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The Inspirations are a professional Southern Gospel male quartet from Bryson City, NC. In 1964, Martin Cook, a science teacher from Swain County High School in Bryson City, NC, along with four of his students, began holding nightly singing sessions in the basement of his home. They sang locally at first but it was not long until they began singing on the road professionally.
In 1968, the Inspirations became regulars on the popular TV show, the Gospel Singing Jubilee. Being on the Jubilee was one of the biggest factors that helped the group receive the national recognition and exposure they needed. They remained on the show until its end in 1981. The group was also the subject of a CBS Weekend News documentary in 1970, helping the quartet gain further national exposure.
The Inspirations have received many Singing News Fan Awards at the annual National Quartet Convention, including Favorite Southern Gospel Group a total of six times, Favorite Male Quartet twice, and Favorite Southern Gospel Song of the Year six times.
The current group of Inspirations includes original member and founder Martin Cook playing piano and doing the MC work. Myron Cook joined in 1981 to play the bass and has held the position to the present. Mike Holcomb, the group's award-winning bass singer, came to the quartet in 1972 at the age of 18 and has been the anchor for the group's sound for 37 years. Melton Campbell is the group's baritone singer and has been with the quartet since 2000. The two youngest members of the group are David Ragan and Dallas Rogers. David came in September of 2008 to sing the lead, and Dallas joined in January of 2009 to sing tenor after the resignation of 45-year original tenor Archie Watkins.
Now entering their 46th year, the Inspirations are more determined than ever to continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ across the country in song.