Past the Press Release is an interview series featuring a new member of a professional Southern Gospel group. It’s a chance to look past the standard “excited to be here” press release comment and learn a little more about them. A little over a week ago, the Dixie Melody Boys announced Aaron Dishman as their new baritone/pianist. Let’s get to know him a little better!
Daniel: What prompted your love for Southern Gospel? Did you grow up around it, or is it a more recent discovery?
Aaron: I grew up around Gospel Music. When I was 12 years old my family took a trip Dollywood. A family friend wanted to go in and hear the Kingdom Heirs and I didn’t want to go. All I wanted to do was ride rides and have fun. I’m glad I went in with them. I heard Arthur Rice sing and I have loved Southern Gospel ever since.
Daniel: Have you performed with any groups prior to joining the Dixie Melody Boys?
Aaron: At 18 I played piano for the Disciples Quartet. For over four years I have sang in a group called Freedom Road with my wife Erica.
Daniel: Do you think of yourself as a baritone who can play piano or a pianist who can sing baritone?
Aaron: I guess if I had to classify myself I would say I’m a baritone who also plays piano.
Daniel: I understand you’ve filled in for the Dixie Melody Boys before. How long ago was that, and who was with the group at the time?
Aaron: I went with the Dixie Melody boys for a weekend about 5 years ago and the group consisted of Andrew King, Bryan Walker Dan Keeton and Ed O’Neal. I really enjoyed getting to know the guys. Little did I know that filling in that weekend would lead to a job with the group years later.
Daniel: Whether as a performer or as an audience member, what have been your all-time favorite Southern Gospel moments that you have experienced?
Aaron: My first Gaither Concert in Thompson Boiling Arena in Knoxville, TN and being at NQC the first night Triumphant Quartet sang on main stage.
Daniel: Thank you!