Dedicated! This is the main word to describe Jimmy. This quiet, reserved man saves his talking to emcee for the group. We feel that he not only has been blessed with a great voice and tremendous song writing ability, but he has the ability to connect with the people at our concerts. Jimmy started singing full-time when he was 17 years old. He has sang with The Americans and the original Diplomats and now heads the new Diplomats. Jimmy eats, sleeps, and lives Southern Gospel Music. He will travel anywhere to spread God's message in song. Jimmy is really a true Diplomat.
Favorite Scripture: Psalms 23
Favorite Song: "Because He Lives"
Favorite Singer: Jay Berry
She is The First Lady of the Diplomats. What can we say about her? So much fun to be around. She is truly a people person. Rita started singing when she and Jimmy were married. She has been blessed with such an anointed voice. In 1975, she was diagnosed with cancer but, when Rita and Jimmy returned to the doctors to start the treatments, they could not find any cancer. God in his master plan had work for her to do. With her songs and testimony of healing she has truly touched the hearts of many people. Rita and Jimmy make their home in Carrollton, Georgia.
Favorite Scripture: Proverbs chapters 3-6
Favorite Song: "I Must Thank Him"
Favorite Singer: Vestal Goodman and Sue Dodge
Some would say that the backbone of a group is it's music and every band needs a leader. Corey is a superbly talented young man and our band leader. Corey started playing music at the age of 8 years old and started out playing drums for his mom and dad when he was 12. To name the instruments he can play would take too long to list, but he can take over any part that is needed. The biggest thing about Corey is his heart. He is lots of fun to be around and keeps us all in traction from laughing so hard. Corey and his beautiful wife Heather were married on December 12, 1998, and now live in Carrollton, Georgia.
Favorite Scripture: Book of James
Favorite Song: "In the Garden"
Favorite Singer: Mark Trammell
Favorite Musicians: Gary Jones and Randy "Scoot" Shelnut and Danny Crawford
At the ripe old age of 17, Joseph began singing bass with the "Gospel Travelers" from Rockmart, GA. Having been raised in church where Southern Gospel was sung every Sunday, he fell right into his calling. Joseph has sang with the "Gospel Travelers, Blue Sky Boys, and Enlisted". As of August 11, 2006, Joseph has become the low end for the "Diplomats Quartet's" harmony. Joseph and his beautiful wife Debbie, have been married for 30 years. They have three precious daughters, Jamie, Jennifer, and Jessica. The Brown's also have four wonderful grand children. C.J., Ansley, Lucas, and Brooklyn. Joseph's desire is to bring people to Christ, through his singing and testimony.
Favorite Scripture: Romans 8:18
Favorite Song: "Blessed Assurance"
Favorite Musicians: Danny Crawford, Corey
Michael Lott is the youngest member of the Diplomats being at the ripe ole age of 21 years old. Hes been playing piano since the age of 4 years old. He began playing for local groups at the young age of 8 years old. Michael has attended the Stamps Baxter School of Music on two occasions. At the age of 17, he took his first full time job playing for a group out of Dothan, Alabama called the Bradys. Michael began his tenure with the Diplomats when he was 19.
Favorite Scripture: The book of Job
Favorite Quote: A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss - author unknown???
Favorite Musicians: Anthony Burger, Gordon Mote, Danny Crawford
Favorite Gospel Group: Mike & Kelly Bowling, Gold City and of course The Diplomats
Favorite Singer: Joe Brown, Joseph Habedank
At the ripe young age of 21 years old, Jeremy Chupp is fullfilling the role of the Diplomats new drummer. Since childhood, Jeremy has always had a love for Southern Gospel music and has always had a strong desire to one day play for a Southern Gospel group. As of April, 10th 2010 Jeremy has been living out his dream with the Diplomats. Prior to joining the Diplomats, Jeremy played drums for the Old Paths, and also was the sound engineer for Gold City Quartet. When not on the road, Jeremy enjoys his time at home in Newborn, Georgia,and also at his home church, The Baptist Tabernacle in Covington, Georgia. Aside from playing drums for the Diplomats, Jeremy is also a preacher.
Favorite Musicians: Dennis Murphy, Doug Riley
Favorite SG Group: Kingdom Heirs, Gold City
Favorite Bible Verse: Phillipians 4:19