ENDURANCE is Claude Cummings, Michael Robertson, Earl Sampson, Dave Botts (newly added vocalist) and Carl Stewart (original vocalist of the group). Claude Cummings, Fifth Ward MBC, Michael Robertson, Brookhollow BC, Earl Sampson, Pleasant Grove BC, Dave Botts, Tabernacle of Praise Ministries, these four spirit filled gentlemen are all Houston, Texas natives. Claude, Michael and Earl are Kashmere High School classmates who reunited some years ago to pursue a life long dream, which was to sing God’s praises and share a message of hope and deliverance. Endurance has been blessed by God to complete their fourth CD project. There are several who worked with Endurance over the years and the end result is a collection of uplifting song renditions filled with demonstrations of range and diversity from the marvelous talents God has blessed them with. Recently the group was blessed with the addition of Dave Botts (a vocalist).
In addition to their Ministry as recording Artists, Endurance serves the community by living their motto “Reaching God’s People Through Song”. They volunteer as members of Justified Ministries and have gone behind prison walls to minister to inmates, both at the Jack Keegan State Jail in Houston and the Darrington Unit in Rosharon, Texas. They are in the process of setting up engagements to minister in song to inmates on the Texas death row. They have sang to the employees at Methodist Hospital to encourage them to stay uplifted as they work with patients that they see on a daily basis. Endurance has worked with Angel Lewis and Evening Praise Ministries for two years, the toy drive in 2004 benefited all underprivileged children in Harris County and in 2005 the drive benefited Katrina and Rita Hurricane victims. When asked to do so, Endurance participates in all charities that benefit any and all underprivileged men, women, boys and girls. Realizing the severity of Pediatric HIV/AIDS, Endurance gives $1.00 to the Pediatric Aids Foundation from the sale of each CD that is purchased online through their website.
ENDURANCE is the 2005 and 2006 Winner of the Texas Gospel Music Awards Best Male Group and Best Quartet, the 2006 recipients of the AGQC’S New Nation Award and the sophomore project “He’ll Make A Way” is ranked 1 by Gospel USA Magazine Top 30 Independent Gospel Chart December 2005-January 2006. Endurance was also nominated for three Stellar Awards in 2008-2009 for Quartet of the Year, Traditional Group/Duo of the year and Traditional CD of the year.