Sykes Departs Canton Junction, McConnell Joins

Canton Junction has announced that Shane McConnell has joined the group as baritone, replacing the departing Michael Sykes.  While McConnell isn’t yet a household name in SG circles, he is a very well respected vocalist that has performed on the Gaither Homecoming series, and also done studio vocal work for artists ranging from Andy Griffith to Garth Brooks.  You can read the press release here.  There isn’t mention of Sykes’ destination, but as much as he is in demand as a producer, I’m sure he is heading back to doing that kind of work.  It will be interesting to see the change this brings to Canton Junction, as Sykes was responsible for the group’s arranging, which was one of the strengths of the group.  McConnell is a top-flight vocalist, so I have no qualms that he will sound fantastic with the group vocally.  Canton Junction burst on the scene with a lot of buzz with their initial lineup, let’s hope they keep the momentum up after their first personnel change.  Best wishes to Michael Sykes, Shane McConnell, and the rest of Canton Junction.

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

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