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Southern Gospel News Podcast

Apr 26, 2024

In this episode of the Southern Gospel News Podcast, join hosts Daniel Britt, Darien Southerland, and Arthur Rice for a nostalgic deep dive into the legendary Southern Gospel group, The Cathedrals. Since their formation in 1963, The Cathedrals have carved a significant niche in the heart of gospel music enthusiasts with their divine harmonies and spiritual passion.


Starting as the Cathedral Trio, the group initially captivated audiences as Rex Humbard's Cathedral of Tomorrow's house group. Founding members included the charismatic Glen Payne, alongside tenor Bobby Clark and baritone Danny Koker. Their transformation into the iconic quartet we revere today began with the addition of bass singer George Younce, marking the commencement of a new era in gospel music.


Our hosts will guide you through The Cathedrals’ pivotal decision to leave the safety of the Cathedral of Tomorrow in 1969 for the uncertain waters of full-time touring—a gamble that paid off immensely. We’ll explore the transitions within the group as Koker and Clark departed, paving the way for Mack Taunton and George Amon Webster to join the ranks and further define The Cathedrals' sound and mission.


With Daniel, Darien, and Arthur bringing their insider knowledge and heartfelt enthusiasm for Southern Gospel, expect intimate stories and insights into The Cathedrals' experiments with their musical and visual identity, under the progressive guidance of Canaan Records and producer Marvin Norcross. Discover how these experiments, along with strategic collaborations with figures like Florida Boys lead singer Les Beasley, propelled The Cathedrals into the spotlight on platforms like the nationally syndicated television show, Gospel Singing Jubilee.


Whether you're a long-time fan or new to the soul-stirring world of The Cathedrals, this episode promises a wealth of inspiration, history, and appreciation for one of Southern Gospel music's most influential groups. Sit back, relax, and let the harmonies of history resonate with you in this special episode dedicated to celebrating The Cathedrals' enduring legacy in gospel music.


Tune into the Southern Gospel News Podcast with Daniel Britt, Darien Southerland, and Arthur Rice for your weekly dose of uplifting stories, artist spotlights, and behind-the-scenes looks at the giants of Southern Gospel music.