The Browns family announced on Facebook today that Jessica and her husband Nick will be leaving the group. The couple has a new baby, Tessa, and Jessica is coming off the road to be at home with her. At the same time, Nick Trammell is replacing Dustin Sweatman as lead singer in the Mark Trammell Quartet. Dustin will be accepting a position as Renaissance Program Director of Choirs at Bethel University. It sounds like an offer he couldn’t turn down, and we wish both him and Nick all the best! This is very exciting news for fans of the Mark Trammell Quartet. Sweatman is an excellent singer, but the new father/son dynamic created by Mark and Nick in the same group can only improve the group’s blend and chemistry. Furthermore, the official announcement reveals that the group will be adding a full-time traveling pianist after NQC (where they will debut their new recording).
Some might argue that with Nick coming on board, and with Eric Phillips having returned to take up the tenor position, the lineup of this group as it now stands could not possibly be improved. Would you agree? Oh yes, and any thoughts as to who the new pianist might be?