After a Christmas lull, Bill Gaither re-generated the buzz surrounding the GVB’s lineup shuffle when he announced the hire of Adam Crabb this past week. But the fifth slot, it seems, is still up in the air, despite early rumors tapping Travis Cottrell as a shoo-in. Adam is flexible enough to sing lead or baritone, and no doubt the fifth man will have a similarly flexible range.
Three interesting possibilities are the aforementioned Cottrell, who’s already done some fill-in dates, Joseph Habedank, and Shane McConnell. All three would bring something different and valuable to the table. I hadn’t really considered Habedank before I noticed some buzz around him. He truly does seem to turn whatever he sings into gold, and I would be very, very interested to hear him put his spin on some GVB classics. There are also the perennial standbys Reggie Smith and Wesley Pritchard, but do they have the “X factor” to graduate from trusty fill-in to established member? And what if Bill has an unknown up his sleeve who will blow us all away?
I thought a small poll would be fun to gauge reader interest in the different options. If you have yet another singer in mind whom I haven’t mentioned, please elaborate in the comments!
As for who I personally would pick, that’s tough to say, but I think I would choose Shane McConnell. He just seems the most “GVB-ish,” for lack of a better word.