Common Bond Quartet

Why book Common Bond Quartet?

The Common Bond Quartet is a traditional Southern Gospel Quartet. We typically present a mix of songs, some of which will be familiar to those who follow Southern Gospel Music, and several selections which have been written BY us, or FOR us, and may be new to many listeners. Whatever the case, we hope the songs will be uplifting, entertaining, encouraging and maybe even a little convicting at times. One thing you will come away knowing, is that CBQ enjoys singing together, and we love singing and talking about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We recognize Him as the source of our joy, the giver of peace, the lover of our soul and our salvation! We look forward to sharing with you!

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What a blessing they were!

The guys were more than just a southern gospel singing group. Mike, Rick, Bryan and Kevin became quck friends. They are true gentelmen and great ambassadors of the Gospel of Jesus. Some groups have a charisma that show up on the tv or video screen but Common Bond has a Spirit that is best seen in person, A Sweet Sweet Spirit.

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Reviewer: Howie S.
Organization: Kolas Christian Bookstore Booking agent
Event: Religious Celebration in Highland, IN
Event Date: Feb 25, 2012
Hired As: Southern Gospel Group

You can see they love what they do....

Common Bond understands the importance of flexibility, especially when working a concert venue with multiple groups. Professional, knowledgable, gracious, and a pleasure to work with....

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Reviewer: R L. H.
Organization: Church of God Ministries
Event: Concert Venue in Anderson, IN
Event Date: Jun 26, 2011
Hired As: Southern Gospel Group

90th birthday celebration for my Dad.

My sister and I were looking for a Southern Gospel Quartet to sing for our Dad's 90th birthday celebration. John Wells, from 770 AM connected me with Rick, from Common Bond. I taked with Rick and then gave the information to my sister, who lives in California. She was doing most of the planning. They worked out the time and schedule. We surprised our Dad. He and all the other family and friends (approx. 100 people) who came really enjoy the music by Common Bond. We had the celebration in a country church and they fit in well with eveyone. A big day for all of us!! Then we had a dinner, cake, etc. They were great.

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Reviewer: June W.
Event: Birthday Party in Parksville, KY
Event Date: Oct 8, 2011
Hired As: Southern Gospel Group

The performance was held to celebrate my Dad's 90th Birthday

Everyone loved the music as well as each member of the group.
They were very friendly, personable, and entertaining.

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Reviewer: Ann M.
Event: Birthday Party in Parksville, KY
Event Date: Oct 8, 2011
Hired As: Southern Gospel Group

We highly recommend Common Bond Quartet!

When looking for a group for your next concert, do not look any farther! This talented group of men will not only sing with great harmony and talent but will always bring a great ministry with them. They will up lift the soul and minister to the lost!

Gary Morgan
The Hallmark Quartet
Ironton, Ohio

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Reviewer: Gary M.
Event: Religious Celebration in Ashland, KY
Event Date: Sep 26, 2010

We highly recommend Common Bond Quartet!

When looking for a group for your next concert, do not look any farther! This talented group of men will not only sing with great harmony and talent but will always bring a great ministry with them. They will up lift the soul and minister to the lost!

Gary Morgan
The Hallmark Quartet
Ironton, Ohio

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Reviewer: Gary M.
Event: Religious Celebration in Ashland, KY
Event Date: Sep 26, 2010

Awesome

The Common Bond Quartet was at our church in White Mills, KY this past weekend and I was absolutely amazed at their performance. I really could sense that this group definately was chosen to serve God this way and the way that they work together just amazed me. I would definately like to see them again.

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Reviewer: Sonya H.
Event: Church Service in White Mills, KY
Event Date: Aug 14, 2011

Review by Pastor S. M. R.

The Common Bond Quartet came to our small country church in November and they were outstanding! Their musical skills are amazing, but more importantly, they were all warm and friendly, and I felt that they were genuine. We didn't have very many in service that night, but I feel that they still gave their very best performance. I would love to have them come back and sing for us again sometime! We are praying that God continues to bless their ministry and their families!

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Reviewer: Pastor S. M. R.
Event: Church Service in Greenup, KY
Event Date: Nov 7, 2010

Review by Teresa S.

This wonderfully talented quartet of men gave concert at the Midwest Seniors Conference at Catlin Church of Christ on the above date. They are absolutely awesome! I would hire them again and again. They are great singers alone and together. They brought us a powerful message in song and word. I love them! I bought both of their CD's.

