“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,” reads Psalm 100, and Nov. 2-6, the Deep South Quartet Convention will do just that in Magnolia at the First United Pentecostal Church, located on the Hwy. 79 Bypass.
The four-day celebration will mark the tenth anniversary of the DSQC, which was founded in 2002 by David Talley, a Magnolia resident and an original member of The Crusaders Ministries. It’s expected to bring as many as 500-600 people to Columbia County, he said.
According to Talley, since 2002, DSQC has grown from four conventions in Arkansas to 10 across the South and now includes prayer and commitment times, ministry worship and performances by 10 “of the best regional groups in the area.”
One of those groups is Talley’s own, he said, noting that the members of The Crusaders Ministries began their journey together in 1988 singing Southern Gospel music and sharing their faith through testimony.
The Crusaders Ministries members include Talley, baritone and keyboardist; his son, Jonathan Talley, lead; Steve Reeves, tenor and bass guitarist; and his son, Scott Reeves, drummer. The two father/son duos are all from Magnolia.
Talley said, “We have been blessed beyond our biggest dreams. God has protected and lead us through the many years of traveling in a bus across the lower United States.”
He added, “The Crusaders are ordinary men, working and living ordinary lives. God has given us the desire to share our testimony, our hurts, our failures, our trials and our blessings to reach a hurting and lost world. More than anything, our desire is to share the saving power of Jesus Christ with everyone. The Crusaders Ministries feel the Lord has called us especially to the church, to minister to the congregation and to hurting people.”
Talley said the group has completed 13 projects, the newest being, ‘Those Hands, Those Feet,’ and, ‘The Story is Still the Same,’ both of which are title songs written by Talley.
According to Talley, “147 people were saved in our services in 2010 and 132 in 2011. The Crusaders Ministries were booked over 192 times for 2010 and are sure to reach that number for 2011. There have been rededications and lives touched and changed.”
The New Way Quartet, of Mena, is another of the featured performers at DSQC this year. When it comes to the sound of the New Way Quartet, perhaps noted Southern Gospel songwriter Dianne Wilkinson said it best, “New Way Quartet— Woo hoo! My, my, my!”
Steeped in the tradition of landmark groups like the Oak Ridge Boys, the Kingsmen and the Cathedrals, Dr. Wally Liles, member of The New Way Quartet, set out nearly 10 years ago to create an outlet for a style of music he finds inescapable.
“I’ve been a big Southern Gospel fan all my life, from the time I was a kid listening to the Blackwood Brothers and the Statesmen. I studied classical music all my young adult life, but I still couldn’t get away from my love of Southern Gospel,” Liles said.
An optometrist by day, Liles, bass, spends his weekends sharing his vision with the three men with whom he shares the stage: Jeff Hindmarsh (lead), Brian Rushing (tenor), and Gary Kindy, Jr. (baritone).
“I love the harmony, I love the message and I love the interaction, both between the group on stage and of course, with the people out in the audience, too,” Liles said.
The Hoppers, Greenes, the Lefevre Quartet, Mercy’s Mark, and the Melody Boys are on a growing list of top groups with whom New Way has shared the stage, he said.
Jarrod Vanderslice, of Sapulpa, Okla., is another performer at the upcoming 10-year celebration. He is not new to the gospel music industry, having traveled formerly with national acclaimed family group, The Galloway’s, as their pianist. He also was one of the founding members of ‘The Inheritance.’ Singing with those groups has provided a platform for him to sing in front of thousands of people and national organizations, and he has performed on TBN, 3ABN and other television networks.
According to Talley, Vanderslice’s musical talent, along with his passion for the gospel, is next to no one. His music ministers to many people across the generations and is an encouragement to anyone who hears him, said Talley.
Vanderslice is also the founder of Sound Street Productions. His promotional company promotes gospel music in Oklahoma as well as other areas of the country.
The Homesteaders Quartet, of Welletka, Okla., will also perform at DSQC. Members of the quartet are Donnie Williamson, his wife, Lisa Williamson, Darin Herbert and David Folenius.
According to Talley, Donnie Williamson formed the Homesteaders Quartet in 1998 with the desire to sing classic quartet. He had a vision for a Christian musical production.
Lisa Williamson is the author of, “I’m Ready to Go,” which was once the number six song in the nation, according to The Singing News, and was in the top 25 songs for the year. She has written many other songs that have been recorded by The Homesteaders and other groups, Talley noted.
Talley said Hebert was born in New Orleans, La. While still in high school, Hebert began singing with some well-known gospel groups in the Oak Grove, La., area. He joined The Homesteaders during the last semester of his senior year at Oak Grove, fulfilling his dream of singing Gospel music full-time, Talley said.
“While still in his teens, he was promoted as the lowest teenage bass singer in gospel music,” Talley said.
Folenius is the newest member of The Williamsons. He began his singing career at the age of 15 in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Folenius said, “I couldn’t be more excited than I am now that the Lord has opened the door for me to partner with The Williamsons. I have never been with a more talented and sincere organization, and I plan to be here for a long time.”
Other artists appearing at the DSQC are Southern Faith, of Calico Rock; In Him Trio, of Springfield, Mo.; Hendriz Trio, of Texarkana, Texas; the Hawkins Family, of Hot Springs; Chosen, of Natches, Miss.; Jerry Tims and Band, of Idabel, Okla.; and pianist Willie Ming, of Springdale.
The event begins Wed., Nov. 2 and run through Sun., Nov. 6, and has free admission. A “Love Offering” will be taken for the ministries, Talley said.
Other scheduled events during the DSQC include:
• Wed., Nov. 2, a prayer service led by Crusader’s Ministries begins at 7:30 p.m.
• Thurs., Nov. 3, a ladies prayer luncheon is led by Penny Talley at noon and a meal at 6 p.m.
• The concert begins at 7 p.m. Fri., Nov. 4, and at 6 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5.
• A matinee concert begins at 1 p.m., and the night concert starts at 7 p.m.
The concerts can be streamed live on the DSQC website at www.dsqc.org.
Churches arriving in vans and busses should arrive early for easy parking and a meal before the concert. Food concessions will be available starting one hour prior to the concert. Churches interested in hosting a Deep South Quartet Convention may contact David Talley at 904-3118 for information.