Milwaukee-based Gospel Singers
Brother 0.W. Griffin came up with the idea of the Exalters, in the summer of 1990, while teaching his son to master the bass guitar. Eventually, Sister Mary Griffin, O.W.’s wife, and their three children, Temple, Tiffany and Terrance joined them to sing along in these instrumental meetings. After several rehearsals, the voices began to blend smoothly with each other and the music. They formally became O.W. & the Exalters and were dedicated to the Lord in 1991. From then on, the Lord stepped in and took control. Many doors were opened for the Exalters and within the first year they recorded their demo cassettes, entitled “Mean World” and “Perfect Day” . In 1996, the Exalters again had the opportunity to record their third CD and cassette entitled, “Stretched Out’ and a fourth CD called “Sunshine”. God has allowed The Exalters to yet record CD#5, entitled, “Nobody But Jesus” with another CD scheduled for release in late 2020.
The Exalters have shared the stage with many recorded artists, including The Pilgrim Jubilees of Chicago, The Christian Harmonizers of Memphis, Tennessee, and The Lumzy Sisters of New Jersey. In July 1994, The Exalters were also blessed to sing before the Queen of Gospel, Evangelist Shirley Caesar, in the Shirley Caesar Mass Media Gospel Showcase, where they were blessed to win 2nd place.
God is in the “keeping” business. On June 21, 2008, Deacon 0. W. Griffin was called home to Glory. Yet, dismayed, the family decided to continue to spread the Gospel of Jesus, through song, just as Deacon Griffin had instilled in them. They now are referred to as “O. W’s Exalters. The group has expanded to include grandson, Trivoris, his mother Patrice, and more recently childhood friends, Quentin, Steve and Amber.
As noted by Sister Mary Griffin, the Lord has done tremendous things for 0. W’s Exalters and through his many blessings they know that “They can do all things through Christ which strengthens them”. The Exalters will sing a variety of new, old and traditional gospel songs and discuss the gospel tradition with the audience.