Garner Cleveland Record

Singing family brings quartet to Garner

The Taylors will perform at Aversboro Road Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.
The Taylors will perform at Aversboro Road Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. COURTESY OF KIM LANCASTER-BRANTLEY

One of The Taylors’ most interesting concerts was in Sweden last year.

The vast majority of the audience could not speak English and couldn’t understand the words to the Southern Gospel songs that the four brothers and sisters were singing.

“But music speaks to people,” said Jonathan Taylor, the oldest of the quartet. “People came up to us in tears, not knowing why, but having been touched by the spirit. It is always amazing to me.”

The Taylors, the children of a Southern Baptist minister and his music minister wife in Lillington, have been touring for almost nine years. They play about 200 dates a year throughout the country and Europe.

They will be at Aversboro Road Baptist Church on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.

A lot has happened in the lives of the quartet since they were last at Aversboro three years ago.

“We’ve had three marriages, three (college) graduations and a baby,” Taylor said. “We’re in the middle of learning how to do ministry on the road and have families. We are learning as we go.”

Their father is the pastor of Fellowship Baptist in Lillington, which has about 100 members.

“One of the advantages of growing up in a small church is that you have lots of opportunities for service,” Taylor said. “We were sort of Mom’s backup. If we didn’t have some other special music or if something didn’t work out, we sang. We didn’t sing every Sunday, but about every other one. We grew up singing hymns.”

They got off to a fast start when they started touring. They won the N.C. Singing Convention top family and top mixed quartet championships in 2007 and the North Carolina grand championship in 2008. They were the National Quartet Convention talent showcase winner in 2008.

They’ve consistently been among the national top 10 in quartet or family groups by Singing News.