Crossroads (quartet)

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Crossroads
Genres Barbershop
Years active 2007–present
Website Official site
Members Fred Farrell – tenor
Mike Slamka – lead
Brandon Guyton – baritone
Jim Henry – bass

Crossroads is the barbershop quartet that won the International Quartet Championship for 2009 at the Barbershop Harmony Society's annual international convention, in Anaheim, California.[1] Bass singer Jim Henry also directed the Ambassadors of Harmony chorus to their international championship at the same event with the highest chorus score ever obtained.

All four members had previously won the gold in other quartets. Henry had his first win with the 1993 champion Gas House Gang,[2] while baritone Brandon Guyton previously sang in the 2002 champion quartet Four Voices.[3] The lead part is sung by Mike Slamka, formerly of 2003 champion Power Play[4] while tenor Fred Farrell won previously singing with 1989 champion Second Edition.[5]

This quartet should not be confused with the unrelated gospel quartet of the same name, founded in 1960 in Russell Springs, Kentucky, which includes Vernie McGaha, a former member of the Kentucky State Senate, as its lead singer and pianist.[6]

Crossroads was awarded "Quartet of the Year" in May 2018 by the inaugural A Cappella Music Awards program.[7]

Discography[edit]

  • Crossroads (CD; 2009)
  • That Lucky Old Sun (CD; 2011)
  • The Simple Life (CD; 2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crossroads Wins International Barbershop Quartet Contest". barbershop.org (Press release). Barbershop Harmony Society. Archived from the original on 2009-07-25. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ "1993 Champions". aicgold.com. Association of International Champions. Archived from the original on 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  3. ^ "2002 Champions". aicgold.com. Association of International Champions. Archived from the original on 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  4. ^ "2003 Champions". aicgold.com. Association of International Champions. Archived from the original on 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  5. ^ "1989 Champions". aicgold.com. Association of International Champions. Archived from the original on 2008-05-31. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  6. ^ Wright, Hillary C. (December 13, 2008). "McGaha leaves impression on Campbellsville University, finds success in public office as state senator". russellcounty.net. Russell County News. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  7. ^ "A Cappella Music Award Recipients". A Cappella Music Awards. May 19, 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-21. 

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Preceded by
OC Times
SPEBSQSA International Quartet Champions
2009
Succeeded by
Storm Front