George Dean, group leader and co-founder of the Gospel Four, was born in Somerville, TN on June 23rd.
This super-talented leader sings, produces, and composes not only for the G4 but for many other Gospel groups in the industry today.
Blessed with God-given abilities, George
began singing at age six and playing lead guitar some years later. His
talents extended to athletics as he
attended college on a baseball scholarship as a pitcher and catcher.The roles reversed again as George
major in music while pursuing his
minor in sports education.
Reflecting back on his
life, George shares that" he
was unable to be drafted into the Armed Services as he
had one brother stationed in Korea and another stationed in Vietnam at the same time".
Unbeknownst to George
, the family group, The Dean Brothers, was the beginning of his
remembers that "we would sing and cut hair at the same time".The Dean Brothers would become very popular in the Somerville, TN area due to these talents. George's
music career flourished in college and his
college education gave him the technical aspects needed for what would become a very successful career as a songwriter.
In the 1960's, George Dean
and John Whitmore formed several singing groups in the Memphis, TN area.
However, in 1968, George
and John, along Benjamin Ward and Robert Dean, started the powerhouse group that we know today, The Gospel Four
A young George
composed several songs on the album.The second album was recorded on Gospel Message Records, with George
further honing his
writing skills.Signing with Memphis based, E & J Records
, the group recorded four albums.
The group's current home, MCG Records, gave George Dean
and the Gospel Four
the national platform that was part of God's plan in taking the group to a higher level.