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Posted: 10/23/13

New Destiny Quartet members are, from left, Wesley VanWyk, Doug Busam, Tom Durham and Brian Fuson.

(Photo courtesy of Tom Durham)

Quartet with local tie
to perform Oct. 26 in SH

Observer Special Writer

      Celebrating their 13th anniversary in gospel music, local artists in the New Destiny Quartet will be singing at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Freedom Christian Assembly of God church in Sterling Heights.
       Bass vocalist and manager, Tom Durham, lives in Washington Township.
       "We sing a mixture of traditional gospel, Christian, patriotic, praise and worship and some songs are sung a cappella," said Durham, who first began singing with a quartet when he was 12 years old.
       At this concert, the quartet will sing a variety of songs and debut some Christmas music the group recently recorded.
       "The New Destiny Quartet offers something for everyone," said Durham.
       Durham said he loves living in the area.
       "I know people here in Romeo love family entertainment," said Durham. "Two of our singers are both in their twenties and are extremely talented young men. People will be blessed from their singing."
       The tenor in the group is 22-year-old Wes Van Wyk from Toledo, Ohio, and the baritone is 29-year-old Brian Fuson from Wyandotte.
       "Brian just got married last Sunday," said Durham.
       Doug Busam from Clinton Township has been performing since the age of 6. He was a worship leader and pastor for 20 years.
       The group signed with a national radio promotional company recently called "Vertical Sky" based out of Nashville. It promotes songs and gets radio play for musicians and groups it represents.
       "I used to sing with one of the owners, Donna King. They promote gospel music on the radio for up-and-coming groups," said Durham.
       The quartet's latest single, "She's Workin' On Her Testimony," written by Sheri LaFontaine and Greg Day, is about a mother worrying about her daughter making wrong choices. When she was talking about it in church, her friend told her not to worry because the daughter was just "working on her testimony" for the future. The song's lyrics were written from that real-life experience.
       The group, now one of the most sought-after Christian quartets in the Michigan/Ohio area, got started back in 1999. In 2002, the New Destiny Quartet signed an exclusive recording contract with Producer George Hairr of Mission House Music. One of its songs, "Jump Across Jordan," reached into the top 20 gospel songs played around the country and reached number 1 in two radio markets.
       New Destiny's current recording project is "Walk On" and features a mixture of current and classic southern gospel songs. The group has performed in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Ontario, Canada and Tennessee. Some artists they have sung with include the Booth Brothers, Michael English, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, Vickie Winans, the Dove Brothers and Squire Parsons, among others.
       Here in Michigan, the group has recently been working on a Christmas recording project at SRK Productions. SRK Productions is a studio owned by Steve Keen, former piano player for the national southern gospel group "The Hoppers." His studio is located in Ypsilanti.
       "We'll sing a few Christmas songs at our concert coming up and get a jump on the holiday season," said Durham about the performance his group is planning.
       To celebrate New Destiny's 13 years in the music business, the performance on Oct. 26 will feature a collaboration of artists. Keen, Souls Harbor, Stoney Creek Gospel, the McCoys and Broken Pieces will all be appearing at this event together with the New Destiny Quartet. In addition, the tenor's father, Henry Van Wyk, will be playing his guitar as people are being seated.
       Freedom Christian Assembly of God is located at 41380 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights. The concert is free for everyone and a free-will offering will be accepted. For more information, call (586) 819-7065.

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