Here For You: Tribute Quartet

tributeqt2016hereforyouGRADE:  B+

  • Album – Here For You
  • Artist – Tribute Quartet
  • Label – Daywind Records
  • Style – Traditional, Progressive
  • Release Date – 09/16/16
  • Available For Digital Download? – Yes (Apple Music)

SYNOPSIS:

This week we take a look at the latest album from the Tribute Quartet; Here For You.  The album hit retail on 09/16/16.

Tribute Quartet is celebrating their first decade in Southern Gospel music.  Three years ago the group got their first #1 hit with “Good News From Jerusalem”.

Tribute has had vocal consistency over the last five years with Riley Clark (tenor), Gary Casto (lead), Josh Singletary (baritone) and Anthony Davis (bass).

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Tenor Riley Clark has the big stand out songs on Here For You.  The biggest on the album is the Lee Black penned, “When The Prodigal Comes Home”.  A Southern Gospel power ballad that could give Tribute their second #1 hit.  You have to hear this song!  May very well be the best recorded Southern Gospel song of 2016.
  • Riley doesn’t stop there as he delivers another powerful tune with “God Of The Storms”.  This would also make for another radio single possibility.
  • Riley closes the album with another stand out, “Nothing Stops The Savior’s Love”.  A nice reminder of God’s love for us.
  • The album opens with a progressive up-tempo number with the standard Wayne Haun brass/horn arrangement.  “Here For You” is a song from the Ernie Haase and Signature Sound playbook; jazzy and fun.
  • From “Here For You”, the group goes right in to another up tempo stand out, “Never Forsaken”.  Wayne Haun and Joel Linsdey penned both the former and latter.
  • Gary and Riley trade-off on verses to the ballad, “Grace At Its Best”.  One can never hear enough about the grace of Jesus.
  • Tribute Quartet has given listeners a Harry Connick style tune on each of their albums as it tends to fit Josh’s vocal style.  Here For You has a nice Connick style tune that Josh and Anthony trade verses; “Somebody Sing Me That Song”.  Fun song.
  • Strongest songs included in order:  “When The Prodigal Comes Home”, “Nothing Stops The Savior’s Love”, “God Of The Storms”, “Here For You”, “Never Forsaken”, “Grace At Its Best” and “Somebody Sing Me That Song”.
CRITIQUE:
  • Tribute Quartet attempt a Hoppers cover with “Jesus Saves”.  This was a Connie Hopper co-write originally recorded by the Hoppers on their 1998 album, One Foundation.  The cover did not live up to the original.
  • Weakest songs included in order:  “Jesus Saves” and “That’s How I Know”.

WRAP UP:

I’m going to go ahead and claim Here For You the best Tribute Quartet album of their ten-year career.  This is the kind of album I have been waiting for from this group.  I knew they had it in them.  You should definitely give this album a listen.

SONG/Featured Vocalist – Songwriter:  1. “Here For You”/Ensemble – Wayne Haun, Joel Linsey  2. “Never Forsaken“/Gary – Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey  3. “Somebody Sing Me That Song“/Josh; Anthony – Lee Black, Sue C Smith  4. “When The Prodigal Comes Home”/Riley – Lee Black  5. “Meeting In The Middle Of The Air”/Gary – Lee Black  6. “God Of The Storms”/Riley – Gerald Crabb, Savana Foust  7. “Everybody Come See Jesus”/Josh – Gina Boe, Donna King, Sue C Smith, Dianne Wilkinson  8. “That’s How I Know“/Anthony – Becky Bowman, Sonya Isaacs Yeary  9. “Grace At Its Best”/Gary; Riley – Gary Casto, Barbara Huffman  10. “Jesus Saves”/Ensemble – Geron Davis, Connie Hopper  11. “Nothing Stops The Savior’s Love”/Riley – Daniel Crews, Elisha Hoffman, Don Koch, John Stockton

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One thought on “Here For You: Tribute Quartet

  1. I knew great things would happen when Wayne Haun got involved. Can’t wait to pick this project up next week at NQC!

    Interesting note… “Grace At Its Best” was originally recorded on Monument Quartet’s self-titled debut. MQ was the precursor to Tribute; Gary Casto, Josh Singletary, and original bass Dennis Dugger were there. I was listening to that project a couple of weeks ago and thought that song deserved another look, so I was pleased when I heard the iTunes preview. Can’t wait to hear this treatment; it sounds very different based on the clip.

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