A chance encounter sparked a beautiful four-way blend of harmonies, and it all began in a barbershop.
Joey Turner, Bobby Dwayne Robinson, Michael Ingram and Jamorad Keith are the members of a spontaneous barbershop quartet, which met for the first time at Gary’s Barbershop in Canton.
Turner, who works at the shop, was cutting Robinson’s hair for the second time and remembered that a week earlier he had heard him humming. The barber noticed his friend Ingram, who he knew was a singer, and Keith, who he had seen singing at church — all four of them are singers. He suggested to the other men, who had never met before, that they sing together.
In a few minutes of singing “How Great Is Our God,” they were surprised at how well their voices harmonized.
“I thought, this sounds pretty good. I was like, ‘there’s something here.’ It was like it was a godsend,” Robinson said.
Turner decided to get the group to sing the song again for a video, and later posted it to Facebook. Within a few days, thousands of people had watched it. In 10 days, it reached a million views.
In addition to the social media reach, the singers have received calls and messages inviting them to churches and other events. Some people told them they were touched by the short video. They now call themselves UnLikely 4.
“It’s wonderful because each of us has something different to bring to the table. We all have different stories, and our voices are even different,” said Keith, the youngest member and a student at Reinhardt University. “The way we sing and what we sing, it’s all different, but when we come together, it’s one sound.”
Since the original video, the men have met again a few times and started a YouTube channel. The singers have made new friends, and it’s all thanks to the barber who brought them together.
“We have formed a brotherhood amongst the four of us, and it has drawn us really close together,” Turner said.
Ingram said he wants the group to reach as many people as it can with their songs, which so far have been Christian worship and gospel music.
“It would be nice to see it get bigger as far as social media goes, but just to meet these other two gentlemen and create this kind of brotherhood together, to have friendships like this, is amazing in itself,” he said. “ I would like to reach as many people with the message of the love of God as we can, and to see an impact in one person’s life is worth it all.”
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