Devin McGlamery joined EHSS as lead singer in December 2009, following a five-year career as lead and tenor for southern gospel's Grammy-nominated Karen Peck & New River. Before KPNR, Devin spent five years with the Dixie Melody Boys, another popular gospel group he started touring with when he was just 17.
"To say I'm excited about being with Signature Sound is an understatement," said Devin. "Ernie and I have been great friends for years. I've always had a lot of admiration for him as a singer and as a person. Words cannot express how wonderful I feel about this opportunity for my career and my family." A native of Valdosta, Georgia, Devin is 27 and lives in Kinston, North Carolina, with his wife, Karen Ham McGlamery, and their children, Karlyn and Preston.
Before he was 10, Devin knew he wanted to be a gospel singer and Grammy winner. During his formative years, he followed a simple rule: accept any and every opportunity to sing. And so, he performed as often as possible in local churches and festivals, and in local concerts. "As you're finding your voice and your niche, I always say, no matter what, whenever you get an opportunity to sing, sing," said Devin. "You never know who is going to be in the audience."
To his very point, one day at age 11, Devin was performing at an event outside of Mathis City Auditorium in Valdosta. In the audience was the promoter of a large gospel group who was wowed by the young super-talent. Sure enough, Devin got signed.
During that stretch, he shared the stage with many gospel stars. He traveled and performed and also managed to keep up with his studies. Near the end of his senior year at Valdosta's Open Bible Christian School, he heard about an opening with the Dixie Melody Boys.
Devin's mom, Sandra McGlamery, stayed up late preparing his resume. The next day, his dad, Don, attempted to fax the resume to the gospel group. But their fax wasn't working and one of the Dixie Melody Boys answered the phone instead. Don said he had the group's next singer.
Devin had already met the Dixie Melody Boys at one of their shows, but wasn't relying on that encounter to be remembered by the group, given how many fans and budding artists they meet on the road every year. The Boys could have easily discounted Don's potential bias about his son's vocal ability, but they agreed to meet him. They loved what they heard, and signed him.
Devin finished his last two weeks of school and, shortly after graduation, moved to the Dixie Melody Boys' home state of North Carolina and started traveling the country with them... blossoming as a young professional gospel singer and as an individual.