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The Gospel Stars Biography
The Gospel Stars; one of Austin's most premiere Gospel Quartets, was formed in 1984 by Mr. James Guyton. James with strong quartet roots, enlisted the musical talent of His nephews (all brothers) Bryan, Johnnie and James Lott; to play guitars as He sang lead. Later that year, a good friend of the brothers named Calvin Shepherd (Stick) was added to play the drums. After singing for a few years, Cardell and Raydell Clay, (also relatives) were added and the family group sang together until 1993. In an effort to pursue other things, the Clay Brothers left the group and James Davis and Waymon McLamb were added.
The Gospel Stars were pleased to record their first cassette tape in 1994, entitled "Lord I Need You." To give their sound a little more flavor, the Gospel Stars added a synthesizer, In 1996, they released their first CD, "Thank You Lord for Sending Mama This Way," in memory of the Lott brothers' mother. They released their second CD in 2000 with the title "Please Forgive Me" and were honored to receive the Best Male Quartet of the Decade in Texas award.
The call for good ole fashioned quartet music has allowed the group to brace stages with many gospel greats all across the US. Through the Gospel Stars, the message of hope has been shared in a variety of places outside of the church including: The House of Blues in Las Vegas, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and even Hollywood and on a recording with renowned blues artist W.C. Clark "Godfather of Austin Blues" and most recently, in a video with Johnny Chop and The Razors song, Take a Chance on Me.
After a long trip to Baton Rouge, LA the Lott brothers felt it was time for their sister "Tootie" to sing along with them. May Lott "the eldest" had also sung quartet for many years but with female groups. Since 2006, May's organizational skills, hard work and even demeanor has been just what the guys needed.
The Gospel Stars is one of the longest running gospel groups in Austin, Texas; having most of its original members. They are known for maintaining the traditional format of the Gospel Quartet musical style and uniformity of dress.
With guitars in hand, the group can routinely be seen at numerous church events, gospel concerts and the Sunday Gospel Brunch at the famous Stubb's Barbecue. Audiences can look forward to having a range of emotions, from hands clapping to My God is Good, rocking to Gotta Run and Tell Somebody to crying and waving to Never Grow Old. The group is truly blessed to sing mostly original music, penned by James Lott.
Current members are Lead Guitarists: Pastor James Lott and Bryan Lott, Bass Guitar: Johnnie Lott, Percussionist: Eclisha Lewis and Vocals: May Lott and Herman Lampkin Jr., who joined in 2016.
The Gospel Stars hope and prayer is to "Help Somebody Come to Christ."