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Troy Peach Departs The Perrys, Bryan Walker Joins

October 14, 2010 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Perrys

From the press release sent out by the group earlier today:

Daywind Recording artists, The Perrys, have announced that Bryan Walker will be joining the award-winning group effective October 22, 2010. Bryan will be singing baritone, filling the vacancy created by the departure of Troy Peach. Bryan is no stranger to Southern Gospel music as he has been a member of Safe Harbor and the Dixie Melody Boys. Most recently, he has served as a police officer for the city of Sevierville, Tennessee.

“Troy feels that his work with the Perrys is done, so we want to offer our appreciation for all of the hard work and effort that he gave to our group during the past two and a half years,” says Tracy Stuffle of the Perrys. “We love Troy and we wish him nothing but God’s blessings for all of his future plans.

“At the same time,” continues Tracy, “we’re excited about welcoming Bryan Walker to our group. He’s a great young man and a fine singer. So make sure you say hello to him at a concert soon!”

I share the same reaction that many have had: this was not a move I expected. Peach brought a solid sound and energetic stage presence to the group, and did an excellent job on their new project, Blue Skies (the review of which will be posted on this blog tomorrow.) However, Walker brings a great voice to the table as well, and he has good stage presence from what I remember of his DMB days. It will be interesting to hear how the new voice will change the dynamic of the group.

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2 Comments to “Troy Peach Departs The Perrys, Bryan Walker Joins”

  1. Sure seems like bad timing right at the release of a new album. I guess postive for the group as there is time to rerecord with new baritone. Negative for Troy as all his work in vain. He misses a chance to be on another award wining C.D. Something must have went haywire!!

    • I don’t think anything necessarily went haywire. I think it’s like the Jerry Martin move; he just felt it was time to move on.

      FWIW, the copy I have is a pre-release, so technically, the project isn’t released yet. Troy did an excellent job on it, though, and it’s a good body of work for him to go out on. Plus, having this version would be a neat collector’s item! 😉


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