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New Chapter For Common Bond Quartet

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 3, 2019 – 5:33 pm -

New Chapter For Common Bond Quartet

New Chapter For Common Bond Quartet

It’s a new year… and so begins a new chapter for Common Bond Quartet. In recent weeks, we’ve heard of the retirement of several southern gospel groups. At the same time, after nine years of singing with Common Bond we have received the resignation of our bass singer, Bryan Stevenson. Additionally, our baritone singer, Mike Bradshaw, who is also a charter member of Common Bond, has decided to reduce his commitments with us so he can spend more time with family– funny how a brush with cancer can cause you to re-evaluate what’s important to you. The road will never be the same as it was with these charter members, and we are forever grateful for the sacrifice of time and energy they have put into creating the ministry and sound for which Common Bond is known.

Fortunately, as seasons change… the old becomes new; and we can look forward to continuing to discover what God has in store for us! With that, Common Bond is pleased to announce that we are bringing on Bink Mooney as our new bass singer. Bink comes to us from Lawton, Oklahoma where he has most recently been singing with Forgiven Quartet who retired at the end of 2018.

Bink has been singing southern gospel music for most of his life–singing in youth camps, church services, camp meetings and revivals when he was young. In the early ‘80s, he sang bass for the Monitors Quartet (Nashville, TN). Later, he sang baritone with the Joyful Aires (Winfield, WV) and bass for Eventide (Sevierville, TN), Praise Inc. Ministries (Ft. Worth, TX) and the Pacesetters Quartet (Benbrook, Texas).

Bink has also served as Associate Pastor, Pastor or Worship Leader at Church of God congregations in Teays Valley, WV; Blackwell, OK; Welch, WV and Lawton, OK. While living in Blackwell, Oklahoma, he also attended Mid America Bible College in Oklahoma City.

In 1995, Bink joined the United States Armed Forces. He served until 1999 when he was medically retired following service related injuries. Bink currently lives in Lawton, Oklahoma with his wife, Tammy, and four adult children.

While Bink has a lot of experience singing with various southern gospel groups, what is most impressive to us is his heart for ministry. Rick Melton, owner/lead for Common Bond, has been friends with Bink (he still calls him “Binky”) since they were teenagers in youth camp many years ago. Rick knows his passion for ministry and reaching the lost. We are very excited about this new season for Common Bond, and look forward to you meeting Bink Mooney.

NOTE: We are currently taking applications for the baritone position, and hope to have an announcement regarding that position in coming weeks

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Creekside 2018 opens with quartet-filled Kickoff Concert

Written by Staff on October 29, 2018 – 6:33 am -

Creekside Kickoff Concert 2018

Creekside Kickoff Concert 2018

Creekside Diaries, volume one: Sunday, October 28, 2018

By Kristen Stanton

The air is buzzing with excitement here in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Cars and buses are pulling into the Smoky Mountain Convention Center ready for a big week here at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention. 

Creekside Kickoff Concert 2018People are greeting each other with hugs or shouts from across the parking lot and it’s clear that “We Are Family” is more than just a slogan – it’s a feeling.  

Creekside Kickoff Concert 2018Now in its seventh year, this event has taken on an identity different from anything else in the industry.    

Packed full of singing and special events, this year kicked off with a bang with Quartet Night. The Pine Ridge Boys, The Chordsmen, and Common Bond Quartet sang to a standing room only audience that left the crowd excited for the Monday night concert. The capacity crowd filed in when the doors opened at 6:30 p.m. and stayed until the last note was sung.

Arthur Rice to be honored by Dr. Jerry Goff at Creekside 2018The spark is in the air – and if you’re here, you can feel it. The pastor at church this morning reminded us that God’s presence changes everything. The three quartets that sang tonight certainly ushered in the presence of God.

Is revival starting?  Maybe. I can’t wait to find out!

