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Foot-tapping, hand-clapping, down home, happy, feel good, gospel music are emotions invoked when describing traditional gospel quartet music. Houston based Endurance stir up those feelings and more in their heartfelt style of musical delivery. In 2008, The Black Gospel Blog described their sound as..."that tangy-sweet traditional sound indigenous to the American South." These four anointed, spirit filled members of Endurance can touch your heart with one song and make you clap your hands and shout for joy on another. They are truly a gospel expression of love and hope in Jesus Christ.

 

The 6-time Stellar Award nominated traditional gospel quartet group consists of manager and vocalist Claude Cummings, primary lead vocalist Michael Robertson, vocalist Earl Sampson, and vocalist and newest member, Dave Botts, who is entering his fifth year with the group. Each member has the ability to lead and assumes that role at different times.

 

These Houston natives first met at Kashmere Senior High School. Claude, Earl and Mike were all high school friends in Houston, Texas. Claude remembers, "Back in the day we use to sing in the bathroom so we could hear the harmony bounce off the walls." After reconnecting at their 30th high school class reunion they decided to sing again, which eventually led to them getting back together. Henceforth, they began singing at family reunions and various church events. As their destinies began to be revealed, God laid it on Claude's heart that maybe this was something they could do professionally. Mike's reply was, "You must be kidding, at our age who is going to listen to us sing professional music?" Unshaken and feeling deeply that he was being led by the Holy Spirit Claude simply told the guys "Let's pray about it." The rest as they say is history. Many pioneers have been musical influences of the group.

 

Legendary acts of the genre like Mighty Clouds of Joy, Five Blind Boys of Alabama, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Southern Clouds of Joy and The Soul Stirrers have inspired what Endurance does. Endurance has been performing together professionally about 12 years and recorded their first project A Few More Miles in 2001. Their 3rd CD I've Got A Home helped catapult their careers receiving 6 Stellar nods. They believe they have a sound that fits all genres of gospel, describing their music as encouraging, spiritual, traditional, inspirational, versatile and very uplifting. Through the years Endurance has shared the stage with some of traditional gospel's shining stars including The Williams Brothers, The Canton Spirituals, The Pilgrim Jubilees, and Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC's plus many others. Part of the group's uniqueness is they possess the talent and ability to present their songs in different formats from down home, stomp down, driving gospel to ballads. "Clearly our song style of musical presentation is different and multifaceted...If you listen to our CDs not one song sounds like another," says Earl.

 

Endurance has racked up a bevy of awards, nominations, and appearances including a performance spot at the 2011 Stellars. They've wowed audiences at the Houston and Dallas House of Blues respectively. In 2013, the group was a featured artist at the annual Houston Juneteenth Celebration. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee honored them by inviting Endurance to perform at the renowned Kennedy Center for the Washington, D.C., The Evolution of Gospel - Gospel Music Heritage Month Celebration. Likewise they performed for the Houston event at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Their rousing Mother's Day performance in 2012 on local television talk show, "Great Day Houston" with host Deborah Duncan, can be seen on their website. The men were nominated for Quartet CD of the Year, Male Quartet Group of the Year and Quartet Song of the Year at the Rhythm of Gospel Awards; and performed at the Pastor's Visionary Awards.

 

They've also won a Newsome Award. Their sophomore project, He'll Make A Way was ranked #1 by Gospel USA Magazine's top 30 independent gospel charts, December 2005 - January 2006. Also, in 2013 they were nominees in the Best Gospel Traditional and Best Gospel Album of the Year categories at the South Florida Gospel Music Awards. Past recognitions involve: 12 Grammy entry ballots for the single, Thank You Lord For Mama", 2011 GMWA Rhythm of Gospel Awards, 2006 recipients of the AGQC's (American Gospel Quartet Convention) New National Award; 2005, and for the past 6 years they've been the winner of the Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards - Best Male Group and Best Quartet.

 

www.musicbyendurance.com

 

 

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