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Catch-up For The Week

January 08, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Blackwood Gospel Quartet, Priority, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

In my busy first week back at school, here’s two lineup changes I missed this week:

1. Brad Smith Resigns From The Blackwood Gospel Quartet This move, I admit, shocked me a little. Smith seemed like the perfect fit for that group and they had a great sound in each position. I’ll say this for him: he’s an incredible bass singer (6 octaves!) and he’s one honest guy. His reason for leaving? “Because I wanted to.” Straightforward enough?

Here’s hoping the group can find another bass with the caliber Smith possessed, and that Smith will wind up with a top-tier group somewhere. Mark Trammell is looking these days…

2. Nathaniel Justice Joins Priority As Tenor This change is less surprising, as I understand Justice has been filling in with them for quite some time. Reading his bio, his entertainment background is quite interesting. I haven’t had the privilege of hearing him yet, but I do know that Mike LeFevre and David Staton think highly of him; they talked him up quite a bit when Legacy Five was looking for a tenor. Like Keith Inman’s transition into bass in late 2009, this change will be seamless, as Justice used to fill-in for Gus Gaches when he was unable to be with the group. I am looking forward to hearing this new lineup!

Be looking for my review of the Rick Webb Family’s latest project in the next few days!

Legacy Five Names New Tenor

October 26, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Legacy Five, Priority, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

In the latest post at the Legacy Five blog:

We have a winner uhm…tenor! It’s Gus Gaches and we’re thrilled to have him aboard.

He’s the man that Frank recommended fill in for him if he should have to be out during Frank, Jr.s illness. Fortunately, Frank never had to be absent; however, when Frank decided to go back home to be with his family, Frank reminded us to call Gus. We did and the rest is soon to be history.

Stay tuned for an in depth interview(!) with Gus. He has a great history in Gospel music and will be a huge asset to Legacy Five.

Welcome aboard or in other words, “GET ON THE BUS, GUS!”

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Legacy Five has a history of picking good tenors, and Scott Fowler has made a wise selection here as well. Ever since word popped up on various blogs and message boards that Gaches had been auditioning, the general consensus seemed to be he was the man for the job, as people said the sound was fantastic. Gaches does indeed have a good history in this music, being with groups like Calvary Construction Company and the Imperials group with Joe Moscheo, Sherman Andrus, and Terry Blackwood. Most recently, he was with Priority (formerly the Mike LeFevre Quartet) and was a part of their finest project to date, Nothin’ But Good. He brings more than a solid tenor voice to the table; he is also a good songwriter and studio engineer.

As much as I hate to see that Priority lost both their bass and tenor in such a short amount of time, this is a great pick by Legacy Five, and I’m sure Priority will be just as strong when they get another tenor.

I am looking forward to both the interview with Gus and the re-cut version of Legacy Five’s latest CD, Just Stand, with the new tenor vocals.

For some samples of his singing, here are some clips of him with Priority:

When I Get Carried Away
Without Him

News Roundup

October 10, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Priority, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

1. Priority Quartet Announces New Bass Singer

The Singing News website has this press release: Keith Inman (Clayton Inman of Triumphant’s brother) has joined the group as their new bass vocalist.

Stacy Bragg, the group’s former bass, had a work schedule that had become too busy to allow him to do dates. Inman had filled in before, so he already had a good rapport with the fans, which Mike LeFevre says has been evident when he sang with them before, so this pick fits like a glove.

I’m looking forward to hearing the new lineup of the group. I wish Stacy Bragg good luck in his endeavors. He is a very underrated bass singer, and perhaps we’ll see him pop up again somewhere in an few years.

2. Petition For SG Hall Of Fame Inductee

A petition has been started to induct Sam Goodman, an original member of the Happy Goodmans, into the SG Hall Of Fame. You can join this Facebook group and sign the petition when it is put up if you are interested.

Side note: I will have the joint review between Jeremy and I on the new Tribute CD on Monday. I haven’t had much time to do the review this week, but will use this weekend to do it.

The Mike LeFevre Quartet Retires Name

June 16, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Eva Mae LeFevre, Priority, SG Artists, SG History, SG Industry News, SG Legends, SG Music, The Mike LeFevre Quartet

From the press release on SGN:


Atlanta, GA, June 16, 2009 — In a bold move, the LeFevre Quartet announced their decision to retire the family name with the recent passing of matriarch Eva Mae LeFevre. The group will be known as “Priority”.

A partnership, forged barely four years ago, established a sound and set in motion a number of unprecedented milestones. Within months of forming, fans voted them Horizon Group of the Year at the 2006 Singing News Fan Awards because of what they heard and saw in them. The following year came Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award. Next came television appearances on Dr. Charles Stanley’s popular In Touch program, a 2009 Dove Award nomination and recordings along the way that simply raised the bar for an entire genre.

This move comes in response to a request by some LeFevre family members to discontinue the name when Eva Mae was no longer able to travel. In a statement, Priority (Stacy Bragg, Gus Gaches, Mike LeFevre, and David Staton) said:

“We were able to honor a name that had such an influence on gospel music in America. On nearly every recording we’ve done, we re-recorded a classic LeFevre tune as a sort of tribute.”

Recognizing that now is the time for them to impact this generation of gospel music fans and the twenty-first century church, the group hopes to solidly establish their identity as “Priority”. The name is a reflection of who they are, what they’re about, why they do what they do, where they’re headed, and how they’ve gotten this far.

“Life is about relationships and priorities. God has blessed so much, and certainly not because we’ve done anything to deserve or earn His favor. So we want our relationships to take priority—with Him, our families, our churches, and each other.”

There are no personnel changes and no changes in musical style, just a new name. The group will still travel with a live band consisting of Jordan LeFevre and Trey Ivey. Audiences will continue to hear the trademark harmony and talented musicians.

In light of the recent passing of Eva Mae LeFevre, this is a very classy move. It honors the memory of one of Southern Gospel Music’s finest ladies, while still allowing the group to establish their own identity.

The group has already shown us they are capable of awesome things, producing one of 2008’s best projects with Nothin’ But Good. I am certainly looking forward to hearing more from Priority.