Tribute Quartet set to perform Friday night

Tribute Quartet, from Nashville, Tenn., will perform at First Baptist Church in Elkins at 7 p.m. on Friday. Admission is free, but a love offering will be taken.

The group’s name came from its vision of “preserving the heritage and promoting the future of Southern Gospel music.”

Their goal was to pay homage to the legends they grew up admiring, to carry the torch respectfully and yet create a sound all their own, becoming the kind of quartet they believed the Lord was calling them to be today.

That’s how the Tribute Quartet began in 2006.

Two years after they were formed, they were voted “The 2008 Horizon Group of the Year,” by readers of the Singing News Magazine at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Ky. In 2008, the group also was named Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Tribute Quartet also garnered their first No. 1 song in August 2013, entitled “Good News From Jerusalem.”

In appearance, warmth and style, this gifted group has become exactly what it set out to be, representing Southern Gospel at its finest.

Gary Casto, the lead singer and manager, drawing from his West Virginia roots, has come through many years of experience that bonds followers to the group.

The remainder of the group is Josh Singletary, a baritone who not only gives the group a touch of humor, but also plays the piano; Riley Clark sings tenor; and Anthony Davis sings bass.