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Fast Five Questions with Common Bond Quartet

Written by scoopsnews on January 26, 2018 – 3:02 pm -


Common Bond Quartet was started in 2009 when Rick Melton (owner/lead) and Kevin Willis (the group’s original tenor) were singing in a quartet in their local church in Mt. Sterling, KY.  Early in 2009 they lost a couple of their members due to job and family obligations.  Rick contacted a long-time friend of his, Bryan Stevenson (bass) who had also been singing in a group in his home church in a nearby town (Winchester, KY) and that group, coincidentally, had also recently lost members .  Rick and Bryan discussed merging the remnants of the two groups: including Rick, Kevin, Bryan and Mike Bradshaw (baritone,) and that was the beginning of Common Bond.  

The original plan for the Common Bond was that it would be a regional group singing mainly in each of their home churches, and occasionally in and around Lexington, KY.  But in that very first meeting, the group began praying for God to direct the ministry, and open doors for them to walk through. Little could they have imagined at that time that before long God would open doors in what now is a ministry that has spanned from Canada to Florida and from Missouri to Virginia…and in most of the states in between!



So, there are two incidents that immediately come to mind when thinking back on our times together:

ONE: We were singing at a church in Tennessee one Sunday evening.  Just the previous week, in our area (Lexington, KY) there had been two girls, three days apart, who had committed suicide. Rick was setting up a song that was written by one of the guys in the group.  The song: ‘A Blessing’s On The Way’ talks about not giving up, even when you get discouraged, because often a blessing is just around the corner. Rick spoke about the hopelessness that is abundant in our society and how we, as Christians, can have hope in Christ. At the conclusion of the song, a lady got up and shared that she was not even going to come to the service that evening, but for some reason she felt led to come. She said that she felt like she was feeling the same as those two girls before coming to the service; but, that after hearing the song, and hearing what Rick had shared, she realized that she does have a hope and that a blessing may be just around the corner for her, too.  She testified that she felt she was on a new path, and that her life had been changed!

TWO: Another time Rick was making a point about how we need to forgive. He made the statement that oftentimes it is more difficult to forgive someone in your own family, or someone that you are close to than it is to forgive someone that you don’t know. He went on to say that in order for us to be Christ Like, we need to forgive everybody—even those who are hard to forgive.

At the end of the service, two families in the church ‘crossed the aisle’ and asked for forgiveness from each other. The pastor later told Rick that the church had been on the verge of a split because of the bitterness in these two families, and he believed that what we witnessed that night very well may have prevented a church split.



In 2018, we look forward:

…to being given more opportunities to share with people about the hope, love, forgiveness and joy that can be found in Christ.

…to being better stewards of the time and abilities that we have been given.

…to seeking wisdom in the repertoire that we select so that it speaks truth to the hearts and minds of those who hear it.



Rick Melton is the owner and lead singer for the group. Rick has been singing since his sister convinced him to sing in her wedding over 40 years ago. Since college, he has sung in several different trios and quartets. While Rick has a smooth solo voice, what really sets him apart is the ease with which he communicates with an audience.  No two concerts with CBQ are ever the same because of Rick’s ability to sense the Spirit’s leading as to the direction the service should take.  Rick often uses stories and humor to challenge the listener to think about things differently, rise to a challenge, or make a life-changing decision.

Bryan Stevenson is a ‘Preacher’s Kid’ and has been in church and singing for the Lord most of his life. As bass for the group, with nearly perfect pitch, Bryan’s smooth and full voice forms a solid foundation for the groups signature sound. As a soloist, Bryan’s deep and rich delivery provides an unforgettable and clear message, every time.

Mike Bradshaw is everything you want in a Baritone. He solidly balances the chords between the melody and the bass lines—not always an easy job! In true baritone fashion, he’ll not always be ‘out there’, but if he weren’t there, you’d certainly miss him! As a soloist, Mike delivers a passionate lyric that is always a joy to listen to.

Lee McCarren is the newest member of the group, joining us in January 2018. We’re excited about having Lee join the group as not only tenor; but he also has many years’ experience as a drummer. We’re looking forward to working with him, and getting out on the road with him.

Karen Tate Melton is the alto, back-up tenor, pianist, publicist and booking agent for the group.  In other words, if it needs to be done, and there is no one else to do it…she takes care of it!



Common Bond is currently booking for 2018 and 2019. Our schedule is available on our website:  www.commonbondquartet/schedule.  Additionally, through the website, you may complete the Booking Request Form to request us on a certain date.  And, of course, you are always welcome to contact us by e-mail at cbq@commonbondquartet.com or by calling Karen at 541-974-5002.

