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Theotis Taylor

Thomas Ryhant, Jr.IN THEIR OWN WORDS!

A Tribute to the Legendary Tenors of Gospel

The reason for this project is to commemorate the life and talent of the Tenors of Quartet Music.

As a boy I remembered the excitement that I felt and the gleam in my
eyes as I first saw Isaac Jones of the Violinaires, and “Big Red” of the Swanee Quintet. I was captivated by the big sounds that came out of the mouth of Charles McLain of The Gospelairs, the sharp sounds that came from Author Crumes of the Soul Stirrers, and the smooth sounds from the Mighty Clouds of Joy. I also remembered Johnny Jones of the Swanees, and Jimmy Lee Outler of the Soul Stirrers.

Now that these legends are gone, this project is to remind us of the strong influence these musical giants had on me as a young boy as well as on the world. Songs such as, “Three Pictures of the Lord“ pays tribute to Isaac Jones, and Danny Walker’s “Can’t Refuse“, “Walk Around Heaven” with Paul Beasley, “Rest for the Weary” with Charles McClain, and “Precious Memories” with the Violinaires, all demonstrate to the world the uniqueness of the tenor sound.

Special thanks to Calvin Cloud for the lead in “Jesus You’ve Been Good to Me” and “Rest for the Weary“. Thanks to Christopher Grey and Wesley Hill for singing tenor in “Precious Memories.”

Thomas Rhyant, Jr.

Listen to the entire CD at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio during the New Music Broadcast for February.

4 Winds RecordsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

4 WINDS / MALACO DEBUTS 5 ALBUMS ON BILLBOARD GOSPEL ALBUM CHART THIS WEEK

JACKSON, MS (June 15, 2012) – The Malaco Music Group is proud to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary 4 Winds Records has charted 5 albums this week on the Billboard Gospel Album chart. The 5 Billboard chart topping albums are the North Carolina Community Choir, “Story To Tell,” Roy & Revelation, “Thank You,” Jewell & Converted, “For Real,” Tammy Edwards & The Edwards Sisters, “On The Right Road Now,” and The Soul Messengerz, “Grace & Mercy;” In addition, Roy & Revelation’s “Live” DVD, “Thank You” has charted on the Billboard Video chart.

Launched in 2009, 4 Winds Records is not only the fastest growing Gospel label in the country (17 Titles), but has become the Premiere Gospel Quartet Music record label featuring the hottest and youngest Quartet Gospel groups touring the country today along with the Legendary Quartet Groups Of All Time. In its short existence, the 4 Winds label has garnered a 3 time 2011 Stellar Award Nominee & Winner, The Christian Angels (Quartet Of The Year), Stellar Award Nominee, The Golden Wings (Quartet Of The Year) as well as a GMA 2011 Dove Nominee, The Original Messengers (Traditional Gospel Album Of The Year) along with national television appearances on shows such as BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel.

Malaco Music Group has always been the leader and home of Quartet music leading back to their first ever Gospel artist signing, the number one (1) group of that era, The Jackson Sothernaires. Since that time, other Quartet groups followed reaching legendary status such as The Sensational Nightingales, The Original Soul Stirrers, Willie Banks & The Messengers, Robert Blair & The Fantastic Violinaires, &Willie Neal Johnson & The Gospel Keynotes. In 2006, with the acquisition of Atlanta International Records (AIR Gospel) added, Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires, Rev. F.C. Barnes & Company, Tommy Ellison & The 5 Singing Stars and The Swanee Quintet to name a few.

“This is not only exciting for the 4 Winds / Malaco family, but for the entire Gospel Quartet community. In a time in the Gospel industry, where Quartet Gospel music receives limited to no radio airplay, this accomplishment is a testament that there is interest and a buying consumer for Quartet Gospel music.” states, D.A. Johnson, Executive Director – Gospel Division of The Malaco Music Group.

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