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The Cross Quartet began singing together in the Spring of 1993 and the quartet has been going strong ever since. This traditional male quartet has seen some changes through the years, but Boyce and Scott Flener remain as original members and founders of the group.
Since 2001, the Crossmen Quartet members are Scott Flener - tenor, Boyce Flener - lead, Darren Lawrence - baritone, and Mark Mudd - bass. Scott and Boyce are brothers, and Darren and Mark are married to Flener cousins. So this group offers something few can - they are a male quartet and family group in one! The rich, family harmony of the group continues to establish the sound that delights gospel audiences everywhere. Each of these men feels they have a true calling from God to be in this ministry. That is most evident as they perform the music they love and bless hearts with the message they proclaim in song.
In the beginning, the Crossmen made a couple of independent recordings featuring mostly favorite songs from full-time, well-known quartets. One night, a twist of fate brought a gentleman with connections to the Grand Ole Opry to a local church on an evening the Crossmen were appearing there. Within a few months, this group was standing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, singing gospel music to a sold-out crowd of thousands.
Even though the quartet had already begun to travel quite extensively, this exposure and repeated trips to the Opry attracted the attention of nationally known promoters and a record company who was interested in giving them a chance. From there, word spread in the Southern Gospel industry about a new male quartet.
While recording with Sonlite Records, the group produced two new projects on the label, with every nationally-released single making the charts in the Singing News Magazine (known as "the printed voice of gospel music") Top Eighty. Their first nationwide release, "Sweet Heaven Awaits", went to #47 on the charts. This song was co-written by lead singer, Boyce Flener, and Gayle Brooks, mother of original Crossmen bass singer, Jason Brooks. "Rise Above it All", a powerful song featuring Scott Flener - tenor, written by Chris White, charted at #39 in the nation. Their recording on the Family Music Group label continued the streak of charting songs. "You Are the One", written by Gerald Crabb, topped the charts at #37. Now with Zion Music Group in Nashville, Tennessee, the group recently held the #43 position with "He is Leading" written by Rodney Griffin.
Since 1993, the Crossmen Quartet has performed in well over 1,000 concerts and taken its music to nearly 30 states as well as the Bahamas, Mexico, and the Cayman Islands. The group has made numerous appearances on national television and has been nominated for and won many local, state, and national awards, both as a group and as individuals. The group has been featured in major industry publications, including three feature articles in the Singing News Magazine, and a cover picture/story in the U.S. Gospel News.
As the Crossmen Quartet look to the future, group members and their families pray for God's guidance as they continue their ministry in song and to be open to what He has in store.
Boyce is the original lead vocalist for the Crossmen, singing lead since its beginning. From an early age, it was easy to see that he had a musical talent and love for Southern Gospel music. He began performing at the age of six at church and various community gatherings. Boyce sang in both elementary school and high school chorus and performed in All-State Choir as well. He also appeared in several productions of high school musicals and played tuba in his high school band. He sang with several local groups including The Travelers Quartet, a family group. Boyce acheived both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees of Music from Western Kentucky University. While at WKU he participated in both instrumental and vocal groups, performing regularly on campus and on tour. Boyce was voted Favorite Lead Vocalist by the Kentucky Gospel Music Association in 1999 and 2000, and Favorite Male Vocalist in 2000. He now lives in Morgantown, KY with his wife, Kimberly, and their daughter, Amanda. They are members of Aberdeen Baptist Church.
Group: Statesmen Quartet (Jake, Rosie, Doy, Big Chief)
Singer: Jake Hess
Song: We Shall See Jesus
Food: Ribeye Steak
Restaurant: The Flener Grill
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, and boating with the family
Vacation Spot: Hawaii
Most Memorable Crossmen Moment: Seeing someone saved at a concert
Scott is an original member of the Crossmen, singing tenor since its beginning. Scott and Boyce were raised in a family rich in Southern Gospel tradition. Being the youngest in his family, he grew up listening to his father, uncles, and brother sing in a group called The Travelers Quartet. At the age of eighteen, Scott decided that he wanted to follow in their footsteps and became a member of The Travelers. In high school, Scott was a member of the band and choir. He also could be found singing for many local civic activities. Scott holds both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree of Science from Western Kentucky University. While attending college he studied with many vocal coaches and continues to take vocal training. Scott and his wife, Kara, have been married since 1996, and are life-long Butler County residents. They are members of Aberdeen Baptist Church and reside in Morgantown, KY, with their daughters, Katherine and Delaina.
Group: The Statemen Quartet (Jake, Rosie, Doy, Big Chief)
Singer: Rosie Rozell
Song: O What a Savior
Hobbies: Hunting and fishing
Vacation Spot: Hawaii
Most Memorable Crossmen Moment: First National Quartet Convention Appearance
Darren joined the Crossmen Quartet in September of 2001. Darren has a great deal of musical background. Some of his earliest memories are of singing in the choir with his dad and family at Brooklyn Baptist Church in Butler County and singing hymns with his mom at home. His mom talked of singing often and how she learned shape notes in singing schools as a girl. He started singing in his first big numbers at around age three in church. He remembers always wanting to sing in a quartet and used to practice all parts all the time! Darren played baritone in his high school band, participated in the Honors Band at Western Kentucky University, and performed in high school musical productions. He also loves playing several stringed instruments and played bass guitar when he was a member of The Travelers Quartet in the early 1990's. He participated in the Bowling Green Western Kentucky Community Chorus for several years, and has also appeared in concert singing baritone with The Veterans Quartet. Darren holds an Associate's Degree of Science in Nursing from Western Kentucky University and while at Western received private vocal lessons each semester. Since 1988, he has been married to Stephanie, who happens to be Boyce and Scott's first cousin. They live in Bowling Green, KY with their daughters, Elizabeth and Audrey. Darren and Stephanie are members of Aberdeedn Baptist Church in Butler County, KY.
Group: The Sensational Statemens Quartet (with Jake, Doy, Rosie, Big Chief)
Singer: Jake Hess
Songs: Precious Lord, Take My Hand; O, What a Savior; We Shall See Jesus
Food: Filet Mignon
Restaurant: Ruth's Chris Steak
Hobbies: Spending time with family, hunting, fishing, water sports...Summer Time!!
Vacation Spot: Anywhere that's away from work, with his girls!
Most Memorable Crossmen Moment: His first performance on the Main Stage of The National Quartet Convention with the Crossmen.
Mark has been with the Crossmen Quartet since September of 2001. He came to the group after singing with the Veterans Quartet for 17 years. Mark has a varied musical background as a producer, songwriter, publisher, singer, radio promoter, and trumpet player. In 1995, he attended the Stamps-Baxter School of Music and studied under the legendary bass singer Brock Speer. He obtained Bachelor's of Science Degrees from both Kentucky State University and the University of Kentucky. Mark is also married to a Flener cousin, Rebecca. Mark, Rebecca, and their son, Jacob, live just outside of Morgantown, KY. They are all active in Aberdeen Baptist Church in Butler County, KY.
Group: Statemens's Quartet (Rosie, Jake, Doy, and Chief)
Singer: Jim "Big Chief" Wetherington
Song: Midnight Cry
Food: Pork Chops
Restaurant: Pattie's Settlement-Grand River's, KY
Vacation Spot - Hilton Head, SC
Most Memorable Crossmen Moment: The stage performance on the 2001 National Quarter Convention Main Stage.