2014 MWQA Convention Schedule

Here is the schedule for the 2014 Midwest Quartet Convention! Please remember that it is subject to change without notice.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3RD

12:00 — Liberty Belles

12:25 — Reconciled (Red Oak)

12:50 — Three Redeemed

1:15 — Still Water Quartet

1:40 — New Shoes Quartet

2:05 — 4 One Quartet

2:30 — The Victorymen

2:55 — Master’s Plan

3:20 — Special Delivery

3:45 — 4 Told Quartet

4:10 — Forgiven Quartet

4:35 — Shoal Creek Revival

5:00 — The Garms Family

5:25 — Supper Break

6:30 — Jeff Stice

6:55 — 4 His Love Quartet

7:20    Southern Faith

7:45 — Living Water Quartet

8:10 — Hear by Faith

8:35 — Headin’ Home Quartet

9:00 — Crimson River

9:25 — Chancellors Quartet

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4TH

12:00 — Crimson River

12:20 — Chancellors Quartet

12:40 — Southern Faith

1:00 — Headin’ Home Quartet

1:20 — Special Delivery

1:40 — 4 His Love Quartet

2:00 — Hear by Faith

2:20 — 4 Told Quartet

2:40 — New Shoes Quartet

3:00 — Shoal Creek Revival

3:20 — Reconciled (Red Oak)

3:40 — Living Water Quartet

4:00 — The Victorymen

4:20 — Master’s Plan

4:40 — 4 One Quartet

5:00 — The Garms Family

5:20 — Supper Break

6:40 — Liberty Belles

7:00 — Forgiven Quartet

7:20 — Three Redeemed

7:40 — Still Water Quartet

8:00 — Reconciled (Sully)

8:20 — Jeff Stice

Lots of news!

The 2014 MWQA Convention is right around the corner!  Do you have your tickets yet?

There are only 17 more days left till we celebrate our Lord Jesus in song and enjoy each other’s fellowship — aren’t you excited?!  The schedule has been put in place (yes, we will be posting it soon!), the convention program is in the works, and final preparations for the weekend are in full swing.

The Faithfulmen Quartet

The Faithfulmen Quartet

There will be new faces at the convention this year (keep reading!), as well as some absent groups.  The Marshalls and The Williamsons are unable to attend this year, so we will miss their powerful harmonies.  Also absent from the stage will be a faithful group, The Faithfulmen Quartet from Minnesota.  They have been singing together for over 17 years and the time has come to pursue other avenues of ministry.  We are sad to them go and their presence, music, and friendship will leave a void at the convention.  But we pray the Lord will bless them for their ministry and future endeavors!

The Victorymen

The Victorymen

The Victorymen welcomes Bruce Layman

The Victorymen from Oronogo, MO would like to announce the addition of their new lead singer, Bruce Layman. According to their press release: “Bruce is the newest member of the group, joining in May 2014.

Bruce Layman of The Victorymen

Bruce Layman of The Victorymen

He is no stranger to Gospel music and his strong powerful voice and testimony for the Lord will fit right in. He comes to us from the group Faithful Heart. We welcome and feel fortunate to have him as part of the group. Bruce resides in Joplin, Mo and attends church in Joplin when not out on the road.”

Christina Davis joins the Liberty Belles

Also, the Liberty Belles from Columbia, MO are excited to announce they have added a member to their group.

The Liberty Belles

The Liberty Belles

They have been searching for a third vocalist to complete their trio for over a year, and were happy to announce Christina Davis has joined the group.  Christina also hails from Missouri and adds her voice to the group’s pleasing blend.

Continuing the convention news…

As you probably heard, Jeff Stice will be attending this year’s convention.  How fun is that?  He will be sharing his piano skills each evening. Some other new groups that you will be introduced to included 4 One Quartet from Michigan, Southern Faith from Arkansas, and Reconciled Quartet from Red Oak, Iowa.

Reconciled Quartet

Reconciled Quartet

We are thrilled to welcome each new group and cannot wait to see how the Lord will use them!  There was word passing around that the talented Keepers of the Faith would be performing the Midwest Quartet Convention this year, but that information is false.  A complete schedule will be posted soon of all the groups that will — Lord-willing — be ministering.

In closing, we look forward to seeing YOU this year!  If you have any questions or comments about the convention, please feel free to get in touch with us.  God bless you!

 

Get to know Southern Faith!

Southern FaithThe Midwest Quartet Association is pleased to introduce to you, Southern Faith!  They have recently joined MWQA.  While more contact information will be coming soon, here is a short biography on this group from Arkansas:

The beautiful Ozark Mtns. of north central Arkansas, the breathtaking White River, and the majestic bluffs along its banks, all have something in common. They are home to Southern Faith.

Southern Faith is a dynamic mixed trio with sharp, crisp harmonies and a pleasing array of both contemporary and traditional southern gospel sounds. Although they work hard to accomplish their musical goals, their focus is evangelistic in nature. “We can sing until your ears fall off,” Wade explains, “but if lives aren’t changed, hearts aren’t touched, and souls aren’t saved, then we’ve accomplished little.”

The group, which was originally founded as a family trio, has been ministering for 10 years. However, Southern Faith currently consists of owner/manager and lead singer Wade Moser, his lovely wife Taffy, who sings mezzo soprano (men’s baritone), and tenor singer Jerry Stowe. Jerry’s beautiful wife, Angela, diligently works behind the scenes as both product and marketing manager. Willie Ming is the newest member of Southern Faith bringing with him an anointed gift at the piano unmatched in southern gospel music today!

 

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!