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Reviewer: Teresa S.
Organization: Catlin Church of Christ/Senior Ministries
Event: Religious Celebration in Catlin, IL
Event Date: Sep 21, 2010
Hired As: Southern Gospel Group

Review by Ronnie P.

Execellent experience with Common Bond! These men are servants of our Lord with a wonderful Spirit. You can tell God has placed His hand on this ministry.

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Reviewer: Ronnie P.
Organization: Kirksville Baptist Church
Event: Church Service in Richmond, KY
Event Date: Mar 21, 2010
Hired As: Southern Gospel Group

Review by Rob C.

What a great time was had at the Central Ohio Church of God Ministers' Banquet. The Common Bond Quartet helped to make our event a great success. Their presentation was inspirational, fun and included a rich quality of musicianship. Thanks for serving the Lord with this ministry, Common Bond Quartet.

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Reviewer: Rob C.
Organization: Central Ohio Ministerial Assembly of the Church of God
Event: Private Party in Springfield, OH
Event Date: Mar 6, 2010
Hired As: Southern Gospel Group

Review by Brenda E.

We invited Common Bond Quartet to our Church for a Morning Worship Service. They did a tremendous job--they made us laugh, made us cry, touched our hearts and gave us the joy of the Lord. After the service, numerous members of the congregation wanted to know if I had booked them for a return visit. They are truly doing the Lord's work in a mighty way!

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Reviewer: Brenda E.
Event: Church Service in White Mills, KY
Event Date: Feb 21, 2010

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 45 - 90 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Languages: English

Overview

The Common Bond Quartet is a group of men who have committed their time and talents to using music to present the gospel of Jesus Christ.. Their desire to serve God provides the foundation for their ministry. While they endeavor to encourage and uplift believers through word and song, their passion is to plant seeds in the hearts and minds of unbelievers as they seek to further the Kingdom. During a concert, The Common Bond Quartet will be sure to have you not only smiling, tapping your toes and clapping your hands; but you will also likely be challenged and encouraged in your walk with Christ. Worship led by The Common Bond Quartet will be an experience that we're sure will be a blessing long after the last note is sung.

Additional Booking Notes

CBQ typically travels in a tour bus, and therefore are able to provide our own sound system for events. Depending on the venue, and your needs, we are also open to using on-site equipment. Contact us to work out details for your specific event.

Common Bond Quartet

RICK MELTON: Growing up in Middletown, Ohio, Rick loved music from the time he was small. However, he never sang before an audience until he was twenty years old and was asked to sing for his sister’s wedding. As a result of that performance, he was approached to join a trio at his home church—forming his first Southern Gospel Quartet. Rick attended Anderson University where he joined a trio and began touring on weekends. After college, his job and family obligations moved him to Mt. Sterling, Kentucky and Rick stopped touring, but devoted his time learning to play guitar and writing songs. Then about 20 years ago, he began singing with a trio in his home church in Mt. Sterling. The trio eventually (with a few additions and subtractions) morphed into the One Bond Quartet and the men sang together for several years. In 2009, through a series of God-ordained events, Rick and Kevin, who’d been singing together in a quartet, and Mike and Bryan, who’d been singing together in a different quartet, came together to form the current Common Bond Quartet.

MIKE BRADSHAW (Baritone) was born and raised in central Illinois (Decatur). He was not raised in a Christian home, but from an early age, his grandparents and several aunts and uncles were instrumental in helping him develop his walk with Christ. One aunt and uncle (his dad's sister) in particular, took him to church regularly, as both were ordained pastors in the Foursquare Gospel church. It was there where Mike first began singing—in a middle school youth choir. Many of his family members were musically talented, so it seemed singing was always a part of family events.

