Daniel: Which artists were your first exposure to Southern Gospel and
sparked a desire to sing it yourself?
Stephen: My very first exposure was the Gaither Vocal Band album I Do
Believe. It was given to me by a great friend and helped encourage me
through some rough times as a teenager. I then began to be introduced to
groups such as The Kingdom Heirs. At a Kingdom Heirs concert, Arthur
Rice took about twenty-five minutes to talk to me about singing. It was
that conversation that sparked the desire to sing in quartets.
(especially the lead part)
Daniel: Have you sung in any groups prior to joining the Inspirations?
Stephen: I sang in some regional groups while I was in college: Sacred
Heritage Quartet (with Jon Epley and current Promise tenor T.J. Evans)
and also a group called Committed Quartet.
Daniel: Is this solo project yours? http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stephensrein
Stephen: Yes, that is my solo album. I am still working with cdbaby.com
on some issues with this link though as far as purchasing, etc…
Daniel: What was your first exposure to the Inspirations?
Stephen: My first exposure was two years ago when I first learned that
Jon was with the group. I knew of the Inspirations but had never really
listened to any of their music before then.
Daniel: Looking back through their history, what are some of your
all-time favorite Inspirations songs and albums/CDs?
Stephen: The I Know record is very strong. Also, the Southern Gospel
Treasury Series is one of my favorites.