October 6, 2009
The 3-in-1 Vocal Band to perform at Caff� Acoustic on Oct. 15
Local folk group, 3-in-1 Vocal Band, will be the featured entertainers
during Caffé Acoustic held Thursday, Oct. 15 at Brown’s
in Arkansas City. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. and
there is no cost to attend the event.
The 3-in-1 vocal band is a tight folk group with three vocals and three guitars. The style is reminiscent of the seventies when the words and harmony were central to the music. The mixture of personalities, personal styles and vocal texture is very powerful and since their first performance, the reaction has been very positive from people of all ages.
The group formed in September, 2008 and consists of Arkansas City residents Charla Myrick, Steve Manley and Tim Durham. They have played several concerts at area churches, and played at the "Hat Creek Lodge" in Ark City. The group is finishing their first CD, which should be available very soon.
Myrick has been singing as long as she can remember. Her memories begin with her singing in church at a very young age in a family gospel group with her brother Rick and sister Connie while her mom Edna played piano. She was in the 4-H competitions solo and with her family. She also competed in talent contests in Tonkawa, OK as well as in Arkansas City. She began singing with the Donnie Huffman Band and continued from 13 to 18 years old and sang in the Symphonic Choir and Ark High Singers directed by Kenneth Judd.
At 21 she joined a country band in Aspen Colorado, the Tracy McLain Band, and soon was recruited by another country band called The Colorado Midland Band. They opened shows for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and one show with Keith Whitley. Then an agent convinced them to move to Nashville, Tennessee, where the band's name was changed to the Charla Holloway Band.
Myrick and her band traveled all over the United States and most of Canada, playing also at the Opryland Hotel when they were back in Nashville, where they played for people like George Strait, Alabama, Mark Chestnut, and Toby Keith.
After the beginnings of some throat trouble, Charla talked with her friend Joni, Conway Twitty's daughter who referred her to a specialist. Myrick had laser surgery to correct a split vocal cord that was successful and took away her fears of never singing again.
Myrick continued singing and worked for three years in a trio working full time at the Opryland Hotel. It had been 11 years since Myrick sang with a group when she decided to work with Tim Durham and Steve Manley because of the special nature of the new group and their repertoire.
"The Lord has healed my voice and I am singing for Him--He has also healed my spirit!"
Steve Manley has been a resident of Arkansas City most of his life. He has a love of music that was fostered at an early age by his mother. He has been singing as long as he can remember mostly in churches. During high school he was a member of the Symphonic Choir and took voice lessons from his teacher, Kenneth Judd, and scored a "1" in the State Music Contest in his senior year.
Manley bought a guitar and began to write and sing his own songs back in the early 70's during the "Jesus Movement", playing in area coffeehouses, festivals, and various churches. It was during that time that Manley became a worship leader at Calvary Chapel of Ark City. Over time he became a member of the praise & worship band at Calvary and has been involved with it ever since.
Playing a strong rhythm guitar, Manley has always been more interested in working on vocals than concentrating on lead guitar. His interest has been (and still is) in "music with a message", singing songs that have a sometimes subtle, and sometimes penetrating message in them.
Not content to sing and play just one style of music, Manley enjoys singing everything from folk/rock to blues to country to Gospel. The important part of any song is the message contained in the lyrics. Having received Christ as his Savior at an early age, his desire is to make a positive impact on others through his music and his life.
Having played with Durham and Myrick for several years in the Calvary Chapel praise band, Manley was immediately interested when Durham suggested the three of them form a group and work on some tight harmonies. It wasn't long before they all knew that there was a certain "chemistry" in the mix, and the group, "3-in-1 Vocal Band" was formed.
Durham has been involved in music for many years, singing at various events including the Walnut Valley Festival, Silverton Folk Festival, Wichita Riverfest and at the Marlon Mansion in Ponca City for the inauguration of two Oklahoma governors. He has had the honor to play on stage with John McCutcheon, Tom Chapin and Michael Martin Murphy. He was won several songwriting contests and has performed at dozens of schools, restaurants, and churches in the area.
Over the years, Durham has formed his own style that is a kind of mixture of many styles of music. Durham enjoys playing several styles from bluegrass, rock, and jazz but really prefers the singer-songwriter style in which his songs have deep meaning and challenge listeners in a personal way. Stories about the spiritual side of life are important to Tim as well as songs about current events and humorous songs.
Durham loves to collaborate and is frequently called upon to play piano, mandolin, banjo or guitar on stage or in the studio. Durham also plays in the Calvary Chapel praise band with Myrick, Manley and several other very talented members.
Brown’s is located at 225 S. Summit St. Caffé Acoustic is a community project, with CornerBank, Home National Bank, and Union State Bank, and the Arts at Cowley helping fund the concert series.