[Update: As of February 18th, Suttles has joined the GVB. My thoughts on the new promo video are now available here.]
Various other bloggers have been rounding up everything that can be found on Todd Suttles, the potential fifth man in Bill Gaither’s GVB lineup. His name has come out of nowhere, since he has little background in live music. However, I have read that he’s done some studio work, but his day job is an athletic trainer. According to a fan quoted on Musicscribe, he could “kill you with one punch.” Cool.
But then I realized that I actually had heard Suttles’s voice before. You see, David also posted a video of Wes Hampton singing “It is Well,” which I had fixed for lip-sync and reposted on my Godtube channel some time ago. I noticed this second guy taking the third verse, but never got his name. Turns out, that was Todd! Here is the (fixed) video:
His voice bears a striking resemblance to Jason Crabb. However, in my opinion that performance wasn’t his best. Here is he is chilling out to “Georgia On My Mind”:
[Added February 18th: HT to MusicScribe reader Philip Murray for this low-quality duet of “Encourage My Soul”:]
We don’t have much else on him yet, except this Myspace link rustled up by Aaron Swain. Even that is mostly empty save for one really lame ballad (which is the song’s fault, not his) and “Amen.” There are also a few low-quality recent videos of him filling in with the vocal band, though none featuring him. I was wondering, “Is this guy really short or is Adam Crabb just really tall?” until I watched some from a better angle. The verdict is in: Dude is SHORT. He does seem to be fitting in well with the band’s sense of humor:
I’m hopeful, but not entirely sure about Suttles. He’s fresh-faced and talented, with winning stage presence, but from a purely vocal perspective he still strikes me as a little green and pitchy. Furthermore, he seems to have an easier time “selling” a power number than a quiet one. However, this industry could use a bit of fresh talent, and for Bill to catapult an unknown to instant stardom would be exciting. I would like to see where Suttles could go with more training and experience.
What do you think?