Farewell to Pat Barker

This is so unbearably sad for those of us who love southern gospel music. It was with a heavy heart that Mark Trammell announced bass singer Pat Barker’s resignation yesterday. Mark made it clear that this was a personal decision on Pat’s part motivated by a need to be with his family, and sent him away with the blessing of being “the finest, most Christlike man ever to travel on a quartet bus.”

Life at home can be difficult when the father travels for a living, and we should certainly pray for Pat’s entire family, as Mark encouraged fans to do in the press release. At the same time, we all grieve with Mark as Pat was not only perhaps the best bass singer to leave his mark on southern gospel in recent years, but also one of the most fun guys you could have the pleasure of meeting. The warmth of his voice and his spirit will be sorely missed in equal measure. Jon Epley commented, “Pat is not only a great bass, but also has a great quality solo bass voice which doesn’t just grow on trees,” and he is so right. However, I was relieved to read that Pat will finish out the month of April on the road with MTQ, so that I will be catching one of his last concerts at the end of the month! Pat was a big reason I was so excited to see MTQ in concert for the first time, so it’s good to know that he will still be there for at least a few more weeks.

Here are some of Pat’s most memorable moments with the quartet through the years:

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Farewell to Pat Barker

  1. Doris b

    Pat Barker will always be my favorite bass singer. God bless you Pat in whatever He has for you as you desire to please Him in all that you do. You will surely be missed by your many admirers who loved hearing you sing!!!!

  2. Tom Lancaster

    Pat I met you some years ago while ya’ll were doing a concert
    in Athens, Texas. At the half time we talked about theology and
    the doctrines of GRACE and we learned that we believed the same
    doctrines. The Lord Bless you in staying home with your family and
    I know you will be teaching S.S. in your church.

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