THE McCREARY SINGERS: ONE OF THE BEST TRADITIONAL CULTURAL GOSPEL SINGING GROUPS AND MUSICIANS IN THE BLACK BELT REGION
Front Row: Brain McCreary Sr. Vocalist/Percussion; Terrance McCreary Vocalist/Bass Guitar
Back Row: Toney McCreary Vocalist/Lead Guitar; Johnny Banks/Percussion; Rev. Marcus McCreary
The groups name came from the group’s vision to preserve the family’s lifelong legacy of singing gospel music. Their goal was threefold, Glorify God in song, pay homage to the elder generation of McCreary’s the members grew up admiring and listening to, and to respectfully carry on the torch yet create a sound uniquely their own.
The McCreary Singers grew up under the tutelage of their maternal grandmother Claudia Sampson. She was a self-taught organist and God fearing woman whose musical talents and Bible teachings have transcended from one generation to the next.
The McCreary’s initially began performing in quartets and playing for church choirs in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The members served as musicians for the Spiritual Kings of Cantonment, Fl; The Voices of Genesis in Pensacola, Fl; and The George Washington III Lodge #15 gospel group.
Sometime around 2002, the group “officially” organized as the McCreary Singers. Since the onset, the group has played all over the local areas, as well as, Mississippi and Alabama. The group has played for Grammy Nominated Gwen McCrae in 2010 at Pensacola Junior College, opened for several professional acts including: Willie Banks and the Messengers, Rance Allen and Mama Burke of The Mississippi Mass Choir, Lee Williams and the Spiritual Q.C.’s, and The Williams Brothers.
The group has also written several yet to be published songs; however most local audiences have “Unknowingly” been favored with their first endeavor, “I Made up my Mind”. As the years change for one to the next, the constancy of God’s goodness keeps them focused and on the go for God!