The New Horizons are a family singing group from Lebanon, Missouri. The Group consists of two brothers, Max and Danny Rhoades and one sister, Becky (Rhoades) Buttrey. The group started 50 years ago as a male quartet, but in 1973 the brothers found themselves in need of a singer — and waiting in the wings was their younger sister Becky. She was the missing piece, that voice, which was needed to mold the group into what it is today. The New Horizons feel they have been put together to fulfill a call God has placed on their family years ago. Consistency seems to run in the family for their parents, Dean and the late Julia Mae Rhoades, pastored the same church, the Lebanon Church of the Nazarene, for over 50 years before retiring. To God be the glory!
The trio, The New Horizons have been faithful to their roots in gospel music. The lessons learned around the piano with their mother and sitting around the old phonograph listening to their favorites like The Blackwood Brothers, The Statesman, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Speer Family and the Happy Goodman’s Family, have been the back bone of their singing style over the years. I would characterize their sound as a traditional southern style with down home family harmonies. Their songs have a simple message that cuts through the complicated problems we face as a society today, and emphasize that God is bigger than our problems!
A well-loved part of The New Horizons’ ministry is Danny’s saxophone playing. Many in the music business have referred to him as “Mr. Gospel Saxophone,” and rightly so. Danny plays the older melodies of hymns and songs of the church that have stood the test of time. You will enjoy this special part of their ministry.
The New Horizons have been recording for many years and have a large selection of these recordings available. Their latest recording project is “Honor Thy Father” and Danny’s latest saxophone project is “Old Time Classics,” Volume 12. The New Horizons goals today are the same as they were over 50 years ago, and that is to make a difference in the lives of the people they are privileged to meet.
View their show schedule below, or Request The New Horizons Albums and other Merchandise here.
Lebanon Missouri’s homegrown gospel group The New Horizons became recognized across the country by combining rock, mellow classical, and twangy country, and is so doing helped forge a new kind of gospel music.
The band was started in 1967 by Danny Rhoades, lead vocalist and band manager. They’ve recorded for Ozark Records in Mountain Grove, Mo., and have also recorded albums and played dates as far away as Nashville.
“We’ve played a lot of county fairs, banquets and school assemblies, as well as hosted ‘The Ozark Country Jubilee’ show.” says Danny. “We Try to be real versatile… We do gospel music to the style of rock, country, southern gospel, classical or even bluegrass. All of our music is gospel- we just do it in different styles.”
Danny says the group only does gospel music because, “Country music is pretty much pornographic, and a lot of rock music is filthy. Gospel means ‘good news’, and sings about Christianity and Christ.”
Rhoades likes all kinds of music, but, “No matter what the music sounds like, the words are what count… Gospel songs are mostly inspired by God — that’s why we sing it.”
While many bands might start with a country-style song, then throw in a rock song, then sing a more traditional gospel song, but Danny says “I don’t like to mix gospel with other music.”, which is why he thinks their band is well liked by whatever audience they’re performing for, young or old. “If there is a generation gap, we try to fill it.”
The band writes a lot of their own music, and according to Rhoades, many of their songs are played by other groups.