Kyle Boering mentioned on his blog that Scott Allen has been officially hired as Mercy’s Mark Quartet’s new lead singer. His regional group did a concert with the group over the weekend, and to say the least, he was quite impressed:
Scot[t] has a very modern sound to his voice. It’s extremely smooth, blends wonderfully with Garry and Brent, and has a great resonance, but I dare you to listen to “Sheltered In The Arms Of God” and not shed a tear. He also does a DEAD ON impression of Guy Penrod (close your eyes and you wont’ be able to tell the difference!).
With the addition of Scot[t] to the lineup, I can see a lot of good things in the future for MM. They have the power and ability right now to take SG by storm.
I couldn’t help but be amused by noticed that my term “Mercy’s Mark 2.0″ has caught on; David Bruce Murray used it at Musicscribe to describe the new lineup. (EDIT, 8/3/11: Broken link removed.) I used it here to express how impressed I was by the group with Shane Dunlap filling in. I don’t know if any readers heard them both with Dunlap and Allen, but I do know that those who have heard Allen have been extremely impressed. His rendition of “I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy” in a Saturday showcase was one of the things I heard the most buzz about at NQC, almost enough to make me wish I’d skipped the Hoppers’ 50th Anniversary Celebration to hear it.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they have any Ohio dates on their schedule for the rest of the year (though I note that they are touring, of all places, Norway at the end of the month). (EDIT, 8/3/11: Broken link removed.) So while it looks like it will be a while before I have a chance to see them, when I do I’ll post my thoughts here.
(Hat tip to DB for catching the misspelling of Scott‘s name.)