Doran Ritchey to leave Liberty Quartet

For the past four and a half years, Doran Ritchey has been the baritone/pianist for Liberty Quartet. He moved toward focusing more on his piano role (with some occasional vocals) several months ago, when Jordan Cragun (a nephew of Kim Collingsworth) joined Liberty as their baritone.

Ritchey has accepted a position to join the Crossing trio with Southern Gospel songwriter / vocalist Phil Cross. Both Doran and his wife, Diane, will be joining the group. Rotchey said: “The last four and a half years have provided a wealth of experiences while singing with Liberty.  The friendships that I have made are deep and lasting.  I’m grateful to Royce and the opportunity he provided to travel with Liberty.  While I’m going to miss traveling with the guys, I’m also looking forward to the chance to minister with my wife, Diane.  Thank you for your support and prayers as we make this transition.  We love you guys!”

Ritchey will be staying with the group through both their annual Family Fest event in Idaho and through NQC. Liberty Quartet has a CD scheduled to come out in a few weeks; he was a producer for the project, and his feature song will still appear.

For the time being, Liberty Quartet’s office confirms that they will be sticking with the four-man vocals-only lineup, though they have not ruled out bringing a new pianist on down the road.


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  1. I am sad to see him leave Liberty, but he will do great studying under Phil Cross. He is already a great song writer, that is starting to get some national exposure. Now that he is in with Phil he should do even better.

  2. I never had the opportunity to tell Doran how much he will be missed by me and my wife Janet. Your stay with us during the concert at our church in Niagara Falls made us become more interested in your life and your walk with the Lord. We enjoyed your performances every time we had the occasion to attend a Liberty Quartet Concert. Your sense of humor, your skill playing the piano and your voice make you a triple threat to the other groups out there singing for the Lord. We have missed you since you left the group and with this opportunity to convey our sadness in your leaving Liberty we want to wish you God speed and much happiness in whatever you may be doing in your life and for the Lord.

    All the very best and don’t forget your friends at St Andrews United Church. You made some very good friends in this part of Canada.

    Tom & Janet Thornton