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The Fountain City SpiritualairesBLACK MUSIC MONTH SPOTLIGHT!

Gospel Quartet Groups that may not be known beyond their hometown play a significant roll in helping to keep this genre alive. For, it is the local groups that appear on programs regularly that keep fans of this genre going to concerts around the country that may not have the ‘major’ crowds. But, the group still minister quartet gospel in a way that would rival any major group.

The Fountain City Spiritualaires is one such group. They describe themselves as a group that has “the smooth quartet sound that bridges the past with the present.” Their debut CD is titled Running for Jesus.

The group is based out of Prattville, Alabama. The group was founded in 2000 by Eddie Brown and Eric Hardy. They had the “aspirations and objectives to take traditional gospel music to a new height through writing and producing their own music.”

There are many groups like The Fountain City Spiritualaires around the country. More importantly, the groups aid in sharing this genre of music with a generation that never saw (or heard of) The Swan Silvertones, The Harmonizing Four, The Clara Ward Singers, or the Mitchell Christian Singers. And yet, group’s like The Fountain City Spiritualaires keep the music of the quartet gospel genre flowing from generation to generation.

Thus, they deserve to be spotlighted as we celebrate Black Music Month.

SoundExchangeHave you ever heard of SoundExchange? If you are a gospel recording artist, owner of songs, contributed to songs or even the producer, you should become a member of SoundExchange.

“SoundExchange is an independent, nonprofit performance rights organization. SoundExchange is the non-profit performance rights organization that collects statutory royalties from satellite radio (such as SIRIUS XM), internet radio, cable TV music channels and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, which is appointed by The U.S. Library of Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the sole entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties on behalf of featured recording artists, master rights owners (like record labels), and independent artists who record and own their masters.”

Even if you are a member of BMI, ASCAP or SESAC, you still need to check with SoundExchange. For, they are the only entity that ensures you are paid “digital royalties.”

The registration is free. Even back-up musicians and session players should register with SoundExchange. In other words, if your music is being played on the Internet, satellite radio, cable TV music channels and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings” you may have money waiting for you at SoundExchange.

Here are some of the groups of this genre that are listed in SoundExchange database:

The King Sisters, The Bolton Brothers, The Racy Brothers, The Bollock Brothers, The Lumzy Sisters, The Swanee Quintet, The Canton Spirituals, The Turner Brothers, Master’s Choice, The Brooklyn All-Stars, The National Juniors, The Pillars Of Fire, B. T. Green & The Christian Harmonettes, The Bell Singers of Memphis, The Windy City Spiritualaires, The Harmonizing Four, The Williams Brothers, The Anointed Sons of Jersey, The Williams Singers, Second Chance, Spencer Taylor & The Highway QC’s, The Inspirers, Los Angeles Gospel Messengers, The Brewer Brothers, The Pilgrim Jubilees, The Gospel All-Stars, The Gospel Demonstrators, The Gospel Gents, The Crowns of Joy, The Birmingham Jubilee Singers, Paul Beasley, Luther Barnes and The Sunset Jubilaires, Donnie, Darryl & The Joy Boyz, Brothers & Sisters with Elder Troy Jackson, The Jones Family, The Texas Boyz, The Yancey Brothers and The Mighty Aires.

Just because we did not mention your group’s name does not mean you are not listed in SoundExchange’s databases. We just wanted to give you some idea of the diverse listing of groups at SoundExchange. There are thousands of gospel singers (groups, soloists, choirs, and duets) in SoundExchange’s databases. So, check them out. They just might have m-o-n-e-y for you.

H. O. B. Records Another powerhouse label for quartet gospel during the 60’s and 70’s was H. O. B. Records. H. O. B. Records was formed in 1959, in Detroit, Michigan. The owner of the label was Carmen Murphy, who, by the way was a beautician. The acronym H.O.B. actually stands for House Of Beauty.

The early line up of quartet gospel artists on the label was virtually a ‘whose-who’ of gospel music during that era. The list included, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Swan Silvertones, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Caravans, The Angelic Gospel Singers, The Blind Boys of Mississippi, The Harris Family, Shirley Caesar, The Harmonizing Four, and The Clefs of Calvary.

H. O. B. is another label that has released some of the most memorable gospel music by some of the legends of this genre. H. O. B. early recordings have become sought after collectibles for serious fans of this genre. Now, you can find many of H. O. B. early recordings on CD issued by Calvin Records.