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Matt Felts Steps Down From Dixie Melody Boys

August 22, 2014 By: Aaron Category: Dixie Melody Boys, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

In both a Facebook status and press release today, tenor Matt Felts announced his decision to step away from the tenor position at the “Ed O’Neal University” after four years:

In a statement today, Matt Felts, tenor for the Dixie Melody Boys, has announced that he will be leaving the group at the end of August.

“I want to thank the friends and fans of the group for the way they have embraced me. It has been a huge honor to sing with Ed O’Neal and the Dixie Melody Boys for over four years. Being a member of the Ed O’Neal University has been a blessing to not just me, but my family. Ed has taught me so much and gave me such an incredible opportunity. Saying ‘thank you’ will never be enough to repay Ed. The last four years have been a great season for the group, but I am very blessed to be a part of the current lineup. I think it’s been a special lineup for the group. Thanks to Aaron Dishman and Josh Garner for the last year, as well as Rayburn Lane for keeping me safe on the roads. Some may say I am graduating, but I’ve learned that you never truly leave the Dixie Melody Boys. It’s a family that you’re always a part of. I will be announcing future plans soon, but for now, I just wanted to thank Ed for an incredible journey.”

Matt joined the Dixie Melody Boys in 2010 and has been a mainstay for the group, having been a part of many awards, including the 2012 and 2013 Favorite Quartet, and was named the 2013 Favorite Tenor in the Southern Gospel Fan Awards.

There have been very few groups that have seen a turnaround in quality and direction like the Dixie Melody Boys have in the past few years, and that is due in large part to what Felts brought to the table. Yes, he sang the tenor part and sang it well, but his marketing background paid dividends in the quality of the group’s presence in the genre and the presentation of their music. I saw them in concert a couple of weeks ago, and that opinion was confirmed. Losing him is a huge blow, but the work that he has put in to building up the group, combined with the other singers that are present, will make the transition to a new lineup smoother. I look forward to seeing what happens next for both parties.

In tribute to Matt’s time with the group, here’s one of the songs I will always associate with him and his tenure with the group:

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7 Comments to “Matt Felts Steps Down From Dixie Melody Boys”


  1. Rhett raby says:

    Wonder if Matt,s next tenure will be the Lester’s.Kind of makes sense .Oh well!Just musing.

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    • That would be a cool move, and a shorter travel time every weekend, but he may be going somewhere closer to home to sing – if anywhere. There should be an announcement soon.

      Come to think of it, that would also be interesting in that he’d be going to a trio rather than a quartet. The groups he’s been in before have all been quartets.

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  2. Rhett raby says:

    So this leaves us with one more piece of the puzzle.Who will be going to DMB.I think if I was Ed, I would find a a local boy who is a presentable tenor and groom him for the tenor position.I really think that DMB and the Anchormen both have high turn overs because of their location.Anyone that has traveled our great state can attest to what a “far piece”it is to central and eastern North Carolina.

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  3. Rhett raby says:

    Let’s take another wild guess!Will Ricky Carden be the next DMB??

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    • Not unless he shuts down the Down East Boys! (Not likely 🙂 )

      Tony Jarman would be a candidate if he hadn’t specifically stated he’s going solo, not to mention that the DMB would probably like to have someone before October.

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  4. Rhett raby says:

    Sorry!! I let my finger outrun my brain!! I meant Tony Jarman instead of Ricky Carden!

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  5. Rhett raby says:

    Wonder if the little base player for DMB can sing tenor.He seem’s to enjoy SG so much I believe he would do it with out getting paid!!

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