Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


March 31, 2014

Morehead State student quartet spreading word through Southern Gospel

MOREHEAD — A quartet of Morehead State students has been traveling to area churches singing traditional Southern Gospel songs and taking over Sunday services with their performances.

“I’m ready to go Lord Jesus,” whaled a congregation member at the First Nazarene Church in Ashland as Joshua Joseph, Ryan Biederman,  Benjamin Cole, Zach Day — known as Damascus Road — sang their final song.

Biederman said the group’s name was formed by Joseph, Biederman and a former member named Jesse Cline, who appeared on “American Idol.”

“We narrowed it down to two names and Damascus Road kind of stuck,” said Biederman.

Damascus Road started off making appearances on the main campus of Morehead State. They have performed at many events, including Morehead Idol where they took the first-place trophy.

“Every time we sing in a college environment they really liked it,” said Joseph.

The quartet sings songs from the 1940s and 1950s era of traditional Southern Gospel that have a bluegrass feel to them.

“I don’t know if it’s because we are young but everywhere we go they eat it up,” said Biederman. “We just started singing and then people started asking and contacting us,” said Cole.

The group recently started performing in the Ashland area, including their individual hometown areas. “It’s was a very nervous but humbling and joyful experience,” said Biederman.

Damascus Road not only sings, but also consider themselves a package deal, keeping in mind where and why they perform. “We try to minister and spread the gospel word,” said Biederman

The quartet will soon be traveling outside into Ohio to sing and spread the gospel and hope that someday they will make a career out of what they are doing.

“I have always wanted to do this for a career,” said Biederman as the other men laughed.

“I think it would be cool but, as of right now, we are just kind of riding it out and seeing how far we can go,” added Joseph.

Damascus Road has future tour dates available listed on their Facebook page and includes performances on MSU’s campus.



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