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FourGiven plans album release concert

From left, Paul Barber, Kevin Hyatt, Scott Fuller and Barry Roth are the quartet FourGiven.
From left, Paul Barber, Kevin Hyatt, Scott Fuller and Barry Roth are the quartet FourGiven.

It’s more than 20 years ago that Kevin Hyatt and Scott Fuller first got together to sing. They added two other men to the group, and soon they were singing gospel songs at church on a regular basis.

“We sang at Easter and other special services for many years,” said Hyatt, “and then we just began getting more and more invitations.”

They named their quartet FourGiven, and in September 2012 they released their first CD, “His From the Start.”

Now the quartet is ready with its second CD, “Grace for the Journey” which will be released at a concert Sunday at Spokane First Church of the Nazarene.

“We started working on the CD in June when we looked through 35 or 40 songs,” Hyatt said.

The quartet had some changes in lineup late last year, which slowed down the recording process. Today Hyatt and Fuller perform with Barry Roth and Paul Barber, and the group maintains a nonprofit status.

“This will never turn into a full-time gig; we all have day jobs,” Hyatt said, “but we strive very hard to come across with the professional polish of a full-time group.”

FourGiven records its CDs with the help of Cross Roads Studio in North Carolina – which does the music – and The Mix House in Boise, where they record the vocals.

Hyatt said it can be a challenge to get the four of them together in one spot for recording and rehearsal purposes.

“We like what we do and we figure it out,” Hyatt said.

FourGiven’s CDs are available for sale at the church office or via the group’s Facebook page.

“None of the members of the group takes any kind of salary,” Hyatt said. “Our expenses are covered by CD sales and the freewill offering we take during our concerts.”

Over the years, donors have helped FourGiven buy its sound equipment and also supplied the group with a trailer that makes travel a lot easier. The group has performed at many Montana Gospel Music Association events and also at the Northwest Gospel Festival in Nampa, Idaho.

The upcoming concert is free.

“I’d suggest people get their early,” Hyatt said. “It was packed last time we did this.”