About Canton Junction
You can call it a quartet, because Canton Junction indeed consists of four-part-harmony. But this vocal group represents far more than the sum of four well-sung parts. Collectively, there are 85 years of experience among them, along with dozens of GMA Dove Awards, Grammy nominations and other honors. Yet accolades are not what drew these four men together. It was their shared love for communicating the music and Message of Jesus.
The group’s name, Canton Junction, literally means “the crossroads of different subjects or regions into one gathering point.” That definition perfectly describes exactly what happened when these four musical forces collided. Aaron Crabb, Tim Duncan, Matthew Hagee and Michael Sykes are four very different individuals who came from varying musical backgrounds and geographic locations, yet the moment they began singing together they stood on common ground.
The group’s musical style is also representative of many roads merging into one. The influences you will hear range from timeless hymns, to the Eagles… from southern gospel to big band. Among the group’s repertoire are time-tested songs of the church, fresh new songs written out of their own experiences, as well as songs you may have heard, but not like this.
Canton Junction started somewhat spontaneously, in preparation for special music at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. But after that first Sunday morning performance and the subsequent television broadcast, the response they received was overwhelming. After years of making music individually, these four men knew the harmony they had experienced – literally and figuratively – was out of the ordinary. They had to keep singing.
Lead singer Aaron Crabb traveled with award-winning gospel group The Crabb Family for more than a decade before launching into his solo flight in ministry as Worship Leader at Cornerstone Church. During the Crabb Family’s musical journey, Aaron sang and produced nineteen #1 gospel songs and he has contributed to the group’s repertoire as a songwriter. He has performed on such prestigious stages as Carnegie Hall and The Grand Ole Opry, yet “prestigious” is not a word Aaron would use to describe himself. This rural Kentucky-born boy simply loves his Lord, loves his family, and loves singing. He fully believes in the power of music to heal hearts and hold onto the Truth that gets us through whatever life throws us.
Bass singer, Tim Duncan, is a self-described “quartet man” and he has fans across the globe who agree, evidenced by the Singing New Fan Award for Best Bass he was awarded the first year he was nominated (2006). Some of Tim’s earliest memories consist of his dad buying quartet records, and he fell in love with the excitement of long endings, the tenor soaring and the bass booming. He now brings to Canton Junction 16 years of full-time singing experience and, as one of the original four members of Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, he has been a part of numerous Billboard-topping albums and DVDs, Dove Award honors and Grammy nominations. But Tim doesn’t get caught up in all that. He knows he is called to sing and he loves to make people happy singing the best music in the world – music that communicates the Best News ever.
Tenor, Matthew Hagee, carries on a six-generation legacy of ministry working alongside his father, John Hagee, founding pastor of Cornerstone Church. He grew up singing around the piano with his family and draws from all varieties of musical influences ranging all the way from big band to bluegrass. A graduate of Oral Roberts University School of Business, he is a gifted speaker, accomplished vocalist and the author of “Shaken, Not Shattered” and “Response-Able” (both published by Strang Communications). Matthew is also a true Texan, easily as comfortable trading horses and cattle as he is on a platform.
Michael Sykes, Canton Junction’s baritone joined after a long and successful run in Nashville as a producer, songwriter and business owner. He has produced award-winning albums for the industry’s most esteemed artists, including the Gaither Vocal Band, Russ Taff, the Martins, Jeff and Sheri Easter, and The Oak Ridge Boys. He has written or co-written much-loved songs such as “Prayer Warrior,” “King of Who I Am,” “Knowing You’ll Be There” and “Make It Real.” Michael’s love for harmony makes him a natural group singer and he comes to Canton Junction with a wide range of group experience, including his tenure as a vocalist with “Ponder Sykes & Wright.” Although he is the recipient of multiple GMA Dove Awards for both producing and songwriting, he is just a country boy at heart—a country boy who loves harmony and has a gift for making music.
The blessing Canton Junction has already experienced only confirms that this uncommon merging of journeys is touching on something this hurting world longs to hear. With their message of hope, Canton Junction has blessed tens of thousands of listeners, embarked on a tour of Israel where they performed for Prime Minister Netanyahu, and has completed their debut project, Canton Junction, available September 2012
Canton Junction welcomes opportunities to sing at special events and service as their schedules allow.