I want to thank the many friends that I have made while being involved in Gospel Music as well as Worship Ministry. You have embraced me since I began singing with my brother in â€œThe New Generationâ€ in 1985. I started traveling fulltime with â€œThe Heartland Quartetâ€ in 1993. Your continued support, love and encouragement through both my tenures with â€œThe Kingsmenâ€ is deeply appreciated. In early November, I decided to follow Godâ€™s leading and give my resignation with â€œThe Kingsmen.â€
January of 2012 will mark a new chapter in my gospel music career. I will be joining one of Americaâ€™s best new groups, â€œSoulâ€™d Out Quartet.” In fact, the group was awarded â€œHorizon Group of The Yearâ€ (Favorite New Group) in the Singing News Magazine Fan Awards in 2010. Matt Rankin (lead), Dusty Barrett (tenor), Matt Fouch (bass) and Michael Howard (piano) make up â€œSoulâ€™d Out Quartet.” I will share lead vocalist duties with Matt Rankin. SOQT is a solid quartet who sings straight ahead Southern Gospel Music with a progressive sound. Iâ€™m very excited to see what God has in store for our future! Over the past several years, I have developed a friendship with members of the group. I believe the men of â€œSoulâ€™d Outâ€ are men of integrity and have a heart for ministry that mirrors my own passion. I know my friends and family will love the music and ministry of â€œSoulâ€™d Outâ€ as much as I do.
My wife, Yvonne, and I have been seeking God and wise counsel about this decision and feel that this is a door God has opened. The tour schedule for â€œSoulâ€™d Outâ€ is a better fit for me as a husband and father. This opportunity will also allow us to reach our long term goals as a family.
I joined my all time favorite group â€œThe Kingsmenâ€ in 1996 under the late Eldridge and Greg Fox. The 5 years that I spent learning from the Foxâ€™s, the late Jim Hamill and Ray Reese were some of the best years of my life. Upon returning for my second run with â€œThe Kingsmenâ€ in 2007, we have seen lives changed through our music. I want to thank Ray and Brandon Reese and â€œThe Kingsmenâ€ for allowing me to be a part of the continuing Kingsmen legacy.
I would like to ask for your continued support, encouragement and prayers for my family and both groups. I am looking forward to seeing each of you at upcoming â€œSoulâ€™d Out Quartetâ€ concerts. Please check our website for upcoming performances www.souldoutquartet.comÂ .
In His Will,