Max Jackson, story
The Crossmen, a popular regional male gospel quartet, is closing the book on their successful career as they plan to perform their final two concerts this weekend.
The Morgantown group lost lead singer Boyce Flener to cancer in February, 2016. Flener served not only as lead singer but handled much of the arrangement, production, sound engineering, and emcee work for the group.
The Crossmen Quartet was founded in April of 1993 and has performed in 30 different states, Mexico, and the Bahamas. They appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN 20 different times and made multiple appearances at the National Quartet Convention.
They had a dozen top 80 charting songs, were nominated for New Artist of the Year in 1996, as well as a host of other awards over the years.
They are scheduled to perform at Cannon Hall at the Owensboro River Park Center Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7PM and at the Capitol Arts Theater in Bowling Green the following night, Saturday, August 27th, also at 7PM. Both events are free to the public.
"On behalf of Boyce, myself, and all the current and past member of the Crossmen Quartet, I would like to thank you for your support over the past 23 plus years," said Scott Flener, tenor singer and brother of Boyce. "After Boyce passed in February we were left with a decision of what to do with the group. After much prayer, we have decided to close the door on an amazing journey that the Crossmen have had."
Filling the lead spot for the final two concerts will be local resident and Edmonson Voice Editor Darren Doyle, a former member of the group.
"These guys have been my friends for over 20 years and I consider it a great honor to be able to do this with them," Doyle said. "They helped shape my entire career as a singer and musician. I was able to experience the Grand Ol' Opry with this group. Someone asked me how I was going to fill Boyce's shoes...I told them I couldn't, no one could. I'll just fill in the best I can to honor my friend and this amazing group of guys."
Scott added that these particular venues were the last two full concerts that Boyce was able to perform with the group a year ago.
"We appreciate your support and prayers and may God Bless all of you," he said.