March 26, 2009 4 Comments
One of the brightest young talents in SG today is Triumphant Quartet’s Scott Inman. I recently got the opportunity to ask Scott a few questions about Triumphant’s latest release, Everyday, and about the group in general. Here is the interview.
WB: Who came up with the idea of covering the Oak Ridge Boys tune, and how did it get to be the title track?
SI: It’s funny you should ask that….for as long as I can remember I have listened to and loved the Oak Ridge Boys. Jeff Stice and myself one day were talking about ORB and the song “Everday” came up. We both thought it was a song that could be done in a gospel setting as well. Especially in these days when it seems like everyone’s out for themselves this song offers up the thought of being unselfish and kind to your fellow Christian or even a person who doesn’t know Jesus where maybe your actions could make them say “Man, I want what they have” . We approached the rest of the guys about it and they were all for it. When it came time to pick the name of the CD it just made the most sense..EVERYDAY..so we went with it…LOL
WB: Most groups, even Gold City when Garry Jones was with them, primarily use studio pianists on their recordings. I noticed that Jeff Stice did all the piano parts on this CD, which is great. What are the reasons for this?
SI: You know I never understood why live players never played on the studio projects. In our case, Jeff is an amazing player and we feel confident in his ability. It’s never crossed our minds not to have him play.
WB: How has your song selection process changed over the last 7 years?
SI: When we pick songs for a CD it’s not always about finding awesome songs. We try to also pick songs that we need at that point for stage/live purposes. We’ve turned down many songs that were amazing BUT either we didn’t need it or we already had something like it. Since day 1 we’ve picked songs for stage/live reasons, and i don’t think that will ever change.
WB: Has your philosophy in creating an album and song selection changed since making the move from primarily a theater group to a full time touring group?
SI: Yes and no…..we’ve always prided ourselves in not being put in a box. We love to minister, entertain, laugh, cry, etc…. we did this in the theater and were doing it now. So I think we’ve matured as a group in who we are but “we are who we are.” LOL
WB: Which song took the most work vocally to get it right?
SI: They all went very smooth. I think we actually took equal time on most. If i have to pick one I’m gonna say….. whatever the first song was on the first day, because they had to get the microphones set. LOL One of the good things about being together as for 7 years is the blend seems to always be there.
WB: Which song is the most fun to sing live?
SI: “When the Trumpet Sounds” – We’ve closed concerts with it since the CD came out and it works every time. It’ll be a radio single. In just the short time that we’ve had the CD we’ve already staged all 10 songs and on any given night you might here 6 or 7 off the new CD… so that’s always a great sign!
WB: You guys have released a large number of projects in your 7 years, and a lot of “table” projects. Will this continue, or do you plan on slowing down the recording in the near future?
SI: At this point, I don’t think we know. We have talked about doing a specialty project next or in the future, something with a theme. We shall see..LOL
WB: Which is more demanding on you vocally, singing in the theater, or singing on the road full time?
SI: Theater – Even though we’re on the road now, we still have 3 to 4 sometimes 5 days off a week. At the theater it was 5 days a week and twice a month we would travel on the weekends so…no doubt the theater.
Thanks Scott for taking the time to do this interview. Oh, and for those of you who are following the NCAA basketball tournament, I have it on good authority that Scott is rooting for my Memphis Tigers since the Tennessee Volunteers were eliminated. Just thought I’d share. Be sure to catch Triumphant when they are in your area, their new CD is great, and I personally can’t wait to hear “When The Trumpet Sounds” live, it’s got to be a good one!