Blend, an a cappella quartet, is returning to Memphis at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1st at the First Christian Church in Memphis. The a cappella group has made previous appearances in Memphis at both the First Baptist Church and the Memphis Theatre.
Blend was formed at John A. Logan College as a minor project that quickly blossomed into the makings of a successful career for its four members. Johnathan Estes of the group says, “We started several years ago for a talent show and ended up winning. From there, found we had a unique sound, so we decided to pursue it as a career.” The real strength of Blend lies in their ability to entertain crowds of all ages with their energy, humor, renditions of songs which most everyone has heard at some time, all while keeping a Christian undertone. In addition to their classic doo-wop routine, they are also a deeply spiritual group and love to share their gospel music as well.
The group has performed at churches with their Gospel arrangements and has wowed the crowds at other venues such as fairs, festivals and performing arts centers with their amazing a cappella version of the 50’s and 60’s. They have been recognized and awarded “BEST OF SHOW 2006 and 2007” in Murray, Kentucky as well as many other awards. In 2008, Blend appeared as special guests at the Dick Clark American Band Stand Theater in Branson, Missouri. This led to an offer to perform their show in Branson at the Gene Williams Country Music Theater on a regular basis. However, the timing was not right. Blend had to decline the great opportunity due to their dedication to educational responsibilities and pursuits.
While 2008 proved to be a successful year for them, the group made some changes to the presentation of their show. Developing a show fit for performing arts centers with a bit of nostalgic and unique flair, Blend began touring as far south as Florida and into the northern part of the country in states like Minnesota and South Dakota. The show quickly gained attention as audiences across the Midwest grew fond of the sounds and entertainment that these four guys bring to the stage with each performance. Due to this overwhelmingly positive response, Blend was offered the opportunity to perform full-time in the cities of Hannibal, MO and Paducah, KY in 2010. The group, however, has continued to travel the country in order to be heard more broadly.
After making several appearances through the years in Hot Springs, Arkansas, the city proudly welcomed Blend to present shows daily at the Vienna Theatre through the summer of 2011 and 2012. In 2014, they were asked to perform regularly at the Five Star Dinner Theatre. Nestled in the heart of downtown Hot Springs, Blend quickly became a “must see” show. The success has continued for the group in the past few years as they have traveled and performed in spots all over the country. Blend has worked with various artists, and can be seen performing backup vocals on Ronnie McDowell’s show as well as on his album entitled, “I’m Gonna Dance with the Ones that Brought Me.” Come see for yourself why people across the country are raving about the very entertaining a cappella quartet from Southern Illinois. You won’t be disappointed.
For more information about the quartet, visit their website at http://www.blend-acappella.com/.