When Joel Wood left the Mark Trammell Quartet back in September, I was very intrigued to see who the group would hire. Mark Trammell’s track record has been very impressive so far when it comes to hiring the right people to be a part of his ministry. I secretly was hoping for one of two people to be hired. Former Gold City tenor Jay Parrack, or the very first tenor Mark hired in the Trio days, Eric Phillips.
This morning I was ecstatic to find out that Eric Phillips will be the new tenor of the Mark Trammell Quartet. Eric left the group to become a police officer, and has served in the Gadsden, Alabama Police Force the past 2 years. Here is the press release from the group.
“After three months of searching, praying, and auditioning. Mark Trammell Quartet is happy to announce that former Mark Trammell TRIO tenor Eric Phillips will rejoin the group at the end of the year.
Eric has faithfully served the city of Gadsden, Alabama as a law enforcement officer for the last 2 years and has earned highest honors in his service to them. Eric states “When music is in your blood, it’s hard to get it out. I’m looking forward to getting back on the road with Mark and the guys, seeing friends I haven’t seen in two and a half years and most importantly encouraging people with the gospel message thru song!”
Mark states: “I couldn’t be happier with Eric‘s decision to return. He loved being a police officer and I admired him for his work. The first song we sang together when he asked to be considered again confirmed what God was trying to tell everyone in the room. All I can say is welcome home Eric, good to have you back!”
Mark continues, “We would like to thank 28 men and two ladies that showed interest in filling the position. We are honored that you would trust this ministry that much. Also, we MUST thank our friend Jim Cox from Cumming, Ga for his excellent job of filling in at the tenor position over the last two months. Jim has been a true joy to our fans and friends across the country.”
I firmly believe this lineup of the group, if they stay together, will be the top Quartet in Gospel Music. There is so much potential for this lineup, and they will deliver on it. I cannot wait to see them live, with Eric.