Zion was formed in the early months of 2008. Its members consisted of seasoned vocalists and musicians with many years of combined experience in Southern Gospel Music.
Greg Deese (Pianist), Adam Beavers (Percussionist), Scott Townsend (Bass) and Josh Lollis (Lead) had played and sang together with The Joymasters. Joining them was Mike Whitaker (Tenor) and Chris Griffith (baritone) who were co-founders of The Pioneers Quartet that traveled the southeast from 2001 to 2006. Filling out the group was Clay Whatley (guitar), Tommy Panter (guitar), and 'Beetle' Fields. Shortly after its inception, Beetle stepped down and was replaced by Bo Gray at bass.
The group had a unique blend of having great musicians and singers that provided good music, along with the versatility of being able to perform music that normally wouldn't be as possible without having a full band. It was a great time of ministry and fellowship that lasted for several years.
As with groups, there were some changes over the years. Chris left in early 2011, and was replaced by Kevin McBrayer. Josh left the group in early 2013, and was replaced on lead by Joseph Dudley. In 2014, Greg and Bo stepped down, and were replaced on piano by Bryce Lee, and on bass and guitar by Andrew Hart. Two recordings were made during the time that Zion was a full band/vocal ensemble.
By the end of 2015, several of the musicians and vocalists were being led to pursue other ministries and interests, which resulted in a transformation of the group into what is now know as 'Zion Trio'. Since 2016, Zion Trio has consisted of Kevin McBrayer (baritone), Keith McBrayer (lead), and Mike Whitaker (tenor). Our first recording as Zion Trio was released in late 2020. While the group has changed, including now using tracks instead of musicians, the ministry of the group has remained the same. We travel primarily around the West Georgia/East Alabama area, to be a part of church services, benefits, and whatever opportunities that the Lord provides for us. We have been blessed over the years to have been able to provide testimony and witness through song, and as long as He provides the opportunities and the ability, we will continue His message.