In the 1970's The Renaissance , often referred to as '˜The Christian Carpenters', were among a few Christian recording artists who successfully blended a radio commercial sound with a solid biblical message. They were trailblazers along with groups like The Imperials and The Second Chapter Of Acts and were way ahead of their time. The group recorded on the Zondervan Milk & Honey Label and also co-produced four of their eight albums.
Several of todays successful artists have endorsed The Renaissance and the re-release of their Together album. Mark Lowry says "I love The Renaissance. Their blend is one you only hear when a family sings together. I'll never forget sitting on the front row, while in college, hearing them sing. They were classy. I was a fan then and I'm a fan now."
The Dove nominated Booth Brothers say "Without question, The Renaissance had a profound influence on the music of the Booth Brothers. Their brilliant arrangements coupled with the beautiful, warm voices, created a sound so unique and stunning to Christian music, that to this day it remains in a class all its own. The only thing more beautiful than their music is their heart for the Lord Jesus Christ. With outmost respect and admiration, we highly recommend their anointed music to you."
The Renaissance 'Together' album feature the rich alto vocals of Debbie Egle, tenor and guitarist, Darrell Toney, and the baritone voice of Dave Toney . Together, they achieved a smooth sound and tight harmonies that clearly became their trademark. The members of the group arranged and recorded all lead and background vocals. The album was recorded at Sound Stage Studio, Nashville, TN and Studio By The Pond, Hendersonville, TN, Wax Works, Nashville TN and Pinebrook Recording Studio, Alexandria, IN. The session included on keyboards: Randy Goodrum and Bobby Ogdin, Drums: Kenny Malone, Bass Guitar: Jack Williams, Drums: Bob Gelotte and Jerry Carrigan, Percussion: Farrel Morris and Flute and Tenor Sax: Dennis Solee. The album was produced by John Darnall and The Renaissance. Keyboard player, Randy Goodrum became a songwriter extraordinaire (writing songs like ˜Bluer Than Blue' and 'You Needed Me') He wrote hits for artist like Steve Perry, George Benson, Russ Taff, The Imperials and Andrus Blackwood & Co., just to name a few.
The re-release of the Together album also includes two new songs never before released, 'Friend of Friends' written by Debbie Toney Egle and Darrell Toney and 'Look Out' written by Darrell Toney and Dave Toney. Lee Hazen, studio engineer at Studio By the Pond in Hendersonville, TN said he never heard a vocal group lay down such great vocals as quickly as The Renaissance.
Lifelong friendships were made with people in the music business as a result of years of spent in a recording studio. Darrell asked one of his good friends, legendary harmonica player, Terry McMillian, to be part of his new project called 'Darrell Toney & Friends Jerry Reed - Revisited'. You can check out Darrells new recording project featuring the guitar genius Jerry Reed available on CD Baby and iTunes or visit www.darrelltoney.com.
Through the years, The Renaissance worked with some of the best musicians in the business and made a real contribution to christian music. Through it all they have remained true to their music message of hope through Gods love and His forgiveness to all who will listen and believe.
The Renaissance reunited for the first time in over 25 years to perform at the Booth Brothers Homecoming Tour in 2006. You can check out their 2005 performance on YouTube/The Renaissance or visit www.renaissancegospel.com for product info.
In October 2012 Deb released her first solo album 'Deborah Egle' on Loradon Music and feature guest artists, former Gaither Vocal Band member, Marshall Hall and Ronnie, Michael Booth and Jim Brady, The Booth Brothers. Deb has often been referred to as the 'Karen Carpenter' of christian music, and is often compared to famous alto 'Diana Krall'. This album features beautiful pop melodies, tight harmonies and remains true to her gospel message of faith in Jesus Christ. You can find her project on CDBaby, iTunes, and other outlets or visit www.deborahegle.com.