June 10, 2013 Leave a comment
Michael Booth has previously joked when accepting the Favorite Tenor award at the Singing News Fan Awards that you should have to at least sing high enough to be the lead vocalist for Brian Free and Assurance to win the Tenor award. While the joke gets a good laugh, Michael is not too far from the truth. Let’s go back a few years to the All Star Quartets: Hymns album released by Daywind circa 2002. “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” is the final song on the disc, and features a vocal lineup of Dan Clark (Nelons), bass; Craig Singletary (BFA), baritone; Scott Mills (Southern Brothers), lead; and Bill Shivers (BFA), tenor. Yes, you read that right.
The song has a bit of a mellow soul feel. Craig Singletary starts off the song with the first half of the first verse as a solo. The last half is done by Scott Mills, who has a bit more of a soulful touch than what Singletary does that gives the verse a some variety. The quartet sings the chorus with Mills carrying the melody and a nice smooth blend. Singletary takes the first part of the second verse again. Shivers then takes last half of the second verse and absolutely kills it. His range on the last “he watches me” of the verse is absolutely breathtaking. The quartet comes back in to repeat the chorus with Mills taking the melody again. The song tags with a nice power block ending.
Some of these combinations on the All Star Quartets albums worked better than others. Chalk this one up to one that worked extremely well. It’s also a nice showcase of Bill Shivers’ range and a good example of why he is one of the best singers in SG today. He’s a fantastic lead, but could also make a great tenor as well! Pull this disc out and give it a listen again, you’ll be glad you did!