Greater Vision

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Greater Vision
Origin Morristown, Tennessee, United States
Genres Southern Gospel, Christian
Years active 1990–present
Labels Benson/Riversong (1990-1994), Daywind (1995-Present)
Associated acts The Booth Brothers, Cathedral Quartet, Legacy Five, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Mark Trammell, Second Half Quartet.
Website www.greatervisionmusic.com
Members
Past members

Greater Vision is an American Southern gospel music trio founded in 1990. It is one of Southern gospel's most popular trios and have been noted for their prolonged commercial and musicals success spanning over two decades. As of 2017, the group is made up of Gerald Wolfe (Vocals, Piano, Emcee), Rodney Griffin (Lead Vocals/Bass Guitar), Chris Allman (Tenor Vocals) and Jon Epley (Baritone Vocals).[1] Over the last several years, this trio has consistently been named Southern gospel's top male trio, winning The Singing News Awards, Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, and have placed numerous top songs on the Southern Gospel Charts and Radio.

Group history[edit]

The group formed in 1990 when Gerald Wolfe left the Cathedral Quartet to form his own group. He added former Cathedrals alum Mark Trammell as baritone singer and bass guitar player and recruited tenor Chris Allman. The group quickly became a success. Their first project, On A Journey (1990), propelled them into seemingly overnight popularity. The group followed up with the albums You Can Have A Song (1992), 20 Inspirational Favorites (1993) and Serving A Risen Savior (1994), were all released on the Riversong/Benson Music Group label and was well received among fans and industry.

Personnel changes[edit]

In 1993, Mark Trammell departed for Gold City and was replaced by Dixie Melody Boys baritone singer and bass guitarist Rodney Griffin. Allman left in late 1995 to attend seminary studies and was replaced by Jason Waldroup. This lineup of Wolfe, Griffin, and Waldroup stayed intact for 13 years and was both immensely popular and successful. Waldroup's smooth tenor and Griffin's strong baritone and songwriting ability launched the group into the forefront of the gospel music scene. 1997's When I See The Cross became the group's highest charting project. Griffin's song Common Garments was the group's first number one song on the Southern Gospel Charts. The group had also left the Riversong label and signed with Daywind Records. In 1999, the group recorded with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra and released Far Beyond This Place. The Griffin penned "My Name is Lazarus" became on another number one song on the Southern Gospel Charts, this time it made history by being the longest number one song, surpassing the Kirk Talley written Cathedral Quartet Song Step Into The Water. The Group also released He's Still Waiting By The Well off their 2000 project Perfect Candidate, which also became a number one song. In 2008, Waldroup decided to leave to pursue a seminary education. In May, Jacob Kitson was announced as the new tenor, beginning in August. In 2010, Kitson formed the Statement of Faith Trio, and Chris Allman returned after an almost fifteen-year absence, thus coming back full circle to the almost original blend and sound that helped pave the way.

Second-Half quartet[edit]

In 2014, Greater Vision and The Mark Trammell Quartet appeared the same night at an event in Marion, Illinois. By combining the two groups during the second half of the concert, the moniker "Second Half Quartet" was formed. The act combines the singers in a style of quartet music that is rare in its field. In 2015, Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, Pat Barker, Rodney Griffin and Chris Allman took home a variety of awards at Gospel Music’s premier award show, The Singing News Fan Awards. Mark Trammell was voted Favorite Baritone of the Year by fans, becoming the first Gospel singer to win such an award in four separate decades; Pat Barker took home the Favorite New Soloist award; Greater Vision’s song, “For All He’s Done,” was voted Song of the Year and once again, Rodney Griffin was the recipient of the Favorite Songwriter Award.

Current lineup[edit]

In 2017, the group added Kentucky native Jon Epley to the group to sing Baritone. This change was needed after Wolfe had developed vocal and neck muscle problems that were affecting his voice. Feeling it was necessary to make this change to ensure the continued success of the group, Wolfe took over as full time emcee and piano player while Griffin moved into the lead slot and continued on the bass guitar, while Allman remained at tenor.

Members (past and present)[edit]

Line-ups[edit]

1990-1993

(under the name "Greater Vision")

1993-1995 1995–2008
2008-2010 2010-2017 2017-present

Second-Half quartet members[edit]

Line-ups[edit]

2014-present

(under the name "Second-Half Quartet")

Cathedrals Family Reunion members[edit]

Line-ups[edit]

2009 2012 2013–2014

(under the name "Cathedrals Family Reunion")

Discography[edit]

Studio and Live Albums[edit]

  • 1991 You Can Have A Song
  • 1991 On a Journey
  • 1992 It's Just Like Heaven (also released in the Encore Series in 2005)(i)
  • 1993 The King Came Down
  • 1993 20 Inspirational Favorites
  • 1994 Serving a Risen Savior
  • 1994 Where He Leads Me
  • 1995 Take Him at His Word
  • 1996 The Shepherds Found a Lamb
  • 1996 Sing It Again!
  • 1997 When I See the Cross
  • 1999 Far Beyond This Place
  • 1999 A Greater Vision Christmas
  • 2000 Perfect Candidate
  • 2002 Live at First Baptist Church in Atlanta
  • 2003 Quartets
  • 2003 Live At The Palace (with Legacy Five)
  • 2004 Faces
  • 2006 My Favorite Place
  • 2005 Fifteen
  • 2006 Hymns of the Ages
  • 2007 Everyday People
  • 2008 Not Alone
  • 2009 Live at Oak Tree
  • 2010 20 Years: Live In Texas
  • 2010 Welcome Back
  • 2011 The Only Way
  • 2012 Hymns of the Ages (Re-Issued)
  • 2012 Our Most Requested... LIVE!
  • 2013 For All He's Done
  • 2015 As We Speak
  • 2015 Jubilee Christmas Again
  • 2017 Still

Compilation Albums[edit]

  • 1996 The Church Hymnal Series Volume One
  • 1996 Sing It Again
  • 1999 The Church Hymnal Series Volume Two
  • 2000 Through The Years With Greater Vision: Our Southern Gospel Hits
  • 2001 The Church Hymnal Series Volume Three
  • 2004 Songs From the Stories
  • 2005 Now & Then
  • 2005 The Church Hymnal Series Volume Four
  • 2008 Favorites From The Church Hymnal Series
  • 2008 Featuring Jason Waldroup-13 Great Years, 13 Unforgettable Songs
  • 2008 Memories Made New
  • 2009 Jubilee (with The Booth Brothers and Legacy Five)
  • 2009 Nothin' But Fast
  • 2010 Jubilee 2
  • 2010 Everything Christmas
  • 2011 Sing It Again (Re-Issued)
  • 2011 The Ones that Got Away (Songs from the Pen of Rodney Griffin)
  • 2012 Jubilee 3
  • 2012 Jubilee Christmas
  • 2013 Jubilee Christmas A' CAPPELLA
  • 2014 Where He Leads Me (Re-Issued)
  • 2014 Because You Asked


*Note: i indicates available on iTunes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About". Greater Vision. Retrieved 2018-04-05.