The Dixie Echoes announce new members, and other changes.

The Dixie Echoes are proud to announce the newest members of the quartet, baritone singer, Shannon Yates, and tenor singer, Buddy Bates.

Since 1960, The Dixie Echoes have been known for their great singing, uplifting concert performances, and impeccable harmonies. Led by group manager and lead singer, Randy Shelnut, that tradition continues with this newest lineup of the group. But…you might notice something a little different at the next concert you attend. After 28 years standing in the baritone position, “Scoot” Shelnut is moving one spot over, and will now take over the bass spot in the quartet.

“We’re so happy to have Shannon and Buddy as part of the Dixie Echoes. Both are great Christian men, and both are multitalented. These guys bring a certain versatility to the group, and we can’t wait for you to hear some of the unique and intricate harmonies we’re working on.” says Scoot Shelnut. “We’ve become known for singing TRUE 4 part harmony, which is a little different from most quartets singing now, and we are excited to bring back this beautiful and classy style of quartet singing to the forefront.”

Buddy Bates has been with the group since June of 2023, and has quickly become a fan favorite due to his classic tenor voice and friendly disposition. Buddy and his wife Lisa are from Fairfield, Ohio. He’s sung with such legendary groups as the Stamps Quartet, The Dixie Melody Boys, and the world famous Blackwood Brothers.

Shannon Yates has been around Gospel Music his entire life. His dad, Roy Yates, was also a great singer, and traveled with quartets when Shannon was growing up. You may recognize Shannon from his tenure with the Singing News Horizon Award winning group, The Florida Melody Boys. His strong, yet smooth baritone voice is a fantastic addition to the Dixie Echoes. Shannon and his wife ,Maria, and daughter ,Kayla, live in Pensacola, Fl.

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