The Ryan Seaton Quartet?

Nate Stainbrook discovered a gem of a video series today over at his blog.  Apparently Ryan Seaton had some friends sing with him at a recent concert and formed a quartet consisting of Seaton at lead, Toby Hitchcock (formerly of Austins Bridge) at tenor, Andrew Goldman at baritone, and Aaron McCune (PSQ, Gold City, Anchormen) singing bass.  If the solo thing doesn’t work out for Seaton, or he gets the itch to get back into quartet singing, he couldn’t do much better than these 3 to fill out the other parts.  Wow!  Check it out, Toby Hitchcock needs to be singing tenor for a major group pronto.  What a great voice!

Ryan Seaton Signs With Crossroads

In a press release that went out this afternoon, Crossroads has announced their signing of Ryan Seaton.  When Seaton’s CD, The Stage Is Bare, was released on Crossroads earlier this year, it was questioned what the nature of the relationship exactly was, and this has become a bit more clear.  Seaton has signed a distribution and radio promotion deal with the label.  This sounds a bit more like the deal that Crossroads has with The Dills, rather than a full fledged label artist like The Kingsmen or The Crist Family.  You can find the press release here.

Ryan Seaton Releasing Solo Album On Crossroads

Those of you who receive the e-newsletter from Crossroads may have already noticed this, but Ryan Seaton is releasing his solo CD, The Stage Is Bare, on Crossroads.  It remains to be seen if Seaton has signed on as a label artist, or if Crossroads picked up the distribution rights for the project (similar to the way they have The Dills), but either way it’s a big signing for the label.  Ryan has all kinds of name recognition due to his time with Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, and his association with Crossroads, no matter what the nature, can’t be anything but a win-win for both entities.  Listening to the sound clips, it seems that Seaton is positioning himself to try and become SG’s answer to Michael Buble.  His CD cover even bears a striking resemblance to Buble’s It’s Time CD.  Buble is wildly popular, and that style definitely can fit within the SG fold, so here’s hoping it works out for him!  I’m personally a Buble fan, so I’m definitely interested in seeing how Seaton succeeds.

Ryan Seaton Launches Solo Career

Northern Ireland’s Phil Boles has the scoop, and Ryan Seaton has announced the start of his solo career.  Since leaving EH&SSQ, speculation has been lauded over what Seaton would do next.  He was mentioned/rumored about joining various quartets (some that didn’t even have openings!), but I always figured this was the most likely scenario for him.  His website,, will launch sometime soon, and until then he is encouraging people to keep up with him via his Facebook fan page and YouTube.  Best wishes to Ryan as he embarks on a solo career.  It will be interesting to see how he does, as his previous experience is quartet based with Melody Boys Quartet and EHSSQ, and how or if his musical style changes from the fairly traditional quartet style we are used to hearing from him.

Catching Up Is Hard To Do

Wow, where to start.  I spend a little less than a week on vacation and everything goes to pot.  First off, thanks to Nate for doing the wonderful job of keeping things posted for me while I was gone.  I also want to thank DeeAnn for the report from the first concert with the new Gold City lineup.  I guess I’ll just jump right in:

  • EHSS Changes. This came as quite a surprise.  EH&SS is riding high right now, so any changes are unexpected, but not too surprising.  Out of the four vocalists, I probably would have pegged Ryan Seaton as the first to leave, no real reason for that, just my hunch.  I think McGlamery is a great addition for the group.  Devin has been to my church with the Dixie Melody Boys a couple of times in the past, and he is a great quartet lead singer.  Even though KP&NR is a different dynamic as a mixed trio, traveling with Karen can only help one’s vocal ability and stage presence, as Karen is truly one of the greats.  Don’t expect EHSS to miss a beat (pun intended, of course) with the change.
  • Gold City 2010. I really enjoyed DeeAnn’s report, and after watching the videos posted on various blogs, I am genuinely excited to see what is in store for this group.  For one three hour practice, Josh Cobb did rather well, he struggled with lyrics and his part in a couple of places, but did a great job considering.  I was also surprised at how clear and strong his upper register seemed to be, as Legacy Five didn’t really pitch their songs high enough for me to get a good handle on his range.  I also appreciated Daniel Riley’s candor in this interview when he states that he knew he had to make a big splash with this transition, as that he knew the fans were questioning the group’s viability.  I’m sure it wasn’t hard to see, but I appreciate his honesty instead of glossing over the concern.  This particular lineup has a world of potential, and I’m a bit eased by the fact that he specifically mentioned Roy Webb’s commitment to the quartet, and his comments to me sounded like Roy is fulfilling his previous engagements, and will schedule solo concerts around GC’s schedule, instead of making the GC dates around his solo schedule.  I’m looking for big things from these guys.
  • Gus Gaches/Legacy Five. Brandon’s blog post is worth reading, and the videos on Daniel’s blog tell the story.  Gus will become one of the top tenors in SG with Legacy Five.  He already was with Priority, but with the increased exposure he will get with Legacy Five, he will cement himself in the top tier of tenors.  Yes, he’s that good.

That’s all I can think of for right now, but I’m sure I’ll come up with some more things that I missed while enjoying sunny and mild (if not warm) Florida.  By the way, Mickey said to tell all of you hello, and don’t look for Donald to hit the quartet ranks any time soon!

Changes For EHSS

Ryan Seaton has left EHSS and has been replaced by Devin McGlamery. More on this after I return from vacation.

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