Family harmony coming to Baraboo church
The Ball Brothers attract intergenerational audiences by writing music in classic styles and putting modern twists on traditional favorites. On Friday they’ll bring their four-part gospel harmonies to Walnut Hill Bible Church, making the new sound old and the old sound new.
“What that’s done is bring people together,” Daniel Ball said. “That’s great, what it does for families.”
The family quartet was named 2017 Male Group of the Year by Absolutely Gospel Magazine. A Walnut Hill parishioner, after seeing the Ball Brothers perform, felt moved to bring them to the church. This anonymous donor will cover any concert costs above what Friday night’s offering raises.
“It seems that many are real excited about it,” said Tyson Suemnicht, the church’s music director. “I think it’s going to be a great night.”
Twelve years after forming their group, the Illinois natives play 150 dates each year across the country and around the world. The Ball Brothers performed at Emanuel United Methodist Church in Baraboo in January.
“I remember the days when we used to sit around wishing we had something to do,” Ball said.
They sing tight harmonies in the style of old-time groups such as the Four Freshmen, and mix in some Smothers Brothers-style comedy.
“It’s something that’s unexpected,” Ball said. “That’s needed right now.”
He and brother Andrew are joined by brother-in-law Chad McCloskey and a new member, Rhett Roberts. Their single “It’s About the Cross” hit No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Chart and has been viewed 45 million times online. They’ve shared the stage with Casting Crowns and appeared on the Gaither Vocal Band’s homecoming video series.
“For anyone who would be a fan of Gaither music, this will be right up their alley,” Suemnicht. “I know they’re very well-respected in the gospel music scene.”
The quartet’s goal is to glorify faith and extol the virtues of making new songs sound like classics and oldies-but-goodies sound like new releases.
“There are few things where you can bring the whole family and have wholesome fun together,” Ball said.