Tribute Quartet to perform

Tribute Quartet, from Nashville, Tenn., will be in concert at First Baptist Church, 412 Randolph Ave., Elkins, at 7 p.m. on May 16. 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 was also named 2008 Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

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

The remainder of the group is Josh Singletary, a smooth 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.