Today continues a new series titled overrated. It looks at a current artist’s popularity (rated out of 100) vs current chart success/album releases (rated out of 100). The difference between their popularity score and chart success/album release score is where they fall on the overrated meter. The artist covered today is Brian Free and Assurance.
CURRENT POPULARITY = 88
- Brian Free and Assurance had instant recognition when they hit the scene in 1994 after Brian’s huge success with Gold City.
- Brian understood the importance of a Southern Gospel quartet and added a bass singer by 1995.
- Even after being one of Southern Gospel’s most awarded tenor vocalists, the group (once again a trio) still is loved among fans. They landed in six categories among the top ten finalists for this year’s Singing News fan awards.
- Ultimately it will be up to fans to determine if losing the bass singer will reduce their popularity.
CURRENT CHART SUCCESS/ALBUM RELEASES = 76
- In pondering the music Brian Free and Assurance is currently giving listeners, I score that 76 out of 100.
- I consider the group’s prime recording years, thus far, to be between 2005 and 2010.
- Albums such as Live In New York City (2005), It’s So God (2006), Real Faith (2007), Worth It (2009) and Never Walk Alone (2010) represent the best in the group’s entire discography.
- The group’s most recent effort, Live Like We’re Redeemed (2016) is one of the least remarkable in the group’s entire discography.
SCORE ON THE OVERRATED METER = +12
- This score represents that Brian Free and Assurance is currently overrated by a net positive +12.