Founded originally in the summer of 1999, the group was formed as “The Plainsmen” in order to perform in Branson, Missouri.  But due to circumstances out of their control, the Branson performances fell through.  The quartet knew they wanted to sing so in October of 1999, they changed their name to “The New Plainsmen Quartet”.  And as they say…the rest is history.

Yes, just like all musical groups, be it gospel, rock, country, etc., members come and go and The New Plainsmen are no exception.  Since 1999 there have been personnel changes.  This quartet has had some very giving and talented men travel on the ol’ bus and bless people wherever they sang.

This group has traveled thousands of miles throughout this great land.  They have also hosted cruises throughout the Western Caribbean.  They have sung in some of the smallest churches, largest auditoriums and even at The National Quartet Convention.  They have also shared the stage with gospel greats such as Gold City, The Hopper’s, The Perry’s, The Weatherford’s and Gary McSpadden, as well as others. And they do make it to Branson, Missouri to sing from time to time. 

The New Plainsmen continue to work with many organizations such as The Salvation Army, Hospice, The American Cancer Society and Meals On Wheels, as well as Fire Departments, Children’s Homes and Historical Societies.  Working alongside these great organizations, this group has helped to raise thousands of dollars benefiting people of all ages and backgrounds.

As with all groups, these guys have recorded several projects.  They have also released five national singles to gospel radio.  All five songs have consecutively charted in the National Top 80 Gospel Charts.  One song in particular, “If You Could See Where I Am” has become the group’s signature song.

While The New Plainsmen sing many new and original songs, their concerts also feature a wealth of classic gospel songs that gospel music fans still enjoy so much.  People everywhere comment “we are so glad that the guys still sing the old-time favorites”.  The guys on occasion will even sing an acapella number which is always a crowd pleaser. 

Now in their sixteenth year and as a trio, The New Plainsmen continue the tradition of traveling and singing gospel music.  Their motto is “have song, will travel”.  It has been said by many that The New Plainsmen have become a favorite crowd pleaser that entertains with high energy, humor, harmony and ministry.  They have been told many times “you guys have it all” or “you guys have what it takes to touch peoples lives”.

Music in general down through the ages has touched people’s lives, but when you add high energy, tight harmony, humor and the great gospel story of Jesus, you can’t help but touch people’s hearts.  And that is exactly what The New Plainsmen are all about.

There you have it, a little bit of background on The New Plainsmen.  This most professional group has been described as being energetic, loving, caring, funny and ministry minded.  People tell how they could “feel something” when they guys were singing.  They say, “you guys just touched my boys can sing”!  People often say, “not only can they sing, but their harmony is tighter than I’ve ever heard”!

The bottom line is The New Plainsmen love people and love to sing gospel music.  They have a “down to earth” attitude and are very accessible.  These guys love what they do and it shows, whether on stage or off.  The New Plainsmen offer you a personal invitation to attend a concert filled with positive, powerful harmony and a mix of laughter, praise and heart touching moments.

Brent Gordon

Beginning with the lead part is Brent Gordon.  Brent, although born in Fort Worth, Texas, resides in Henderson with his wife Stacey.  They have a beautiful daughter named Hallie and a new addition to the family, their son Sage.  Brent has sang gospel music most of his life as a soloist or as a duet with his sister.  This young man has not only been blessed with a great voice, he has been blessed with a great personality.  His love for people along with his good-natured humor makes him the perfect man for this position.

James Sparks

Holding the tenor position is founding member James Sparks.  James not only sings the tenor part but is also the manager and emcee for The New Plainsmen.  Based in Chickasha, Oklahoma James and wife Renee who is their sound engineer are in their thirty-third year of gospel music. James has traveled as a soloist and with two other gospel groups prior to helping form The New Plainsmen.

Daniel Wesley

Blending this group’s vocals together with his baritone voice is Daniel Wesley.  Daniel is from Durant, Oklahoma and is married to Cindy.  They have four children along with several grandchildren and have been married for over twenty years.  Daniel started out singing accapella with his family and learned to sing harmony by the time he was eight years old.  Singing gospel music is his way of expressing the love that he has for God.