group The Infinite Realm
ends 14 year hiatus
(January 2005) On Saturday, Dec. 4, the Milton
Baptist Church played host to the Infinite Realm Homecoming Concert.
The show marked the 35th anniversary for the local gospel group, which
in the 1970s enjoyed wide success throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
Infinite Realm includes (from
left) Dave Taylor, Steve Brown, Tony
Gossom, Rick Mahoney and Nancy Pettit.
Trimble County High School students Dave Taylor, Steve
Brown, Tony Gossom and Nancy Pettit merged their musical talents in
1969 to form The Cordettes. In 1971, Neal Wright joined the group, which
then changed its name to The Infinite Realm.
The group worked more than 65 engagements a year throughout the 70s
and presented a number of musical styles. These included contemporary,
country, bluegrass and soul as well as traditional gospel fare. In 1973,
The Infinite Realm produced its first album, Sounds of Infinity,
followed in 1977 by Heaven Bound Trail and in 1981 with
The Infinite Realm Autograph Album.
Highlighting the groups success was an August 1972 performance
at the Kentucky Gospel Singing Convention, held at the Capital Plaza
Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky. At the two-day contest, the group
competed against 55 other musicians. The Infinite Realm finished runner-up
to The Kinsmen, a Bowling Green, Ky., group that had played together
professionally for many years.
The Infinite Realm stayed together for 22 years, although there were
several personnel changes in that time. Family and jobs took priority,
causing several members to come and go, said Taylor.
In 1991 when two of the four members opted to leave the group, the remaining
two made the decision to take a break. The hiatus continued until recently,
when the original members began entertaining the idea of a reunion.
After some thought and prayers the original members, Pettit now
Nancy Burrows of Sligo, Ky.; Gossom of Carrollton, Ky.; Brown and Taylor,
both of Hanover, Ind.; and Hanover resident Rick Mahoney, who joined
the group in 1978, decided it was time to revisit their message-centered
harmonies once again.
We got together to rehearse, and everything jelled. We were pleasantly
surprised that we had not forgotten all that much, said Taylor.
The group first played a tune-up show at Gossoms home
church, Carrollton Christian, in Carrollton, Ky., where they received
an overwhelming response. They then played a show at Hanover Baptist
Church, where Taylor works as the Minister of Music. They then performed
at Calvary Wesleyan Church in Madison, where Mahoney attends and is
in charge of music. The three shows were preparation for The Infinite
Realm Homecoming Concert, which officially marked the groups return.
In its first 22 years, the gospel team left such an impression that
fans remembered them and traveled from miles away to attend the homecoming
Every chair in the church had to be brought out; it was tremendous,
said the Rev. Ferrill Davis. The Milton Baptist church, which normally
holds about 130 people for Sunday Services, was packed to capacity with
I would say that about 80 percent were fans that remembered us
from years ago and the rest were those peoples kids, wanting to
know who we were, said Taylor.
The group plans to limit itself to one weekend per month to see how
it works into everybodys schedule, and plans to see were the Lord
takes them from there, Taylor said. Most of us are still in the
process of raising families. All of us still work to make ends meet.
We all have other obligations to work around, but each has been blessed
with many talents and we feel a Divine imperative to share those talents
with Gods people.
Discussion is under way to put together an anthology CD that would include
selections from previous recording sessions as well as some fresh recordings
featuring the group as it is today. Taylor said he is hoping that it
will come together in the first half of 2005.
Whether the groups new beginnings leads it to local church gatherings
or back to large-scale gospel events, it seems as though fans are ready
to get out and support it. Everybody is thrilled to death that
they are back together, they have such a beautiful sound, said
The group does not have any definite dates
set for upcoming shows, however, anyone interested in booking The Infinite
Realm may contact Taylor at (812) 866-3295.
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