What if the Oak Ridge Boys never left Gospel Music? Sometimes I think about certain scenarios as I look over the history of Southern Gospel music. That caused me to create this new feature titled; What If. Every so often, I will generate a ‘what if’ scenario and allow, you, the readers to hash out how Southern Gospel music may be different as a result of the ‘what if’ scenario.
So, lets examine the, what if the Oak Ridge Boys never left Gospel Music. Let’s throw out a few talking points.
- The Oak Ridge Boys would be celebrating 56 years in Southern Gospel music (if we’re using 1958 as the beginning).
- The group has had the same vocal line-up for 41 years, unheard of for any Southern Gospel quartet.
- If they would’ve remained in Southern Gospel music, would there have been personnel changes over that 41 year period?
- With such a rich legacy, would they be regarded among fans as one of the most popular groups in SG history (like the Cathedrals)?
- Would they have stayed cutting edge and may even drifted in to the CCM market?
So what do you think? Talk among yourselves about how Southern Gospel would be different if the Oak Ridge Boys had never left the industry.