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Grand Ole Opry welcomes Barbershop Quartets


Nashville, Tenn. (June 16, 2008) — Two international barbershop quartet champions, Max Q (2007 champs) and Realtime (2005 champs), will debut on the Grand Ole Opry when the 70th Annual Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention and Competition takes place in Nashville June 29 through July 6. Realtime will appear on the world-famous radio show on Tuesday, July 1, and Max Q appears on Friday, July 4.

Max Q is the Barbershop Harmony Society’s most decorated quartet champion in the 70-year history of the music organization. Among the four pedigreed members, tenor Greg Clancy owns the most gold medals with 11 chorus and one quartet gold medal; lead Tony DeRosa is a three-time quartet gold medalist; baritone Gary Lewis has two quartet gold medals; and bass Jeff Oxley owns three quartet gold medals and seven gold medals in chorus competition. All four men grew up cutting their teeth on barbershop harmony.

Realtime, whose members include Tim and Doug Broersma and Mark and Tom Metzger, hail from Vancouver, British Columbia and Lynden,Wash. They have sung internationally and enjoyed critical acclaim for their live performances and recordings, but they are really just four guys with day jobs who share a passion for singing and performing. A true phenomenon, they won the quartet championship during their second year of international competition in 2005, after placing seventh the previous year.

Max Q has also been tapped to sing the National Anthem at the July 4 Let Freedom Sing! Celebration, to take place at Riverfront Park at 7 p.m. “We are honored to represent the Barbershop Harmony Society at Music City’s July 4th celebration, and we are humbled to perform for the first time on the Grand Ole Opry, where so many legends and superstars of American music have graced the stage,” says Tony DeRosa.

Opry tickets are available at 615-871-OPRY and opry.com.