In 1974, after graduating from high school, Mike moved to Kentucky, where one of those aunts (his dad's other sister) lived. Married in 1976 to Kim, the couple have two children: Bryan (26) and Kayla (24), and just recently (May 2012) welcomed two grandbabies, Emma and Caroline, to the family. I don't think there is a more proud "Popaw" to be found! Don't get him started, as he will start with the stories and pull out the picture album (on his phone, of course, so it is always with him). LOL

BRYAN STEVENSON was born in Mt. Sterling, KY and lived there until the 4th grade. At that time, his father went into full time pastoral ministry and his family moved to Hamilton, OH where he attended the Millville Avenue Church of God. A year and a half later, they family moved back to KY where Bryan’s father, Bush, was an Associate Pastor at the First Church of God in Winchester. They stayed there until Bryan was a sophomore in high school then moved to Ashland, KY (Grandview COG). Bryan attended DeVry Institute and graduated with a BS in Electronic Engineering. Soon thereafter, he moved back to Winchester, KY and started working at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, where he continues to work today.

“I’ve been singing all my life with music being a major part of my family. I started singing seriously as a senior in High school where I joined the chorus and was selected to all-state chorus. I've sung in several quartets—mostly just singing in my local church until becoming a part of The Common Bond Quartet.”

KEVIN WILLIS grew up in Dixon, Illinois, the oldest son in very musical family. His mom and dad were the choir director and pianist at their local church. Kevin “grew up on Southern Gospel Quartet music.” His mother tells the story of him being pushed (still in an infant seat) under the front pew of the church during Saturday night singing—as they were both a part of a quartet in the early 60’s. At age ten, his family began to travel and sing regionally. They continued this until he graduated high school in 1982.

“Music has always been a part of my life. I have been part of a choir since 5th grade, be it in school or church. I play piano and bass guitar. From sixth grade I have always felt a call to use the gift God has given to me to give back to Him in singing about His love and grace.”

Kevin attended Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois and graduated with a BA in Church Music / Christian Education. While at Olivet he traveled with a regional group, The Good Shepherd’s, from northwest Indiana. In 1989, he went into full-time church music ministry. Over the past 21 years, God has led him to churches in Michigan, Wisconsin and Kentucky, where he has been for the past 11 years. “It was here that I rekindled my passion for quartet style music. There is nothing more uplifting for me than to hear four men lift their voices in praise and testimony of God’s love for us. I sing with Common Bond because I get to share the story with everyone we sing for. I believe God has opened some great opportunities for this group and really put this group together. My vision for this group is to use every chance we get to tell, through music, of God’s saving grace and love. If we can be a blessing to those we sing to then God is glorified.”

The team providing the talent:

Rick Melton

Lead Singer/Manager

Bryan Stevenson

Bass Singer

Mike Bradshaw

Baritone/Lead Singer

Kevin Willis

Tenor Singer

Set List

CBQ customizes its performances the venue, audience and time parameters of each event. Sets are constructed from the list of songs shown below. If you have specific selections that you would like included please contact us to make your request.

Selections from our latest album, “God Made A Way”
Do You Know Him?
God Made A Way
How Much More
I Love My Jesus
I’ve Been to The Cross
In His Hands
Shout Brother Shout
Steal Away
The Day Nobody Praised Him
This Is The Life

Selections from our first three albums: "Where Would I Be?", "Fire In Me", "Come Down Out of the Boat"
A Blessing’s On The Way
Beulah Land
Come Down Out of the Boat
Didn’t It Rain
Fire In Me
God Knows
Gotta Go Back
Had It Not Been
He Came Down to My Level
He Made a Change
He Touched Me
I Cast My Bread
I Found Grace
I’ve Been Changed
It Runs In The Family
Jesus Loves Me
Knock, Knock, Knock
Love is Why
My Name is Lazarus
Oh My, My
Old Church Meeting
One of These Mornings
Praying Man
Sailing Towards Home
Sing and Shout
That’s Enough
Vessel of Mercy
Walking In The Will
Where Would I Be?
Winging My Way Back Home

Selections from “Hymns of Faith, Vol. I” - This is a “Heritage Project” that we recorded in response to a request from the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana). We have taken some of these classic hymns and recorded them in a refreshing Southern Gospel style:
A Child of God
Beautiful
He Lifted Me Out
I’m Going On
In His Love Let Me Hide
Pass Me Not / Lord, I’m Coming Home
The Church’s Jubilee
The Kingdom of Peace
The Reformation Glory
We Have a Hope

Influences & Inspiration

The men of CBQ understand and acknowledge that their relationship with Jesus Christ is the basis for their ministry. Each of them has been singing to share about God's love, forgiveness and promises for over 20 years - together, or with other groups.

Setup Requirements

To be determined individually for each venue.

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