The Ball Brothers: Praising Jesus with Southern Gospel music
This writer didn’t know what to expect as I prepared to drive to my Alma Mater, Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois to see a concert by the Ball Brothers last night, March 24, 2013. The Ball Brothers are a uniquely different Southern Gospel quartet whose style is different from most other Gospel quartets.
The Ball Brothers came on stage and they wowed the audience from the first note of their first song. They are a younger quartet whose music is geared to all ages from the fans who range from Grandmothers to teenagers. They sang a wide medley of traditional Southern Gospel hits such as:
- Beulah Land
- There is Hope
- It’s all about the Cross
- Not Anymore
- You Love me anyway
The Quartet consists of Andrew and Daniel Ball; Cody McVey, Andy Tharp and Chad McCloskey. They have been singing since 2006 and they tour the world. What is remarkable is that they are local boys who have made it big; they grew up in Mt. Pulaski, Illinois which is a small town in Logan County in the middle of the state. Although they have since moved to Chicamauga, Georgia, yet they continue to remember their roots and still play at Mt. Pulaski events such as “Christmas on Vinegar Hill,” which is an annual event that hosts many arts and crafts vendors in a city-wide festival.
Their newest recording is “Strength” in 2012. Some other facts that are interesting are:
- Won the 2011 Singing News “Horizon Group of the Year”
- Appeared on the popular Gaither Homecoming video series.
- Performed on the Main stage of the National Quartet Convention.
- Shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Gospel and Country music including: The Gaither Vocal Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, the Martins, Legacy Five, and many more. Travel more than 150 dates per year across the World (according to their website.)
If interested in knowing their scheduled tour dates, you can go to their website at: www.theballbrothers.com
They also have a YouTube series called: “Rollin’ with the Ball Brothers,” which gives their fans an opportunity to see what they are like ‘behind the scenes,’ which is something most fans don’t often get to see. Their musical style blends the old with the new in a fantastic four-part harmony with silken voices that are well worth the price of the ticket for an enjoyable evening at a Ball Brothers concert.