Another week, another ten on ten feature. This week takes a look at the recording career of the Mark Trammell Trio/Quartet. Of the twelve recordings in the group’s discography, eight of those were recorded as a trio and four recorded as a quartet.
One would be hard pressed to find another Southern Gospel artist with the resume of Mark Trammell. That resume includes time spent with the Kingsmen, Cathedrals, Greater Vision and Gold City. Now, Mark has been at the helm of his own group since 2002.
- Always Have A Song (2008)
- Once Upon A Cross (2007)
- Love To Tell The Story (2002)
- This Time (2005)
- Lifetime (2012)
- Testimony (2010)
- Beside Still Waters (2004)
- Something Good (2003)
- Journey Thus Far (2006)
- Treasures (2011)
- With just twelve albums in the group’s discography thus far, it wasn’t difficult to come up with a list of ten. In fact, determining the pinnacle of the Mark Trammell Trio/Quartet’s discography wasn’t difficult either.
- The top album in the group’s discography is the 2008 trio recording Always Have A Song. Not only does this album contain the group’s best song to date, “Loving The Lamb”, but also has one of the strongest song selections of any album by the group.
- In addition to “Loving The Lamb”, Always Have A Song gives the listener “At The Whisper Of His Name”, “Called In, Called Up, Called Out”, “I Know That I Know”, “If Only Just A Few” and “Safe On The Glory Side”.
- Ranked #2 among the group’s ten best is the 2007 trio recording Once Upon A Cross. This was the first album to contain a really huge song for the Mark Trammell Trio/Quartet. The title track became a song of the year nominee and the album also received an album nomination.
- The Mark Trammell Trio/Quartet is one of those few groups who released a stellar debut album. Such is the album, Love To Tell The Story, which ranks #3 among the group’s ten best. “I Have A Heavenly Father”, “The Lamb Upon The Throne”, “Long For Beulah Land”, “The Lord Is Good”, “My Heavenly Father Watches Over Me” and “Roll Back River Jordan” all highlight this album.
- Of the four quartet recordings, three of those landed in the top ten. The highest ranked quartet recording is the 2012 album Lifetime, ranked #5 overall. Big orchestrated, Lari Goss, arrangements dominate Lifetime.
- The Mark Trammell Quartet currently has one #1 song to their credit. Their cover of the quartet classic “I Know” topped the charts in 2011. The album, Testimony, which contains “I Know’ ranks #6 among the group’s ten best.
- Pat Barker, Steve Hurst, Eric Phillips, Joseph Smith, Dustin Sweatman, Nick Trammell and Joel Wood have all been members of the group thus far.
- The group has recorded four custom album’s in their career thus far. The highest ranked of those is the 2006 album, Journey Thus Far (ranked #9). The group gives the listener great covers of “Had It Not Been”, “Just A Little Closer Home”, “Master Builder”, “Thank God I Am Free” and “Won’t It Be Wonderful There”.
- The Mark Trammell Quartet is just getting their recording career started. They have many years ahead of them to change this current top ten list.
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