Video of the Day: Tribute Quartet

Tribute Quartet’s new tenor, Riley Clark, recently surprised industry observers by picking up a top 10 Singing News Fan Awards tenor nomination in his first year on the road. What makes watching his career take off so remarkable is that every time a new video comes out, he has made a noticeable improvement. This is no exception:

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Video of the Day: Tribute Quartet

Dinana just posted a video of Tribute Quartet singing the Southern Gospel classic “Look For Me Around the Throne.” It’s the best footage I’ve seen yet of their new bass singer, Anthony Davis, and shows again why Riley Clark picked up a top 10 tenor of the year nomination in his first year on the road.

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Video: How Vocals are Tuned

Have you ever heard references to tuned vocals, and wondered what exactly the process involved?

Van Atkins, who has been a studio engineer for Crossroads Studios for something like two decades, contributes videos to Crossroads’ studio tips series. This video is the best explanation I’ve seen of tuning yet.

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Rollin’ with the Ball Brothers

Several weeks ago, the Ball Brothers launched a video blog. Since that was an incredibly busy news week, I decided to hold off the story for a few weeks to see if they would maintain it, and, if so, post then. Here is the latest episode, #20:

You can watch other episodes and subscribe here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBallBrothers

To my knowledge, this video blog is the first of its kind in our genre—regular updates from the road with care and time invested in edits, titles, sound effects, and the like. Others have posted videos—for example, Mark Lowry has posted a Saturdays with Mark & Tony (Campolo) series of video conversations, but those are intellectual discussions and not updates from the road.

It’s an intriguing idea, and executed well. Check it out!

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Video: Gold City with Brent Mitchell

When Gold City announced that they were hiring Brent Mitchell, I was immediately concerned whether his voice would be able to handle the extremely high notes that Gold City arrangements require. Well, it appears that Gold City has settled on the perfect song to spotlight his strengths, the eleven-year-old title track to their Are You Ready? project. This is easily the strongest we’ve seen Brent with Gold City yet—strong enough to bring the house down!

Check it out:

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Video: GLAD does Southern Gospel

The noted Christian band / sometime acapella group GLAD was known for a “variations on a hymn” segment of their live concerts. Perhaps their best example is their acapella variations on “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” On a lighter note, here is a far earlier version of the segment. It features “We Praise Thee, O God, Our Redeemer,” a band, and a Southern Gospel segment at 3:33:

…filed under the “lest we take ourselves too seriously” department…

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Video: Original Greater Vision

Greater Vision has posted several videos of the original Greater Vision (Chris Allman, Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell) rehearsing. While the video they taped after the practice will undoubtedly be far more polished, many of us enjoy—perhaps almost to the point of preferring—the raw spontaneity and simplicity of the live rehearsal.

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