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).


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  1. I AGREE WITH YOU THERE NOT THE TYPICAL REGIONAL GROUP. THERE MINISTRY IS THE SAME ON STAGE AS OFF STAGE . GREAT GROUP OF GUYS . THERE JUST GOOD OLD COUNTRY BOYS THAT LIKE TO SEE SOULS SAVED AND LIVES CHANGED TO GIVE GLORY THE OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR.

  2. Just watching WAGV TV Singtime, and listening to The Cavaliers. I just heard That’s What Love Looks Like; what an awesome song. First thing I though of was what an an awesome song it would be for family videos, weddings, tributes to children, family and God. My husband and I have made a couple of those using family/ friends picture slide shows to various songs. Besides making beautiful family memories, it is a great witness tool to use for unsaved family & friends that otherwise offer a deaf ear when you do it with traditional means. I am planning on doing one in the near future for my granddaughter, as We did one for my grandson before she came along. My daughter and son in-law are lost, but they’ll watch when their children are involved. After all, there is no grater commandment than love, God’s first and second ones, and Christ’s only one, a new commandment; John 13:35. It’s all about unconditional LOVE. I gotta get that song! God Bless you.

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