Legacy Five hires Gus Gaches

Legacy Five put the word out yesterday that they have hired Gus Gaches to be their new tenor singer. Gaches has sung with the Calvary Construction Company, the Moscheo/Andrus/Blackwood Imperials, and, most recently, put in several years with Mike LeFevre’s Priority Quartet. He is married to Tamra and has two children, son Gus and daughter Kylie.

Like his new boss, he hides his age well; despite his youthful appearance, he is actually 42 years old. But his voice doesn’t show the signs of aging; in fact, if you only heard his voice, he could pass for a tenor in his twenties.

He comes to Legacy Five with Frank Seamans’ blessing; in fact, he was Seamans’ own choice for a replacement. Their blog states:

He’s the man that Frank recommended fill in for him if he should have to be out during Frank, Jr.s illness. Fortunately, Frank never had to be absent; however, when Frank decided to go back home to be with his family, Frank reminded us to call Gus. We did and the rest is soon to be history.

The two personnel decisions Scott Fowler has had to make since Roger Bennett’s passing have both been concluded in favor of people who bring a strong background in producing and studio work. Tim Parton has produced a number of projects, and regularly works with Terry Franklin to produce Daywind’s songwriter demos. Gus Gaches owns the Vox Box recording studio and is involved in the production of numerous CDs, videos, and live events. In fact, he was even part of the NQC sound crew last year, but don’t hold that against him; as I understand, his responsibilities were more covering the mix that went out on the Internet feed, and there were far fewer complaints about that than about the house sound.

One interesting Legacy Five / Gus Gaches connection: On the LeFevre’s Live DVD, produced by Gaches (and reviewed here), Scott Fowler provided the group introduction.

And since a picture is worth a thousand words, and a video is worth a thousand pictures, here are some highlights from that project:

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  1. QUOTE: “…despite his youthful appearance, he is actually 42 years old.” Hmmmm….

    Daniel, Daniel, Daniel….what are we old fogies over 40 years old going to do with you???? πŸ™‚ It’s not an ancient age, my dear young friend. But the way you put it, it sounds like we need a Geritol IV and a membership to the Wheel Chair of the Month Club! πŸ™‚

    That said, while this is Scott’s second hire, I believe it was not Tim that he hired on his own. Roger Bennett was still alive when Tim Parton was chosen to fill in, and basically just stayed on after Roger’s passing. Roger hand-picked Tim, and he had Roger’s blessing. Scott actually did hire Frank on his own, though, because Roger was so ill and dealing with all the cancer, treatments, etc, that the job of finding a tenor fell to Scott.

    Either way, I want to applaud Scott on finding great personnel to complete his group, and also to say that I personally think Scott has done well at the helm minus Roger. I know he has probably faced some hard days in the time since Roger left us, but he’s rose to the challenge and I think southern gospel music is a better thing because Legacy Five is a part of it.

    • I didn’t say 42 was ancient! πŸ˜€

      But Gus looks like he’s 25. Or maybe 30. Thus to be over a decade beyond that is surprising!

      • I’m going to go with 30, because I’m 25 and that is just scary. Haha!

  2. I’ve always heard that Frank was Scott and Roger’s first choice for tenor when they originally formed, but Frank couldn’t make the commute from Texas to Nashville every week. Eventually, Frank’s wife’s job moved to Alabama,which allowed Frank to make the commute and replace Tony Jarman.

    If that is the case, Scott and Roger had decided to hire Frank years before and I wouldn’t consider that “Scott’s hire”. If they had given the job to Chris Cooper, on the other hand, I would have considered that Scott’s decision.

  3. But they didn’t actually hire Frank the first time, so I don’t consider it a hire. They may have together considered him at that time, but since he didn’t come on board then, it wasn’t a hire. And since it was several years before Frank actually did come on board, I consider that a totally new set of circumstances. Afterally, they had two tenors before Frank, if I’m not mistaken–Josh and Tony.

    • Frank auditioned with Legacy Five during their first Celebration event in Nashville during Memorial Day weekend, 2004. Roger made a surprise appearance for the weekend, and on Sunday morning, he made the announcement that he and Scott had decided to hire Frank. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to be there!

  4. Daniel, Do you live in Ohio ? I noticed the post on the Talley’s Website today and you said when they were ( close ), you wanted to possibly take a short video of things involved in setting up a concert. The concert was in Shelby, Ohio. Thanks, Jeff

    • Yes – actually, if you notice the address in the contact information, Shelby is quite close. πŸ™‚

  5. Hmmm that is all interesting Brady and Brandon… πŸ™‚ Daniel I enjoyed reading your thoughts! O and there is one other thing I wanted to point out about this hire. Something that shows just how classy Legacy Five is and how classy Gus is… Priority has no dates in the month of November and Gus will be able to stay with them till the end of this month which is this coming weekend. And I believe Legacy Five waited till now to hire Gus so that would not put Priority out on a limb to have to find a fill-in, in a hurry. I am looking forward to the future of both of these groups. I will be seeing Legacy Five either next weekend (I Hope It works out) if not I will definitely see them in December and if Gus is with them (He should be in December but may not) I will be giving a full report and some video!

    • Forget all I said haha πŸ™‚ I was looking at Priority’s schedule wrong… I am sick right now so I am not all here… πŸ™‚ But my point is still true… These guys are class acts through and through… πŸ™‚

      • Don’t you sometimes wish we had an “edit” or a “delete” options for our posts on this site? πŸ™‚

      • πŸ™‚ yes πŸ™‚

      • Your edit option is to email the administrator and bribe … I mean beg … πŸ™‚

        Seriously, if someone makes a mistake they find really embarrassing for whatever reason, I’ll typically go ahead and fix it πŸ™‚

  6. OK, I have a little different question, because I guess Gus is going to be around for a while … and I will just stick my neck out here and ask what some other people probably want to know!

    Does anyone know how to pronounce “Gaches”? I have come up with several ideas!

    “gash”
    “gahsh”
    “gahshes”
    “gaysh”
    “gahsh-ay”
    “gahch-es”

    πŸ˜†

  7. it is pronounced “Gaishes” πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! I was afraid that random just wasn’t going to cut it!

      • As a followup to Nate, to be even more clear, replace the i with a y.

        It’s not g(eye)-shus.

  8. Congratulation to L5. They are truly a class act and one of the greats!

  9. Gus sure fooled me…I thought he was a lot younger too!

    I couldn’t be happier for Gus and the group. Honestly, I liked Frank, but Gus has more power. I hope he wins Horizon Individual of the year, because he certainly deserves it. He’s on track to become one of the most popular tenors in SG—and deservedly so.