The Conquerors Quartet
Joyce Meyer (the owner/manager of the group) also serves as keyboardist. Although teaching in the public school system has been her profession, her first love has been playing gospel music. Down through the years, she has played for many gospel groups and solo artists. In the 80's, Joyce accompanied The Noblemen Quartet with whom founder of Signature Sound, Ernie Haase, got his start -- singing tenor. She is a stylistic player who enjoys playing the fast-moving progressive quartet songs as well as the classic traditional hymns of the church. At the early age of 5, Joyce began playing "by ear" the hymns her mother played at the family’s little country church. Remembering her roots, she reflects upon her church heritage and its impact in one of her original songs--"Sanctified Hanky Wavin'."
David Goldman is an original member who sang lead with the quartet from 1990 to 2001. He rejoined the Conquerors in 2009 to sing baritone with his son, Andrew, (who now sings with the Perrys). After Andrew’s departure from the Conquerors, Dave, resumed the lead position in the group and continued to fulfill his duties as associate pastor at his local church. Through the years, he has been a valuable resource for the Conquerors--faithfully stepping in to fill a vacant spot whenever needed. With his wide range of ability and ear for harmony, Dave has been able to transition from one part to another to keep the quartet moving forward. The lyrics of his original song, “Welcome Home,” portrays his personal testimony and often moves the audience to a standing ovation. Dave is a master when it comes to emceeing a program, singing his part, and bringing the congregation into worship.
Joel Benson is a longtime Indiana native, Joel grew up listening to and singing Southern Gospel with his family throughout Illinois and Indiana. Joel joined the Conquerors in 2016 as a high tenor and instrumentalist and is excited to see where God is leading the group. A life of music has seen Joel blessed with opportunities to perform throughout the US and Eastern Europe as a vocalist and instrumentalist with orchestras, jazz and concert bands, and alongside Grammy Award-winning musicians. With over 25 years of experience and training ranging from classical and jazz, to Broadway and Southern Gospel, Joel brings a wealth of musical knowledge and enthusiasm to the group.
The son of a pastor, David Ford has literally been singing for most of his life. He was a founding member of River City Quartet and served as the group's lead vocalist and emcee through 2001. David's favorite Bible passage is II Corinthians 4: 8-9: "We are hard pressed on every side,but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." "After being out of Southern Gospel music for over 10 years, this quartet has made the move 'back home' feel very comfortable. I couldn't have ever imagined a better bunch of people to be associated with than Dave, Roger, Mason, Joel, Phil and Joyce. God's timing is always best for us; we just need to trust Him for it," says David Ford.
Mason Westerfield (born and raised in Owensboro, KY) is a young man with a heart for serving God and singing bass. At the early age of 12, he was "bitten by the quartet bug." Throughout his high school years, Mason traveled and sang in various states with the Calvary Quartet. During the following 14 years, he sang and recorded with other southern gospel quartet regional groups. For over a decade, Mason filled in to assume various responsibilities for the Conquerors before officially joining the group in 2009. He wows the audience with his incredible bass voice and also serves as the quartet’s sound technician. In his own words, "I am honored and humbled to be singing with this edition of the Conquerors Quartet, and I am excited to see what God will do."
Phil Culbertson, a talented vocalist, band member, and songwriter is the most recent addition to the Conquerors. From the earliest memories of his childhood, Phil recalls music playing a major role in his family. His grandfather, a pastor, would often load 6 adults and 3 children into an old Buick so he could preach revivals across the tri-state. Traveling to various locations, Grandpa would start singing, and Phil’s mom along with her sisters would pick harmony parts. Then the kids would join in with their own parts, as well. Phil states, “Some of the best days of my life were spent lying in the back window of that old car going down a road somewhere singing with my family. When I was invited to join the Conquerors Quartet, I felt as if all the singing and practicing had finally come to fruition. I am so honored and humbled to sing with this group for my Lord and Savior. I cannot wait to see where this road leads.”