The Jarvis Brothers - Gospel
The Jarvis Brothers Quintet is a group of siblings who have been singing for over 40 years. As children, the group learned many of the songs singing with their parents, grandparents and other family members for Sunday afternoon entertainment. They began performing and developing their five-part harmony on the porch of their South Carolina home. The Jarvis Brothers have chosen Jubilee as their style of singing. This style is named for the Fisk University Jubilee Singers who toured the United States in 1871, giving concerts devoted to spirituals and African-American songs. They have been deeply influenced by the famous Golden Gate Quartet. These songs were sung a cappella, unlike gospel music, which is typically accompanied by musical instruments. The Quintet’s first professional concert took place at the National Black Gospel College Choir Workshop at the Omni International Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The group performed in concert at the United Methodist Church General Board of Global Ministries’ Regional Mission Theology Consultation in Memphis, TN.
Throughout their career, the Jarvis Brothers Quintet presented a number of notable concerts. They have performed at The Smithsonian Institution, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. The Jarvis Brothers have entertained international guests of various organizations, including the Friends of America. The Quintet was specifically selected for its history of musical excellence and culture. Their approach to the development of their musical style is rooted in the group’s creative vocal arrangements. Their most ardent critics and advisors were their late parents, Ulysses and Anna Jarvis, who were fervently supportive of their children’s accomplishments throughout the duration of their lives.
The Jarvis Brothers Quintet’s Mission is to revive the “Negro” spiritual, and continue to entertain audiences throughout the world. These songs, sung a cappella, are their greatest gift to mankind.