The EchoairesThe EchoAires established themselves as a solid group with the release of the CD and DVD Transformation. Now they are back with their newest project and second release on Ecko Records, “Ol’ Skool – Nu Flava.”

In this recording The Echoaires bring forth a fresh new sound while staying true to their gospel quartet roots. The CD contains all new material.

“With the success of their first Ecko Records release “Transformation” The Echoaires have become one of the hottest new groups on the gospel scene with appearances on major programs across the country as well as T. V. appearances.”

Songs on the new CD include “One More Day,” “I’m Looking,” “He Keeps On Making Away,” “I’m In Good Hands,” “I Owe The Lord,” “You Can Depend On God,” “The Lord Is Blessing Me,” “Don’t Forget The Bridge,” and “God Will.” Although this is an all studio project, it also contains a “Devotion” and “Benediction.”

Listen to songs from the new CD during the Quartet Mix at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio broadcast beginning September 25, 2010.

The Kings of Quartet TourThe Kings of Quartet Tour is on the way to Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan. The week of September 20 through 26, 2010, will be a historic one for gospel quartet fans and the gospel quartet genre. During that week, three of the top gospel quartet groups will tour together in the states mentioned.

The groups on the tour are Lee Williams and The Spiritual QC’s, Doc McKenzie and The Hi-Lites and The Canton Spirituals. Thus the three kings – Lee, Doc and Harvey.

Without getting into a discussion on whether the groups’ lead singers are in deed the KINGS of gospel quartet music, it is safe to same, at this time, they are 3 of the most recognized lead singers in this genre.

The actual Kings of Quartet was a titled devised by Doc McKenzie and the folks at Hi-Lites Music Ministries in 2009. The Bridge the Gap Tour, Volume 2, was actually subtitled “Featuring The Three Kings Of Quartet.”

The current Kings of Quartet Tour is reminiscent of the days when groups like The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Sensational Nightingales, The Angelics, along with Madame Edna Gallmon Cooke, would tour together. Those tours would be weeks upon weeks and include concerts on Monday through Friday as well as the weekend.

It is good to see the Kings returning to an idea that served the gospel quartet genre so well in the past. We do believe the September tour will be a success. For specific dates and venues, visit the websites of Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s or Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites.

The Swanee QuintetOn Sunday, October 3, 2010, three of the legendary quartet gospel groups still on the road today will gather in Augusta, Georgia. The reason for the gathering – the 71st Anniversary of The Legendary Swanee Quintet. Along with The Swanee Quintet, the other legends that are scheduled to appear are Spencer Taylor and The Highway QC’s and The Sensational Nightingales.

A concert with just the legends would be a sufficient celebration. Of course, if you have ever attended a Swanee’s anniversary program, you know there will be much more than just the legends.

This year the self-appointed Kings of Quartet are also schedule to make an appearance. How are the Kings of Quartet you may ask? They are none other than Lee Williams (of Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s), Doc McKenzie (of Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites) and Harvey Watkins (of The Canton Spirituals). Also on program will be Darrell McFadden & The Disciples and Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson.

The William Bell Auditorium, Augusta, Georgia, is the setting for this historic program. The doors will open at 4:00 PM and the program is slated to begin at 5:00 PM.

We congratulate the Swanees for staying steadfast and continuing to electrify “audiences with their special brand of gospel music” for seventy-one (71) years.

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