Biography

For over 50 years, The Dixie Echoes have been delivering the gospel message in song across America through their spiritually uplifting music ministry. Considered to be one of the pioneer gospel groups, the Dixie Echoes have returned to their roots singing around two microphones with just a piano. Respected among their peers and industry leaders alike, the Dixie Echoes are recognized as one of the premiere groups in gospel music.  

Since the Dixie Echoes formed in 1960, they have released nearly 70 albums and have had numerous top ten singles. They have been honored with six members being inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame: J.G. Whitfield (1997), Dale Shelnut (2001), Jack Toney (2005), Billy Todd (2009), Tim Riley (2013), and Randy Shelnut (2017).   

The Dixie Echoes have performed throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada at well-known venues such as the National Quartet Convention, Gospel Jubilee Cruise, the Brumley Sing, Memphis Quartet Show, Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, and Carnegie Hall as well as churches, fairs, and on television. The Dixie Echoes have appeared on such programs as TBN, INSP and are most notably remembered for their regular appearances on the nationally syndicated television show, The Gospel Singing Jubilee which aired in the late 1960’s and 70’s.  

Although each individual presents his own musical styling, the members collectively share the common goal of doing everything they can to expose the audience to the power of a meaningful song. With arguably the best line-up of talent ever, the Dixie Echoes present the gospel message in song with a touch of class and excellence.  

Over the last 50 years God has trusted the Dixie Echoes with the huge purpose of telling everyone they can about Him. To do this He has provided talented men with a dedication to this grand style of music. In the timeless tradition of the Statesmen Quartet and the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, the Dixie Echoes will continue to sing songs in such a manner that no one can miss a single word, not one distraction from hearing what the songwriter wanted to share.

Randy Shelnut

Randy Shelnut

Randy Shelnut – has been a member of the group for over 48 years. His father, Dale, is credited with bringing the group to national prominence and Randy has continued to keep the Dixie Echoes at the forefront of gospel music. A prolific songwriter, Randy has written many of the groups biggest hits. With a lifetime of experience Randy is considered to be one of the finest lead singers and has been honored with multiple Singing News Fan Awards. In 2017, Randy was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. 

Randy "Scoot" Shelnut Jr.

Randy "Scoot" Shelnut Jr.

Randy Shelnut, Jr. – known to gospel music fans as “Scoot”, began his gospel music career at the young age of eleven. With 28 years of experience to build upon, Scoot is named among the best baritones in gospel music and has been voted by the fans as one of the top 5 baritones in the country on several occasions. As a third generation member of the group, Scoot is proudly carrying on a tradition of class and integrity that has long been synonymous with the Dixie Echoes.

Stephen Adair

Stephen Adair

Stephen Adair - is a new face in gospel music and is quickly becoming a favorite tenor singer in Southern Gospel Music. Stephen is from Huntington, Indiana but now resides in Pensacola, Florida.

Mark Cates

Mark Cates

Mark Cates - is the bass singer for the Dixie Echoes. Mark is a native of the Pensacola area, and has been a part of the group off and on since 2012. Mark is a fan favorite, hitting those low bass notes, but also sings a beautiful solo bass part as well. Mark and his beautiful wife, Cameron, make their home in Milton, Florida.