CD Review: God Is (The Cavaliers Quartet)
The Cavaliers Quartet is a regional group based in Shelbyville, Tennessee. It was founded by Anthony O’Neal, who sings baritone, and his brother Wayne O’Neal, who started at the tenor position but moved—and this is not a misprint—to the bass position two years ago. When he moved to the bass position, Ben Mullins came on board as tenor. Mullins’ nephew, Jason Reese, sings lead for the group.
This project will be a must-have for fans of Dianne Wilkinson’s songwriting; this project has three Dianne originals, “God Is,” “I’ll Keep Trusting On,” and “I’ll Be Long Gone.”
Kenna Turner West, co-author of “Faithful to the Cross,” contributed “It’s Alright,” an uptempo song (not the same song the Cathedrals recorded in the 1970s).
Songwriter, label exec, and Priority lead singer David Staton co-produced the project; he also contributed one song, “That’s What Love Looks Like.”
The project also includes a classic hymn (“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”) and a modern praise song (“You are My King [Amazing Love]”).
This site typically features reviews of projects from nationally known groups, but the Cavaliers’ ensemble sound is well above average for a regional group. Their sound, combined with new material from Southern Gospel’s top writers, makes God Is among the best albums released by a regional group within the past year.
Rating: 3.5 stars. ♦ Group members: Ben Mullins (tenor), Jason Reese (lead), Anthony O’Neal (baritone), Wayne O’Neal (bass). ♦ Produced by: David Staton, Gus Gaches. ♦ Available from: Artist. Review copy provided. ♦ Song list: God Is; It’s Alright; Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; I’ll Keep Trusting On; Count On You; That’s What Love Looks Like; I’ll Be Long Gone; Jesus Knows Just What to Do; Oh What a Difference; You Are My King (Amazing Love).