Spending most of his adult life in gospel music - took his first full-time quartet job two weeks after high school as a Tenor for the Cavalier Quartet in Norfolk, Virginia. From there were stops in Marion, Illinois with The Starmen, and then to Birmingham with The Rhythm Masters for several years.
Jim was a founding member of The Southmen in 1974 as Tenor, Manager, and Emcee. He still holds these titles and considered by many as one of the best emcees in gospel music. He can take control of an audience very quickly having them crying one minute and laughing the next. A very dry humor makes him a fan favorite at every event.
Roy Bray, pianist was born in Lebanon, Indiana. His parents introduced him to gospel quartet music as a child, his family traveled to hear quartets that are now legendary. We know you'll enjoy hearing those early influences come through in his playing. Roy has been deeply involved in southern gospel music since 1966 as a pianist, vocalist, church choir director, studio musician and a vocal coach.
Roy has had the honor of performing with some of the gospel music greats and says he feels right at home with a group of such talented, and devoted Christian men as the Southmen! You will come to enjoy his great sense of humor, as well as learning about his mission in life, "to seek and save the lost".
One of the founding members of The Southmen Quartet, John is one of a kind - always agreeable, helpful, and the most pleasant to travel with. He is a great multi-talented musician, and also one of the best bus drivers on the road.
John is always on The Southmen stage with a big smile as our bass guitarist. He has a heart for God, a love of music, and is a vital part of The Southmen.