.."I have found that normally most Southern Gospel fans, myself included, are often unsure of checking out groups they’ve never heard of before. But I can assure you, especially if you like good quartet singing, The Sharps are right up your alley..."
- Fuson Findings
For more than three decades, The Sharps have been an Alabama-based quartet dedicated to the male, four-part harmony that so many love and enjoy. In person and on recordings, you'll hear songs that are centered around each Christian's ultimate goal - Heaven. The group’s personnel have a mixture of youth and experience. The quartet is comprised of father and son Andy & Ben Sharp, who sing the tenor and baritone respectively. They are joined by lead singer Mike Leath, and bass vocalist Mike “Smitty” Smith.
Today, Ben Sharp who sings baritone, has inherited the management role and leads the group onward into the future. However, don’t let his youth fool you. He provides a smooth baritone vocal that blends perfectly, but also has the versatility to step out for a solo. Tenor, Andy Sharp, is the last original member of group from 1985. Andy is not the highest tenor by no means but puts the top on the sound with his tenor voice and sincere delivery of each song. Mike “Smitty” Smith anchors the group with his profound bass voice. Lead vocalist Mike Leath is known for his distinct lead vocals and for the way the spirit moves through him while he sings. With his strong vocal, he is the core of the quartet's powerful vocals.
Each member is dedicated to sharing the good news of the gospel through songs with encouraging lyrics, and life changing testimonies presented in an engaging performance. Each man is committed to moving forward and taking The Sharps even further in ministry efforts. In late 2019, The Sharps signed with Penn Street Records, a division of Main Street Music & Entertainment. With this new partnership the group continues to build on the legacy that has already been established.
MEET THE GUYS
Andy sharp - TENOR
Andy grew up in Fort Payne, AL and is the last member of the original quartet that started back in 1985. Throughout his career, Andy has been privileged to perform in very prestigious venues and also shared the stage with several legends in Southern Gospel. But now, God has given me new dreams to built on the legacy that his father, Joel, founded the quartet on some 36 years ago. "Dad wouldn't was us to stop our efforts just because of his passing. The path he made is a clear one, that we must continue to spread the good news wherever God calls until he says our time is finished". Andy is not the highest tenor by no means but puts the top on the sound with his tenor voice and sincere delivery of each song.
Andy has been married to his wife Janice for forty years. They have one son, Ben is also in the quartet. In July of 2016, Andy was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Alabama Quartet Convention in Mobile, AL. And on August of 2018, Andy was inducted to the TSGMA Hall of Fame.
ben sharp - baritone
From the age of 4, there was never a doubt that it was God’s will that he follow in his family's footsteps onto the Southern Gospel stage. The only son of Andy and Janice Sharp, Ben leads the group onward into the future. However, don’t let his youth fool you. He provides a smooth baritone vocal that blends perfectly, but also has the versatility to step out for a solo. He is also an accomplished musician, serving as drummer, bassist, and piano for the group all before he graduated high school. In 2014, Ben married his high school sweetheart, Brittney. In 2017, Ben and Brittney became proud parents when they welcomed their baby girl, Leiah Rae, into the world. In May 2021, a little boy, Bentley Andrew, will join the family.
"My entire life has been spent on a tour bus. My earliest memories are of my family traveling all over the Southeast singing the best music in the world. Now, God has given me the opportunity to expand the history of The Sharps and begin my own career singing while I have my children and family watching. I can't thank him enough for his blessings on me."
mike leath - lead
Mike grew up in Fort Payne, AL and graduated with Andy in 1975. His first time to step on a Southern Gospel stage was in 1973. For years, he played bass and sang with a family group. In the early 2000's he had a small solo ministry and sang at church when requested. But in 2007, Joel came to Mike and asked him if he would mind filling in for him due to health problems. With a reply of - "Joel, let me pray about it". Today, Mike is known for his distinct lead vocals and for the way the spirit moves through him while he sings. With his strong vocal, he is the core of the quartet's powerful vocals.
Mike has been married to his wife Kathy for over thirty years, and he has two children Michael and Michelle. He also has three grandkids; Tyler, Kaelyn, and Matthew. Mike is also a retired fire captain with over 30 years of service and is also a long-standing licensed Paramedic and EMT for the entire State of Alabama. August of 2019, Mike was inducted to the TSGMA Hall of Fame.
mike "Smitty" Smith - bass
Smitty inherited his love for music from his father, James Bryant and at the tender age of four he stood up in church and sang his first song in front of an audience along side his siblings. With the love of this music running through his veins, Mike began his career by singing with a few local groups before creating his own male quartet in the late 90's. However in 2016, Mike had been out of singing for little over two years. In 2018, the group was in search for just its' fifth bass singer since 1985. A mutual friend of both Andy and Mike reached out to say that Mike had been out of singing and needed to audition. Some three weeks later, Mike joined The Sharps on stage for the first time in Brooks, Georgia. He now anchors the group with his profound bass voice.
Mike is the only member that does not live close to the group's home base in Fort Payne. He and his wife Michelle live in Bremen, Georgia and have been married over forty years. He has three children; Bryant and Marissa. He has three grandkids Michael, Makayla, and Kenadee. He is also a veteran of our United States military.
Gary gray - sound manager
Gary's story with the quartet isn't a normal one. He has been a friend of The Sharps for many years, even traveling occasionally with the group sporadically in the 90's. But with the group's reformation in 2012, God laid a calling on Gary's heart. The Lord answered his prayer and exceeded his expectations. He is not only the group's sound tech, but he also ensures the equipment is checked, taken care and loaded into the bus after each singing. But even more importantly than that, he is the group's biggest prayer warrior and encourager.
Gary has been married to his wife Pat for over forty years, and he has two children Joseph and Shelley. He also has two grandkids; Luke and Sydney. Gary is a vital piece to the group's ministry efforts and its goals.