The Songfellows Quartet was established by Bob Jones Sr. and based in California for over fifty years.
Moving to Nashville in 2006, The Songfellows now tour and appear in concerts all across the nation. Their style is traditional, big full harmony Southern Gospel singing. "There are not many left like us. The days of the Statesmen, Stamps and Cathedrals have passed but a love for that sound and feel in gospel music has not," added Bob Jones Jr.; "With this line-up of veteran singers, the folks who missed those great groups will get a taste of what it was like in the 'Golden Era' and discover the music that launched this great style of Gospel Music."
The Songfellow’s perform in the best tradition of Southern Gospel Music, but their primary purpose is to present the message of Jesus’ love through song and testimony.
Bob Jones Jr. joined the quartet as a teenager. First he was the baritone and later as the lead singer. Both Bob Sr. and Bob Jr. managed the group until Bob Sr. passed at age 93. His last performance was at age 92 at his induction ceremony at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. In 2006, Bob Jr. moved the quartet from Los Angeles, California to Nashville, Tennessee.
Tank Tackett sang tenor briefly for the Statesmen in 1993. He also performed with the Plainsmen and the Weatherfords. He is well known for an extensive run with Jerry Goff & The Goffs. He currently fills the baritone position with The Songfellows.
Rick Strickland, who currently resides in Greeneville,TN. is a multi-year veteran in Gospel Music. Rick began his career in 1982 with The Singing Americans when "I Bowed On My Knees and Cried Holy" was a multi-award winning song. That became a signature song of The Singing Americans throughout the rest of their career in Gospel Music. Most gospel music fans loved the classic renditions Rick sings like "Glory Road" and "You’ll Never Walk Alone". Rick has spent over 27 years with other artists as tenor with groups such as The Sound, The Kingdom Heirs and JD Sumner & The Stamps Quartet and has appeared on numerous Gaither videos.
Mike Allen has sang bass with the Songfellows for the past 6 years. He does double duty performing with The Songfellows and the New Speer Family. Mike has also sung with the Weatherford Quartet, Poet Voices, Palmetto State Quartet, LeFevere Quartet and has appeared and performed on the Gaither video series.
Jody Medford lives in Asheville, NC. He started out singing professionally with a group known as The Kingsboys, which was a youth version of the Kingsmen, Both quartets traveled together extensively. Jody joined the Kingdom Heirs when they sang in Pigeon Forge, TN's "Silver Dollar City" (Currently, known as Dollywood). Jody also sang with Squire Parsons and Redeemed Quartet. Jody, more recently, sang with Ernie Phillips in a group known as The Land Of The Sky Boys. Jody has a wide vocal range, from solid- high leads to the deepest of low notes. Jody has a wonderful personality, and is loved on and off stage. His smiling face makes it evident that he enjoys singing about the Lord. The Songfellow's are blessed to have two fantastic bass singers in the group. Each have their own ministries, and one or the other will take the bass spot with The Songfellows, as their schedule permits.