Five to Life
Five to Life, a Syracuse based quintet, who follows a musical path pioneered by Prof. Thomas A. Dorsey, the Dixie Hummingbirds and the Mighty Clouds of Joy and later Take 6, was started in March of 1992. This multi-denominational group is comprised of Founder and second baritone James Robinson, first tenor and President Wesley Hampton, Second tenor Ron Mason, bass Sylvester Wallace and baritone Sam Wynn.
President Wesley Hampton says, “We are not just a sing group but we are a ministry and this is our method of spreading and witnessing the Gospel. The music is a medium through which we do it.” We love to sing A cappella music and we want to keep it alive. The quintet does not limit their appearances to the stage. They also participate in programs at various schools, churches, hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, detention centers and Christian coffeehouses.
Five to Life was awarded a Sammy for Best Inspirational/Gospel group of 1999. They were honored to sing the National Anthem at Syracuse NBT stadium in 2012 and appeared in the Syracuse Jazz Fest in July 2013. They performed as part of the Armory Square Holiday music celebration from 2010-2013 in downtown Syracuse, as well as the City of Syracuse Juneteenth celebrations, Taste of Syracuse, the Gospel Sunday concert at the NY State Fair ,the Pan African Village stage at the NY State Fair, the Cream Cheese festival in Lowville NY and the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival.