Allegiance Concert Report

Allegiance Concert, 6-25-05, Inman, SC

I just got home from seeing Allegiance. These guys are VERY blessed with vocal skills. They did a great job tonight. It was just their third weekend out, so they are still getting used to each other…there was a bit of stop and go with the emcee stuff, but that type of thing is going to come more natural the more frequently they sing.

Of course, there was one distraction there…SOME WOMAN kept heckling Jodi to sing “Mary, Did You Know?” But I’m not naming any names!!!

I think you’re going to like “The Allegiance” (as the pastor introduced them). :o)

I’ve enjoyed hearing Jodi Hosterman sing from the first time I heard him with the Kingdom Heirs and I was very impressed with Jonathan Farley and Josh Spencer, tonight being the first time I’d heard either of them (at least I think…I may have heard them at NQC with previous groups, though).

I got there fairly early…SOME WOMAN told me it started at 6:00 PM when it really started at 7. But no problem…it gave me a chance to chat with the guys for a while. Jodi mentioned that all their first names start with the letters “J-O,” but he said they hadn’t come up with anything creative using that common feature. I suggested that they rename themselves “The Joe-boys.” biggrin.gif

Tonight’s program was made up of cover songs…no new material. One thing I observed is that they all seem to get along with each other and they don’t seem to be in a huge hurry to “make it big.” I may be wrong, but I think this is the type of group you’ll gradually hear more and more about as time goes by. It may be a year from now before they get to the point of recording a full blown, “big budget” studio project with all new material, but they appear to be patient about it at this point, which is a real good sign. They plan for their first recording to be of favorites like they’re singing in concert.

Jonathan and I spoke afterwards about the fact that it has to be something you enjoy doing first, and the way you keep enjoying it is by not getting in so deep so fast. Financial debt has taken away the joy of performing and not only that, it has killed off many a good group who thought they had to have the slick product table and the big bus too soon.

So see Allegiance and support them if you get the chance. I highly recommend them.

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David Bruce Murray

<p>David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray’s Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.</p>

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