Garth Greene, 3rd Tenor (E3)
Garth, born in Jamaica, West Indies, to Arlington and Fay Greene on June 8th, didn't discover his abilities to sing and perform before an audience until well into his late teens. He began his musical odyssey as a child of about six years of age when he taught himself to play the piano. Though he later took formal piano lessons, his natural talent for hearing musical cords and his love for creating them on the keyboard proved to be his undoing, as far as piano lessons were concerned, because he discovered that his home-grown lessons made much better music than anything he was learning from the initial stages of formal piano training.
This odyssey picks up again much later in life for as a freshman in the mid-seventies at Atlantic Union College, in South Lancaster, Massachusetts, he unexpectedly began his musical journey before a live audience as a member of "The Sons of the Master", one of the finest male quartets to ever grace that campus. It included Garth Gabriel (yes, another Garth), the bass, who later went on to sing with the renowned Heritage Singers.
At about this time, Garth discovered his ability to rearrange and to teach music. It was a talent that came in quite handily as at about the same time, his younger brothers had begun a singing group in their home church, Jamaica Seventh-day Adventist church. They called themselves the "Heralds of Joy" and it wasn't long after that Garth would join forces with them and begin to use the talents that he had begun to discover at the college. The union was a perfect match, garnering accolades throughout the New York Metropolitan area and surrounding states and eventually led to the production of their first album, "Go Tell It On The Mountain".
Over the years Garth has remained a strong member of the churches he has called home including the New Rochelle Seventh-day Adventist Church in New Rochelle, New York, where he joined the Chancel Choir (the church's senior choir) shortly after becoming a member of the church and was eventually asked to be the director of the choir, a position he held for six years. He had previously directed the church's youth choir and in the mid-eighties started the New Rochelle Men's Chorale, an a capella group of about fifteen men with whom Garth expanded his talents of re-writing music to his own unique tastes. After moving to Florida in 2001, Garth joined and led the music department of the Altamonte Springs Seventh-day Adventist Church for several years, directing the senior choir there and forming yet another a capella group of fine men who went by the name the Altamonte Springs Male Chorus.
Garth has been influenced musically over the years by such groups as Earth, Wind and Fire, his favorite secular group of all time, and the original Breath of Life Quartet, with musical arrangements by Shelton Kilby, and today enjoys with admiration the work of Take Six. His favorite Bible texts can be found in 1 Corinthians chapter 13 and his mission in life is to one day sing with that greatest of choirs in the heavenly kingdom, but until then, he wants to make beautiful music here on earth, sharing his love for musical harmony with all who can appreciate it for as long as he possibly can. He believes that the people he has teamed with to create 7th Element, Marc Dwyer and Dean Dennis, two extremely talented individuals with long lists of accolades in their own rights, along with his brothers will only foster that goal.
Garth is joined by his wife, the former Felice Renee Earle of New Rochelle, New York, with whom he has been married since 1981. Renee is currently the School Counselor at a local elementary school and has enjoyed teaching counseling theory and application at the collegiate level. Their union has produced two children, Marc Alexander and Arielle Yvonne. Marc, with his wife Terry, have recently made Garth and Renee the proud grandparents of David Wesley.