The Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated group, First Call, is coming back together for a reunion concert.
On Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11, Melodie Tunney, Bonnie Keen and Marty McCall will be singing at all the worship services at World Outreach Church, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. On Sunday, November 11, at 6:00 p.m., the World Outreach Choir will back up the trio as they perform a set of First Call oldies as well as a few new pieces. The Sunday event concert is free.
The three singers met in the mid 1980s when they were considered the ‘first call’ of studio producers in Nashville, Tennessee, for background vocals and commercials jingles. The trio recorded several projects of their own and found themselves in the forefront of Contemporary Christian music. Their signature sound and phenomenal songs led to a 15 year ministry with 13 albums with Word and Warner Alliance and national and international tours, winning three Dove Awards and earning five Grammy nominations along the way.
Songs like “Undivided,” “The Reason We Sing,” “O Sifuni Mungu” and “Sweet Love” seemed to fuel an audience hungry for a harmony-driven trio, leading fans and reviewers to liken their sound to the legendary vocal band, Manhattan Transfer.
Yet beyond the accolades, the group shared something that survived years of success and turmoil—a heart for Christ and friendships that would endure times of separation and change. Melodie left First Call in the early 1990’s and highly gifted alto Marabeth Jordon came on board for several projects. When life happened and things came apart in the mid-90s, Marty and Bonnie continued to record as a duo past the 2000 year mark. Marty later left for Washington D.C., where he continues to grace the creative staff at McLean Bible Church, and Bonnie moved on to a solo career as an author, actress and recording artist.
In 2005, the original trio recorded an a capella hymns project, ‘Rejoice’ and filmed two television specials for “Day of Discovery” on the PAX television network. This reunion sparked conversations about a true reunion onstage.
Individually, the members of the original trio has recorded separately, published books and released solo projects. All three have continued to use their gifts in the arts for God’s glory. Collectively, they are preparing for a return to the concert scene with their original sound, new material and a passion to sing together.
“Life experience has put authentic faith-legs to the music we recorded years ago,” says Bonnie Keen. “We’re excited to join our voices together again, to see for such a time as this what only God can do – give a second chance with First Call.