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Christian Davis Joins Dailey & Vincent

January 22, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Christian Davis, Dailey and Vincent, SG And Other Genres, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

Dailey & Vincent are proud to welcome the multi-talented Christian Davis on bass vocals and guitar. Davis will perform his first shows with the band this weekend: January 22 at the Shepherdsville Music Palace in Shepherdsville, KY; January 23 at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, VA; and January 24 at Appomattox High School in Appomattox, VA.

“Christian has such an incredibly warm and resonant voice,” says Darrin Vincent. “We’re thrilled that he’s decided to join us and excited about what he’ll add to our sound.”

Christian began to sing at age three, and throughout his childhood he learned to play various instruments. He began singing professionally in 1998 while attending Liberty University, as bass vocalist with The Sounds of Liberty, traveling to many churches and venues around the country. Later that year Dr. Jerry Falwell, with Christian’s persuasion, formed the Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet, which Christian began as the original bass singer. He has since sung with other quartets such as the Old Friends Quartet (while George Younce was ill), Christian Brothers Quartet and Mercy’s Mark. In addition to his music career, Christian served as the Assistant Director of Recruiting for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 2006. Christian and his wife, Sophia, are the proud parents of Shelby, Richard and Anneliese.

Rounding out Dailey & Vincent’s lineup are Jeff Parker on mandolin and vocals; Joe Dean, Jr. on banjo, guitar and vocals; and Jesse Stockman on fiddle.

For more information visit http://www.daileyvincent.com.

I never expected to see Christian Davis singing with a bluegrass group, so this is quite an interesting move! Davis will bring the group a unique dynamic; not many bluegrass groups have a bass that’s quite as deep or powerful as his voice is. Come to think of it, I can’t think of any bluegrass groups with a bass singer like that! bravesfan513 over at the SouthernGospelForums puts it best:

Christian will be playing “second guitar”, which I interpret to mean he’s just playing rhythm. Nothing wrong with that, it’s just interesting to see D&V hire someone really exclusively for bass vocals. They do a lot of gospel, as well as Statler Brothers stuff, so having a strong bass part is logical. Bluegrass doesn’t have a strong history with bass vocals…they’ve always been kind of secondary in the genre. In fact, Christian Davis might be the best bass singer in the history of bluegrass music.

If you don’t usually listen to bluegrass, this may be the group to listen to. They had a good sound before, but with these additions, they’ll be great.

Pray For Steven Curtis Chapman

May 22, 2008 By: Aaron Category: Prayer Requests, SG And Other Genres

I was informed that Steven Curtis Chapman’s five-year old daughter was killed yesterday after being hit by a truck that Chapman’s 15-year old son was driving. It was accidental, and she was rushed to Vanderbilt hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

A situation like this hits very close to home, since I got my Learner’s Permit only yesterday. Please keep the family in your prayers…

Patrick Henry Hughes To Appear At NQC 2008

May 16, 2008 By: Aaron Category: NQC, SG And Other Genres, SG Industry News

From an SN Press Release:

Louisville, KY – The National Quartet Convention has announced the special guest appearance of Patrick Henry Hughes to the 2008 National Quartet Convention. The event is set to take place during the week of September 8 through 13 at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center in Louisville, KY.

According to NQC Vice President, Clarke Beasley, Hughes will make a special appearance on Thursday, September 11. “We are thrilled to have this extremely gifted young man as a part of the 2008 NQC. His life and the devotion of his family have literally inspired our entire nation, and we believe his performance and testimony at NQC will be talked about for years to come.”

Hughes is a remarkable young man who was born without eyes and without the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, making him unable to walk. Additionally, steel rods were surgically attached to Hughes’ spine to correct scoliosis. Despite unfathomable circumstances, Hughes overcame many physical adversities and has excelled as a musician and student. Hughes first began playing piano at just nine months of age, and currently participates in the University of Louisville School of Music Marching and Pep Bands. A virtuoso pianist, vocalist and trumpet player, Hughes has competed in numerous musical competitions and has been featured on ESPN, ABC-TV’s Extreme Make Over Home Edition, People Magazine and Sports Illustrated, just to name a few.

To obtain complete information regarding the National Quartet Convention and to purchase tickets for the all NQC events, call 1-800-846-8499 or visit http://www.natqc.com

This guy has a pretty amazing story. Check it out. I’m looking forward to seeing him at Convention, and it should prove to be a blessed night.

Josh Cobb Releases Christmas Project

December 27, 2007 By: Aaron Category: CD Reviews, Josh Cobb, SG And Other Genres

I realize it’s kinda late for Christmas music, but if you’re like me, you’ll listen to Christmas music all year round!

Found this on Myspace and thought I’d share it with you all, because it’s a doggone good project. The former L5-tenor-gone-rock-artist looks to have calmed down alot from his fresh-out-of-SG days, what with his appearance and badmouthing of his former employers. He has six songs from the project available for download from the page.

Cobb does the old Christmas standards with piano as the only accompaniment (say,that piano player had some good licks, almost like an SG player… Hm…). He showcases the lower end of his range on every song, which I liked hearing. A couple flats here and there, but nothing that made me want to punch a hole through my computer screen.

As an independently produced and recorded project, Cobb shows that he is a very capable artist. I only hope that he will patch up with SG (or maybe he already has, going back to that piano player), and return, either as a soloist or with a quartet.

You can hear it here.