Southern Gospel Quintets
The new Gaither Vocal Band may be the best-known quintet (as a quintet) in Southern Gospel in recent years, but it’s not the only one—and by some standards, not even necessarily the best. (Though with the level of talent they have, they’ll have to be somewhere near the top of a best quintets list.)
The final lineups of the Cathedral Quartet did a fair number of songs as a quintet, with Roger Bennett or Gerald Wolfe joining in on a fifth part. The final lineup particularly shone when Bennett added a fifth part on convention songs like “Hard Trials,” while the Wolfe lineup’s quintet arrangement of “Champion of Love” is one of the best remembered songs the Cathedrals ever recorded.
Along those same lines, in the one chance I had to see Legacy Five live with Roger Bennett (in 2005), the highlights of the concert were moments when Roger joined the group vocally, most memorably on “Joy.”
The Statesmen also sang some numbers as a quintet, whenever Hovie Lister would take the lead.
Though not strictly Southern Gospel, the Fairfield Four quintet has appeared on the Gaither Homecoming Series, notably here.
What are some other examples of prominent Southern Gospel quintets? And if you had to make an all-time top 5 list, who would make the list?