Arden, North CarolinaÂ â€” Formed in 1964, The InspirationsÂ are one of Gospel musicâ€™s longest-standing quartets. The groupâ€™s distinct sound is instantly recognizable and has changed little across 57 years of recordings â€”Â no matter who was singing.
When live performances started to return last summer after the pandemic hit, Archie Watkins, Eddie Deitz and Marlin Shubert â€” being at a more susceptible age for the virus â€” decided it would be prudent for them to stay home and not tour around the country where they might be exposed. The newest generation of members, Roland Kesterson, lead vocal; Isaac Moore, tenor vocal; Wyatt Austin, bass vocal; and Luke Vaught, baritone vocal and keyboard, hit the road, continuing to share The Inspirationsâ€™ music. What A Wonderful Time LIVE â€” The Inspirations’ 20th album with Horizon Records and 73rd album since 1964 â€” captures the energy Kesterson, Moore, Austin and Vaught brought to stages during this time, while keeping the groupâ€™s traditional sound. The album is now available for pre-order, add and save ahead of its April 2 release.
Recorded at the 2020 National Quartet Conventionâ€™s Fall Festival in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, this album takes listeners on a 25-minute musical journey through The Inspirationsâ€™ storied career. What A Wonderful Time LIVE starts with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggsâ€™ classic â€œReunion In Heaven,â€ then transitions to one of the groupâ€™s most recognized and requested songs,Â â€œJesus Is Coming Soon,â€ originally recorded in 1968.
The trip through the groupâ€™s catalog continues with fan favorites such as â€œLiving on Higher Ground,â€ “He Made A Way,â€ and â€œShoutinâ€™ Time In Heaven,” along with The Inspirationsâ€™ current radio single, â€œHome is Sounding Sweeter,â€ which Kesterson wrote. The collection ends with â€œWhen I Wake Up To Sleep No More.â€
â€œTo say 2020 was an unusual year is probably an understatement,â€ say The Inspirations. â€œBut the young guys, Roland, Luke, Wyatt and Isaac, were eager to get out and sing at venues asking for The Inspirations. The guys did such a wonderful job representing our Lord and The Inspirations heritage we felt the need to capture it on a recording. Thank you to all the supporters that have prayed and encouraged us through this unusual year. We look forward to getting ALL of the guys back out on the road singing and sharing the good news!â€
Pre-order, add or save What A Wonderful Time LIVE HERE.