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Dixie Melody Boys Hire Josh Garner

August 05, 2013 By: Aaron Category: Dixie Melody Boys, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

Editor’s Note: This was supposed to go up earlier, but Verizon’s Internet service for my area experienced another hiccup of about an hour.

After a few weeks of uncertainty, questions were answered today as the Dixie Melody Boys announced that their lead singer search is over:

The Dixie Melody Boys are excited to announce one of Gospel music’s best lead singers, Josh Garner, as their new member. The group began their search over two months ago when Mike Rogers resigned and had them listening to over 400 demos and auditioning numerous men. “This has been different than most of the times I have hired someone to fill a position. We heard so many great singers and we even thought we had found the right man a few times but it just wasn‘t the right fit.” said Ed O’Neal. “I have always loved Josh’s voice. I have even tried to hire him a few times in the past but the timing was never right. I am thrilled to have him join us.” added Ed.

The fans of Gospel music will remember Josh as the last lead singer for the Florida Boys as well as from the Gaither Homecoming Series. For the last five years he has been with Freedom, a trio that he founded with John Rulapaugh. Josh has been nominated numerous times as Favorite Lead Singer and is widely acknowledged as one of Gospel music’s all-time great lead singers. “Josh called me and offered to help us by filling in until we could find someone. It made looking for someone easy knowing he was on stage with us until we found the right person. His first night with us felt as if we had been singing together for years. Over the next few weeks both he and the group knew the right guy for the job was already there. Josh is a great addition to our team. I know the fans will be excited about seeing him with us.” stated Matt Felts.

The Dixie Melody Boys have already been in the studio with Josh and will release the new album soon. The project comes off the success of their fiftieth anniversary album, The Call Is Still The Same, and promises to be a hit. Josh will join the group mid August and will appear with them for the first time at NQC on Tuesday and Wednesday night. To check the Dixie Melody Boys schedule go to www.dixiemelodyboys.com

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Youtube Spotlight: Freedom

June 25, 2012 By: Aaron Category: Concert Reviews, Freedom, SG Artists, SG Music, Youtube

This past Friday night, I headed over to Wirtz, VA to hear Freedom sing at Halesford Baptist Church. The church hosts several concerts each year, and I’ve never been disappointed with the quality of the groups that are brought in. This concert was no exception. This relatively new trio features tenor John Rulapaugh, lead Josh Garner, and baritone Tyler Vestal. Here are some videos that I took during the concert:

 

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Josh Garner Embarks On Solo Career

February 05, 2008 By: Aaron Category: Josh Garner, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

From a Singing News website post:

Josh Garner Officially Embarks On Solo Ministry
by Staff

LIMESTONE, TN (Press Release) – There have been rumors and speculation that Josh Garner has joined several groups in Southern Gospel music, but he has confirmed with Singing News that he is only pursuing his solo ministry.

Most fans remember Josh as the lead singer for the legendary Florida Boys quartet, but upon their retirement, he took several months off the road. Josh is ready to start traveling again, and is booking solo and emcee engagements across the country, as well as promoting his latest solo recordings “Sunday Meetin’ Time” and “Rays Of Sunshine.”

You can visit Josh at his brand new website, www.joshgarnermusic.com.

I’m pleased with this news. Josh is a very versatile singer, so I’m sure he’ll do well in this new endeavor.