Rhonda Vincent - Bluegrass Music 4/22/17 7:00 p.m.
Bluegrass vocalist and fiddler Rhonda Vincent began her professional music career at the age of five, playing drums with her family's band, the Sally Mountain Show. She picked up the mandolin at eight and the fiddle at ten, performing with the family band at festivals on weekends. After appearing on TNN's nationally televised You Can Be a Star program in her mid-twenties, Vincent struck out on her own, singing with the Grand Ole Opry's Jim Ed Brown, eventually leading to a deal with Rebel Records. Her work with Brown and her Rebel recordings caught the attention of Giant Nashville's president, James Stroud, who signed Vincent to record two contemporary country albums. After her time at Giant, she moved to Rounder Records, and demonstrated her passion for the traditional music she grew up with on Back Home Again.
The year 2015 saw the release of her second holiday album, Christmas Time, which featured four new originals and a rendition of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" that boasted guests spots from Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, the Oak Ridge Boys, and several others.
The Isaacs - Gospel - Bluegrass Music 5/13/17 7:00 p.m.
The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 35 years ago are based out of Hendersonville, TN. The vocalists are mother Lily Isaacs and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their musical style has been influenced by many genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel.
They perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry, are active members on the Gaither Homecoming Videos and Concert Series, and travel internationally throughout the year to perform to welcoming fans in countries such as South Africa, Norway, Holland, Scotland, Ireland ,Israel, Canada and many more. Concert venues include civic centers, auditoriums, arenas, fair grounds, parks, churches and other locations. They have been nominated at and performed on the Dove Awards, IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) and NQC (National Quartet Convention) Awards, the ICMA Awards (Inspirational Christian Country). Other notable performances include CMA Fan Fest (Country Music Fan Fest), Carnegie Hall, and many professional sporting events, including a Cincinnati Bengal's football game, Nashville Predators Hockey games, and an Astros/ Braves baseball game. The Isaacs have won over 7 Doves in various categories and have had several Grammy nominations in their career. They feel blessed to be able to travel and spread the message of hope and grace through song and story.
Collingsworth Family - Gospel Music 6/17/17 7:00 p.m.
The Collingsworth Family ministry has been featured on the nation’s largest gospel music syndicated radio program, The Gospel Greats with Paul Heil as well as on Daniel Britt & Friends on XM/SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s Enlighten. Their music is regularly featured on Enlighten, GMT (Gospel Music Television), The DayStar Television Network, and has also been featured in one hour prime-time specials on the INSP Television Network. The Collingsworth Family, at the personal invitation of Bill & Gloria Gaither, appeared on the newest Homecoming Series taping filmed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. They have also been added as regulars on many of the Gaither Homecoming Concerts, making appearances with Gaithers in some of their largest venues in the US and Canada. Their personal appearance schedule shows the broad appeal their family emphasis has, performing in all types of venues across the US, the Cayman Islands, and recently in Sweden.
The rapid expansion they have seen occur with the transition to an all-concert ministry is a direct result of the emphasis they have placed on the power of prayer. Each Tuesday evening, they hold a private prayer meeting in their home for the specific purpose of praying for the salvation of their children and the expansion of their ministry. Since the beginning of these weekly prayer meetings in 2000, the doors of opportunity for ministry have opened to them, crossing all evangelical denominational boundaries. Phil & Kim’s entire purpose is to give the talent God has loaned them back to their Creator as a sacrifice of praise.
Adam Crabb, The Bowling Family, Terah Crabb Penhollow - Gospel Music 7/21/17 6:00 p.m.
Adam's musicianship along with his powerful vocal delivery is true to the style that the Crabb Family fan has come to expect and enjoy. As you would expect, he is committed to ministry and considers this "life" a calling instead of a career. But one notices quickly that Adam is a perfectionist when it comes to his music. He possesses immense talent and passion that is uncommon, impossible to teach, and simply given to a few as a special gift straight from Heaven! To watch him play the harmonica is a pure delight. His reputation as a studio musician is impressive, but his "home" is truly the "live" performance. He electrifies a large auditorium with that unbelievably small harmonica. This is a must see!
The Bowling Family has appeared on the Gaither Homecoming series concerts and videos, TBN, during Gospel Music Week’s Dove Awards, at GMA’s Seminar in the Rockies and numerous other major events. Their debut release, Faith To Believe, has garnered a record four number one songs (“We Have A Saviour,” “Your Cries Have Awoken The Master,” “A Miracle Today” and “Notified”), as well as the 2008 Song of the Year (“Your Cries Have Awoken The Master). The Bowling Family combines talent, sincerity and experience to create a memorable concert experience. Their goal for the evening is to usher in the presence of God and celebrate the Christian message. They feel privileged and honored to enjoy the freedom to honor Christ with any and all of their abilities.
