Song Garden Music Group, the Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet, and Mennonites in Southern Gospel
Reading the Singing News concert calendar reveals that Mennonites occasionally host Southern Gospel concerts, especially in Pennsylvania and occasionally in other states.
One group that has had a particularly noticeable number of dates at Mennonite-sponsored events is the Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet. This isn’t the only connection that the Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet had in Mennonite circles. The group’s founding member, tenor Robbie Hiner, partnered with Nick Bruno, Mennonite pastor and evangelist Dale Keffer, and Dale’s brother Lynn and sister Marilyn to found Song Garden Music Group. (Incidentally, this information is on Song Garden’s home page.)
But I’m wondering if the original Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet had yet another Mennonite connection. The cut of his suit on the OTGHQ debut album cover makes me wonder if Christian Davis is or was a Mennonite. (EDIT, 8/3/11: Broken link removed.)