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Donnie Sumner is definitely no newcomer to Southern Gospel Music. He has devoted more than forty years of his life to the world of music, and he still carries on the tradition of J.D. Sumner, his beloved Uncle. Raised the adopted son of a minister, he has been through many trials and now commits his life to spreading the Good News of the Gospel to everyone he meets.
Donnie began his professional career in 1960 with his group “The Songsmen” which became The Stamps Trio in 1964. In 1965, Donnie became the lead vocalist and arranger for J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet and remained with them for eight years. During the last three years of Donnie’s time with The Stamps, they sung all the background vocals for Elvis both on stage and on his recordings.
Late in 1972, Donnie resigned from The Stamps and organized his own group, the Tennessee Rangers. In 1973, Elvis called and asked Donnie again to become part of his entourage and “personal family.” For the next three years Donnie was a constant house guest, arranger, and stage companion to his friend Elvis. Donnie did all of Elvis’ vocal arrangements during this time and at the request of Elvis would sing Gospel Music to him every night in private living room concerts. Elvis changed the name from The Tennessee Rangers to Voice, Inc. The entire time they worked for Elvis, Donnie and Voice opened all of Elvis’ concerts and were a part of his background vocal team.
In September of 1976, eleven months before Elvis’ death, Donnie passed through a traumatic drug-related crisis and a subsequent “New Birth in Christ” and resigned his position with Elvis. Donnie has since dedicated his life to Jesus Christ and is currently in a full-time ministry.