Liberty Quartet was founded in October of 1995 out of a local church in Boise, Idaho. Royce Mitchell was the choir director and the other three members were in the choir. In 1997, Liberty began traveling full-time. Liberty is celebrating God's faithfulness and over two decades of ministry. To view the "Liberty Quartet: Through the Years" timeline, click here.
Liberty is a Gospel group based in the West with a full-time concert schedule. The members of Liberty are Royce Mitchell, bass; Paul W. Ellis, lead; Philip Batton, tenor. The baritone position is currently being filled by John Bowen. Liberty travels many miles each year, ministering in performances for church services, nursing homes, prisons, and other ministries. They also sing at large conventions including Southwest Gospel Music Festival, Great Western Fan Festival, and the Gospel Music Fan Festival in Canada (see all upcoming events here).
OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
Liberty Quartet exists to provide a music ministry that impacts our culture for Christ. We strive to expand this ministry while scripturally maintaining integrity, excellence, and family.
The guys cherish the opportunity to connect with people and make new friends wherever they go. They have had the opportunity to share the platform with groups such as Gaither Vocal Band, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, the Booth Brothers, the Hoppers, the Isaacs, the Collingsworth Family, and many others. While featuring everything from high-energy performances to moments of contemplation, Liberty always leads the congregation in an incredible concert of worship. Their ministry bridges all generations, bringing enjoyment to traditional and contemporary venues.
Royce Mitchell is one of the original founding members of Liberty. The first Southern Gospel quartet he sang with was The Gospel Four at the age of 13. He has completed his BA and Masters degree in music. While teaching in the public schools for five years, he used the weekends and summers to sing with New Creation, a Gospel quartet. Royce served in full-time church music ministry for 14 years. It was while serving as a music minister in Boise that Royce, with three laymen from the church, organized Liberty. In 1996, God led the quartet to pursue a traveling ministry. This allowed Royce to devote himself to what is now known as Liberty Ministries. He says: “What a blessing to be a part of the ministry of singing the Gospel!” Royce’s wife, Tammy, teaches elementary school and has given loving support to all the ministries they have been involved in. Royce and Tammy have three children: Jeremiah, Julianne (Nick) Colangelo, and Jenna (Zack) McCullock.
PAUL W. ELLIS
Paul W. Ellis re-joined Liberty in February of 2014 having already sung with them from 2002-2006. Music has always been a big part of Paul’s life beginning in those early years as a pastor’s kid sitting next to his mom as she sang alto. Traveling and singing started in his teen years with mixed groups called Impact Teams in Nebraska. This continued in college, as he sang in mixed groups and his first quartet, The Collegiate Quartet. Following college, Paul served in ministry as both a youth pastor and music minister for 15 years. It was the strong undeniable call of God that brought him to Boise, ID where after a year of preaching and singing in a solo ministry he was introduced to Liberty. Since 2002, Paul has sung every part in the quartet except the one he envies the most, bass. He currently sings lead. He and his wife, Kimberli, who is a preschool teacher and Premier Design jeweler, have three children: Emily (Josh) Godfrey, Connor, and Grace. Paul’s promise from God as it pertains to Liberty is from Psalm 37:4, where it says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Liberty's tenor singer, Philip Batton, was raised in a minister's home with a very musical family. His father pastored several churches throughout the southwestern states as well as in the Northwest. His parents sang often for revivals and camp meetings. Philip's father, Robert Batton, was a prolific songwriter and had several songs published and recorded, including one by the late cowboy singer, Rex Allen. Philip began singing publicly with his seven siblings when he was about five years old; even then, he carried the harmony part. He has been singing tenor ever since. Philip's desire is to give glory to God through music and to always follow the Lord's leading. Prior to joining Liberty, Philip sang with Joyful Sound and Homeland Harmony Quartet. He is married to his wife, Susie, who is very supportive and backs him in this ministry endeavor. They live in Caldwell, Idaho. Philip has one son, Philip G.
Serving as our interim baritone singer, John Bowen has traveled with us on occasion since 2017. He has filled in at both the tenor and baritone parts. John has a tremendous ear, a great range, and a very consistent, seemingly effortless voice. The
characteristic we most admire about John, though, is that he is a humble follower of Christ. He and his wife, Stephanie, along with their daughter, Addy, live in Walla Walla, WA. They own and manage Sweet Basil Pizzeria and attend the State Line Community Church. John sings lead in a community gospel quartet called Glory Road Quartet.