The Kingdom Heirs have announced that Brian Alvey will be the groups new baritone. Alvey will begin his duties with the group immediately. The group has spent the last 3 weekends with three different men auditioning for the baritone position, Bryan Walker (Perrys), Loren Harris (Wilburns, Perrys), and Alvey.
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In a press release today, group owner/bass guitarist Kreis French stated, “A lot of prayer and consideration went into our decision and we are thrilled to welcome Brian and his family, into our family.”
French continued to say, “During our time on the road this winter, we had the privilege to audition close to 60 men who traveled many miles for this chance and we thank each of you so much. We feel that God has led us to the man He wants for us.”
To say I am skeptical of how good of a fit Alvey will be is an understatement. While there is no doubt that he is a talented singer, he is not known for his longevity. His longest tenure with one group is the 3 years he spent with Tribute Quartet from 2008-2011. He also spent a year with singing with his wife, Lauren Talley, and her family The Talleys. Alvey was last seen traveling in a short stint with The Skyline Boys. The Kingdom Heirs are one of the foremost quartets in Southern Gospel, and one of the main reasons why is because of the members longevity. The baritone position is so vital in a quartet because it is the glue that holds the blend together. The Kingdom Heirs cannot afford turnover in this position and it would be sad to see the baritone in this group become slot a revolving door. It is my sincere hope that history will not repeat itself with Alvey.
The group, who are celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year, is currently working on a brand new recording which is slated to release in October on the Crossroads label. Until then, the only way to hear Alvey with The Kingdom Heirs will be at Dollywood. We wish both Brian & the group nothing but the best.
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The Skyline Boys – Love Came Through
Produced by Jeff Collins
Since 1995, The Skyline Boys have made quite the name for themselves in the Southern Gospel genre for putting out quality music. With well over 50 years of experience, bass vocalist and group owner/manager Dennis Powers has assembled some great talent through the years. Their current lineup is one of the finest in the groups history, with the recent addition of lead vocalist Brian Alvey (Talleys, Tribute Quartet) and the return of tenor Jodi Hosterman (Inspirations, Kingdom Heirs). Along with baritone Chris Little, these men have combined for one of the bests blends in the groups history.
Love Came Through is the debut recording with Alvey & Hosterman, and it is fantastic. The project kicks off with a song written by Alvey, “It Makes Me Wanna Go“. A great upbeat tune, that features the group on the first verse and Alvey on the second, it will also serve as the project’s first radio single. Brian’s former group, Tribute Quartet, recorded this a few years ago, but I really love this cut. Right off the bat, the group displays the solid harmony that is displayed throughout the project. Next up is a great ballad featuring Alvey, the title track “Love Came Through“. It’s a well crafted song lyrically, complimented with a great vocal by Alvey. The groups ties in a phrase from George Amon Webster’s “He Loves Me” on the bridge, going into a key change. “I’m A New Man”, written by Dianne Wilkinson, is the projects third song. It features baritone Chris Little on the verses, and he does a great job on this one. Its a wonderful song about the transformation that salvation brings, I especially love the line “I’m a new man because of an old rugged cross“.
“I’m Not Saying Goodbye” is a fantastic song featuring bass singer Powers on the verses and is one of the most unique songs about Heaven. The song is written from the viewpoint of one who has lost a loved one. The first verse talks of how much the loved one will be missed, how no one can take their place, and the finality of death, but the chorus says “I’m not saying goodbye, I’ll see you later, for on Heaven’s shore I’ll see your face once more”. It’s a great Heaven song that will be an encouragement to all who hear it. Next up is an old Stamps Baxter song, “It Won’t Be Long“. Instead of the typical old timey feel that we hear with most of these old songs, the group puts it to a modern arrangement, that has a great groove.
Next up is a classic “He’s All I Need“, featuring tenor Jodi Hosterman. Jodi is one of the finest tenors, with the clearest and warmest tones in our industry. His solo on the verses are nothing short of fantastic. The group turns in a great performance on this one. Up next is a slower song called “Back To The Alter“, featuring baritone Chris Little. This is a great song that encourages the believer to back to the place where they were first saved. Bass vocalist Dennis Powers comes back to sing a great song from his own pen, “That’s Enough“.
The last two songs are some of the finest on the project, “Sing It Brother, Sing It” is a tow tapping number featuring Alvey. From the first note, you know this is a great song. Alvey is a fantastic lead singer, who has a commanding presence but can also sing a very tender song with great conviction. The project comes to a close with another great song, “Above The Clouds“. Alvey once again has the lead and sings a very earnest vocal. Theres some outstanding harmony on the chorus and the song closes out with a high ending, showcasing a fantastic blend.
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The Skyline Boys truly have the finest lineup & blend in the groups history, and I believe its among the finest in the industry today. With Love Came Through, the sky truly is the limit for The Skyline Boys. There’s great variety in the song selection, every song is fantastic, and the guys are on top of their game vocally. I have no doubt that Love Came Through will hold up as one of the finest recordings of 2014. I highly recommend adding this project to your library. Be sure to listen to The Gospel Greats this week (weekend of Feb 1st) as The Skyline Boys will be a featured artist, showcasing this fantastic project. To place your order today, click here.