February 29, 2008 1 Comment
Good morning and welcome to my first contribution to Burke’s Brainwork! This is a topic I’ve had on my mind for a while now but haven’t shared it because I’ve had trouble coming up with the best way to express what I am wanting to say. I in no way intend for this to be negative against any groups or singers, it is more of a “ya ever notice” type of thought.
I was thinking the other day how singers are featured at a different level when they are with various groups. Not necessarily the number of songs they get to sing on an album or in a concert, but the songs themselves. I’m probably not making any sense so let me give a few examples to get the discussion started. You can comment on my examples or come up with some of your own.
Mark Trammell was the original baritone for Greater Vision. Understandably their sound was built around lead singer and owner Gerald Wolfe. Mark got his share of features but years later, the only one that stands out in my mind is “He Is Mine.” Thinking back to his days with The Cathedrals you could name off Master Builder, Sin Will Take You Farther, Scars and Stripes, and so forth. When he joined Gold City, he got the majority of the power ballads in their projects and I personally feel his vocal talents were showcased much more with songs like “Calvary Came Through” and “Show Me the Cross.” I would say he was more of a standout with Gold City than his previous groups, but a lot of that probably came with his previous experience and following in the industry.
For example two I will use Curt Davis. He was on board when The Whisnants really went to “the next level” so to speak. If you get a chance, listen to their CDs “Still Standing” and “A Glimpse of Grace.” He was a great lead vocalist with a nice range. When the Perrys went from a 2 female/2 male to a 1 female/3 male lineup, I was excited to hear that Curt was going to be their first baritone. This group’s sound was built mostly around Libbi Stuffle and powerhouse lead vocalist Loren Harris. Curt recorded 4 CDs with The Perrys and though he blended well, he never really had any songs that were released to radio or even stood out.
I’m looking forward hearing back from everyone!