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Soul’d Out becomes regular at fair

July 22, 2011

By CARLA MEYER
Staff Writer
A local favorite will be coming back to town to perform at the fair.
Soul’d Out Quartet will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Auglaize County Fair Gospel Tent.
The group is based out of Georgetown has become a regular to the county fair, and this will be their fifth consecutive year performing in the gospel tent.
“We’ve had them here for a couple of years,” Gospel Tent Committee member Tom Knoch said. “They’re really good. They are four young men — super Christians.”
The group consists of lead singer Matt Rankin, baritone Tanner Stahl, bass Matt Fouch, tenor Dusty Barrett and pianist Michael Howard. Three members formed as a trio in 2001, and then as an all male quartet in 2004.
The group has traveled to many different states in the United States to perform their music, and they have sung in churches, theatres, festivals, fairs, the Dollywood theme park and the National Quartet Convention.
The group has won the Singing News Magazine, Horizon Group of the Year and SoGospelnews.com’s Breakthough Artist Award.
The group’s musical style ranges from hymns to progressive gospel. The energetic group uses piano, bass and vocals to sing and make music.
When the group performs together, they have a good balance of ministry with entertainment. The group’s goals is to set a positive family atmosphere and to encourage their crowd to have a good time and enjoy life, along with presenting a gospel message to the audience.
“My favorite part about performing is having the chance to meet the people and fans after our concerts,” member Matt Rankin said.
After each show, the group likes to mingle with their crowd and get to know the members of the audience.
“Each year we get more and more people coming to our show in the gospel tent,” lead vocalist Matt Rankin said. “I love the fair. It’s always a great time there.”
Soul’d Out Quartet is an act for listeners of all ages.

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