BFA pianist

Scott McDowell is leaving (has left?) BFA? So says commenter undercover. If it’s true I’ll be at least as interested in where McDowell does (not) go as who his replacement is. Behind Stan Whitmire and Justin Ellis, he’s probably among the most gifted keyboard players in gospel music right now.

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  1. Cabell wrote:

    No more Pepper?!!! How sad.

  2. Tyler wrote:

    If verified, this is very sad.

  3. JustAReader wrote:

    This is indeed true. I hear he is coming off the road entirely. I personally don’t think it matters very much. I thought he always overplayed anyways……

  4. Aaron Swain wrote:

    Augh! Ah well… methinks Andrew Ishee’s ticket back on the road is at hand?

  5. natesings wrote:

    Big week for changes! OTGH QT disbands, this, and Christian Davis is “no longer the bass vocalist for Mercy’s Mark.”

  6. natesings wrote:

    #4- methinks Ishee is too silly for BF&A

  7. sgmusiclover wrote:

    Personally I think he is the best piano player out there today. Ishee would not fit in with BFA, I don’t him and Ricky with mesh.

  8. cjmusic wrote:

    I’m gonna miss him

  9. Aaron Swain wrote:

    Hmm… wonder why BFA hasn’t sent anything out confirming yet…

  10. Chris wrote:

    Maybe John Jeffrey of the Greenes? Good skills with a very polished and prrofessional look. Could be a good fit for BF&A.

  11. thom wrote:

    Scott McDowell is a brilliant pianist. Probably too good for most SG groups.
    I would love to hear him play an entire concert.

    If it is true that he is coming off the road entirely it will be a big loss for SG music.

    As to who would make a good replacement - I vote for Tommy McKenzie formerly of Crystal River.

  12. Joshua Cottrell wrote:

    Maybe, Roy Webb?

  13. thom wrote:

    Roy Webb would also be a good choice.

  14. Phil wrote:

    I hear Scott is going to stay till Thanksgiving and then will be going back to school.

  15. Aaron Swain wrote:

    Gotcha. So he’ll return, then?

  16. Becky Goble wrote:

    NOOOOOO….I absolutely love Scott. Have watched and enjoyed him for years. The last BF&A concert we went to we spent watching he and Ricky play. So much talent it is unbelievable. I am BUMMED!

  17. thom wrote:

    i’m bummed too Becky. I loved to watch Scott play. He is incredible. Over-qualified.

  18. Dave wrote:

    Eh, if he leaves, he leaves. It aint the end of the world.

  19. Tyler wrote:

    I just got confirmation that Scott isn’t “gone” yet. I’m not saying he’s not leaving, but he hasn’t come off the road yet.

  20. Tommy wrote:

    Thanks Thom for the vote of confidence in comment #11. I haven’t heard anything official saying Scott is leaving. If he does and I am contacted about the job, I will be honored. If he stays, I will continue to wish him the best of luck. Either way, he is a great piano player. Keep up the good work Scott.

  21. Payton wrote:

    I don’t see why everybody is making such a big deal out of this. It’s not like BFA is losing one of their vocalists which would be much more important than a band member. Every time I’ve seen them Scott always had a personality equivalent to that of a tree stump when I would go out front to their product table to talk to the guys. I personally don’t think they are gonna be missing anything. Good piano players are everywhere and I’m sure they will find one just as good, if not better than he was. I agree with commenter #3, I thought Scott overplayed as well. It was like every song was a “how many licks can I fit in one song” contest. Keep rocking BFA!! Love your new CD “Real Faith”. Best thing you have ever done.

  22. Keith Plott wrote:

    I have, recently spoke to Scott [Pepper]
    Mcdowell and he is officially off the road.
    He is planing on going to college, and I wish him well. He is a phenominal piano
    player, and it was a honor to work with him for three years. He is very excited about what the Lord has in store for him. Please keep him in your prayers. Thanks

  23. Montana Man wrote:

    NO. 20, Tommy … when did you leave CR, and what are you doing now?

  24. Derek wrote:

    I agree with #6 & #7…Ishee doesn’t fit Brian’s mold. The most comic relief you get there is waiting to see if Brian will pop a blood vessel on “Looking For A City.” :o) If history is any indication I think the new piano picker for BFA will be an unknown…or at least a lesser-known.

  25. Tyler wrote:

    Thanks, Keith. Now Scott is “officially off the road.” He just played the other night. That must have been his last date.

  26. Tommy wrote:

    # 20 Montana Man ,

    I have not been on the road with Crystal River since mid-August. I live in Nashville currently and I am doing some session work in the form of demos for song writers and some custom projects. I still keep in touch with CR, they are a great group of guys and I enjoyed my time on the road with them very much. I have been contacted by several groups, but never really the right position. I am definitely keeping an eye out for the right position. As far as Scott is concerned, if he is going to college I wish him the best. I learned so much at Trevecca Nazarene University when I got a degree in Music Business. They really challenged me to the point that I wouldn’t be able to play half the stuff I am capable of today had it not been for what I learned there. Good Luck Scott.

  27. Derek wrote:

    Let the fruit-basket-turnover begin! I just read on the SN website that Dallas Rogers is leaving the Dixie Echoes. Who’s next?!

  28. steven wrote:

    well it looks like the NQC trade/aquisition deadline was extended this year. must have been some salary cap disputes.

  29. Payton wrote:

    Was #22 Keith Plott like as in BFA’s old bass singer? Boy he sure fell off the place of the planet after he left BFA. I thought he was gonna go solo or something…….But then again everybody thinks they can go solo after they leave a major group. Just wondering….

