Part-time Groups in Southern Gospel

While I suspect this is more common than some fans think, it’s not often that a professional Southern Gospel group comes out and says that they have other jobs or business interests on the side. Thus I found this SoGospelNews interview interesting, because of this comment from Garry Jones: [EDIT, 2/22/13: Broken link removed.]

SoGospelNews: If tomorrow, Mercy’s Mark had sang your last song, what would each of you be doing to keep food on the table?

Jones: Good question. We all have other business interest and don’t totally rely on MM for our living. I suppose everyone would continue working within those interests.

The number of groups that actually earn what an average fan would call a decent living from their music is far lower than most fans would guess. This makes it all the more important to support groups by purchasing their product and avoiding the temptation of music piracy.

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  1. Daniel I know of no SG group anywhere this day and time that makes 100% of their income from working concert dates. Most have other ways of supplementing their income. I know of folks like me that work in the studio. I know of one that serves summons from the court, another that sells real estate, another that has music publishing, etc.

  2. Nothing wrong with having other business interests while singing southern gospel music.
    It makes good busines sense and being good stewards of the gifts that God has given you.
    You might want to go one step further in having other business interests.
    Owners of groups, solo artists and evangelists who reeived their income from their services could be classified as only being responsible to God for their outside business income.
    Any person hired to sing or preach and received their main income from the person or organization is not only responsible to God but should be subject to some type of agreement regarding outside business interests.
    A couple of examples would be artists, music directors and pastors.
    Many of the well known groups depends on some full-time pastors and music directors to fill in for a member of the group during an emerency.
    These music directors and pastors have agreements all ready in place to cover these situations.
    Those decisions are made by the local pastors or music directors is based on their ability to be in their churhes on Sunday morning or arrangements are made as early as possible.
    The sweetest outside business interest I have ever tasted was Claude Hopper selling his candy from Canada. I ate the whole box before the first song was over.

  3. I am on the road every weekend, traveling all around the region with Acclaim. I work full-time Monday-Friday as well. A “full-time” group is getting harder and harder to come by, often because of the financial state in SG music. Many artists will backup their income somehow, either by doing studio work, writing, or other music-related activities. Others will run their own small businesses, making it easy for them to take days off without having to answer to a boss.

  4. I have recently wanted to get back into singing SG and went to the SN site, now that they charge there are only a few postings. Where is the outlet for partimers to find postings? HELP…HELP…HELP…HELP…

    “it’s good to be saved”


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