Meet Crystal River…a group of young men in their twenties. Their youthful, energetic, and ministry-oriented performances are crowd pleasers everywhere they perform. From intricate acapella arrangements to classic gospel harmony, Crystal River delivers a modern spin on the traditional sound of Gospel Music that will leave you wanting more.
Ben Mooney, tenor, grew up in Statham, Georgia. His dad, head deacon of his home church, helped Ben to start living his life for the Lord early. Ben sang in church at a young age and received many awards through his chorus years in school, such as all-state and many men’s ensemble superior awards. Feeling God's call on his life while in high school, Ben says, “I have always felt that everything I have was given to me by God, including my voice, so I will use it to praise Him”. Ben is married and still lives in Statham, Georgia with his high school sweetheart, Jessica, and their two children, Riley and Ansleigh. In his off time Ben enjoys spending time with his family and cheering on his Georgia Bulldogs. If you get to Singings early, you might get to see him in his lucky bulldog flip flops which he says helps him sing better.
Tony Churchill, lead vocalist, was raised in a very Godly family, from his grandparents who are both ministers to his uncle, who is also a minister, to his parents who made sure he heard all of their sermons. Tony started singing in church at a young age and spent his high school years performing in chorus, but did not realize his call to sing Gospel Music until after high school. Tony recalls, “I remember we were in North Carolina at a revival and I had been singing Gospel Music for three years, but that night the Lord touched me and let me know that what I was doing was His will.” Tony is now married and lives in Tucker, Georgia with his high school sweetheart, Meredith, and their daughter, Laila. In his off time Tony enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf. Tony is also a big Florida Gator fan, which makes things every competitive with Ben come football season.
Randy Gober, baritone, was raised in Winder, Georgia, around Gospel Music. His family, known as The Gobers, performed for many years. Randy started playing drums at a young age, which he says helped him to form his unique mouth “be-boxing” he is known for. His love for Gospel Music led him to contact Tony and Ben to form a group that would follow his family around anytime they would let them on stage. Randy says, “Gospel Music has always been my life and I am blessed to be able to sing the music I grew up loving so much”. Randy lives in Cumming, Georgia and spends his spare time helping his family's ministry and coming up with new “be-boxes” for his fans. He is also a Gospel Music historian, knowing every group, member, and move ever made in Gospel Music and is the host of Gospel Music trivia, a game often played at dinner after concerts.
These guys called to become Crystal River were formally known as the acapella group, Chozen. After five years in part-time ministry, Chozen’s season seemed to be coming to an end. Then the light became visible and a new door was opened for Crystal River. All three members agree and state, “We are blessed to be able to have a new opportunity and ministry and hope to be used by God to reach and bring more souls to His amazing grace”.
Crystal River is a recording artist for BSA World Records, produced by Glen Bates. Glen’s songs and arrangements, along with Crystal River’s exciting presentation is a unique blend. This union has become a "match made in Heaven".
Crystal River is exclusively represented by the Beckie Simmons Agency. Beckie Simmons states that, "Crystal River has taken on changes in their young ministry and God's timing is everything. It is amazing to watch God work! They especially want to see young kids come to know Jesus Christ. Crystal River will entertain, inspire, minister, and touch your heart, both young and old alike!