All-Star Group, Cana’s Voice, Makes It Official

All-Star Group, Cana’s Voice, Makes It Official

Gospel Music has seen a few “all-star” groups over the years. The Imperials were a group of all-stars to a certain extent. The Masters V definitely were. When the Gaither Vocal Band brought back former members Michael English, Mark Lowry, and David Phelps, the term “all-star” certainly applied until English and Lowry departed.

We gave you a first look at an all-star trio last September. Today, they’ve officially launched, announcing they will be billed as Cana’s Voice.

Canas-Voice-Good-956x641Group members include Taranda Greene, Doug Anderson, and Jody McBrayer. Taranda Greene, of course, got her start with the Greenes and has appeared as a soloist in more recent years. Doug Anderson was the original baritone singer for Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, and has traveled as a soloist since leaving the group last year.

If you’ve only listened to Southern Gospel your entire life, you might be asking, “Who is Jody McBrayer, and why would he be an all-star?”

To answer that question, here is a short history lesson. In the mid-1990s, an artist management mogul named Norman Miller approached the Sparrow label with the idea of forming a 2-male/2-female group to compete in the same stylistic space as Word’s all-female Point Of Grace and Benson’s all-male 4Him. After experimenting with a few singers, Avalon was formed in 1995. Jody McBrayer sang with Avalon for their first twelve years. During that time, the group churned out numerous hit songs in the Christian pop radio market, received multiple Dove Awards, and were nominated for three Grammy Awards. So, although McBrayer may not be as well-known in Southern Gospel circles as Greene and Anderson, he’s experienced a great deal of success throughout his career.

I would not be at all surprised to see Cana’s Voice create some genre-crossing material that, due to their collective backgrounds, appeals to both traditional and inspo/pop markets. Their new CD hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s already at the top of my “most anticipated” list.

They’ll hit the road with Mark Lowry in February and March with multiple appearances in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Texas.

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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  1. Michael Booth
    Reply January 20, 14:21 #1 Michael Booth

    Incredible talent! Lovem already.




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  2. James Hales
    Reply January 20, 14:39 #2 James Hales

    Oh this is going to be awesome! I cannot wait to hear the music!




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  3. Stephen
    Reply January 20, 18:27 #3 Stephen

    Just curious about the name…..Cana’s Voice. Not to thrill invoking to me. Seems with TaRanda’s fiancé being part owner in StowTown they would come up with a better name. I happened of another they were going to use….it was worse…




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  4. Chris Unthank
    Reply January 21, 12:35 #4 Chris Unthank

    Can’t wait!




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  5. yankeegospelgirl
    Reply January 21, 22:11 #5 yankeegospelgirl

    So what label are they on? Stowtown? I know McBrayer signed a solo contract with them.




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