Arden, North Carolina (January 28, 2022) — When live performances returned in the summer of 2020 after the pandemic hit, The Inspirations sent the newest generation of members — Roland Kesterson, lead vocal; Isaac Moore, tenor vocal; Wyatt Austin, bass vocal; and Luke Vaught, baritone vocal and keyboard — on the road, where they continued to share music from one of Gospel music’s longest-standing quartets.
The group brought their energy and passion to fans with a live recording of their 2020 National Quartet Convention performance (What A Wonderful Time LIVE), which was well received by the Southern Gospel community, leading fans to take note of the new lineup — which was recently featured on the cover of Singing News magazine.
Now, The Inspirations have begun recording new music with the dynamic young vocalists at the forefront. Their new single, “I Have God To Thank For Everything,” features Kesterson and describes the peace and assurance one can find when they put their trust in God.
Keeping The Inspirations’ traditional sound, this song reminds us that God will always supply what we need to save our souls, with the chorus saying “I have God to thank and forever I’ll praise His name.”
“In the midst of storms, battles and everything that life throws our way, it is necessary to take time to just stop and breathe,” says Kesterson. “And in the quietness of that moment, if we will reflect on the goodness of God and consider His blessings, our burdens and troubles melt away in light of his goodness. We truly have God to thank for everything.”
Listen to “I Have God To Thank For Everything” HERE.
About The Inspirations
The Inspirations first formed in 1964 in Bryson City, North Carolina and became full time in 1969 after hosting their first “Singing In The Smokies” event. With a number of hit songs through the 1970s, the group rose to national attention and joined the Gospel Singing Jubilee Television program. In January of 1970, they secured their first #1 song on the Singing News Chart, “Jesus Is Coming Soon,” marking just the beginning of their chart-topping success. In November of 1973, The Inspirations held the #1 spot for 12 months with “Touring That City.” It was followed with the success of “When I Wake Up To Sleep No More” in 1974 and “Jesus Is Mine” in 1976. In 2001, The Inspirations recorded their first album with Horizon Records, titled Pure Vintage. The album’s first song, “I’ll Not Turn My Back On Him Now,” returned the group to the top of the Singing News chart after 26 years. It was followed with more #1 tracks with “I Have Not Forgotten” and “If You Only Knew.” The Inspirations are Archie Watkins, Eddie Deitz, Marlin Shubert, Roland Kesterson, Wyatt Austin and Luke Vaught.