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The Ball Brothers
When it comes to the Ball Brothers, forget what you know about other "gospel quartets." Because this unique group stands in stark contrast to many preconceived notions regarding traditional quartet music, the Ball Brothers have found life "outside of the box." Tenor vocalist, Andrew, states, "We're a younger group and we're a different kind of group. At first, it was a struggle trying to imitate other groups and fit into the proverbial 'southern gospel mold'. We finally stopped apologizing for what we weren't and have embraced the uniqueness of our God-given voices and harmonies. Since then, our musical horizons have expanded, and our ministry has really taken off."
Since their formation in 2006, the Ball Brothers have rapidly made their mark in Christian music by finding a musical balance between the old and the new. "We've never been to a place where every person in the audience was the same age. On the contrary, most places we go have a mixture of young, middle-aged, and older people. So, our music style and song selection is based around that blend. It's great to see a grandmother and granddaughter worshiping together and enjoying the same music. We get to see that on a regular basis," says lead vocalist, Daniel.
What can someone expect when they hear the Ball Brothers? A mix of musical styles, melted together by tight, four-part harmony. Each song is hand-picked to be message-driven, and theologically sound. Their goal is to spread the message of the Gospel and encourage believers.
One won't have to look very far on the internet to find out what the Ball Brothers are like "behind the scenes." The guys have a popular Facebook series called, "Rollin' with the Ball Brothers" that offers an inside look into their ministry and lives on the road. "Rollin' with the Ball Brothers” is our way of tearing down the divide that sometimes separates us from our audience. We're not interested in promoting ourselves as "rock stars." We're interested in showing everyone how God can use "normal" people for His honor and glory," says Daniel.
From over 15,000,000 online video views, to Gaither videos, to national television appearances; from Youth Conferences to Senior Retreats; from Sunday morning worship service, to Saturday afternoon at the state fair; the Ball Brothers thrive in a balanced ministry, carving out a sound and approach that is uniquely their own. Regardless of your age or musical preference, the Ball Brothers invite you to see and hear the difference.
Tim Caldwell: Tim has been around southern gospel all of his life, beginning with family roots in Eastern Tennessee. He fell in love with at an early age, and as a teenager played drums for the Calvarymen Quartet. He is co-owner of Northwinds Recording Studio and he engineered many projects for other groups. He sang with Chosen, and now sings with Justified. Tim, his wife Linda and 3 children live in Swartz Creek, MI
Mark Jacoby: Marj was born and raised in Michigan and has been singing most of his life. He sang with Praise Quartet for 10 years and with the Calvarymen Quarter for 10 years. Now singing baritone with Justified, he continues to minister and bless everyone around him. Mark, his wife Deana and 2 children live and farm in Akron, MI.
Carl Ledford: Carl has been singing gospel music since he was 6 years old, and continues to use his God-given talent writing songs and singing lead for Justified. He is currently the praise and worship leader at New Testament Church and has been leading praise and worship for 10 years. Groups he has sang with include The Gospelmen, The Calvarymen Quartet and One Destiny. Carl and his wife Tracey live in Flint, MI. They have 5 children and 4 grandchildren.
David Potts: Dave has lived in Michigan all his life. He was introduced to southern gospel music in 1993 and has been involved ever since. he has been with the Gospelmen Quartet, Reconsiled and has filled in for other groups on many occasions. He is an active member of his church, has sung in the choir and on praise teams. Dave now sings tenor for Justified. Dave, his wife Donita and 2 children live in Lennon, MI and enjoy an active lifestyle.
Mid Michigan Gospel Music Association
The Mid Michigan Gospel Music Association is a non-profit founded to protect and promote gospel music in the Mid-Michigan area.