Jeff Stice coming to the 2014 convention!

Jeff SticeThe 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

Meet 4 One Quartet!

4 One Quartet

MWQA is excited to introduce to you a new member group, 4 One Quartet!  According to their website: “4 One Quartet is a male southern gospel quartet from Reed City, MI. The group formed in March of 2012. The quartet has had the privilege to be on the stage with; Perry’s, Triumphant Quartet, and Soul’d Out. We are working to become a full time ministry and are willing to work with any promoter, pastor or event coordinator. We believe that we have a song to share and message to communicate in today’s world.”

Stop by their member page to view their contact information, and say “hi” to them on Facebook!

Welcome Sarah Thieme to Crimson River!

Crimson RiverEffective January 12th, Ms. Sarah Thieme has joined the Southern Gospel trio Crimson River. Ms. Thieme replaces long-time member Dee Ann Douthart who sang with Crimson River for over  15 years.  Prior to joining Crimson River, Ms. Thieme also assisted with leading worship in Vida Nueva, a Hispanic worship ministry based out of Heritage Weslyan Church in the Quad Cities.  Ms. Thieme’s first concert with Crimson River will be March 7, 2014.

For more information about Crimson River, visit their website!

Announcing the 2014 Convention!

The 25th Annual MWQA Convention

Mark your calendars for October 3rd and 4th, 2014!  The MWQA is pleased to announce that the 25th annual Midwest Quartet Convention will held at the Holiday Inn – International Airport in Des Moines, Iowa.  With lower ticket prices and a more accessible facility, this convention will be better than ever!  Great music, great food, and the Greatest Message – this is one event you don’t want to miss!  Purchase tickets here.