LEBANON, Tenn. (WATE) – For the children of a bus route in Wilson County, it is normal to hear their driver sing. However, the voice of Joe Thompson is worth a Grammy.
Thompson is a member of The Fairfield Four, a gospel quartet. They won the Best Roots Gospel Album category for their “Still Rockin My Soul” album. It is not the first time the members have been in the spotlight. They were featured in the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou?” The movie won the group it’s second Grammy.
The bass singer began working as a bus driver in 2003. When accepting the Grammy, he thanked the Wilson County Transportation Department. He is a bus driver for special needs children at Watertown Elementary School, according to The Tennessean. Before working as a bus driver, he built trucks then retired.
The Fairfield Four was founded in 1921 at Fairfield Baptist Church in Nashville, according to The Wilson Post. Originally the group performed for radio, but started performing in the 1950s. After a reunion in the 80s, the group signed a record deal with Warner Brothers.