The following is the statement released jointly by the Joel Wood and Mark Trammell.
In a combined announcement today, Mark Trammell Quartet tenor Joel Wood and Mark Trammell released the following statements. “It is a bittersweet day in our ministry,” says Mark. “I’ve seen this young man grow in so many ways in the last two years. I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for the privilege of investing in the lives of Joel and his sweet family. Joel is one of the finest young men I’ve ever traveled with.”While he’s gained in popularity as a professional singer, his popularity and need at home are even greater. I applaud his wisdom in using Godly discernment to strive for the ‘Best Dad’ award from four sons and a nephew vs. the award for ‘Best Gospel Singer.’ We wish Joel and his family all that Heaven has to offer as we all move forward in seeking what God has for us in the days ahead.” “I have been abundantly blessed to be a part of The Mark Trammell Quartet for the last two years and to have made so many friends across the country,” says Joel. “Our fans are the greatest people in the world! While I LOVE singing Gospel music, I also love being an active part of the lives of my boys. As they grow older, there is more opportunity for them to be involved in sports and other activities outside the home and it has become impossible for my wife, Melissa, to be at five different places at one time.
“I’m not saying that I won’t ever sing again. I just feel after much prayer and consideration that this is the right decision for this time in our lives.
“I would also like to thank Mark Trammell, Pat Barker, Dustin Sweatman, and Stan Olson for their desire to help me grow as both a Gospel singer AND a father. They truly are Godly men and I have enjoyed my time with them.”
“Joel will continue his duties with the quartet until a suitable replacement is found. The group will begin try outs in the next few days. Mark and the guys have asked that you be much in prayer for everyone involved during this time of transition.”
While its always disappointing when a group member leaves, Joel is doing it for the right reasons. I was a huge Eric Phillips fan, and wasn’t won on over by Joel immediately, but he has vastly improved as a tenor and done a terrific job over the past 2 years. We pray for him & his family as they follow God’s Will for their lives. As far as who will be his replacement, it will be interesting to see who Mark hires. We all know that he hit a home run with bass singer Pat Barker, so know doubt he will find the right man!