  30. undercover wrote:

    payton….seems as if now that you know Keith is readng, you felt lucky enough to make a pop-shot at him….Im sure he’s doing all he wants to do as a soloist….maybe perhaps not in the limelight you see most soloist in, buts hes soloing well enough….bet you wouldnt go up to his face and and repeat what you just said…hes a big ole boy ya know….I wouldnt tangle with him for sure…

  31. matureman wrote:

    Thank you, #30 undercover.

    I don’t know Keith Plott…have never seen him in concert but have heard him on a recording. He seems to be a fine singer.

    It doesn’t take much effort to reread our comments to see if they are thoughtful and pass the WWJD test before clicking the button.

  32. steven wrote:

    He does have a solo ministry. He posted the link to his ministry in his name in the post he made. I wanna say at one time he was filling in with danny funderberk and mercy’s way.

  33. Payton wrote:

    Undercover,

    Please do not think that you can give me a lesson in posting. You are not even man enough to use your real name. As for how big Keith is, it’s ok because I’m a pretty big boy myself.

  34. undercover wrote:

    it wasnt a lesson in posting, it was a statement of fact that what you said was funny, but would probably not be said in person….

  35. Keith Plott wrote:

    JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW WE’VE BEEN IN THE STUDIO WORKING ON OUR SECOND PROJECT .
    THE RECORDING IS BEING DONE AT INSONG PRODUCTIONS IN GASTONIA N.C.
    STUDIO OWNER LEE FORTUNE WILL BE ENGINEERING THE PROJECT ,
    AND THE MIDNIGHT CRY SONG WRITER HIMSELF, GREG DAY WILL BE HELPING OUT ON PRODUCING.
    WE ARE RECORDING SOME EXCITING BRAND NEW SONGS WRITTEN BY GREG AND ALSO RECORDING
    SOME GREAT CLASSICS AS WELL .
    WE’RE CHOMPING AT THE BITS TO GET THIS PROJECT COMPLETED.
    WE’VE BEEN VERY BUSY THIS YEAR WITH THE FAIR,GMT (GOSPEL MUSIC TELEVISION) REVIVALS,
    CONCERTS, GOD IS SO GOOD!!!
    HE’S ALREADY ALLOWED US TO DO THINGS IN THESE PAST EIGHT MONTHS WE DID’NT EXPECT TO
    HAPPEN SO SOON, NOT TO MENTION THE PRECIOUS SOULS WE’VE SEEN SAVED.
    IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE LORD HAS ALLOWED THIS CAROLINA COUNTRY BOY
    THE JOY OF BEING ABLE TO GO OUT EACH WEEKEND WITH HIS LOVELY WIFE BOBBI
    AND BE ABLE TO SING THE GREATEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD …..GOSPEL MUSIC
    AS FAR AS THE LIME LIGHT ,DON’T NEED IT ,
    PLEASE KEEP US IN YOUR PRAYERS THAT WE WOULD BE RIGHT WERE THE LORD WOULD HAVE US TO BE,
    BECAUSE I WANT TO HEAR HIM SAY WELL DONE, AND I WANT TO HEAR HIM SAY ENTER IN ………
    DON’T YOU ?

    GOD BLESS YOU……………Keith

  36. Payton wrote:

    Wow maybe Avery should start charging for advertisement space because it appears Mr. Plott just used some. I think it’s kinda funny because most artists (the ones that will admit to reading this blog) don’t get on here and post a rebuttal/name dropping list (of names that I didn’t recorgnize 95% of) to something that’s said about them, especially IN ALL CAPS. Apparently he feels the need to prove something. I found it wildly entertaining……

  37. thom wrote:

    Payton: are you as cynical as you sound?

  38. Aaron Swain wrote:

    Better lock this thread before it gets ugly, Doug.

  39. Jacob Rasnick wrote:

    Well here is another bombshell. Nick Succi is leaving the Kingsmen and returning to Canada. Also their bass player Grant Barker is leaving as well.

  40. smith wrote:

    It really seems to me that Payton has some sort of axe to grind with Scott. It’s such a shame, too, because from everything I’ve heard from everyone in and around SGM, Scott’s a great guy.

    And just to make it clear….good piano players aren’t everywhere.

  41. Alex wrote:

    I would have to agree with the last comment. Obviously, Payton must have some issue with Scott. I really can’t see how. From everything I have seen or heard from people in the industry, he is one of the sweetest guys you’ll meet. He is definately an incredible talent. Sad to see him go. Great pianists are hard to find.

  42. cjmusic wrote:

    It really does seem that Payton has an axe to grind with Scott and Keith. Scott is an all around nice guy. It is very talented, super kind, and very likeable. I really wish him the best. I think BFA would do just as well with out any musicians.

  43. Payton wrote:

    I honestly don’t have some “axe to grind” with Scott. It was just one man’s opinion. I wasn’t saying that he wasn’t talented, which he is, or I’m sure he wouldn’t have gotten the job with BFA. I merely stated that I thought he overplayed. Too much can be too much sometimes. Just because you can play it, doesn’t mean you should in every song. I was just merely surprised by the big deal that was being made over this one change in the industry. SG is like a giant revolving door where people come and go all the time and I just think that people posting on this site, and on other SG message boards seemed to be making WAY too big of a deal about a piano player leaving a group. He left. So what? SG will continue. I also think BFA would do just as well without any musicians as well as every other group in SG music as commenter #42 stated, but that’s another thread. If it were any other “non-front line” member of a major SG group, I would have made the very same argument. So all I’m saying is BIG DEAL.

  44. smith wrote:

    then you should have just said that and not have been so ugly with your comments. If it’s not a big deal to you, then it’s not a big deal to you. Great. But, you have to realize, that to some people, it IS a big deal. Just be nice.