Almost three years ago, southern gospel fans were introduced to a young tenor named Riley Harrison Clark, who took Brian Alvey’s place in Tribute Quartet. A few things have changed since then. (For one thing, Brian married Lauren Talley and joined the Talleys!) But something else has changed—Riley’s voice. As a teenager, he already showed great promise. But he’s only gotten better since then. His technique has been polished. His range has expanded. At this time, I would say he legitimately deserves a place among the best tenor singers in the business.
As we wave goodbye to the Christmas season, let’s look at two performances of “Mary Did You Know?” by Riley—one from when he was 17, one from a recent concert. To watch his first performance on Godtube, click here. Here is the second. Thanks to Lynn’s Chronicles for posting it and to Josh at MN SG Fan for bringing it to my attention:
Notice that while he was singing the first cover in a baritone range (echoing Mark Lowry), this performance is more like a David Phelps key. I think that’s a high C he’s hitting. Somebody correct me if they think I’m wrong.