The Apostles - 2012
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The legacy of The Apostles
begins in 1972, when a legendary bass singer from the mountains
of North Carolina established his first quartet. By no means a
stranger to Southern Gospel music, London Parris had completed
long tenures with both The Rebels Quartet of Tampa, Florida, and
the Grammy Award-winning Blackwood Brothers of Memphis, Tennessee.
After leaving the Blackwood Brothers, London fulfilled a lifelong
dream and organized his own quartet. With a home base in Memphis,
Tennessee, London Parris & The Apostles were born. That first
year out, the group gained the coveted Dove Award by the Gospel
Music Association as the Most Promising New Gospel Talent of 1972.
The economic factors and energy crisis of the early and mid 70s
forced the group off the road and the original group disbanded
in 1976. Suffering a massive heart attack, London Parris went
to be with the Lord in 1992.
Considered by many to be one
of the most renown and legendary bass singers in Southern Gospel
music, the Southern Gospel Music Association recently recognized
London for his contribution in one of the most prestigious ways
possible. In 2004, London Parris was inducted into the Southern
Gospel Music Hall of Fame at Dollywood in Pidgeon Forge, Tennessee.
We will always be grateful for the rich heritage that precedes
our group in Gospel Music, and affirm the work and sacrifice of
those original men.
The Apostles Today
Renewing the heritage of that
original group are Gospel music veterans Garry Beavers, Anthony
Minor, and Rick Smith, one of the two original
lead singers of London Parris & The Apostles (1975-76). The
current group was organized in 1998 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Signed as recording artists
with Son Sound Music Group Platinum Records of Bessemer City,
North Carolina, The Apostles have been featured at Charlie Waller's
Grand Ole Gospel Reunion, the Gatlinburg Gatherings, and showcased at the National Quartet
Convention. As regular performing artists with the Jammin
for Jesus concerts held in Branson, Missouri theaters, they
were given the Son Rise Award by the Branson Gospel Music Association
in 1999 and 2000 as Branson's Southern Gospel Group of the Year.
They have had six singles released to the national radio market,
all of which have broken local and regional radio charts in the
Top 10 and Top 20 Gospel song favorites..
GARRY BEAVERS sings
the tenor part for The Apostles. Over the past 30 years, Garry
has performed with four other Southern Gospel groups from Arkansas.
An accomplished musician, producer and songwriter, Garry serves
as The Apostles business manager. He and his wife, Elizabeth,
are members of The Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock, where
Garry plays bass guitar and sings in the praise and worship band.
Garry is a logistics broker in Little Rock.
sings the lead vocals for The Apostles. Anthony grew up in a
family of Southern Gospel music singers, influenced greatly by his
mother's involvement in the Southwest Gospel Singers. He
performed for 15 years with Redeemed before joining the Apostles in
2009. Anthony and his family are members of the East Union
Missionary Baptist Church near Little Rock, where he serves in
various music worship leadership roles. Anthony has recorded
one solo project of traditional Gospel favorites.
RICK SMITH shares
baritone and bass vocals for The Apostles. As stated, Rick was one of the two original
lead singers with London Parris & The Apostles in 1975-76.
An ordained Southern Baptist minister, Rick has served a number
of churches over the past 30 years in various staff ministries,
and has contributed several songwriting abilities to The Apostles.
He and his family attend the First Baptist Church of Russellville,
Arkansas, where Rick is actively involved in the teaching and
singing ministries of the church.
shares baritone and bass vocals for The Apostles. Daran was a
part of The Apostles ministry several years ago before leaving the
group to perform more with a local ministry telecast with his wife,
Laura. Daran has been singing Gospel music all of his life, at
times with his brother, Terry, who now performs with The
Weatherfords. Daran has supplied interim vocals with several
groups over the years and is an active part of his church music
ministry. Laura provides a unique ministry incorporating
photography with inspiration & Scriptural inscriptions.
A Special Word to
Pastors & Staff
The church is more important
to The Apostles than the city auditorium. We prefer the pulpit
over the stage. Ministry is a priority over performance. In Ephesians
4:11, Paul said, "It was He who gave some to be apostles..."
The Greek word is literally "ambassadors" heralding
the Gospel message of hope and salvation to a lost and dying
world. In addition, all spiritual gifts were given to believers
for the purpose of edifying the church. Understanding and honoring
these precepts enables The Apostles to keep our music ministry
Biblically-based and church-centered. We believe that is what
God would have us do.
When you invite The Apostles
to be a part of your service, you can be confident that amidst
the hand-clapping, foot-stomping fun of good ole traditional Gospel
quartet singing, a time comes in every service where attention
is turned to the divine appointment of every person in attendance
for how God would have them respond to the message of the Gospel
that has musically been proclaimed. The Apostles never end a worship
service in a church venue without extending an invitation for
people to respond to the call of God in their own life. We espouse
no other doctrine except the Gospel. We are each conservative,
Evangelical Christians who believe the Bible to be the infallible,
inerrant and inspired Word of God, literal and historically accurate
in every detail.
In terms of ministry involvement, The Apostles are
dedicated first and foremost to the local churches where God has led
us and our families to be members. This is the place where we
offer our spiritual gifts in ministry service. For this
reason, we strive to protect our Sunday morning and keep our
schedule free so that the various leadership roles we perform in our
respective churches are not affected. Our first preference for
a concert program would be on a Saturday evening. Our second
choice would be a Sunday evening, and our third choice would be a
Our prayer is to always be
where God can use us best, ministering to the people whom the
Spirit of Christ can best reach through the talents, gifts and
ministry He has so graciously equipped us with to serve Him.
For this reason, The Apostles do not make phone calls to
churches and promoters and ask for concert dates. We have
offered our talents to the Lord and our prayer to God is that if
He wants us to minister to any particular congregation or group
of people, that He will lead those in leadership roles to call
and extend an invitation to us. This assures that we will
always be only where God would have us to be, arranged under His
leadership and not our own manipulation. Although
different from the traditional approach, we feel this is
spiritually fitting for us.
To inquire about The
Apostles schedule call: 501-568-2584 or 479-567-5536