I’ve been keeping this under my hat for a while because I wanted to be sure all the pieces were going to fall together, but I can now announce who our 2020 homecoming guest will be. This has literally been the most requested return artist that I’ve had, and it will have been 9 years since they appeared on the homecoming stage. I’m thrilled to announce the one-night-only return of the Gospel Tones! This is the quartet that I sang with for four years based out of Central Louisiana, and it consists of three of my best buddies that I met through singing school. Due to distance and just generally growing up (we were young, childless, and unmarried back then), the group disbanded. Here’s a brief rundown of the members.
TENOR - Me! I’m the handsome one squealing at the end.
LEAD - Ben Waites. Ben and I have spent more hours together than I can count, and anyone who has seen him before knows he is a bundle of excitement and encouragement. Ben has been singing full time and has become a vocal coach, background vocalist, and recent addition to the new Speer Family Quartet featuring heirs of the Speer legacy.
BARITONE - Nick Bergeron. The joke about Nick has always been that he’s ADD/ADHD/ABCDEFG. I can’t imagine a more solid baritone and vocalist. You can always count on him to be on his part and tell you what’s wrong with your part. Nick is busy producing music and serving as music minister in his local church.
BASS - Jordan James. I’ll never forget the first words the fifteen year old Jordan James rumbled to me… “I hate you.” Come to homecoming for the story. Jordan is a veritable renaissance man - playing piano, singing in a local contemporary band, leading worship at his church, teaching drama, getting his Master’s, even touring with the Dixie Echoes for a year, booming out some bass in front of 20,000 people at NQC.
There have only been a couple of occasions in the past 9 years when we were all together, so this will be a joyful reunion indeed. Mark your calendars for my 13th Annual Homecoming Concert on March 14, 2020, 5PM at First Baptist Church in Troup, TX