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Stuff I Missed – March 2010 Edition

March 13, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Blackwood Quartet, Ryan Seaton, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, Triumphant Quartet

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life and other projects for this blog to work on, I missed several big news items in the world of SG.

1. Ryan Seaton Launches Solo Career – Many were wondering what path Seaton would take after his departure from Ernie Haase & Signature Sound in December. On Monday, that question was answered, when he announced that he was partnering with Innovation Management & Consulting to launch his solo career. This is an interesting move; most of Ryan’s presence has come in the form of being a quartet man (Dixie Melody Boys & Signature Sound), so it is worth watching to see how his sound will evolve in the solo realm. Best of luck to Ryan in this new endeavor! You can keep up with him through Facebook and his website.

2. Triumphant Signs With Mansion Entertainment – In another unexpected change, Triumphant Quartet announced that they are leaving their longtime record label, Daywind Records, and signing with Mansion Entertainment, with promises of a new live project from The Mansion Theater. Wayne Haun will be producing. Bill Traylor has a history of making great things happen when he is involved, and as president of Mansion Entertainment, he’s made a great move by signing this quartet.

3. Dan Keeton Joins Blackwood Quartet – Earlier this month, it was announced that Ron Blackwood was coming off the road, Josh Garner and John Rulapaugh were leaving the Blackwood Quartet as well, and Mark Blackwood was bringing tenor Dale Evans and lead David Mann and merging the quartets together for a reloaded Blackwood Quartet. The changes have not stopped there, though; it was announced Friday that Dan Keeton would be replacing Dale Evans, as Evans is coming off the road to spend more time with his family. Keeton filled in with the group on recent dates, and “everything simply came together,” as he put it.

With the lineup of Dan Keeton, Mark Blackwood, David Mann, and Chris West, this quartet is a stellar vocal group. Mann has promised big things coming for the group on various blogs, so stay tuned.

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2 Comments to “Stuff I Missed – March 2010 Edition”

  1. David Mann says:

    Uh oh. Guess I better deliver on that, right?

    A new photo shoot is an obvious, but we are also having an entirely new website built as well by one of the best in our industry. Also, I have been told we are doing a television taping towards the end of this month I believe. A new CD is also in the works.

    We're working on all of this as quickly as possible.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I really liked Ryan with Signature Sound. Although he may not have been the group's very best vocalist, I do feel he was rather underrated. It's a strong, full-bodied voice that will be greatly missed. I wasn't familiar with Devin McGlamery before he replaced Ryan in the group. He has a nice voice as well, but it's just not the same without Ryan. Best of luck to Ryan on his solo career, I really hope he can make it fly. There seems to be a history of SG quartet guys whose solo careers fall flat once they leave the group. Let's hope Ryan is a happy exception!


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