Change of Heart is a Quartet Gospel Group from Dinwiddie and Prince George County, Virginia. They are available to present the gospel in song and testimony; wherever the Lord opens the door for them. They are available for Sunday morning/evening services, revivals, homecomings and other community events.
Carl Ladd, a Dinwiddie, Virginia native, started out playing country music at the age of 12. He continued playing country until the age of 27. He has been singing gospel music for 33 years. His vocals, blend into a Southern Country Style tradition, and delivers a message that is inspirational and uplifting. Carl began his gospel ministry singing and playing bass guitar in a group with his sister for nine years. Carl has now formed Change of Heart to bring forth the message of the Gospel to audiences everywhere. He has several talents from playing bass and rhythm guitar to composing music to lyrics. Carl plays the bass guitar for Change of Heart. Carl also runs the sound for the group. In addition to his own singing, Change of Heart is comprised of Carl’s wife Sheila. Sheila also serves as the booking manager, secretary and treasurer for the Group. She is responsible for all web site design as well as updates. She adds a huge value to this group. The vocal talents, as well as their blended harmonies are sure to minister to all that hear them sing.
Eddie Blackburn, a West Virginia native brought his talents to the group in vocal and songwriting. His vocal is also a Southern Country Style blend and delivers a message that is inspirational and uplifting. He plays the lead guitar for Change of Heart. He is also talented with playing the bass guitar.
Collie Munford, a Virginia native, has been playing gospel music for over 31 years. He has played the drums with Carl Ladd in other Gospel ministries and Carl brought him into Change of Heart for his drum expertise. They grew up together and have been able to tune into each others playing for years.
Change of Heart lost our beloved brother and keyboard player, Michael Toone back in 2009. He had several talents, which included vocal, songwriting; music composing, studio mixing and could play a variety of instruments such as guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano, and brass instruments. He had a Southern Gospel Style Vocal, which could go from bass to tenor within a note change. Mike had his own recording studio, where the group set their sound tracks and Mike mixed the music and vocals to make a beautiful blend of harmonies. Mike played country for years. Before coming into Change of Heart, he played with a Southern Gospel group for 30 years called the New Sensations. He will truly be missed.
Change of Heart exhibits a heart-felt desire to Glorify God through their music and personal testimonies. Their only wish is to use the gifts that God has given them, to deliver a message about our Lord Jesus Christ who forgives, loves and saves! You will not want to miss this special group as they joyfully Praise and Worship and lead people to Jesus Christ. Their vocal talents, as well as their blended harmonies are sure to minister to all that hear them sing. The Lord with Mike's talent has blessed this group with over two dozen original songs including the composing of the music to blend together and make beautiful sounds to the Lord.
We want to acknowledge some individuals that were inspirations in our lives: Herman Ramey, (Sheila's Dad) James Ladd, (Carl's Dad), Nathan Harris, (Sheila's Son) along with Michael W. Toone. They all will always be remembered!