When Melodie Tunney, Bonnie Keen and Marty McCall first met in the mid 1980s, they were considered the “first call” background vocalists and commercial jingle singers by studio producers in Nashville, Tenn. Initially intent on staying behind the scenes, the trio’s pristine vocals couldn’t be contained in the background, and they soon found themselves thrust to the forefront of the burgeoning contemporary Christian music scene.
In the nearly 30 years since their first meeting, First Call has recorded 13 projects with Word Records and Warner Alliance, earned three Dove awards, been nominated for five Grammy awards, and toured nationally and internationally. Audiences hungry for their three-part vocal harmonies clamored for more as they sang about their faith with an unmistakeable sound often compared to that mainstream supergroup, Manhattan Transfer. Songs like “Undivided,” “The Reason We Sing,” “O Sifuni Mungu,” “Sweet Love” and “Sacred Journey” fueled audience demand for more of the trio’s pristine harmonies.