After the announcement of Tim Parton’s imminent departure from the group a couple of weeks ago, much speculation arose around the SG Internet circles as to who would fill the spot. An official release from the group today put all that to rest, and the new pianist was one that, at least in the discussions I was involved in, had not come up:
Legacy Five is pleased to announce that 21 year old Trey Ivey will be joining Legacy Five as their new pianist. Trey is from Cleveland, Georgia but will soon make Nashville, Tennessee his new home.
Trey played the piano for The Mike Lefevre Quartet from November 2006 until March 2010 and most recently was the pianist for The Old Paths. Scott Fowler of Legacy Five states, “I first heard Trey a couple of years ago at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. I remember thinking then that this young man was a great player and would do nothing but get better. I made a mental note to myself to keep an eye on Trey. When Tim Parton announced he would be leaving, I knew I needed to make contact with Trey. All of the Legacy Five guys are excited to have Trey a part of our team.”
Trey states, “I am so thankful that God allows me to do what I love to do. I am very excited about joining Legacy Five and look forward to seeing what the future holds. It is a real honor to follow in the footsteps of two of my heroes, Roger and Tim.
Trey will begin Traveling with Legacy Five on February 12, but will not officially assume the role of pianist until Tim’s departure on February 28.
What is interesting to note about this hire is that it is the second hire in a row of a LeFevre Quartet alumnus to the group, the first being tenor Gus Gaches. While Ivey was with the Old Paths prior to this, he came into some prominence with Mike LeFevre’s group, even appearing as their pianist on mainstage a few times. I remember being impressed with his stylings from the first time I heard him, and Scott Fowler has done well to bank on a young, up-and-coming talent like Trey Ivey.
For a preview of Ivey’s playing, here are a couple of clips, both of him accompanying a group and some of his solo work: