The first quartet position I am looking at is the tenor. This is one part that gets a lot of publicity, and rightly so. The stress that is put on their voice each night has to make this the most difficult part in the group, but yet it is often one of the most popular.
There are many individuals that come to mind when you think of southern gospel tenors. Ernie Haase, Eric Phillips, Brian Free, and David Sutton are just a few of the names associated with the tenor position today. But here’s one name that you might not be familiar with, but you should be.
Dusty Barrett, Soul’d Out Quartet: Soul’d Out Quartet is not one of the biggest “names” out there today. For that reason, you may not have heard of him (unless you are one of those diehard SG followers). He may not be the highest tenor out there, but he has a smooth voice that is very easy to listen to.
Here is a heart-felt version of a song he wrote called Maker of the Rain, performed earlier this year.
Another song I enjoy hearing him on was my first introduction to Soul’d Out, singing an old southern gospel classic Have a Little Talk With Jesus. I actually couldn’t find the original clip I heard, but this one will have to suffice.
Dusty brings a great balance of high notes and power, and delivers them almost effortlessly. Be sure to see Soul’d Out in concert if they are ever in your area!