The Georgians Quartet is ‘Celebrating 60 years in Gospel Music’. W. L. ‘Smiling Mac’ McGuyrt formed the Georgians Quartet in 1954. Prior to that, he was the manager for his group, the Stamps Melody, who was associated with the national gospel music company, Stamps Music Company, located in Dallas, Texas. Being trained by the parent company, while performing with his groups, he would hold three weeks shape note singing schools nightly at churches in southern Georgia and northern Florida.
His youngest son Calvin McGuyrt began singing tenor with his group at 12 years of age, before his voice changed, and has continued through the years. Now, in his 70’s, Calvin has seen many changes, not only personnel, but also in the style of music. Their strong commitment to ministry has always been the top priority in their music. The quartet has mostly been a male group during the years, with just a couple of exceptions. After the retirement of his late father, Calvin took over the reigns of the group and God has been faithful to bless them.
The Georgians Quartet has toured from the Florida to New Mexico and as far north to Canada. They have recorded 17 albums and CD’s over the years, with three top 40 songs in the charts. The Georgians Quartet was voted the top male quartet for the Southeastern Sothern Gospel Music Conference, which covers 10 states. This award is voted on by fans online each year. Calvin writes about ninety percent of their songs and the group has recorded over 100 of his songs. The current group consists of Kevin Parten, Kasey O’Steen, Evan Minix and Brandon Hughes, along with Calvin. The group has added an additional member, as Calvin is limited somewhat in his singing now days, but is able to make most appearances.