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Yes, yes, we know, last month Crimson River Quartet was supposed to open The Texas Opry's maiden First Thursday Night Gospel Show on Sept. 2nd. But, at the last minute lead singer Gary Wood was called to his aging mother's bedside in South Texas. So, another EXCELLENT Gospel Trio, Trusting Hym, kindly substituted for Crimson River. Trusting Hym is a trio of ladies from the Dallas area that delivered a great performance ending in a standing ovation.
This Thursday night, Oct. 7th Crimson River Quartet will indeed take the stage at The Texas Opry Theater at 319 York Ave. at 7:00 p.m., a long overdue return to the birthplace of The Crimson River Quartet in 1991. This second show will be hosted and headlined by The Crimson River Quartet. CRIMSON RIVER QUARTET is a Southern Gospel group from Northside Baptist Church in Weatherford, Texas.
CRIMSON RIVER was created to be a regular on the TEXAS OPRY GOSPEL SHOW in Weatherford in the early 90's. They sing for revivals, crusades, Opry shows, banquets or any place they are given the opportunity to share the Gospel. They have sung three times at the Will Roger's Auditorium in Fort Worth with some of Gospel Music's best known groups: The Florida Boys, The Dixie Melody Boys, The Hoppers, The Speer Family, Brian Free & Assurance, Perfect Heart, J.D.Sumner & The Stamps Quartet, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Down East Boys and local groups, SHILOH, HIS LOVE and more. The group is composed of the Minister of Music, two Deacons and a member from the North Side Baptist Church.
Lead singer, Gary Wood, has served in Southern Baptist churches for over forty-two (42) years as a minister of music. He has served as Minister of Music at North Side Baptist Church since September, 1985. Gary has two solo recordings and has been involved in the recordings of several other Gospel artist. He and his wife, Kaye, married December 18, 1971.
Mark Woolsey sings the baritone part and has many years experience with Barbershop Quartet singing and loves Southern Gospel music. Mark is a deacon and Choir member.
He and his wife, Diana, have been married 38 years and have two daughters, Jessica and Bethany.
David Brown sings bass for Crimson River. He is a RETIRED Weatherford Fireman but still works for J.R. Jones Construction. He is a very active member and a Deacon at North Side Baptist, sings in the Sanctuary Choir, and teaches First Grade Sunday School. David loves to sing Gospel music. He has been married to Melody for 39 years.
Jason Whittington is a fine tenor and plays the piano for the group. Jason comes to the group from Boundless Joy, a California based quartet, who won several state and national quartet competitions. Jason married Marlin Tolin August 5, 2000. He brings a lot of heart and musicianship to this group. Jason did a wonderful job of arranging and mixing on CRQ's projects.
CRIMSON RIVER is committed to ministry through Southern Gospel music. They'll sing anytime, anywhere. The guys have nine (9) Southern Gospel recordings and a Christmas recording "A Crimson Christmas"(1996). Their newest project is called I’d Tell You About Jesus and it contains “Gentle Shepherd”; “He’s Guiding Me”; “Grip Of Grace”; “Forgave Me, Saved Me, Raised Me”; I’d Tell You About Jesus”; “Damascus Road” and six (6) more.
Also, scheduled to appear on this show is Bobcat Bill aka Bill Sumpter. Bobcat Bill is from Morgan Mill, Tx. and retired from the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe RR (Signal Dept.) located in Ft Worth on May 1st, 2003. "Very few of my closet friends ever knew I could sing or even knew I liked to sing. I never knew they wanted to hear it nor did I ever impose on them the kind of songs I like. My first and only love, as songs go, or gospel songs. I do thank the Lord for my talent, and as far as I'm concerned, He should and does get all the praise and glory due Him. I shall never give up nor stop doing, what I think He wants me to do, and that is: Sing gospel songs." "I want to thank my mother for wanting me to get a CD album out, and to Judy and Don Earley (Earley Praises) for encouraging me to get into SGMA to make this possible."
Bobcat has been nominated by the SGMA/Texas every year since 2005 for either Male Vocalist or Male Soloist of The Year and for Special Award in 2007.
Bobcat says he actually started singing when he was 8 years old. "I graduated from the barn, the bathtub, shower, then to where I am now. There were two things I loved to do when I was growing up and I didn't really have to work at either one. They were sports (running track, playing football, which I did for 6 years, and singing Southern Gospel Music. Bobcat sports a very unique appearance that belies his singing talent.
Next on Thursday nights show will be the husband and wife team of Gigi and Randy Burgess. In February of 2007 Gigi and Randy were soloists, who discovered they had a unique vocal harmony when they sang together . They formed a duet with faith that it would open new doors for ministry. Since then, God has blessed them with many opportunities to present the gospel in song through concerts at churches of various faiths, senior centers, fairs, rodeo and other community events, jamborees, opry houses and music theaters across Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. Their music is currently played on several radio and internet stations across the US. They were married in 2008 and live near Princeton, Tx.