Legacy Five hires Matt Fouch

Matt FouchLegacy Five announced early this afternoon that their new bass singer will be Matt Fouch. Fouch, who comes to Legacy Five after an eight-year stint with Soul’d Out Quartet, will start with Legacy Five on September 1.

Fouch comments:

For the past eight years I have had the great opportunity to travel and sing with the guys of Soul’d Out Quartet (SOQT). These men are high character individuals and it has been a pleasure to sing along side them. God has blessed SOQT and I am very thankful for the many friends I have made and the opportunities God has given through the ministry of SOQT.

With that said, after much prayer, thought and consultation with my wife, I have decided to resign my position with SOQT and join the Legacy Five team.

It is an honor and a privilege to join L5. These men have a wonderful calling on their lives and do a fantastic job. They are men of integrity and I couldn’t be happier to join their ranks. I’m excited to see where God leads and what He does in this new season of my life.

My family and I are thankful for your prayers and support, and I ask that you keep SOQT and L5 in your prayers as He leads both groups in the calling He has placed on their lives. God bless!

Scott Fowler adds:

Seasons of life change for us all. Change is never easy but it is inevitable. The older I get, the less I like change, but with change comes the excitement of seeing what new and refreshing doors God opens for us. We are really looking forward to Matt’s contribution to Legacy Five, both on and off the stage. To Matt, Dusty, Michael and Bryan of Soul’d Out, I want to say how much I have appreciated how gracious and kind they have been to Legacy Five and Matt during this time of transition. I cannot remember when two groups have had this type of cooperation in a situation like this. They are truly good men and I have great respect for them.

And in a surprising but classy move, Legacy Five’s announcement even included a comment from Matt Rankin, manager of the group Fouch is leaving:

Soul’d Out Quartet wishes to thank Matt Fouch for 8 years of service to the Lord and the group. We have been a part of seeing many come to Christ in those years. We have been a part of watching God’s hand at work and have watched him supply the group’s needs time and time again. We hate to see Matt leave Soul’d Out but we trust that God is leading this decision. We will be in prayer for a replacement and will continue our prayers and support for Matt Fouch, his family, and Legacy 5. Though change is many times difficult, the big picture is that we all are trying to serve the King. With that said, thank you Matt for making Soul’d Out a better group while you were here. We love you. God bless.

Soul’d Out was a trio when Fouch joined, so he is actually the only bass singer they have ever had. 

For a preview of the humor Fouch will bring to the group, check out the series of On the Couch with Fouch videos he has posted on his YouTube channel.

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Saturday News Roundup #134

Worth Knowing

  • Following the Melody Boys Quartet’s retirement at the end of the year, two to-be alumni, lead singer Jason Tapley and baritone singer Chris Walton, will be launching Next Chapter Quartet. [EDIT, 2/21/13. Broken link removed.] They will release two recordings in or around next January, a mainline project titled God’s Not Finished and a project called Tribute to Gerald Williams and the Melody Boys.
  • Pianist Mike Hammontree has returned to the Blackwood Brothers, after recovery from a quadruple-bypass heart surgery.

Worth Reading

Worth Watching

  • The Dills have a video taken underneath their bus, amidst an air valve repair.
  • Aaron Swain has videos of the new Blackwood Brothers lineup live in concert.
  • The Mark Trammell Quartet had a homecoming celebrating their 10th Anniversary on the road last weekend. Here’s a video of Mark, tenor Eric Phillips, and Eric’s daughter Carli; Carli is singing “I Love to Tell the Story.”
  • SGConcerts’ Diana Brantley posted a concert review with videos of a recent concert featuring the Old Paths, Gold City, and a new group called Resurrection. [EDIT, 3/16/13: Broken link removed.] Resurrection is a trio consisting of Inspirations alumni Matt Dibler, Melton Campbell, and Mike Clark. (Clark filled in for Archie Watkins.) Here’s one of the Resurrection videos:
 
Also, here’s a video of the Old Paths delivering the classic Kingsmen arrangement of “Love Lifted Me”: (Don’t miss the big ending!) 
 

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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Dan and Ginger Pitchers leave The Lesters; Lesters to become male trio

The Lesters announced this afternoon that Dan and Ginger Pitchers will be leaving the group. The husband-wife team will be coming off the road because Dan has accepted the senior pastorate of First Baptist Church in Annapolis, Missouri. Ginger, who sang alto, will stay on board until the Lesters can find a replacement.

Brian Lester, a third-generation Lesters member, and his son Jonathan, a fourth-generation Lester, plan to carry on the group as a male trio. This will be the first time in the Lesters’ history that they are not a mixed group. They are presently seeking a third male vocalist, commenting: “This is a huge decision for the family, but one that must be made for the betterment of this music ministry.”

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Doyle Lawson to be inducted into Bluegrass Hall of Fame

Last night, during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s press conference announcing the top 5 nominees in their 2012 awards, they also announced their 2012 inductees into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. One of this year’s two inductees was Doyle Lawson.

