In March 1982, Keith Lancaster – songwriter, producer, and lead singer – wanted to form a quartet of men with a mission to communicate Gospel truths through music. Four months later, concertgoers in Hamilton, Ohio, were the first to be amazed by what they heard. The group was called His Image Quartet for a brief period before embracing the name Acappella.
Originally based out of Paris, Tennessee, Acappella saw its grass roots fan base grow through the 1980s as the group experienced lineup changes and experimented with fresh new sounds. The landmark album, Sweet Fellowship (1988), ushered in one of the most significant developments in the group’s membership and style. Lancaster stepped out of the group as lead singer to focus on the role of producer and manager. The group continued to evolve after that, developing a unique sound that has been mimicked by countless small groups around the world, from high-school stairwells to large churches and auditoriums.
Signed to Word Records in 1990 (and later to Epic Records), Acappella’s popularity soared with releases such as Rescue, We Have Seen His Glory, and Set Me Free. Media exposure included many TV appearances, while the song “More Precious Than Gold” became the centerpiece of a Sony Camcorder television commercial and was broadcast extensively nationwide. Hymns For All The World helped increase the group’s exposure in the 90s. The universal reception of this heavenly sound is now popular in many countries. The group has recently traveled to China, Jamaica, Guyana, and Brazil, and plans more international concerts in the future.
Acappella continues to use the greatest instrument ever created – the human voice – to bring the message of God’s love to audiences across the country and around the world. More than 30 years after this beloved ministry began, the legacy continues – with a rich history, a dynamic present, and a bright future. Hear It In Our Voice.
For more information on album release years, which singers sang on different albums and much more visit our Acappella wikipedia page.