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Youtube Spotlight: Dixie Melody Boys

May 14, 2012 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Music, The Dixie Melody Boys, Youtube

I attended a concert last Thursday night in Vinton, VA featuring the Dixie Melody Boys. I had never seen the group outside of NQC, and I had heard enough from the reunion last year and the 50th Anniversary project to know that I would likely enjoy their sound with the new lineup, and I was not disappointed. Due to the number of videos that I got, I’ll just link to the playlist. A large number of the songs done at this concert came from their latest CD, including their new radio single, “Jesus In My Boat.”

Two Arrivals & One Departure

October 30, 2010 By: Aaron Category: Gold City, Kingdom Heirs, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Dixie Melody Boys

It’s been a week for lineup changes in Southern Gospel, and yesterday brought the announcement of two additions to groups, and also one group that is searching for a tenor.

1. Brent Mitchell Joins Gold City – The blogs and forums were buzzing earlier this week when it was announced that Josh Cobb was out as Gold City’s tenor, and that the new one would be debuting that night. As it turns out, it is former Mercy’s Mark and N’Harmony tenor, Brent Mitchell:

Gold City has announced that Brent Mitchell has joined the quartet as tenor vocalist, filling the vacancy created by the departure of Josh Cobb.

“No one dislikes change more than I do,” says Gold City’s Daniel Riley. “But that doesn’t change the fact that changes do happen. Often times, people don’t always understand the reason behind the changes—we don’t always understand it ourselves, as change can come quickly for any of a huge number of reasons.

“Josh Cobb is an incredibly talented person and we’ve enjoyed our time with him. We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.

“Brent will officially start his role with Gold City November 11,” continues Riley. “Many Southern Gospel fans will remember Brent from his tenure with Mercy’s Mark. He possesses a very distinct tenor voice, and we’re very excited to welcome him to our group.”

Brent, his wife, Heather, and their 7-year old daughter, Ivy, live in Moulton, Ala., and he’s excited about joining the legendary quartet. “I grew up listening to this music,” says Brent. “It has always been a dream of mine to be part of a legacy like Gold City. I am excited to have an opportunity once again to sing the best music in the world.” (Singing News)

If there is one thing that Gold City needs to keep their legacy strong, it’s a distinctive, solid tenor with a strong stage presence. Josh Cobb brought those factors to the table, and Brent does as well. I enjoyed hearing him with Mercy’s Mark and N’Harmony, and I think he will do just fine with Gold City.

For those wondering how he’ll sound on a Gold City classic, check this out. I’d also like to see him bring his take of this Cathedrals song with him to GC.


Jonathan Price Joins The Dove Brothers

October 18, 2010 By: Aaron Category: SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Dixie Melody Boys, The Dove Brothers

In a press release from Southern Spin Entertainment, The Dove Brothers confirm what I heard a couple days ago; Jonathan Price has joined the group:

“Multi-award winning quartet the Dove Brothers are excited to announce the addition of Jonathan Price as the group’s new tenor vocalist.

“We auditioned Jonathan this weekend, and he brought the house down,” mentioned McCray Dove, owner/manager/lead vocalist of the popular quartet. “He’s got a different sound than any of our previous tenors, but it’s a good fit, and we’re excited about his future with our group.”

McCray continued, “I was taught a long time ago by a prominent member of the Gospel music community that you don’t go looking for a replacement when someone leaves your group. You have to look for someone who brings something fresh to the group. Jonathan brings that fresh sound to our group, and we know he’s going to do an exciting job in this post.”

Jonathan has a strong resume within the Southern Gospel music community. Price joins the Dove Brothers after a three-year tenure with the Dixie Melody Boys. Price sang with Paul’s Journey before the Dixie Melody Boys. Jonathan and his wife Vivian currently reside in Farmville, North Carolina.

Price will begin full-time with the Dove Brothers during the month of November. Price replaces long-time vocalist Jerry Martin who left the group to pursue other interests…”

I’ll admit, when I first heard the news, I was a bit skeptical. It just didn’t seem like his voice would mesh, or be able to handle the material that the Doves do. However, attendees at a recent Dove Bros. concert told me he can handle it very well, and even though, like McCray said, his sound his different, it apparently sounded great. I’m looking forward to hearing how he sounds; a young tenor always has room to grow, and even in his tenure at Ed O’Neal University, he improved quite a bit, so I’m looking forward to hearing what Price brings to the table with this quartet.

Dan Keeton Holding Auditions For New Group

December 03, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Dan Keeton Quartet, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music, The Dixie Melody Boys

From a SoGospelNews.com article:

Over several years Dan Keeton has performed with such artists as: The Blackwoods, The Impacts, and The Dixie Melody Boys. Dan is currently forming a new Southern Gospel group to be based in Ashland, KY.

“I just feel that the time is right. I have written lots of new songs, and I’d like to deliver these songs to the fans in the very best light possible. The creation of a quality group as opposed to a soloist just makes good sense, and seems to be the overwhelming consensus of southern gospel fans”

Dan is currently accepting demos and resumes for multiple positions. Please send all info to:

The Star Hill Agency
1552 South State Hwy 207
Rush, KY. 41168

or call:

I’m anxious to see what he’s gonna pull together. I’d like to see Gene McDonald at bass, because he’d go good with anyone, but I’m excited for what the future holds for this group.