In 2003, The Old Paths began its ministry taking the group's name from Jeremiah 6:16 which says, "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for The Old Paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls." With this vision in mind and a heart for ministry, founding members Douglas Roark and Tim Rackley started The Old Paths as a trio.
The group morphed into a quartet shortly after. They signed with Crossroads Music's Sonlite Records in 2012. Their album Right Now was a breakout project for them producing two #1 hits, "Battlestand" and "God's Great," within a six-month span. In 2013, the group was named Favorite New Quartet, and songs like "Love Them to Jesus" and "Ordinary People" also quickly became fan favorites.
The quartet made the decision in 2015 to come off the road for a while due to family circumstances. While the decision was not easy, they left the door open for a possible return to gospel music and touring. And when God opened that door for them in 2017, they were ready to walk through it. With a renewed passion for ministry, The Old Paths took the stage again the Memphis Quartet Show in June 2017. The group now consists of founding members Tim Rackley and Douglas Roark, longtime bass singer Daniel Ashmore and tenor Steve Ladd.
Tim, Doug and Daniel found the right blend with Steve to be able to come together as The Old Paths again. Their project together, Long Run, was released in July 2017. The goal of the group has stayed the same after all these years to see people come to know Jesus Christ as Savior and to encourage fellow believers. They are thankful that God gave them the chance to return to the platform again to sing and encourage. They could not be more excited about this new stage of their ministry and to see what God has for the group in the future.
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Timeline of Accomplishments
Oct. 2011: First Appearance at First Baptist Church Atlanta and taping for Charles Stanley's In Touch Network.
Dec. 2011: Christmas Concert Finale and Charity Event with a Sold Out audience, and funds raised to help a known family in need.
Apr. 2012: Signed with major recording label, Crossroads Music under a long term contract.
June 2012: Scheduled appearance in 2013 at the First Annual Memphis Quartet Show.
July: 2012: New song, "Battlestand" is the Number 1 New Release in Gospel Music.
July 2012: The hit song, "The I Of the Storm" reaches the #4 song in Gospel Music.
Sept. 2012: First appearance in Branson, MO at Silver Dollar City, 8 concerts in 2 days, packed facility each concert, over 5,000 CDs sold.
Sept. 2012: The Old Paths Nominated for Top 5 Groups in Gospel Music.
December 2012: The hit song, "Battlestand" becomes the Number 1 song in Gospel Music.
December 2012: First Number 1 Hit party at Crossroads Music, Arden NC.
December 2012: New song, "Gods Great" is the Number 2 New Release in Gospel Music.
December 2012: Hit songs, "The I Of The Storm" and "Battlestand" are the Number 13 and 29 Songs in the Top 40 Chart for the year of 2012.
January 2012: Scheduled appearance in 2013 for the birthplace of Southern Gospel Music Concert, The James D. Vaughan Gospel Quartet Festival.
January 2012: New radio release, "Gods Great" jumps from #50 to #15 song in Gospel Music for the month of January.
January 2012: First Scheduled appearance, Main Stage, Wednesday Evening Quartet Night in Louisville Ky at The National Quartet Convention; Gospel Music's Most Prestigious Event.
February 2012: Featured Cover and in-depth article for the Singing News Magazine, the Official Magazine in Gospel Music.
February 2013: Singing News fan award New traditional male quartet of the year 2013 and nominated Song of the Year for 2013
July 2014: Appeared on the DayStar network Gospel Music Showcase show
March 2018: 3rd Appearance at First Baptist Church Atlanta and taping for Charles Stanley's In Touch Network.
2003: Going To Where He Lives
2003: Journey Down the Old Paths Volume 1
2004: For The First Time
2005: Life Again
2006: Journey Down the Old Paths Volume 2
2007: Christmas Classics
2008: Journey Down the Old Paths Volume 3
2009: Signature Collection
2009: His Name Is Jesus
2010: Wonderful Life
2011: Simplicity Too
2012: Right Now
2013: These Truths and Simplicity Continues
2017: Long Run
For the First Time
Going to Where He Lives
I've Missed Out
He Didn't Have the Heart
Amen, That's Right
He Chose the Tree
Too Far Gone
The I of The Storm
Long Live the King
Love them to Jesus
What did they call Him
Tangled in the Middle