Inspirational Updates

REAL Southern Gospel Records Signs Inspirationals Quartet 

 By: Ross Cluver - Associate Publisher, Singing News

 February 18, 2022 

Nashville, TN (February 18, 2022) 
REAL Southern Gospel Records owner, Les Butler, has announced in his popular Live with Les Show that the Inspirationals Quartet from Fort Worth, TX is the first male quartet to sign on the new label. 

The Inspirationals Quartet, has a long history (since 1958) of presenting REAL Gospel music with a cast of well-known vocal artists through the years, such as Larry Gatlin, Garry McSpadden, Big John Hall, and more! 

Les Butler stated, “to have my company and myself personally associated with the history of the Inspirationals Quartet is humbling to me. I am excited to be a part of what I strongly feel will be the best album of their long, illustrious career! This quartet is special!” 

Don Wills, founder of the quartet followed by saying, “The Inspirationals Quartet is excited about partnering with Real Southern Gospel Records. Carrying on a rich heritage with a great message through Real Southern Gospel Music.” 



The Inspirationals Quartet is pleased to announce the addition of John Rulapaugh as tenor vocalist. John joins longtime lead singer Ralph Green, baritone Ron Wills, bass Don Wills, pianist/vocalist Bobby Lee Wills, and bass guitarist Richard Tosh II to complete the current lineup. 

John Rulapaugh said “I can’t tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to sing with Ron, Don, Bobby Lee, Ralph and Richard. These guys are not just great singers but exceptional human beings and true men of God. The limited tour schedule allows me to continue to be at home a majority of the time as a husband and dad that I want and need to be - and affords me the flexibility to continue performing with The Original Dove Brothers Quartet when the opportunities arise. I could not have thought of or asked for a more perfect opportunity than this which the Lord has allowed.” 

The Inspirationals Quartet was founded in 1958 and is an inductee of the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Known by fans for many years as "Bob Wills & The Inspirationals” the group makes their home in Fort Worth, Texas. Though Bob has retired from traveling, the current group is a literal “band of brothers” as Bob’s sons Ron, Don, and Bobby Lee carry on the tradition of musical excellence. Notable former group members include bass “Big” John Hall, tenor Curtis Elkins, lead Dale Shipley, bass Ray Burdett, lead Jim Wesson, bass Bob Cameron, tenor Roger McDuff, and the list goes on. 

John Rulapaugh is best known for singing tenor with the award winning original Dove Brothers Quartet. He has been a member of other groups such as Charlie Waller’s Grand Ole Gospel Reunion Quartet, Palmetto State Quartet, The Blackwoods, and The Blackwood Quartet before forming the group “Freedom” and the subsequent award winning Freedom Quartet. He has been nominated a fan favorite tenor by readers of the Singing News magazine and Male Vocalist of the year by the Southern Gospel Music Association - SGMA John took a sabbatical from traveling over the past several years to focus on time with family. He returned to the stage with a reunion of The Original Dove Brothers Quartet which will continue to perform at select events and venues with John on tenor.