Driven Quartet has nearly five years under their belt. 2011 saw the release of the group’s third album; Crucified With Christ. This follows the group’s debut recording He Will Provide and most recently their sophomore effort Driven.
This new nine song recording is mainly a collection of previously recorded music and therefore will not receive my traditional rating scale. Instead I will offer a little insight on whether this project is worth adding to your collection.
The first plus the group has going for them, for many Southern Gospel fans, is they are a quartet. The many quartet fans of Southern Gospel music would appreciate this young quartet putting their own ‘spin’ on some quartet standards. The current group is composed of Scott Penuel (Tenor), Jason Funderburk (Lead), Chad Smith (Baritone) and Will Lane (Bass). Jason is the son of Cathedral/Perfect Heart tenor Danny Funderburk.
Amongst the many quartet standards found on Crucified With Christ, the album does contain two new songs. Both could be single possibilities. “Marriage Supper” (Nathan Widener) is a big Southern Gospel ballad that the group has been staging now for a couple of years. On the other end of the tempo spectrum you have ”What The Sea Saw” (Richard Calhoun). This up tempo ‘barn burner’ would make a great live concert tune.
The group does justice to the Catheral classic “He Made A Change” (Ernie Haase/Joel Lindsey), while covers of “Oh What A Savior” and “Boundless Love” (Wilkinson) fall short; only because they have hit the ‘worn out’ threshold. Other pleasant covers include “He Touched Me” (William Gaither) and “Thanks To Calvary” (James Pearson).
Driven is a young quartet that has a bright future if they continue to produce Southern Gospel quartet music the way they have now on all three of their recordings. If you’re a fan of Southern Gospel standards you will enjoy Crucified With Christ.
SONG LIST: 1. “Satisfied With Jesus” 2. “Oh What A Savior” 3. “Boundless Love” 4. “He Touched Me” 5. “Marriage Supper” 6. “What The Sea Saw” 7. “Thanks To Calvary” 8. “Crucified With Christ” 9. “He Made A Change”