In March of 1982, Keith Lancaster - song writer, producer, and original lead singer - wanted to form a quartet of men with a mission to communicate Gospel truths through music. Four months later, concert-goers in Hamilton, Ohio, were the first to be amazed by what they heard. The group was called His Image Quartet for a brief period before embracing the name Acappella. Twenty- five years and as many vocalists later, this singing ministry is stronger than ever.
Originally based out of Paris, Tennessee, and now residing in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Acappella Ministries uses music to bring the message of God’s love to audiences across the country and around the world. But this is not just any kind of music; this is Acappella music. Far from being a group “without music” as it is sometimes described, Acappella is based solely upon the greatest instrument of music ever created - the human voices. Believing in the awesome versatility and flexibility of the human voice, Acappella can fill a large concert hall with beautiful, intricate music without ever plucking a string or beating a drum.
Acappella’s grass roots fan base steadily grew through the 1980s as the group experienced many line-up changes and constantly experimented with fresh new sounds. The landmark album, Sweet Fellowship (1988), ushered in one of the most significant developments in the group’s membership and style. Lancaster stepped out of the group as lead singer to focus on the role of producer and manager. The group continued to change after that, developing a unique sound that has been mimicked by countless small groups around this country, from high-school stairwells to large churches and auditoriums.
Signed to Word Records in 1990 (and later to Epic Records), the popularity of the group soared with releases, such as Rescue, We Have Seen His Glory and Set Me Free. Media exposure included many television appearances, while the song “More Precious Than Gold” became the centerpiece of a Sony Camcorder television commercial and was
broadcast extensively nationwide. Hymns For All The World helped to increase the group’s exposure internationally as overseas touring became much more extensive in the 1990s. The universal reception of this heavenly sound is now popular from Brazil to Japan to Switzerland to Australia. Recently the group has traveled to China, Jamaica and Guyana, and plans for several more international concerts this year.
After further exploration of various musical styles, Acappella has returned to it roots with the sound that started it all, strengthened by the addition of a fifth vocalist. Now, with more energy than ever in the group’s 25-year history, the zeal and enthusiasm of Acappella’s live concerts radiate with songs off the album, Radiance. Five talented young men continue the work of Acappella Ministries today. Acappella’s latest project, Find Your Way, is a mix of strong harmony and sound biblical lyrics. Featuring Acappella’s trademark strong bass and soaring tenor, Find your Way marks a triumphant return for the quintet after its Radiance project won the 2007 CARA Award for Best Religious Album. Following in the footsteps of talented predecessors, Allen Brantley, Robin Brannon, Zac George, Anthony Lancaster, and Zach Wilson blend in perfect harmony as each individual brings a unique talent to the sum that is Acappella.