Fireworks originally consisted of Marty McCall, Gary Pigg, Gwen Moore, Lanny Avery, and Chris Harris. Marty and Gary had been closely associated with the album productions of Chris Christian. As back-up vocalists, they were featured on David Meece’s “I Just Call On You” and B. J. Thomas’ “Home Where I Belong”.
Fireworks was born when Marty and Gary met at a church in Nashville. They knew each other casually, but it wasn’t until they discovered their common interest in music that they were drawn close together. After awhile, the duo was introduced to Chris Christian, who liked their smooth harmonies and invited them to work for his recording company as back-up vocalists on albums.
Later Cindy joined the group and Fireworks was band. At first, the three played mainly in local churches and fellowships around Nashville. Initially, the group’s performances consisted of the three voices accompanied by just a piano. This arrangement continued for several months until they decided to add a fuller sound to their performances with the drumming of Chris Harris and bass rhythms of Lanny Avery. Highlighted by exceptional vocals and a driving spirit, their music releases as much musical energy as their name Fireworks implies.
Prior to becoming a fairly competent rock outfit, Marty McCall’s band existed as a guy/gal trio churning out adequate poprock numbers during Myrrh’s mellowing-out phase as their debut attests. A McCall composition is easily recognized by the rhythmic pounding 16th-note chords emanating from his piano. The ballads are radio-ready and may appeal to fans of Keith Green, 2nd Chapter of Acts, and Nutshell.
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Sightseeing At Night
MCA Records 1982
Tracks: I Got News for You, Because I Care, Don't Let the Sun Go Down, Back in Business, Sightseeing at Night, Honorable Man, Confrontation, Broadway Mary, No Strings & Incognito.
Musicians at the Sightseeing At Night album: Richard Cann, Jerry Gaston, Dave Kurfman, Marty McCall & Louie Weaver.
MCA Songbird 1981
Tracks: Givin' It Up, Let Me Be The One, Legal Now, Adam, Cleanin' Up Our Act, Can't Stop Running, Frontrunner, Maybe I'll Trust You Now, Unless God Builds Your House & Thanks To You.
Musicians on the Up album: Marty McCall, Richard Cann, Jerry Gaston, Dave Kufman, Bob Sinkovic, Lanny Avery, Louie Weaver, Bruce Hibbard, Rick Riso & James Word.
MCA Song Bird 1980
Tracks: Rescued, Listen, Target Practice, Someone's Got A Hold Of Me, Toll Free, Good Thing, Rusty Burdens, It All Comes Down To You & Ready For The Rest Of You.
Musicians on the Live Fireworks album: Lanny Avery, Jerry Gaston, Marty McCall & Bob Sinkovic.
Shatter The Darkness
Myrrh Records 1979
Tracks: Change My Heart, Beautiful Woman, After The Rain, Calling My Name, Rock Band, Like Children, I Know Power, Love You Tonight, Shatter The Darkness & The World.
Musicians on the Shatter The Darkness album: Lanny Avery, Jerry Gaston, Marty McCall, Bob Sinkovic, Chris Christian & Mark Harris.
Live At Koinonia
Word Records 1978
Tracks: Presence Of The Lord, Calling My Name, Intro, Family, Intro, He's Gonna Love You Tonight, I Love You, Intro, Talks With My Father, New Day, Forever With You, Take Away, Rock And Roll Band, Carrying On, After The Rain, Don't Look Back, Intro, Takin' A Rest, He Really Can, Open Your Eyes, Intro, Fire Upon Me, New Man, Intro & Remember The Band.
Musicians on the Live At Koinonia album: Marty McCall, Gween Moore, Gary Pigg, Lanny Avery & Chris Harris.
Myrrh Records 1977
Tracks: New Day, Don't Look Back, Carrying On, Presence Of The Lord, Forever With You, Maybe It's Love, Family, Open Your Eyes, Talks With My Father, Takin' A Rest & New Man.
Musicians on the Fireworks album: Lanny Avery, Cindy Lipford, Marty McCall, Gary Pigg, Chris Christian, Shane Keister, Larrie Londin, Marilyn Maingart, Kenny Malone, Ron Oates & Steve Schaeffer.
Live At Come Together
Word Records 1977
Tracks: Intro by Marty, New Man, Intro, Talks With My Father, He Really Can, Intro, Takin' a Rest, Don't Look Back, Maybe It's Love, Love You Tonight/I Love You, Family, Intro, Take Away & Carrying On.
Musicians at the Live At Come Together album: Marty McCall, Gween Moore, Gary Pigg, Lanny Avery & Chris Harris.