In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
In 1993, when Bradley High School students, Chad and Brandon Guyton, attended a Harmony Explosion presentation, they had no idea what lay ahead. A few years later, they recruited two fellow Lee University musicians, Lester Rector and Jayson VanHook, to form Four Voices. Contrary to popular belief, the "Four Voices" name was not inspired from the obvious, that is the requirement to fulfill the prerequisites of a quartet. Actually, these young men met in the Voices of Lee, a 16-member vocal orchestra group at Lee University, where they contributed four of the eight men's voices to make a unique, harmonious sound that has gained international recognition.
The Four Voices decided to enter the 1996 MBNA Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest in Salt Lake City and were fortunate enough to come away with the championship. In 1999, the quartet agreed that it was time to take a shot at the "Big Leagues" and entered the Dixie District Contest. They were thrilled to come away with the championship, but they were not finished yet. They set a goal to qualify for International in 2000 and reached this dream in March by qualifying at the Dixie District preliminary contest. After only three short years of International Competition, Four Voices became the first International College Quartet Champion to win the World Championship of Barbershop! In Portland Oregon the quartet captured the coveted gold medal.
All in their early twenties, Four Voices is only just beginning! Their music has taken them literally around the world. Performing in concerts, corporate venues, television shows, and churches from California to Israel, Four Voices' unique sound and fresh approach to their style is exciting to say the least.
In their "civilian" lives, 3 of the guys are married and the other is actively taking looking! Lester works in the Music Department at Lee University, directing one of the campus choral troupes while pursuing his master's degree. He is married to the lovely Holly. Jayson is the director of Institutional research at Lee University, and in his spare time (ha) has begun his PhD work. He is married to the wonderful Arlyene. She and Jayson have an incredible new son, Christian Logan. Brandon also works for Lee University in the Information Systems Department and is married to the beautiful Noemi. She and Brandon are also the proud parents of a new son, Chandler Pierce, and one on the way! Chad, well Chad broke the mold entirely. He does not work for Lee University but serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Church of God denomination.
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All The Glory
Review: Four sweet-harmonizing young Christian men - Brandon Guyton, his brother Chad, Lester Rector and Jayson VanHook, otherwise known as Four Voices, have put their hometown of Cleveland, TN on the Barbershop map. First singing together in Lee University's acclaimed Voices of Lee, the newly-formed quartet turned quite a few heads by winning SPEBSQSA's 1996 Collegiate and 1999 Dixie District Championships and singing well at the Nationals, their first step into the International top ten was winning the Gold at the 2002 convention in Portland! Since then the popular group has toured extensively, taking their distinctive, smoothly blended sound, passionate delivery and exciting arrangements to delighted audiences in concert halls, corporate venues and churches across the globe. "III" follows "Four Voices" and "Four Voices II" not just in order, but in feeling, quality and pure musicality. Favorites among these 12 tunes could easily include them all, but we'll arbitrarily pick the soulful "I Believe," poignant "Nearer My God to Thee," triumphant "How Great Thou Art," Lennon/McCartney's "Oh Darlin'," a light-hearted "Sesame Street" and, in further tribute to their 16-member Collegiate group, "For God So Loved the World," sung with Voices of Lee (lightly guitar accompanied). "III" is simply a beautiful, inspirational album - don't miss this one!
Songlist: I'll Live in Glory, Oh Darlin', Nearer My God to Thee, South, How Great Thou Art, Sesame Street, Great Day, Bless This House, All That Jazz, All The Glory, I Believe, For God So Loved the World
Yes Sir That's My Baby
Review: The four Christian young men who are Cleveland, Tennessee-based Barbershop group Four Voices won the Gold at SPEBSQSA's 2002 convention in Portland, and "II" shows us all the faith, charisma, humor and rock-solid harmonies that caught the ear of the judges. 12 songs, "No No Nora," "The One I Love," "You Made Me Love You," "Charleston," "Lazybones," "After You've Gone," "My Mother's Eyes," "Muppet Show," "If I Only Had a Brain," "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" and "Lamb of God." You know the kind of barbershop chord that goes on longer than it's possible to hold your breath, and rises to a chord so high and sweet, the hairs on the back of your neck stand up? Four Voices sings those kind of chords--simply the best!
Songlist: No No Nora, The One I Love, You Made Me Love You, Charleston, Lazybones, After You've Gone (Live), My Mother's Eyes, Muppet Show, If I Only Had A Brain, Yes Sir, That's My Baby, Lamb of God
This Little Light Of Mine
Review: Having won the 1996 Collegiate and 1999 Dixie District Championships, the clamor for a recorded set has been strong. Seeing the Four live at National, it seemed certain they would place top ten. Well, there's always next year. Their robust and hearty delivery is matched by the fullness of their tone. "Bright Was The Night" begins delicately, before swelling into a dramatic coda; "It Is Well" follows a similar strategy. The gentle sway of "Barbershop Style," "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "After You're Gone" are good-natured remembrances of another era. The most stirring arrangement is the gospel flavored "This Little Light Of Mine."
Songlist: Brand New Day, Ain't Misbehavin', After You've Gone, This Little Light Of Mine, My Father, My Friend, Ballgame, Bright Was the Night, It Is Well, Barbershop Style, Didn't Want To Fall, I'll Fly Away, Bonus Song: All Rise