BIOGRAPHIES
GROUP BIOGRAPHY
 
Potter's Clay is a Southern Gospel group that began in the late sixties by two teenage boys. The group went through many phases over time, and in 1986 began singing regularly as a trio named "Potter's Clay". Soon after, a bass singer joined and Potter's Clay became a quartet.

Over the years members have changed, but the message is still the same.
Ed Parkins
 

What do you do when not singing with the group?
I have been active for many years in the promotion of Southern Gospel music in Alberta, hosting concerts and jamborees.


What part do you sing?
I sing the tenor part.


How did you start singing gospel music?
I've always enjoyed the close quartet harmonies and friendships with the other quartet members. It's a joy, the privilege of meeting people and hearing their stories of how the music has touched their lives. I'm also an original member of Potters Clay, formulating the idea of singing in a quartet when I was just a teenager at church camp. There's been many changes to the group through the years, but the passion for singing continues.


Where do you live?
Live in Rimbey


Married, how many kids, grandkids?
I'm married to Audrey, have three daughters and two grandchildren.

Bert Adrian
 

Who are some musical influences?
One of the greatest singers of all time is George Beverly Shea. I used to try to sing like he did when I was young. I, of course loved bass singers, so George Younce was probably another singer that influenced me.


What do you do when not singing with the group?
When I'm not singing, I'm probably hanging out at the Senior's Drop-In for coffee. Some days puttering around the yard or garage. I seem to be busier in my retirement than when I worked a job fulltime.


Which part do you sing in the group?
I sing the bass part in the Potter's Clay Quartet.


How did you start in gospel music?
20 years ago Potter's Clay were looking for a Baritone singer and auditioned me, and that's my story. For the last number of years I've been singing the Bass part.


Where did you grow up?
I grew up on a Saskatchewan prairie farm, and made the move to Alberta in 1963. I've just passed my 80th birthday, and have sung for 64 years.


Where do you live?
I live in Trochu Alberta


Married, kids grandkids?
I'm married to my high school sweetheart for 58 years, and have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.

Wayne McCrackin
 

Who are some musical influences?
I remember in particular a LP of the Blue Ridge quartet which played many times on our old record player and I remember attempting to sing all four parts as it played.


What do you do when not singing with the group?
I was a prison chaplain for many years, where music was a vital part of that ministry. Presently I am a maintenance supervisor at the Federal Penitentiary in Bowden Alberta.


Which part do you sing in the group?
I joined singing the lead part, but have switched to the baritone.


How did you start in gospel music?
Growing up we attended a local church where music was a vital part of our lives. My mother in particular had a beautiful voice and encouraged both my sister and myself to pursue music.


Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Rimbey Alberta.


Where do you live?
I live in Bowden Alberta


Married, kids grandkids?
With my wife Evelyn who I have been married to for 36 years. We have two grown daughters who are married to wonderful guys and they have given us 4 grandsons and one granddaughter. This is proving to be a very enjoyable time of our lives.

Rolly Cowan
 

Who are some musical influences?
A group from the past would be the Imperials and more of a current group Gaither Vocal Band.


What do you do when not singing with the group?
Owner and operator of Red Deer Sewing Centre for 37 years. Enjoy old cars and of course singing!


Which part do you sing in the group?
I sing the lead part. The newest member of Potter's Clay Quartet, but also one of the original members. (Like the prodigal son, I've come home)


How did you start in gospel music?
Grew up singing in Sunday School concerts and festivals. First Fell in love with Southern Gospel at All Night Sings at Massey Hall in Toronto as a teenager. I'm humbled and amazed at the opportunities that God has given me to serve him in my life, and I'll continue to do so as long as He gives me strength and breath.


Where do you live?
I live in Red Deer.


Married, kids grandkids?
I've been married to the love of my life, Karen for almost 43 years. We have two boys and four grandchildren. Two boys and two girls.

Elliot Fleck
 

Who are some musical influences?
Roger Bennett was my earliest influence. There's been so many others through the years. Should probably mention my Mom being my piano teacher!


What do you do when not singing with the group?
I am a self employed piano technician. And in the summer I work with my Dads yard maintenance company where we live.


Which part do you sing in the group?
The guys just gave me a microphone but I think it's always muted so I just stick to playing the piano.


How did you start in gospel music?
We sang as a family at different places growing up. Potters Clay knew I played the piano so once I got a bit older they asked if I would join!


Where did you grow up?
Out in the country near Pigeon Lake.


Married, kids grandkids?
I'm not even going to attempt an answer to this one.

Ken Newbury
 

Ken Newbury travels with Potter's Clay doing the sound. Ken's enthusiasm and job dedication makes him a valuable part of the Potter's Clay ministries.


Ken Lives in Rimbey with his wife Margeurite.