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Joshua Ball Leaves The Ball Brothers

April 24, 2012 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Ball Brothers

Change has hit the lineup of Ball Brothers once again with the departure of bass vocalist Joshua Ball. In true “Ball Brothers” fashion, the press release for the change was both heartfelt and humorous:

Chickamauga, GA – THE SKY IS FALLING! The previous line was intended to make the following statement less shocking. After 6 years with the Ball Brothers, Joshua Ball has retired . . . at age 26. Josh states, “I was going to resign, then it dawned on me that retirement made more sense. The guys will have to pay me until Social Security kicks in. All joking aside, I am leaving the Ball Brothers. I will miss all the friends I have made and I will miss singing and being with the guys, but I am definitely looking forward to spending more time at home. I’ll still be the Ball Brothers ‘#1 fan’ but it won’t be as weird now that I’m no longer in the group.”

Daniel Ball said, “Most press releases are boring and void of useful information. I read them . . . then wonder what the ‘real’ story was? In order to avoid unfounded speculation, I will seed speculation with misinformation. We fired Josh because he is our family’s version of “Joseph”. Andrew and I were jealous that he was Dad’s favorite so we sold him on eBay and told dad that he was eaten. BAM!!! There’s your story! Seriously . . . We’re saddened that Josh is leaving, but fully support his decision. We are thankful for Josh’s hard work and contributions and look forward to seeing what God has in store for Josh and the Ball Brothers.”

The new Ball Brother will be announced soon!

For more information about the Ball Brothers visit: www.theballbrothers.com

I will be interested to see what kind of sound the group adopts as a new vocalist is brought in. Josh was a bass, but was more of a “lower blend” part than a true bass. The hire of a bass singer in the traditional sense would give the Ball Brothers sound a whole new dynamic. I enjoyed Josh’s work with the group and wish him well in his future endeavors.

Side note: The group put this press release in a Facebook status update, and had this note at the bottom: “Our sincere apologies to any blog or news editor that has to edit this release.”

Apology accepted, guys! As always, I got a chuckle out of reading a press release from the Ball Brothers, no matter what the news was!

CD Review: The Ball Brothers – Breakthrough

December 19, 2009 By: Aaron Category: CD Reviews, SG Artists, SG Music, The Ball Brothers

Rating: 5 stars

Producers: Darren Rust & Jason Webb
Label: Song Garden Music Group
Website: www.theballbrothers.com

Buy This Project

The Ball Brothers is a group who has steadily gained popularity over the past few years. They first got attention when they were featured on Ernie Haase & Signature Sound’s Get Away Jordan DVD. They have since recorded several projects and expanded to four members by bringing in another brother to sing.

This latest outing features several original songs, as well as some older ones that have been given a fresh spin. For example, take “Everyday, Every Hour,” which has been recorded by the Gaither Vocal Band and The Cathedrals (the latter version being a recent conversation piece at Averyfineline.) The version that the Ball Brothers do here separates itself from others by adopting a jazzy sound, and it does well at standing on its own two feet. Other notable covers include “I Wouldn’t Miss Heaven” (an old Singing Americans song) and “Keep Me On The Wheel,” a Gold City song that gets a Take 6-esque treatment. The group also covers some more Contemporary fare with “Tell It Like It Is” and “Sometimes He Calms The Storm.”

The original songs here are great, too. “It’s About The Cross” show that the group is as adept at a slow, beautiful song as they are at a driving, faster one. “Forgiven” gives the group a more country style. “He Did What I Couldn’t Do” is definitely on the Progressive side of the spectrum, and is one of my favorites from the project. The album closes with another slower one with “I’ll Do Anything.”

Bottom line: The Ball Brothers is a great group that shows great promise. I see nothing wrong with giving this project a 5-star rating; the original songs found here are stellar, and the covers breathe new life into old songs.