First Baptist Church is hosting a quartet, whose goal it is to “give the world a smile.”

The Melody Boys Quartet is performing at First Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11.

 The Melody Boys Quartet is one of the few full-time groups on the road today that has remained true to their Southern Gospel roots.

When the Melody Boys take the stage,  they make every effort to fill the majority of their programs with traditional quartet harmonies, using nothing but the piano for accompaniment.  And on occasions when more instrumentation is used, the Melody Boys are committed to keeping the volume at comfortable levels.

Well known in the Southern Gospel industry for their tight vocal blend and classic styling, The Melody Boys Quartet is committed to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through song.  When Gerald Williams joined the group in 1949 at age 16, the Stamps Baxter Melody Boys Quartet, with “Smilin’ Joe Roper,” filled the radio airwaves three times each day. 

They also starred in their own nightly television show in their home state of Arkansas.

The Melody Boys Quartet was honored at the 2007 National Quartet Convention’s 50th Anniversary Celebration as one to the few remaining groups still on the road today that sang at the very first NQC in 1957.  The Melody Boys proudly continue their long history of delivering top-notch, traditional Southern Gospel music from coast to coast, year after year.

The primary purpose of The Melody Boys Quartet is to “Give the World a Smile,” as they devote their lives to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  First Baptist Church encourages the public to join the thousands of fans who look forward each year to experiencing a vintage taste of Southern Gospel’s finest quartet entertainment with the Melody Boys Quartet.

There is no admission charge. 

First Baptist Church is located at the intersection of Third and West King streets. A freewill love offering will be taken for the quartet.  For more information, call 592-3344, or visit

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