Itâ€™s hard to tell which happens more frequently; changes in the weather or in the lineup of your favorite Southern Gospel group. Since this is not a weather forecast, it must be a personnel change notification.
The baritone position with Clearvision Quartet came open the first weekend in March. Since that time, the all-male quartet from Oxford, AL has been praying, seeking and waiting to name a replacement for the baritone position. Today is the day for that announcement. CVQ is delighted to announce that Jacob Dover has been selected to fill the vacant baritone spot. Jacob is the 15 year old son of lead vocalist, and group manager, Steve Dover. In a release from CVQ, Dad/boss had this to say about the announcement, â€œItâ€™s a proud daddy moment for sure. He had been traveling with us some to help with loading the equipment when the vacancy occurred. He expressed an interest in filling the opening and was given an opportunity to audition. We liked what we heard and saw the potential.
He has filled-in for the last few weeks on stage and is doing great. The guys and I talked about it, and we prayed about it, and we all felt it was the right decision.â€ The release adds, â€œThe [baritone] position is not the easiest part to learn in quartet arrangements. It gets very challenging at times. Jacob has shown the ability to not only hear the part but to learn it as well. He does not have a lot of stage experience yet but he has a desire to learn, sing and share this music that we all love â€“ and that was what we were looking for in a replacement.â€
Over the last year, the high school freshman has developed a desire to be involved in music. He sings at his home church (Macedonia Baptist Church in Delta, AL) and is a member of the school robed choir (Oxford High School). He has even expressed the desire to learn to play a musical instrument in the near future. This new addition also makes the overall group roster quite unique. CVQ now features a father/son and father/step-son lineup.
Tenor vocalist Tony Sheppard stated, â€œI love the fact that he is a young man wanting to do our kind of music…â€ Bass vocalist and group owner Jay Peoples chimed in, â€œI think heâ€™s doing a great job.â€ Steve further said, â€œJake knows itâ€™s not going to be easy. With our schedule he has had to hit the ground running.
We are honored that he would want to dedicate the time and effort to be part of this ministry. I hope everyone will come out and cheer him on. We need more young people in this industry and the ones we have on the road now need to be encouraged. They could be doing a lot of other things at their age.â€
Clearvision Quartet is an all-male Southern Gospel Quartet based in Oxford, AL. You can find out more
about them by going to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ClearvisionQuartet or at
www.gospelgigs.com/ClearvisionQuartet. For booking information call 256-342-5640.