Since 1998 Crystal River has been sharing their harmony-rich vocal style with audiences throughout east Alabama and west Georgia. Together they convey a genuine love for the Lord that radiates in their performances. In their own words, "As individuals, placing our trust in Christ is the best thing that ever happened to each of us. As a group, nothing thrills us more than being able to sing about His love."

If you like a mix of both traditional and current Southern Gospel music, then a Crystal River concert may be just right for you.

Here you can check for upcoming appearances, watch video clips and get contact information. Anytime Crystal River is scheduled to sing in your area, please make your plans to join them for worship... they'd love to see you there! And be sure to invite some friends, too.

Oxford, Alabama
Phone: 256-831-8608

Concerned about what it might cost to have Crystal River appear at your church or event? Well don't be. They never charge a fee or require an offering. So pick up the phone and call today, it's that easy.


How long has Crystal River been singing?

Since 1998, this is our eighteenth year!

Does Crystal River charge a fee or require an offering to sing?

Neither a fee nor an offering is required or expected.  Occasionally, individuals or churches may make a donation or receive a love offering for us, but never at our request to do so.  100% of any and all monetary donations go directly toward the ministry expenses of the group; no member of Crystal River receives any pay.  We like to keep things simple, just invite us to come and we'll be there.

Is Crystal River a full time group?

We have no aspirations of becoming recording artists or performing professionally (even if we had the ability to do so).  God has called us to be a part time weekend ministry, ranging within about a 100-mile radius of Oxford, Alabama.

When singing, does Crystal River use live music or recorded soundtracks?

There's nothing better than the flexibility of being accompanied by live musicians, but to keep travel expenses and set up times to a minimum we utilize high-quality soundtracks instead.  

Does Crystal River use 'stacks' when singing live?

'Stacks' are pre-recorded singing parts that are played along with the singers while they sing in order to enhance their vocal sound. Crystal River never uses stacks or any type of pre-recorded singing during a live performance.

Does Crystal River have a fixed performance routine?

No.  We sing for a variety of events such as times of worship, 'singings', homecomings, decorations; and both with or without other groups or individuals.  We are very flexible and tailor our performance to suit your program or schedule.

What is the best way to get in touch with Crystal River?

Either by phone (256-831-8608) or email (  If by phone the best time is usually weekdays between 4:00 and 8:00 pm CT, but if we happen not to be in you can always leave a message and we'll call you back at our earliest convenience.


1/1/2016  --  WOW, here we are already in 2016, and looking forward to another great year of singing!  If you have a need, please don't hesitate to contact us.  And remember, there's no cost to have Crystal River appear at your church.  So call early to reserve your date.  Hope to hear from you soon!  Be blessed.


Pat Barker & Crystal River

First Baptist Church at McClellan, 851 Morton Rd. McClellan, AL 36205

We are so excited about this opportunity to sing with our good friend (and former Crystal River Boy) Pat Barker.  If you've never heard Pat sing, you have truly missed a blessing.  He has been given a most wonderful talent and is quick to use it in sharing the gospel.  You will definitely want to make your plans to attend!


What a great Summer it's been so far.. and there's plenty left to go.  We've sung at so many Homecomings this year, we've had to sign up for exercise classes to work off all the fine eating! 

If your church has a need, please get in touch with us.  We'd love to come -- it's what we do.

News for March 2015 Coming up on Saturday, March 14, at 7:00 pm (Georgia time) is a special event. Please make your plans to be at the Old Veal Schoolhouse where we will be in concert with our friends, the Steadfast Quartet.
If you’ve never heard these guys, you’ll be in for a treat! As a matter of fact, even if you have heard them, you’ll still be in for a treat -- traditional quartet singing at its absolute finest.
Old Veal Schoolhouse is located at 2753 Old Columbus Road, Bowdon, GA 30170. Come out early, grab a bite at the snack bar (we’re talking homemade apple pies) and be ready to have a wonderful time! See you there.

What a wonderful time we’ve had the last two weeks. It all started with the Christmas Concert at the Oxford Performing Arts Center. It was our first time to ever sing there and what a privilege it was to be a part of that event. All the soloists, groups and ...  choirs were amazing. And our old buddy, Pat Barker, even got to join us for a song. We were told that it will be aired on local TV24 during the month of December, so tune in -- we thing you’ll enjoy it.

While singing at Little Mountain Resort in Guntersville we met a fantastic group called Point Of Honor from Rainsville, AL. They are very talented and a pleasure to be around. If you ever get an opportunity to hear them, don’t hesitate. And if you’re looking for a group to sing at your church or event, we heartily recommend them (contact Ronnie King, 256-638-7233).

Then, on to Fellowship Baptist  in Douglasville, GA. The message that morning was so meaningful, and the lunch afterwards featured some of the best smoked turkey and pork barbeque we have ever put in our mouths.

This past Sunday night we had the opportunity to return to Victory Baptist in Ohatchee, AL. It was a Spirit-filled time of worship and everyone there was so friendly.

With this time of year upon us, we want to wish everyone a merry and meaningful Christmas. If you follow the Lord, it is our prayer that He will bless you in a special way during this Holy Season. If you have never trusted in the One that came from Heaven to ultimately be the sacrifice for your sin, to give you peace and salvation, then consider placing your trust in Him today. He can change your life if you’ll let Him!