As I’m sure you’ve read in several places, Greater Vision’s Jason Waldroup is leaving this fall to “pursue a seminary education”. This will be Greater Vision’s first lineup change in 13 years. The first time I heard Jason was in August 1996 at Greater Vision’s outdoor Praise Fest in Sevierville, TN (the same night I attended my only Cathedrals concert – the one I left after their first two songs). At the time, Jason was very young and I wasn’t that impressed. Over time, I felt that Jason improved a tremendous amount. I don’t think he ever improved to the level that he would have cracked my list of ten favorite tenors, but he did become a very capable singer. If nothing else, he has my utmost respect for his performance of “Just Ask” from the Quartets project. It has been more than a couple of years since I’ve seen Greater Vision in concert, but from recent reports, it seems he may have regressed. I guess that could have been due to the fact that he has “been struggling with [the decision] for more than a year”. My prayers and best wishes to the Waldroups.
As for Greater Vision, I hope this is the change they need to break out of the musical rut they’ve been in for the last several years. As I mentioned, I haven’t been to one of their concerts in years. That is because I haven’t really heard anything from them that I wanted to hear that I haven’t heard before. They still have a good sound, but to me, it is a boring sound. I will admit that I still haven’t heard their newest project, but that is also due to the fact that it seems once you’ve heard one Greater Vision project, you’ve heard them all. I pray that God sends the right man to Gerald and Rodney, who He will use to revitalize their sound and continue their ministry.