Chad McCloskey (Photo by The Garms Family)
Past the Press Release is an interview series featuring a new member of a professional Southern Gospel group. It’s a chance to look past the standard “excited to be here” press release comment and learn a little more about them. Meet new Ball Brothers bass singer Chad McCloskey!
Daniel: When did you become interested in singing Southern Gospel?
Chad: Well Daniel, to be honest, I was never really interested in singing growing up, even though I had been singing since I was just a kid. Both my mom and dad grew up singing with their parents and siblings, so naturally it carried on into the rearing of my sister and I. I guess my interest in music didn’t really come until 2006 when my family and I started traveling full time in evangelism.
Daniel: Have you sung with any groups before knowing the Ball Brothers?
Chad: I sang with two of my close friends in college but nothing on a stage of recognition by any means. I also traveled with my family for 3 years prior to going to college.
Daniel: Have you known Andrew and Daniel and been familiar with their music for years now, or are you still relatively new to their repertoire?
Chad: I’ve actually known Andrew, Daniel, and their family for about ten years now and have gotten pretty familiar with their music over the last several years. I’m still in somewhat of a learning stage with some of the music, but things seem to coming together better week by week.
Daniel: What is your favorite Ball Brothers song?
Chad: “Healer of My Heart” and “It’s About the Cross” would be in a dead heat for favorite songs. Both songs have such a deep meaning and direct message, it doesn’t seem fair to just choose one!
Daniel: I’m not sure it would be an interview of a Ball Brothers member without at least one random question. Is your biography page on the Ball Brothers’ website empty because you haven’t thought of any interesting to say yet, or is it because it would be so interesting that the other group members are afraid that nobody would visit any of the other pages?
Chad: Well, my life is just so exciting it’s hard to condense it into a simple paragraph or two! Plus, I’d hate to make the other guys jealous! All kidding aside, things have been a little busy over the last several months, I’m still playing catch-up on emails and messages.
Daniel: Do you play any musical instruments?
Chad: Unfortunately I do not play any instruments. I took piano lessons for roughly two week when i was 11 but the urge to play outside got the better of me.
Daniel: If you were to put together a dream-team Southern Gospel quartet, who would be in it? (Let’s say that you can pick anyone besides Ball Brothers members, just so you don’t feel obligated to name them.)
Chad: Dream team Southern Gospel quartet… This is kind of a tough question. I would have to say David Phelps, Josh Cobb, Marshall Hall, and possibly Tim Duncan.
Daniel: Have you had any voice training?
Chad: I have not had any vocal training, even though my mom did vocal coaching when i was growing up for people in our church/community.
Daniel: Are you married? If so, could you tell us a little about your family?
Chad: I am not married but I am open to that concept later down the road.
Daniel: What are good ways for fans to keep up with you and the band?
Chad: The best way to stay in contact with the Ball Brothers would be through our Facebook Fan Page, our individual Facebooks, Twitter, email, or through our website.
Daniel: Thanks! By the way, the Ball Brothers have a Kickstarter campaign going to fund their upcoming album; check it out here.