.”
The Dixie Melody Boys will head into the studio this month to add the vocals of new members Foster and baritone Aaron Dishman to their upcoming release.