In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
The motto for the Singing Men is "A Ministry That Makes A Difference". Our sincerest desire is to utilize the gift of music received from God to make a difference in our own lives as well as the lives of those with whom we share our ministry.
Biography: The Singing Men
In 1977, a quartet was formed at then Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama comprised of Leroy Hampton, Elverton Mapp, Clinton Williams, and Douglas Bell. Providing music for the weekly Bible radio program "Your Bible Speaks", hosted by Dr. Elder Richard Tottress, they became known as "The Your Bible Speaks Men of Music".
Word of the quartet spread quickly and, within a year, other men joined and the quartet eventually grew into a male chorus. As the notoriety of the male chorus expanded, their performances became much sought after events.
At one of their performances, Dr. Elder Earl E. Cleveland, well-known author, extraordinary evangelist, and professor of theology at Oakwood College, had the responsibility of introducing the male chorus to the audience. In true Dr. Cleveland style, he took the liberty to present the male chorus as "The Singing Men". Several members of the group were also members of the Oakwood College Church. Therefore, the group extended the moniker given to them by E.E. Cleveland and have been known as "The Singing Men of the Oakwood College Church" from that time until 2007.
In late 2007, Oakwood College gained University status. Keeping pace with this monumental accomplishment, in January 2008, the group modified its name and is now known as The Singing Men of The Oakwood University Church.
The present members of The Singing Men of the Oakwood University Church are Douglas Bell, Cecil Mabry, Simon McGauley, Leon Rewan, Eugene Rogers, Dr. Rodney Morris, Demetrius Bell, Wyatt D. Phillips, S. David Auguste, and Plenty Germany. The Singing Men of the Oakwood University Church have been sharing their ministry of Christian a cappella music and fellowship with churches of many denominations in and around the Huntsville-Madison area. They present their music ministry at civic events, schools, colleges and universities, weddings, funerals, and fundraisers. They also minister through their music at nursing facilities and in the homes of the sick and shut-in.
The Singing Men are nationally and internationally traveled. They have been privileged to perform their music in London and in Ivory Coast, West Africa, appearing on Adventist World radio. The group has also appeared on other radio broadcasts and sang on television shows. In September 2006, they were the featured guest on "Think It Over", an Oakwood College-based radio program hosted by T. Marshall Kelly on WOCG, which has a worldwide internet listening audience.
During the period of December 2006 through March 2007, the Singing Men had the distinct honor of performing a series of four concerts with the King's Heralds who hold the certified distinction of being America's Oldest Continuous Quartet. The series of concerts took place in Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Birmingham and Huntsville, Alabama.
The motto for the Singing Men of the Oakwood University Church is "A Ministry That Makes A Difference". Their determination is to utilize the gift of music they have received from God to make a difference in their own lives as well as the lives of those with whom they share their ministry. Their music provides a refreshing oasis of spiritual enrichment so urgently needed in this fast-paced world.
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Dig a Little Deeper
Review: Pride of the Oakwood College Church in Huntsville, AL, the 16 Singing Men have been living their ministry, a commitment to "provide spiritual enrichment wherever needed" since 1977, at hospitals, churches, nursing homes and the homes of the sick. Their ministry has touched thousands, from the Huntsville-Madison area, across the nation, and internationally in England, France and Africa's Ivory Coast where they are building a medical clinic. "The Last Mile" is a powerful collection of 14 cuts, such as "Love Lifted Me," "Contented," "When the Roll is Called in Heaven," "Moses Smote the Water," the Spirituals "Steal Away" and "The Old Ship of Zion," "Amazing Grace" (with a new 3rd verse), "Trouble Don't Last Always" and the title tune, "Gone the Last Mile of the Way." This is heartfelt, sweetly harmonic Gospel, as good as any we've ever heard. Treat yourself to the feel-good, inspirational "Gone The Last Mile" by the remarkable Singing Men!
Oh Let Me Fly
Review: Oakwood College Church of Huntsville, AL's 16-strong Singing Men, who have been performing their ministry of song to thousands of folks in need since forming in 1977, bring us another wonderful collection of 10 songs. "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus," "Saviour Like A Shepherd," the rousing Spiritual "Animals," "Oh Let Me Fly," the title tune, "Old Rugged Cross," "Jacob's Ladder," "Rock-A My Soul" and "Precious Lord" are a few favorites, but each of these heartfelt, richly harmonic tunes is a treat that touches, heals and inspires. "One Day" is a musical gift, as is the ongoing ministry of the amazing Singing Men!
Review: The 16-strong Singing Men of Oakwood College Church, Hunstville, AL were a quartet called "Your Bible Speaks Men of Music" in 1977, providing the music for the weekly radio program "Your Bible Speaks," Realizing that they needed to broaden their ministry, they made a commitment to providing spiritual enrichment wherever needed. This mission has led them to perform in churches of all denominations around the area, to nursing homes, schools, colleges and to the homes of the sick and shut-in. Their most frequent ministry is their weekly program at the Huntsville Hospital. On a visit to Africa the group was given 100 acres of land, and they are actively raising money to build a much-needed medical clinic on it. Included on "The Creation" are 10 richly hamonied favorites, such as "Bless This House," "I Wanna Be Ready," "King Jesus Is A-Listening," "Jesus Lifted Me," "Wonderful," the title tune and "A Sweet Spirit In This Place," sung with the kind of feeling, belief and spirit that these wonderful men show every day in their lives and their ministry. A feel-good collection that touches us on many levels!