The Gospel Voices have continued to minister over the past 50 years through churches, festivals, and concert events within the southeast. Their unique blend of Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, and Appalachian Mountain Gospel provides a tradition of music and singing that is truly special. To accomplish unique blend, the Gospel Voices feature a full band with various string instruments and southern style piano playing by Matthew Weaver, who is a consecutive, multiple years NC Piano Champion. The four part male quartet provides harmony that will bring back many special memories. Additionally, Clay Lunsford (President of the North Carolina Thumb and Finger Style Guitar Players Association, Inc.) continues to amaze listeners with his God given talents.
Matthew has won the North Carolina State Pianist for eight (8) consecutive years. His historical experiences include performances at the Grand Ole Opry, Dollywood, festivals and churches. Matthew is a graduate of Appalachian State & seasonal employee of Samaritan’s Purse. He has enjoyed being the Pianist for The Gospel Voices since 2012.
Dwayne resides in the New Hope Township of Iredell County and is married with 3 children. Dwayne has worked for the NCDOT for 30+ years. He joined the Gospel Voices when he was 12 years old and started by playing the drums. In 1984, he began singing bass with the quartet. In 2009, he moved back to the drums and enjoys playing in his free time. Dwayne currently sings baritone with the GV quartet. Dwayne loves meeting new people and seeing the smiles and emotions on the audience when a song blesses and/or encourages them. Of course, the greatest blessing of all is when he observes a soul making a profession of faith in Christ during or after a service.
Mark joined the Gospel Voices in November 2015 and shares the role of singing tenor. Mark has been singing Gospel Music for over 30 years. He has been married to his wonderful wife (Pam) for the past 35 years, and they have one son Zachary. Mark is currently the Pastor of Roaring River Baptist Church.
Steve plays the steel guitar with the Gospel Voices and lives in Salisbury, NC. He is married to his lovely wife, Kay. Steve was saved by the Grace of God at the age of 13. Steve has always loved quartet singing even as a child. He has been playing the steel guitar for the past 45 years and has spent the majority of his career driving trucks.
Scott initially began playing with the Gospel Voices (drums) at the age of 11. He began playing the bass guitar at the age of 14, then transitioned to singing bass at the age of 16. Scott went to Western Carolina University, where he played four (4) years of football and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1988. He rejoined the GV’s in early 2000 and is currently the manager, bus driver, and bass singer. Scott is employed as a Supervising United States Probation Officer with the U.S. Courts. He has a beautiful wife (Carolyn) and two daughters (Candace and Stacey) with two adorable grand-children (Julianne Paige and Meadow Rose).
Allen is one of the original members of the Young Gospel Voices which began in October of 1968. He worked for the NC Dept. of Transportation for 37 years before retiring in 2003. He also retired (June 13, 2021) as the Pastor of Union Grove Christian Church after 40 years of dedicated service. He has been married to his beautiful wife (Rose) since June 29, 1962. They had 3 children (Maurice, Scott & Angela) with 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Allen sings lead and plays the acoustical guitar for the Gospel Voices.
Clay was born June 2, 1946, the youngest of seven siblings of Ray & Nell Lunsford. Clay has played since he was the age of six and has performed over 11,000 musical events in his long career. The Lunsford’s are a musical family with a deep heritage in old time Appalachian music, both traditional and gospel. He credits his mom, dad and family as his original inspiration to play music. Clay has been singing first tenor with The Gospel Voices since 1968-69 when he dedicated his talents to God. Clay is multi-talented, playing guitar, banjo, pedal steel and several other instruments. Clay is also the president of the North Carolina Thumb and Fingerstyle Guitar Players, created in 1997. Clay’s favorite verse is Psalms 101:1 “I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing.” LET THERE BE MUSIC!