While the Common Bond Quartet consists of Kevin Willis (tenor), Rick
Melton (lead), Mike Bradshaw (baritone) and Bryan Stevenson (bass)
they recognize that they would not be the group they are today without
the help and support of their families and so many others who have
been instrumental in their development as individuals and musicians.
Immediately prior to their coming together in 2009, Kevin Willis and
Rick Melton had been a part of the group One Bondwhich
had been both a trio and quartet formed at the First Church of God
in Mt. Sterling, KY. Bryan Stevenson and Mike Bradshaw had formerly
been members of the quartet: Commissioned that was a quartet
formed in the First Church of God of Winchester, KY. In the fall of
2008, both quartets found themselves in a position of being short
two members (due to changes in jobs or family responsibilities) and
each group was considering disbanding entirely. However, several of
the members continued to feel that God had not released them to discontinue
singing for Him.
In early 2009, the four men met together to
discuss merging, and in a very short period of time, they each received
a conviction and assurance that God had, for years been preparing
each of them, individually, to the ministry to which He was now calling
them. After much prayer, and through some unusual events which could
only have been attributed to Gods handiwork, the men came to
know that the Lord had brought them together to sing together, minister
to others and ultimately bring glory to Him through their partnership.