Quartet to hold four concerts in area

Published 10:28 am Friday, July 24, 2015

Locals will have four opportunities to see the national act The Carolina Boys Quartet perform this weekend.

The Southern gospel group will perform tonight at First Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m., Tangipahoa Baptist Church in Summit Saturday at 7 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church in Monticello Sunday at 11 a.m. and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Sunday at 6 p.m.

Photo submitted The Carolina Boys will perform twice in Brookhaven, once in Monticello and once in Summit this weekend.

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The Carolina Boys will perform twice in Brookhaven, once in Monticello and once in Summit this weekend.

Patrick Campbell, the tenor of the quartet, said this will be their third trip to the area.

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“We’ve made many friends in Mississippi and hope to meet many more,” he said. “We are looking forward to our concerts, and we know folks will be blessed by what the Lord does through our music.”

Campbell said the series of concerts began when a group of fans from the area contacted the gospel group to visit. They saw the group on tour in Louisville, Kentucky. Campbell said the concerts do not have a cost, but they will be receiving a love offering. The group is not charging any of the churches but are accepting whatever attendees are willing to give.

“That’s what makes this tour so beautiful,” he said. “We would just love to see our Mississippi friends.”

The group was formed in 2003 by Ray Reese of the Kingsmen Quartet. Although there have been several membership changes since then, the current group has been together since around 2007. Members include Campbell, Chuck Lowe (lead), Toby Fricks (baritone) and Stephen Jewel (bass).

Campbell said that over time they have grown closer.

“Chuck is my wife’s brother, so I do know him quite well,” Campbell joked. “We knew each other from singing in the industry.”

Now they tour across the country as they try to uplift God’s people.

“Every song tells a joyous reunion,” Campbell said. “Every song has a message of hope and encouragement. I think in today’s world everyone needs encouragement.”

Campbell said that the world is divisive, and they hope to bridge those differences through their music.

“Whether liberal or conservative, our music is really uplifting,” he said. “It shows what there is to look forward to in the future if you’re a Christian.”

For more information about The Carolina Boys Quartet, visit carolinaboysquartet.com.