“… let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess his name.” -Hebrews 13:15
“Christ is the reason we sing,” proclaims the members of the Triumphant Quartet. David Sutton, Clayton Inman, Scott Inman, Eric Bennett and pianist Jeff Stice form the acclaimed Southern Gospel group, the Triumphant Quartet. Their mission is to spread the Word of God through song and share the good news of Christ with other believers. Through the power of their beautiful harmonies, they testify to those who are searching and lost, with the hope that more souls will come to know Christ.
Formed in 2003, the then-named Integrity Quartet, began their ministry together at the Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. “I truly believe that God put this together,” said Ms. Mandrell of the new gospel group. The founding members, all residents of Sevier County, Tennessee and active members of churches in their community, brought a combined 80+ years of singing experience and their own enthusiastic fans. The theater even created a special season pass so their fans could see them perform anytime. In addition to a full-time schedule at the theater, the group also performed all across the country.
In 2004, the Quartet signed with Daywind Records, the premier Southern Gospel recording label, and performed Amazing Grace for over 100,000 people at the University of Tennessee’s homecoming game. In December of that year, after a nationwide contest to submit entries, the Integrity Quartet changed its name to the Triumphant Quartet. When the Louise Mandrell Theater became The Miracle Theater in January of 2006, the Triumphant Quartet remained, joining the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. Their commitment to their mission remained steadfast, and their success was just beginning.
In 2004, their single I Bring You Forgiveness was nominated for Top 10 song of the year by Singing News Fan Awards. In 2005, their CD Home Free was nominated as a Top 10 Album of the Year. In 2006, their song Don’t Let the Sandals Fool Ya was #1 on the U.S. Gospel News Top 80 Chart and #6 on the Singing News Top 80 Chart. This song was also #15 on the 2006 Southern Gospel Music’s Song of the Year list. Their self-titled CD Triumphant was nominated as Top 5 Album of the Year by Singing News fans. In 2007, the Quartet received nine Top 5 nominations for Singing News magazine’s prestigious Fan Awards: Group of the Year, Favorite Album, Favorite Song, and individual nominations for all five members of the group. Scott Inman, baritone, was selected as the Young Artist of the Year. In 2007, Jeff Stice was voted the Stage Musician of the Year by the Southern Gospel Music Guild. He received the Harmony Award. This honor was voted by his peers.
2007 was another landmark year for the Quartet. They were honored to receive the Christian Music Presenters (CMP) Artist Endorsement, a designation based on “the values of musical excellence, ministry readiness, and spiritual integrity.” They were also awarded certification as American Gospel Music (AGM) Artists, the highest accreditation possible in Gospel music. An invitation to perform in a celebration of American Gospel Music at Carnegie Hall in New York City rounded out this enormously successful year. The Quartet shared the stage with other prominent gospel music artists, a 200-voice choir, and the American Festival Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Eric Dale Knapp. SouthernGospelNews.com praised their performance saying “The audience was electrified by the artistry of… Triumphant Quartet…” and “… show-stopping ovations came after the solo instrumental performances from Jeff Stice (Triumphant Quartet) on piano…”
2008 brought a new transition for the Triumphant Quartet. Because of their performance schedule at The Miracle Theater, they have had to turn down many concert requests. They felt the Lord leading them in a different direction. So after much prayer and consideration, they have decided to take their ministry on the road full-time. They are looking forward to the opportunity of performing in more concert venues and churches, making more new friends, and sharing the gospel of Christ all across the country. In 2008 Jeff Stice was presented 2008 Musician Of The Year by The Singing News Magazine. In 2009 Triumphant was voted by the Singing News fan awards as 2009 Favorite Male Quartet of the year. In addition to that honor, Eric Bennett was voted as Favorite Bass Singer of the Year. Jeff Stice received the award as the 2009 Singing News Favorite Musician of the Year during the same ceremony. Every year, the Quartet and its individual members have been nominated for awards. Recently Awarded Singing News Fans Favorite Traditional Quartet of 2010. Eric was voted Singing News fan favorite Bass 2010 and Jeff was voted the fans favorite Musician of 2010.
On December 3, 2009 during the GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live: Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night, held in Los Angeles, California, the Recording Academy® announced the nominees for the 52nd Annual GRAMMY® Awards. Triumphant Quartet received the nomination for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album, for their recent release, Everyday. The recording was produced and arranged by award-winning producer, Wayne Haun. Triumphant Quartet’s pianist, Jeff Stice, was associate producer on the album.
With all of the accolades and success, the men of the Triumphant Quartet keep their work in perspective. They are truly humbled and grateful for the support their fans have shown for their music and ministry. They reaffirm that their main focus is to keep God first in everything they do. The Triumphant Quartet’s powerful combination of talent, commitment, and unwavering faith insures that the years to come will bring even more success… in God’s name.
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