- 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)
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).
- 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”.
- 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”.
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