David Fair Joins Southern Sound

Father-son quartet members are becoming more and more common these days.  We’ve had Clayton and Scotty Inman, Tim and Daniel Riley, and now Rick and David Fair can be added to the list.  David has joined Southern Sound as baritone.  Here’s the press release from Ben Harris:

Southern Sound would like to make welcome David Fair from Sevierville, TN as our new baritone. David brings a great voice and wonderful talent from a man of only 23 years. He has sang previously with the Swanee River Boys and with the Voices Of Lee. We are currently finishing up our new recording on the Homeland label that will feature not only David, but all the members of Southern Sound Quartet.  David is the son of our bass singer, Rick Fair. I am sure Rick would tell you that getting to sing with his son in a group is an opportunity one does have presented to them very often. David replaces Adam Forsythe who has left to pursue other interests.We would like to thank Adam for his contributions to SSQ, both for his musical talents and for his dedicatio to the cause of Christ. Welcome David!!!

NQC ’10: Tuesday Recap

Perhaps the biggest news from the twitter/blog/facebook world about NQC last night is that there really hasn’t been much chatter.  The notable exception is that there are numerous reports that the Bowling Family’s main stage appearance was incredibly touching and emotional.  Particularly mentioned has been their rendition of “Too Much To Gain To Lose.”  Other than that, there has been some mention of strong sets by the Crist Family and the Booth Brothers, among others.

Buzz of the Night Award: Southern Sound Quartet.  There were several mentions of their set being strong, and some particular mentions of Rick Fair on the bass part in particular.  Also, Fair reportedly sang with the Booth Brothers on a song as well.

Several additional bloggers will be arriving tonight, so maybe we’ll find some more news gems tomorrow.  I still wish I could be there…..

Rick Fair Joins Southern Sound

Rick Fair, whose last known whereabouts were in Pigeon Forge singing in a theater, has joined Southern Sound Quartet as their bass singer.  It’s good to see Rick back in full time SG quartet singing, and he’ll be an asset to Ben Harris and the rest of the Southern Sound guys.  Here is the press release text:

We wish to announce that Rick Fair has accepted the position of bass singer with Southern Sound Quartet. Rick brings a long and rich history with great quartet groups including Palmetto State and Hovie Lister and The Statesmen Quartet. We went through an exhaustive search for the right man, both in fine bass voice and Christian character, and Rick was the perfect fit.

Rick replaces Alan Brewster who is leaving the group to have more time to devote to his business in Ringgold, GA. Alan has made many friends during his tenure with Southern Sound, and many in the industry have come to recognize him as one of the finest bass singers ever to grace a stage. Alan and his lovely wife Pam will be missed more than words can say. They brought a touch of grace and character to Southern Sound, and are lasting members of our extended family. Although Alan will not be part of our touring ensemble, he will in fact, always be a member of Southern Sound and very much loved by all of us. Alan, we wish you and Pam only the best, as you have given your best, not only to us, but to your Heavenly Father.  These two kind and generous people are the real thing. They both love the Lord and prove it everyday in their walk with Him. Be well my friends and go with God!
And now a new chapter begins with Rick Fair as the anchor of our group. Rick’s calm laid-back style is a perfect fit for our group. His voice is huge and powerful, and we look forward to the months and years ahead. This decision did not come lightly, but only after many hours of praying and asking God for His will. We had many great candidates contact us with interest in becoming our new bass singer, and we are honored by your interest in Southern Sound. In the end, Rick was both the voice and the man we felt fit us the best. Help us welcome Rick Fair to Southern Sound Quartet. And, come hear Rick on his first engagement with Southern Sound at Grand Ole Gospel Reunion in Greenville, SC in mid August.

Tony Peace Joining Southern Sound

According to David Bruce Murray’s latest blog post, Tony Peace will be joining Southern Sound after the first of the year.  Southern Sound is one of the most solid, yet overlooked quartets around.  Their lead singer, Ben Harris, is quite active on SG blog sites and message boards.  Ben has a great lead voice that is very big and full, which should really fit well against Peace’s fuller sounding baritone.  Hopefully Southern Sound can take the transition and get some good momentum going in 2010.  Congratulations to both parties, and here’s to a great 2010.

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