It is often said that there is nothing sweeter than family harmony. Southern Gospel Music has proven this theory time and time again. The history of Southern Gospel reads like a who’s who of great family music groups with a straight forward message that reaches directly to the soul. This music’s influence would makes it’s way to a small farming community of Manchester, Illinois and into the hearts of a wonderful family of singers, the Rueters, or as they have become known to Gospel Music fans across the country, The Chosen Ones.
Mike Rueter began singing in the late 60’s with his family, The Singing R’s. His love for this exciting form of ministry would serve as a driving force in his life.
In 1974, he would join with Melanie Cooper to form the original group, The Chosen Ones.Mike’s strong lead vocals were a perfect combination with Melanie’s rich alto voice and soon they would discover that they shared more than just a love for Gospel Music.