BLADENBORO, N.C. â€“ (October 15, 2010) â€“ Multi-award winning quartet the Dove Brothers regretfully announce the departure of long-time tenor vocalist Jerry Martin.
McCray Dove said, â€œJerry has been a big part of our group for the last eight and a half years. This decision was mutual between us. We have no hard feelings for Jerry and wish him the best in the future. Sometimes one knows when their time is up with a group, and Jerry felt that it was time for him to transition to a new area. What that is exactly we donâ€™t know â€“ but we love Jerry and support him in whatever way he chooses to go.â€ Dove continued, â€œWe want to squelch any rumors that Jerry left because of creative differences.Â There really isnâ€™t any more to the story. We both just felt it was time, and we are still great friends!â€
During his tenure with the Dove Brothers, Jerry was the voice behind the #1 Song of 2007 and SGN Music Award Song of the Year winner â€œI Can Pray.â€ Jerry has earned multiple Favorite Tenor nominations in the Singing News Fan Awards and a Male Vocalist of the Year nod in the SGN Music Awards during his time with the group.
Until a permanent replacement can be named, the Dove Brothers have enlisted the help of Phil Barker (formerly of the Singing Americans) to fill in. The group is currently auditioning vocalists for the position, and a replacement will be named in the coming weeks.
The Dove Brothers released their critically acclaimed album Unshakeable earlier this year. The first single from that release â€“ â€œIf I Knew Thenâ€ â€“ just hit #1 on the AbsolutelyGospel.com (formerly SoGospelNews.com) Top 40 Weekly Chart this week. The song is also quickly climbing the Singing News Top 80 chart â€“ coming in at #42 on the upcoming November chart in only its second month of charting.
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About the Dove Brothers
Voted Favorite Male Quartet of The Year by the Southern Gospel Music Association and the Singing News Fan Awards, the Dove Brothersâ€™ high energy presentation and progressive arrangements reflect a tangible link to the good old days of gospel music.Â Their peers regard them as a class act representing the industry with dignity and respect.Â Their latest recording for Sonlite Records is entitled Unshakeable and spawned off the #1 hit â€œIf I Knew Then.â€