Concert Review: Triumphant Quartet

Friday night our church hosted Triumphant Quartet.  Turnout was really pretty good for a Friday night during the summer.  My guess would be that we had about 200 people there.  The crowd was fairly enthusiastic, but seemed to have a much higher average age than the concert with Brian Free and Assurance, though there were some younger faces this time as well.

Setlist:

  • You Gotta Love It
  • Don’t Let The Sandals Fool Ya
  • Welcome To Heaven
  • Forgave Me, Saved Me, Raised Me
  • Goodbye World, Goodbye (piano and harmonica duet)
  • Favorite Songs Medley
  • Old White Flag
  • Last Date (piano)
  • Hallelujah Chorus (piano)
  • The Great I Am Still Is

Intermission (of the concert, not the song)

  • The Cloud He’s Coming Back On
  • For God So Loved
  • Look For Me (which led to an invitation)
  • He Is

“You Gotta Love It” is a a decent opener, but the crowd really didn’t seem to get into it until “Don’t Let The Sandals Fool Ya”.    Triumphant may want to consider opening with “Sandals” to get the crowd going immediately.  “Welcome To Heaven” received a standing ovation.  Scott Inman told me before the concert that they had been staging the song since they released Intermission and it seems to go over really well every night.  There’s a good reason for that as the performance is great.  Clayton Inman has a different style on it than English, but it is just as good and still a very powerful song, even some 23 years after its original release on the Singing Americans’ Black and White album.  During the Favorite Songs medley, the group wandered into the audience, and the last two times through “Daddy Sang Bass” they chose people from the audience to sing the money lines.  The first time, they chose folks at random, but the last time, they gave the mics to the bass singer and tenor singer from our church quartet (I, on the other hand, sing lead) which went over very well.

Scott Inman did an incredible job on “The Great I Am Still Is”, the renditions of “For God So Loved” and “Look For Me” by David Sutton and Eric Bennett, respectively, were especially moving.  However, the highlight of the night was definitely “Old White Flag” and Clayton Inman’s bluegrass dancing (if you can call it that) routine.  He absolutely had the crowd in stitches while the vocal performance was dead on.  Eric set the song up perfectly, and the crowd just ate it up.  The performance really defies description, you just have to see it to understand.

Overall, the group was in top form vocally, and their set was well paced, with very little talking and mostly singing.  Again, I do think that they may want to consider opening with a different song, as the crowd response seemed a bit muted to  “You Gotta Love It”, especially compared to “Sandals”, but their set overall is excellent.  Eric also does an excellent job in leading the concert to a time of invitation.  The back to back punch of “For God So Loved” and “Look For Me” set up the invitation beautifully.

Triumphant’s lineup has been stable since their inception nearly 6 years ago, and it is very obvious when you watch and listen to them.  We had them right after they first started, and the ensemble blend has really grown and improved in that amount of time, as has their stage presence.  They’ve really grown together as a group, and it is due in large part to the stability that they have seen.  I especially enjoyed the fact that Eric shared a couple of prayer requests with us before the concert as our church quartet gathered with Triumphant for prayer beforehand.

Go see these guys when they are anywhere close to you.  You will surely be blessed by a wonderful evening of music, and will definitely leave uplifted.  Thanks guys for a great concert!

About Wes Burke
I'm a .NET developer and Southern Gospel music fan. Married with a wonderful family.

3 Responses to Concert Review: Triumphant Quartet

  1. Diana says:

    I enjoyed your concert review! I see Triumphant as often as I can and I never get tired of hearing them!

  2. Kathy says:

    I LOVE these guys too….I’ve seen them 3 times this year and have traveled more than 50-150 miles one way each time. They are totally worth the drive.
    Their CD’s (I have them all!) have really gotten me through some tough times and have inspired me greatly. Their songs really talk to me. Each member has their own style, and I just enjoy them all sooo much.
    I just happened to come across this review while browsing; I’m so happy other people value their talent as I do.

  3. Gayla says:

    This was our 2nd time to have them at our church and….These guys are THE BEST! Not only the performance but we were blessed to talk to them before and after the show and got to see that they are such down to earth guys. That makes seeing them so much more fun and knowing them on a little more personal basis makes listening to their CD’s even more fun. I have 2 sons ages 7 and 11 and they absolutely had a ball at the concert. My youngest son puts them at the TOP of his favorites list right there with Elvis! He loves the harmonica so when David started his solo with Jeff he was in heaven…after the show David even gave him his CD! He took it to school for show n tell…LOL. They were such a blessing to us and our church! I Love them!Can’t wait till next year!

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