Around the year 1930, a group of young men gathered together to form one of the most original "soul stirring" institutions of our time. From a small town in Texas, they went on to make music history.
The legendary Soul Stirrers have been true pioneers in the music industry for seven decades. Their singing style has always been innovative, which lends to the that they have influenced countless artists over the years. Even today's top acts such as "Boys to Men", "The Temptations", "Rod Stewart", "The Isley Brothers", The Rolling Stones", and others would testify to the effect the Soul Stirrers music had on their lives and careers.
The Soul Stirrers were the first gospel quartet group to feature a lead singer with a background, as opposed to the jubilee style singing that was prevalent in those days. They were also the first to introduce a guitar accompaniment to their program; Pioneers In The Truest Sense Of The Word.
In 1983, they joined together with "Morgan Freeman", "The Five Blind Boys of Alabama", and other great artists to perform in "The Gospel At Colonus", A Lee Breuer / Bob Telson Adaptation of Sophacles' Greek Tragedy "Oedipus At Colonus". For the past 17 years this play has been captivating audiences all over the world, including spectacular runs on Broadway and most recently, Moscow, Russia.
Being the only gospel quartet to be inducted into the America's Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1988 and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and the only one that will ever be, would also attest to not only the lasting effect, but the historical influence the group has had and continues to have on the musical and entertainment culture worldwide.
From Carnegie Hall to Broadway, from small churches enormous cathedrals, from Paris to Russia to Manhatten, the Soul Stirrers have performed for many, including presidents and royalty. For the past several years they have even accompanied Rev. Jesse Jackson on several of his trips. It was the reverend, in fact, who conceptualized their latest recording, "Revisited".
Throughout the years, the group has featured some very outstanding lead singers; most notably "Sam Cooke", "Paul Foster", "Johnny Taylor", "Jimmy Outler", "Lou Rawls", and most recently the late "Martin Jacox", and the story continues with Willie Rogers the last of these legendary singers, who from the sixties to this day still weaves his silky vocal threads thru many of The Legendary Soul Stirrers hits.
The current group consist of:
"Willie Rogers - Lead Singer"
"Ben Odom - Manager, Music Director, Baritone, Bass Guitarist"
"Michael Grady Jr. - Drummer"