Cullman, Alabama

Mike Foust - Vocals
Michael Moore - Vocals
Tommy Swindle - Vocals, Songwriter

Signing with Journey Records and being invited to sing on the Artist Spotlight at the 1999 NQC were bg events for the group. In addition, many radio stations are charting their music, including Solid Gospel/Reach Network that has picked their latest single, "With God As My Witness," as a pick hit. The members of Appointed are, Mike Foust (tenor vocal) formerly with the Singing Ambassadors, Michael Moore (lead vocal) winner of the 1996 National Quartet Convention talent contest in the individual category, and Tommy Swindle (baritone vocal) songwriter for the group.

Mike Foust is from a singing family, he began singing at the age of four when his mother would stand him on a piano bench so people could see and hear him. By the age of eight he , his sister and his mother formed a group called "The Bill Foust Trio." Mike received his bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Auburn University. Following graduation, he served as interim music director at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Albertville, Alabama. In 1990 he joined the popular singing group, The Singing Ambassadors and sang with them for about four years. Mike then returned to directing music, this time at Sardis Baptist Church, where he remained until Appointed was organized.

Michael Moore is the group's lead singer. Originally from Portland, Maine, Michael currently lives in Cullman, Alabama. He began playing Southern Gospel music at the age of 11, playing drums for his uncle's group, The Sounds of Praise. During his high school years, he was part of the FFA Quartet, singing tenor and baritone. He was also a member of the String Band which placed first in state competition. In the band, Michael played rhythm guitar and sang lead vocals. Then in 1996, Michael won the prestigious National Quartet Convention talent contest in the individual category.

Tommy Swindle sings baritone and writes many of the songs sung by Appointed. He is also a former member of The Singing Ambassadors. Tommy started taking piano lessons when he was eight years old and started playing with groups at age 14. Tommy's pen is prolific, turning out such songs as "Master Physician," "Hold Back the Sea," and the top 40 hit, "I Go to the Mountain." He also wrote "Childlike Faith," which was recorded by both the Freemans and the Pfeifers, and "A Strong Hand," which was recorded by Gold City.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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