Derrick Selph Leaves Brian Free & Assurance (Again)

Brian Free & Assurance is one of my favorite quartets. Baritone Derrick Selph has been a solid vocal presence who helped give the group that slight pop flavor they’re known for. But with a second baby, he’s decided to step down. He left for a while three years ago to go to electric school but then returned. I suspect that his growing family may keep him busy for a little longer now.

I’ll be very interested to see whom BFA goes for next. One singer I think would be a fantastic addition is Andrew Goldman. But Andrew is an essential member of Ryan Seaton’s young group Union Street right now, so he may be content there for a while. Also, most of BFA’s really huge songs showcase the powerhouse vocals of Brian or Bill (who, for pure technique, gets my vote as the best lead singer in the genre right now). So Andrew’s own gifts might get hid under a bushel to some extent as baritone.

Are there some die-hard fans out there with any thoughts? Meanwhile, I found a tribute video from the last concert before his first departure, which seems appropriate to feature here:


5 thoughts on “Derrick Selph Leaves Brian Free & Assurance (Again)

  1. Nick

    I think Marsh Hall would be a good fit if he was interested. Brian is getting older and it wouldn’t hurt to have another top tier vocalist for those days when the upper register isn’t being so kind.

    1. David Bruce Murray

      No more calls, please. We have a winner.

      Brian may find a baritone who is just as good, but I doubt he’ll find anyone who would fit his style any better than Marshall Hall.

  2. Saved Girl

    Here’s an announcement off of BFA’s Facebook page.

    Hey Everyone, please welcome Mike Rogers to our BFA family. We are anxious for you all to meet him. He will join us on June 20th at the Memphis Quartet Show!


    Brian Free & Assurance Announce New Baritone

    Douglasville, GA – May 22, 2013 Brian Free announced today a decision has been made in filling the baritone position. Joining the BFA family will be Mike Rogers of Kinston, NC who fans will recognize from his recent position as lead singer for the Dixie Melody Boys. Mike will join the group on June 20th at the Memphis Quartet Show.

    Twenty-four year old Mike shares, “The warmth and humility from Brian and the guys when I auditioned made me feel this was truly a God-thing, and confirmed for me that I wanted to be a part of their ministry. BFA is very family-oriented, which means a lot to me. Ministry is important, but after God, family is top priority. Quartet music doesn’t get any better than BFA. They are top notch, and I am honored to join them.”

    Brian states, “When I received the audition info for Mike I was very impressed with his vocal ability and the gift to deliver a song. After spending some time with him, his wife Bekki and daughter Coraline at my home, I knew he was the one God had sent to be a member of our family. I love his heart and the love he has for people. He will be a wonderful addition to BFA.

    Having over 300 people apply for the job, it was a hard decision due to all the talent I heard. I want to thank each person who took their time and effort to apply for the position. I am truly honored that so many wanted to be a part of our ministry. I know God has a place and time for you to use your talent for him.”

    Brian Free & Assurance’s first single I Want To Be That Man off their current project, Nothing But Love, went to number one the month of February on the Singing News Charts. Their follow up single, Calvary’s Cry has quickly climbed the charts and currently holds number six for the month of May.

    To keep up to date with Brian Free & Assurance visit their website at:

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