The Mark Trammell Quartet will perform at Bible Baptist Church, Mt. Orab, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.
For more than 37 years, Trammell has been blessed to sing gospel music. Something, he says, “Evolved from a dream to a life’s call, from just signing to ministry.”
Many long-time observers and followers of gospel music consider him to be one of the greatest baritone singers of all time. He has won multiple awards as a singer and producer, and has been a member of four of gospel music’s most acclaimed groups, The Kingsmen, The Cathedrals, Greater Vision, and Gold City.
For most people, just being with one of these legendary groups would be te pinnacle of a career and justification for resting on your laurels. But for Trammell, now is not the time to kick bak and relax. Instead, it is time to launch a new mission that focuses on evangelism through the seamless integration of gospel music and preaching – The Mark Trammell Quartet.
If surrounding yourself with the right people is one of the keys of success, then Trammell might be considered a ‘master locksmith.’ Since he was 15 years old, Trammell has literally been surrounded by and sung with some of the most respected men in Southern Gospel Music, including Ray Shelton, Eldridge Fox, Jim Hamill, Squire parsons, Ray Reece, Tim Riley, Glen payne, and George Younce. Taking on the mantle of mentor, Trammell is now surrounding himself with three of the brightest young vocalists on the gospel music horizon.
Trammell has been married to his wife LaResa for 33 years. They have one son, Nick, 27, who graduated from Gadsden State Community College with an associates degree in music and from Jacksonville State University with a bachelors degree in accounting. Nick and his wife Jessica are settling into married life and live in Gadsden, Alabama.
Throughout his career, Trammell has been privileged to preform in some very prestigious venues, including Radio City Music Hall, Brooklyn Tabernacle, and the South Lawn of the White House. he has performed for President Jimmy Carter, and noted pastors/evangelists such as the venerable Dr. W.A. Crisswell, Dr. Charles Stanley, Dr. Tom Eliff, Dr. Bailey Smith, Dr. Adrian Rodgers, and others. It was on the Isle of Patmos that Trammell initially began to understand God’s call of evangelism.
“For many years, I literally fought the call of evangelism,” Trammell said. “I’ve enjoyed these years of helping others fulfill their dreams while living out my own dream of being a gospel singer. But now, God has given me new dreams built on His calling on my life to combine singing and preaching as the venue warrants. I came to the realization of few back that God doesn’t want me to be someone else. He wants me to be who He made me to be, and that was the goal for this trio when we started and now for the quartet. We are to be ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to live, preach, and sing in such a manner that no one feels or things we’re trying to be something we’re not. We are to be trusted stewards of God’s blessings in our lives. We are to be faithful and obedient to God’s leadership and to administer our ministry with integrity on sound and godly principles. The bottom line is for our families to be able to say, ‘We’re glad we lived in the home of a gospel singer.’”