Lawson, of course, is primarily known for his work in the field of bluegrass; he played with Jimmy Martin, J.D. Crowe, and the Country Gentlemen before forming Doyle Lawson & Foxfire in 1979. (He soon renamed the group to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver). But, over the last decade in particular, he has had significant crossover success in Southern Gospel. He has regularly appeared at Southern Gospel’s largest annual event, the National Quartet Convention and at other Southern Gospel venues, and had significant charting success on the Singing News radio airplay charts (including the September 2008 #1 hit “Help Is On The Way.”)

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Booth Brothers to appear as quartet at Memphis Quartet Show

The Memphis Quartet Show announced that their debut 2013 show will include the Booth Brothers performing a “one-time-only full concert as a quartet,” with guest bass vocalist Gene McDonald.

Michael Booth commented: “For those of you who have wondered what we’d sound like as a quartet, we’re about to find out at the same time! This is gonna be fun!”

The showcase will be on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Tickets are available at www.quartetshow.com.

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Paul Harkey joins LeFevre Quartet

The LeFevre Quartet announced on the bios page of their website (hat tip, Aaron) that their new bass singer is Paul Harkey:

Paul Harkey grew up in Petersburg, TX. He later went to high school and college in Plainview, TX. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Church Music from Wayland Baptist University in December of 2003. Paul started his full singing career in 2007 with Crystal River and later joined the Anchormen until his call to The LeFevre Quartet. His early influences were Tim Riley, George Younce, and J. D. Sumner. Paul enjoys hunting, fishing, and riding his dirt bike in his free time. He, his wife Jennifer, and his daughter Cameron reside in Randleman, NC.

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Saturday News Roundup #133

Worth Knowing

  • Beyond the Ashes officially announced their new lead singer, Dustin Doyle, on Monday. Doyle is a graduate of Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee—the college where Matthew Holt is a current staff member and where Dustin Sweatman is heading this fall.
  • Palmetto State Quartet has signed with Song Garden Music Group. They have started work on a new project which will release this fall.
  • Mike Speck has accepted a staff position at First Baptist Church, Indian Trail, North Carolina. This is the church which hosted Tony Greene’s memorial service. (Hat tip to Greg Cook via Carl Holmander.)
  • According to this photo caption, Signature Sound taped a video in India last night.
  • Guitarist Jacob Danielly has left the Dove Brothers Band. He has been replaced by Bub White. 

Worth Watching

Here’s a recent video of Barry Rowland and Deliverance singing the song, “But He Did,” that won them such high praise here. (It seems my prediction, “If this song doesn’t get audiences shouting ‘Glory,’ nothing will!” was accurate!)

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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Stephen Hill Passes Away; Funeral Arrangements Announced

ORIGINAL POST, SUNDAY, 10:04 P.M.: Several Southern Gospel performers, including Jeff & Sheri Easter, Karen Peck Gooch, and Shawn Degenhart (who performed with Hill in the Heritage Harmony Quartet), are reporting that soloist Stephen Hill passed away suddenly today after a heart attack. He was in Lumberton, North Carolina for a concert at Antioch Baptist Church (Wesley Pritchard’s home church) (UPDATE: Early reports that it was Pritchard’s home church appear to be incorrect.)

Hill was best known for his Gaither Homecoming appearances as a soloist. He was also on the Heritage Harmony Quartet’s debut recording, which we gave a five-star rating here.

UPDATE, 7 AM 8/6/12: The Gaither organization has officially confirmed Stephen Hill’s passing. He suffered a massive heart attack during soundcheck for yesterday evening’s concert. They added:

Stephen was a “gentle giant” with a kind, soft-spoken nature and a tenor voice as versatile as it was beautiful. He had a sincere heart for people and for sharing the hope of Christ with audiences throughout his career. He was dearly loved by his friends, family and the music community. 

Stephen is survived by his wife, Kathy, and their three children, Melody, Miriam, and Caleb.

UPDATE, 8:58 AM, 8/7/12: Funeral plans, via Woody Wright on Facebook:

I hope everyone will make plans to be with us on Monday August 13 at Grace Church of the Nazarene near Opryland in Nashville at 1 PM. Kathy, Melody, Miriam and Caleb appreciate your prayers as they deal with the shock and grief of this sudden, unexpected tragedy. They have asked for a great celebration of Stephen’s extraordinary life.

UPDATE, 9:25 PM, 8/7/12: Updated time for service: The funeral will be at 3:00 pm Monday, August 13; visitation will be (before) 1:00-3:00pm.

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Saturday News Roundup #132

Worth Knowing

  • Via this concert promotional poster, it appears that Beyond the Ashes’ new lead singer is Dustin Doyle.
  • Ivan Parker recently recorded vocals for a hymns project. He conducted a contest with fans of his Facebook page to name the project; the winning name was Timeless Treasures.

Worth Reading

  • John S. offers his take on the “What does Southern Gospel need to survive?” question we discussed here last week.

Worth Watching

SGConcerts’ Diana Brantley recently caught Union Street in concert. Here is a highlight:

She also posted a concert review, [EDIT, 3/16/13: Broken link removed] and videos of three other songs—After a While, Boundless Love, and The Love of God.

Worth Discussing

It’s open thread Saturday—you decide!

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