Born: Dec. 31, 1976 Opelika, AL
Gospel Tenor Vocals Greater Vision
Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame
Jason Waldroup, Greater Vision’s long-time tenor, has announced his plans to leave the group to pursue a Seminary education, beginning this Fall (2008).
According to Jason…”This is a decision I have been struggling with for more than a year, and the time has come for me to follow what I believe to be God’s will for my life. I have delayed this decision because of my love for what I’ve been privileged to do for the past thirteen years as a part of Greater Vision, and my relationships with Gerald and Rodney. They, along with Chad Baker, our Product Manager, are family to me, and they’re my closest friends. That has made this decision that much more difficult.”
Gerald Wolfe, manager of Greater Vision, states, “Jason is like a son to me, as well as being one of the closest friends I’ve ever had. None of us want to see him leave, but we have encouraged him to follow God’s leading, no matter what, and leave the consequences to Him.”
Rodney Griffin, the group’s baritone, stated, “I will certainly miss standing beside Jason every night, but he has my full support as he moves into his next phase of ministry.”
Jason will be active in the selection of his replacement and will remain with the group to help train the new group member until his schooling begins in the Fall.
Jason Waldroup joined Greater Vision in 1995. He has been the recipient of numerous Singing News Fan Awards, most recently being named Gospel Music’s Favorite Tenor in 2007. He, his wife Missy, and their children, Abbie and Jonathon reside in Morristown, Tennessee.
This is a shock, to say the least. Greater Vision is one of the few SG groups out there that actually have a stable lineup. I am, however, thrilled to see that Jason will be helping to pick and train his replacement. That’s a great move, and I’m sure Greater Vision will not miss a beat.
I guess that since it said the replacement will be trained by Jason, that rules out a return by former GV tenor Chris Allman. I’ll be eagerly awaiting who they get to take Jason’s place.
Admittedly, I was less and less impressed lately with Jason on recent GV material and concerts; not as a singer in a group setting, but when he was featured on a solo. For lack of a better term, he sounded nasally and flat. However, that is not to say that he is a bad singer. I imagine after 13 years of being on the road, his voice was starting to display some wear and tear. If he does eventually get back into a group, I’m sure this time of being off the road will do wonders for his voice.
I wish Jason well in his future endeavors. I would also like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation and respect for Gerald Wolfe and Rodney Griffin in encouraging Jason to follow God’s leading. This, to me, shows that their hearts are definitely in the right place. I guarantee that God will bless Greater Vision’s ministry because of their great Christian testimony and faith.
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