The Midwest Quartet Association board is pleased to announce that Jeff Stice, formerly with Perfect Heart and Triumphant Quartet, will be performing as a special guest during the 2014 MWQA Convention! He will adding his incredible music and ministry to the convention, which is held this year at Holiday Inn Airport, Des Moines, IA on October 3rd & 4th.
About Jeff Stice
Jeff Stice, affectionately known as “Mr Piano Man” is having an incredible musical journey and has reached pinnacles of great success in The Gospel Music World.
His love for the piano started at the age of 6. His mother played and every time she did, he would lie under the piano and listen. When she would finish, he would get on the stool, place his hands on the keys and begin to pick out the melody of some of the songs he had heard her play. At the age of 8 he began taking lessons and it was recognized early on that he had “an ear” for music. Jeff’s parents began to take him to Gospel Concerts where he immediately fell in love with “The Piano Players”.
As he began to grow older his love for Gospel Quartet Music began to grow as well. At the age of 15 he began playing for his father’s quartet, winning high school talent shows along the way. After Jeff graduated from high school he went on to major in Piano Performance at Western Kentucky University.
Shortly after, he was offered a position in The Rex Nelon Singers. While there, he received The FAVORITE YOUNG ARTIST AWARD by The Singing News Magazine. It was during this time that Jeff began to develop the art of communicating through his music. Featured on different solos each night, he would always seem to connect with the audience. To this day, Jeff credits Rex as one of his primary teachers and mentors.
In 1990 he helped form PERFECT HEART. It was during his time there that he received his first MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD from The Singing News Magazine. As a member of PERFECT HEART, Jeff began to venture on his own from time to time doing solo concerts, where he would play dramatic standards of Gospel and Classical Music as well as hand clapping Southern Gospel favorites. His impressions of RAY CHARLES, FLOYD CRAMER, ROGER WILLIAMS and LIBERACE, to this day, are audience favorites.
In 2002 he was offered an opportunity from LOUISE MANDRELL to put together a Quartet for her theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tn. Because of this, he helped form THE TRIUMPHANT QUARTET where he played for, arranged and produced their music for 12 years. Jeff also played in Louise’s orchestra on several occasions.
During this twelve year span, Jeff was honored to receive a number of awards and recognitions. Jeff’s music has afforded him the opportunity to travel all around the United States and Canada. He was honored to play his arrangement of JOSHUA FIT’ THE BATTLE OF JERICHO at the world-renowned CARNEGIE HALL on more than one occasion.
In February of 2014, Jeff went through a season of reflection and change. He took a leave of absence from the group to go into an intense discipleship program for three months. While there, he discovered God in a way he had never known Him before: “While sitting on a picnic table by a creek one afternoon, I felt God’s arms wrap around me. He drew me close as He whispered to me, “I love you Jeff”. It was there that God mercifully saved my soul. For 46 years I knew about God, but now I know how to be with God. He told me to go and share the gift that He had given me… Grace! So now, I have a testimony to share and I have a new song to play as I start a new chapter for my life. I ask that each of you remember me in your prayers”.
In May of 2014 some difficult decisions had to be made. Jeff left the Triumphant Quartet to be with and help care for his parents. Because of the need for a more flexible schedule, Jeff begins a new solo career in this new beginning. He will also be producing, arranging and teaching music as well.
— from Beckie Simmons Agency’s website