The Mark Trammell Quartet is actively accepting resumes and demos to fill the bass vocalist opening created by Randy Byrd’s departure. Earlier this month the group announced Randy was leaving due to medical reasons.
Mark Trammel has been singing Gospel music for more than four decades. He formed the Mark Trammell Trio in 2002. The group became a quartet in 2010 and continues in that form today.
(Photo: Rodney Griffin and Jon Epley courtesy Daywind Records)
Greater Vision’s Jon Epley is celebrating five years with the group. Jon is from Fordsville, KY. He began singing with his family when he was 2-years-old. Through the years he’s been with multiple Gospel Music groups and landed with Greater Vision in 2017.
“They say time flies when you’re having fun, and I know that’s true because I’ve had a lot of fun here and five years has flown by,” said Jon.
Jon said it all began with a text message from Gerald Wolfe on a sunday night asking for him to come to Gerald’s house to sing through some songs with him, Chris and Rodney, Gerald wanted to see how it sounded.
Jon recalled the days before he knew if he would become part of Greater Vision.
“Then he said, ‘what are you doing Wednesday? and I said ‘well, I can take the day off.’ And he said do that because if it goes good Tuesday night, we’ll go into the studio on Wednesday and record a new album,” said Jon.
Things went well and Jon went on to have that first recording date in the studio as they laid down the tracks for the group’s Still album.
Jon and his wife, Tiffany, reside in Johnson City, Tennessee, where they are members of Piney Flats First Baptist Church.
Listen for Jon’s voice on Greater Vision’s latest release You Are My King on Texas Gospel Canada!
Retired Gold City bass vocalist Tim Riley was taken to hospital after suffering a stroke earlier this week. An email to Texas Gospel Canada from Daywind Records says Tim has since suffered an additional stroke and has been moved to the ICU. The strokes have affected Tim’s speech and make it difficult for him to communicate.
“We appreciate every prayer that is being sent up on Dad’s behalf,” said Tim’s son and Gold City leader Danny Riley.
Tim sang Bass for Gold City from 1982 until he retired in 2005. The group posted news of Tim’s condition on Facebook:
JEFF TURNER (WITH INFO & PHOTO FROM DAYWIND RECORDS)
(Gus Gaches photo courtesy Daywind Records)
To say the Tribute Quartet’s latest single, “Not My Will” is a classic southern gospel song may be an understatement. The oldest recording of the song we have in our library is an album from 1958 on GBS records titled, The Florida Boys Quartet and Their 11th Anniversary Album. The writer according to the label on the decades-old disk is Arthur Smith.
Tribute’s Gus Gaches mentioned the Florida Boys as he described the song, but says his group did something a little different from other versions.
“One of the reasons we did the song Not My Will was because of all of our familiarity with the Florida Boys cut. But one of the things we decided to do differently than most of the versions we had heard was to include a second verse.”
Gus said the new recording wasn’t just about the music.
“We just thought that the lyric was so strong in that second verse that we just didn’t want to do it without having that there. And I’m so glad that we did it because it’s such a great lyric.”
The song is included on Tribute’s “Quartet Tribute” project released last year with the single released to radio this year.
UPDATE: The Mark Trammell Quartet has announced the resignation of bass vocalist Randy Byrd. Randy is dealing with some health issues which will require further testing. He also is scheduled for surgery in the next few weeks.
The Mark Trammell Quartet shared the following on social media:
Today is a bittersweet day in the life of our ministry. Randy Byrd is one of the best friends I have. Period. Not just a fellow worker of this ministry, but a dear friend. As many of you know, he has been; and is still, undergoing testing in Oklahoma for some unresolved non-cancerous health issues that have been causing him trouble and pain since last November. He is scheduled to have surgery in the next few weeks as well. His inability to travel is compounded by he, and both of his parents, having Covid. Both parents are having a difficult time with it. As he mentioned earlier this week, his heart is still here on the bus but it seems wisdom is telling him that his path to good health will cause him to have to stay at home, along with helping his family during this critical time. Randy Byrd, I’ve never traveled with a more loyal, dedicated man. You’ve honored us and honored our Lord with the utmost dignity and dedication. I’m personally proud to call you friend and brother. I am praying God’s best for you in the months ahead. To say that you will be missed is an understatement. Get well, and meet me at the golf course!