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.