Common Bond Quartet currently has 5 CDs available for purchase on our website.  Several projects are also available on Amazon and other music sites. Two more projects (1) a compilation of classic southern gospel favorites and (2) a collection of hymns are scheduled for release in 2018.


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Common Bond Quartet Signs With Chapel Valley Music

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 30, 2016 – 10:49 pm -

Common Bond Quartet Signs With Chapel Valley Music

Common Bond Quartet Signs With Chapel Valley Music

Sharps Chapel, TN  – Chapel Valley continues to grow by adding one of today’s top new traditional quartets, Common Bond, to their family of artists. Common Bond, who calls the state of Kentucky home, consists of Rick Melton, Mike Bradshaw, Bryan Stevenson and Kevin Willis. Each of the members have a unique style, however when you put them all together they have a blend that is loved by all that hear them.

Although the group has only been together for a few short years, radio has embraced their music. They consistently hit the Singing News, SGN Scoops and Christian Voice Magazine charts. With their climbing popularity, Common Bond has been booked recently on many of today’s top stages.

“As soon as we heard them, we knew that this quartet could be one of the best new quartets in Southern Gospel Music”, states Chapel Valley Music co-owner Shane Roark. Richard Hyssong, Chapel Valley Marketing and Artist Director also adds, “Common Bond will be a group that you will hear a lot about over the next few years.

They have a recording coming out later this year and a new single going out to radio very soon. I know that the fans and also the southern gospel industry will embrace this group”.

Owner of Common Bond, Rick Melton, is also thrilled about joining Chapel Valley. “We have been hearing and watching this record company for many years. They are dedicated to helping their artists and we have seen the results with the groups that they work with.”

The picture includes the members of Common Bond Quartet along with Richard Hyssong. For more information or booking inquiries go to www.commonbondqt.com. To find out more

information about Chapel Valley go to www.chapelvalleymusic.com

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Common Bond Quartet To Be Featured On Gospel Greats

Written by SGN Scoops on April 10, 2013 – 11:29 am -

common bondRiding high on the success of their recent Top 10 nomination for New Traditional Quartet by The Singing News Magazine, talented vocal group, Common Bond Quartet will be featured as the Spotlight Artist on The Gospel Greats radio program during the week of April 20. The program, hosted by multi-award winning radio personality, Paul Heil, will feature songs from the Quartet’s God Made A Way recording. The Gospel Greats is heard on over 200 radio stations across America, Canada, on Sirius/XM Satellite, in Europe, the Far East and on the internet worldwide each week through affiliates and on-demand.

Common Bond Quartet released their latest recording last September. Recorded at Gaither Studios and produced by multi-talented singer/songwriter Jason Clark of The Nelons, the recording has already spawn two popular radio releases. Shout, Brother, Shout, the debut single, reached the Top 80 in both The Singing News and Christian Voice radio airplay charts. Additionally, the second single from the recording, I Do, I Do, I Love My Jesus, which was released to radio in February, is already receiving airplay at stations nationwide. The entire recording is filled with rich, four-part harmony, showcasing the group’s unique style and versatility.
Common Bond Quartet is in the midst of busy Spring touring schedule, with a select number of events honoring Gospel Music legend, Jim Hill. Additional events honoring Hill, the writer of many classics, including What A Day That Will Be, are scheduled for later this Spring and Summer, as well as in the Fall.
A complete schedule of Common Bond Quartet tour dates is available online at www.commonbondquartet.com. To obtain a complete list of stations airing The Gospel Greats, visit www.gospelgreats.com.

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Greater Vision on Gospel Music Today

Written by SGN Scoops on October 29, 2012 – 6:24 am -

The members of Greater Vision are the guests on the current edition of Gospel Music Today. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is Common Bond Quartet, and Jean reviews a new CD by Rhonda Frye. The show has singing by The Skyline Boys and Tammy Jones Robinette, and exclusive concert footage of Forgiven Trio, captured by Gospel Music Today’s cameras at The Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK. The show is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, www.gospelmusictoday.com.

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