When These 4 Strangers Met at a Georgia Barbershop, a True Barbershop Quartet Was Born
"Just a divine connection, that's the only way to explain it."
Joey Turner was cutting Bobby Dwayne Robinson’s hair when he heard him humming.
“You must sing," he noted.
Two other customers at Gary's Barber Shop in Canton, Georgia, happened to overhear them. It turns out they also sang.
So, Turner suggested the four of them sing a song together. “They all kind of giggled, but I said, let's sing something," he recalled to 11 Alive.
And that’s when something beautiful happened. With their voices blending seamlessly for the first time ever, a true barbershop quartet was born.
"It felt like a shift was happening, that a mighty and a powerful thing was happening," Jamorad Keith told the local news station.
"Just a divine connection, that's the only way to explain it," Michael Ingram added.
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Turner shared a video of their impromptu collaboration on Facebook and the response was incredible.
"First, it had a couple 'thousand views (online), then, I wake up the next day and it has 50,000 and then the next day it has a million! It's just crazy the way that it all went down," he told 11 Alive. "This day in age, with all the negativity going on in the world, I just like the content, it's so positive. And looking at the video, you see different colors, different ages, different backgrounds.”
By popular demand, last week, the men started a YouTube channel called UnLikely 4. Their first video (below), a moving rendition of “Amazing Grace,” already has upwards of 16,000 views.
“Our goal is to uplift the name of Jesus together as one body, no matter the differences,” the video description reads.
The UnLikely 4 have been invited to perform at various churches across the country, but for now, they're sticking to the barbershop.
"I hope I get to be an encouragement to people, be more than just a barber. I hope to be a light in your community is what I'd like to think," Turner explained.
"These are my new brothers,” said Robinson. “I really care about them, I love them. They're my fellas.”