Not many groups have burst on the Southern Gospel Music scene like the Dove Brothers Quartet did in the late 1990s, and they haven’t slowed down since.
The Dove Brothers will bring their award-winning style of harmony to the Texas Gospel Music Hall Saturday night at 6 p.m.
The group’s owner and lead vocalist McCrae Dove, now 41, has been a lifelong fan of the music. He points back to two legendary groups of the 1950s as favorites whose professionalism he tries to emulate.
If success is any indicator, the Dove Brothers have proven that tight harmony and powerful voices haven’t gone out of style.
McCray, with his brother, Eric Dove founded the Dove Brothers Quartet group in 1998. McCray had spent several years with the Dixie Melody Boys, and was still in his 20s when DBQ was formed.
“I had a dream, and I knew the only way I could go after the dream was to start the Dove Brothers,” McCray said.
In 1999, they were named the Horizon Group of the Year at the Singing News Fan Awards, for being the best newcomer to hit the scene that year.
Three years later they were on top of the world, winning the Singing New award for Favorite Traditional Male Quartet.
Many audiences stood to their feet to cheer songs like “Didn’t It Rain?” and “Get Away Jordan.”
In 2007, they recorded the southern gospel song of the year, “I Can Pray.”
A major change came at the start of the year when the group had to replace its tenor singer. They found 25 year-old Jonathan Price, a former construction worker, who said he loves getting the chance to spread the word of God through song to audiences around the country.
McCray wrote in his blog about the addition in February, saying, “The Price is right in the Tenor spot. So come out and see what the Dove Brothers and The Dove Brothers Band is all about.”
Also on stage Saturday will be New Grace Trio and Hearts of Grace Trio.
The Texas Gospel Music Hall is located on State Highway 19 in Athens, just south of Loop 7. Doors open at 5 p.m., with the concert beginning at 6 p.m.
Tickets are available at First State Bank on the square in Athens, and at the door. Call 903-677-2492 for more information.