Last year, I reviewed a cd by a great male quartet from Michigan , 4 One Quartet. Since then, the group has gone through some personnel changes. Lead singer/group manager Jim Quales and bass vocalist Will Funk are now joined by Dave Randall (formerly of Canada’s legendary Torchmen Quartet), who takes over the baritone spot, while John Croy steps in at tenor. Together is also the groups first recording on the Chapel Valley label, whom they signed with early this year.
The project starts out with JD Sumner’s classic, “God Made A Way”, featuring Funk who does a great job. Next up is a little hymn medley of “At Calvary/Glory To His Name”, which features Randall & Funk on the verses. Things slow down a bit for a great song, “Again”, that features tenor vocalist Croy. One of my favorites on this project is a song Randall wrote, “I’m Gonna Get My Feet Wet”. Dave originally recorded this with The Torchmen several years ago and its great to hear him sing this one again, the guys did a great job on this one.
The guys slow things down again to close out the first half of the recording with “The River”, a praise and worship song that is arranged and delivered with perfection. It’s great to hear a group cover a modern worship song with a tasteful arrangement and solid harmonies. Next up is a song featuring Dave, “Forever Redeemed“, which is one of two songs on the project written by Dianne Wilkinson. Another one of my favorites cuts on the project features Randall, “I Won’t Forget“. Written by Lee Black, Joel Lindsey, and Sue Smith, its an excellent lyric that focuses on the crucifixion and Dave sings it with feeling and conviction. This is definitely a song you will want to hear.
Bass vocalist Funk is featured on another great song, “Come To The Well“, written by Ray Scarbrough. Will shows a bit of his range on this one, a great song about the woman at the well and the invitation Jesus gives to us as well who are “thirsty and dry”. The guys pick up the pace with another great quartet song, “Shout All Over Heaven“. The project comes to a close with another great new song, “When You Say Jesus“, written by Dianne Wilkinson and Marcia Henry. Lead singer Quales is featured on the verse and tenor vocalist Croy is featured on the bridge. It’s a soulful song with some really nice harmony that is a great song to close out the project.
I really enjoyed Together and highly recommend this cd. When you combine great song selection, with tasteful arrangements, and solid vocals, the result will always be a cd that people will enjoy. There’s a little bit of something for everyone on this project, with hymns, classics, and great new songs that will appeal to listeners. Add to that a great quartet blend that is the best in the group’s history, and theres a reason to check these guys out. Dave Randall is an excellent addition and has a great voice with character that is instantly identifiable. I really enjoyed each cut on this project and commend Jim, Will, Dave and John on a job well done. I give this project 4 out of 5 stars.
To pick up your copy of Together, you can purchase your physical copy from the guys here. It’s also available for download on iTunes and other digital music outlets. You can also take a listen to a couple songs below from these YouTube videos.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Favorite Songs: God Made A Way, I’m Gonna Get My Feet Wet, I Won’t Forget, Come To The Well, When You Say Jesus.
Review copy provided.