Terah Crabb-Penhollow is a Grammy nominated, multi-Dove award winning singer. However, the awards, success, and stellar accomplishments that Terah has been blessed to enjoy are not what one remembers about Terah. Terah is famous for her smile, her loving concern for all, and her ability to sing from her soul with the authority that we rarely see in a vocalist. She owns a song while she sings it, and she owns the audience with that unassuming personality. Terah exudes talent, but beyond that, she has a special calling during this season of her life.
Michael Combs New Dove Brothers - Gospel Music 7/22/17 6:00pm
On February 6, 1989, something wonderful happened! Jesus Christ became Michael Comb’s personal Savior, and Michael Combs became a born-again child of God. Jesus put a new song in Michael’s heart. What terrific news that is for those of us who love him and enjoy his music. It is this personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ that shines through Michael’s testimony, music and personality. His love for Jesus reflects to all, and anybody who meets him can’t help but notice that Michael is enjoying every step of his journey with his Savior and Friend.
Michael Combs’ style is unique, as is everything else about him. He has an acute love for the Lamb of God, which bubbles over into everything he says and does. God not only powerfully uses Michael Combs in singing, but He also shines through Michael’ s guitar and piano playing. Whether singing, playing the guitar, or playing the piano, Michael faithfully shares God’s message in song, holding strong to his faith and belief that all he needs is found in Almighty God.
The NEW DOVE BROTHERS - In 1998 a quartet was formed that took the Southern Gospel industry by storm. Bringing to the stage an excitement and a style that had not been seen since the glory days of gospel music. Now that McCray Dove, Tony Peace and Wesley Smith have joined together to form the New Dove Brothers it looks like history is repeating itself. McCray and Tony are known as two of the most exciting performers in the world of southern gospel music. Wesley Smith ties it all together with his smooth high tenor voice. The New Dove Brothers are committed to the cause of Christ and to keeping that classic southern gospel style and sound. With songs like Get Away Jordan and Didn't It Rain you can't help but to clap your hands and tap your feet and when The New Dove Brothers begin to sing the great hymns of the church your heart will be reminded why these songs are timeless. If you love harmony and high energy then you don't want to miss a New Dove Brothers concert.
John Conlee - Country Music 8/5/17 7:00 p.m.
Between 1978 and 2004 John Conlee charted a total of 32 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and recorded 11 studio albums. His singles include seven #1 hits: "Lady Lay Down," "Backside of Thirty," "Common Man," "I'm Only in It for the Love," "In My Eyes," "As Long As I'm Rockin' with You" and "Got My Heart Set on You." In addition to these, Conlee sent 14 other songs into the Top Ten.
Conlee has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1981.
Karen Peck And New River - Gospel Music 9/9/17 7:00 p.m.
With appearances on such prestigious stages as The Grand Ole Opry, The Gaither Homecoming concerts, Opryland Theme Park, Dollywood and Six Flags Over Georgia, KAREN PECK & NEW RIVER has firmly established their place at the forefront of Southern Gospel Music. Over the past decade, they have been featured on many television networks, with appearances on TBN’s Praise The Lord, the Grand Ole Opry Live and the popular Gaither Gospel video Series. The group has enjoyed many honors and accolades. They have received numerous industry and fan award nominations. They have consistently received radio airplay at stations nationwide. Hit releases have flowed their way in bunches, and they have enjoyed many Number One songs. A few of their other previous popular hits include: “Hold Me While I Cry”, “Just One Touch”, “I Wanna Know”, “God Likes To Work”, “Daddy’s Home”, “When Jesus Passes By”, “God Still Answers Prayer”, and “Christian In The House”. Additionally, the group’s Number One hit, “Four Days Late”, was also named Song of the Year by readers of The Singing New Magazine in 2001 and the SGMA Awards and continues to be a favorite among audiences.
The Grascals - Bluegrass Music 10/21/17 7:00 p.m.
The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Such appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk. All the while, stages that represent the strongest bastions of tradition continually welcome them, as evidenced by the over 150 performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Honors also include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian.
Performance Highlights - The Grand Ole Opry Kennedy Center Radio City Music Hall Ryman Auditorium MerleFest Wintergrass Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Country Gold (in Japan) Stagecoach Festival …and more
Opening performances for - Dolly Parton Dierks Bentley Brooks & Dunn Vince Gill Patty Loveless Sarah Evans Big & Rich Kenny Rogers Charlie Daniels …and more
The Booth Brothers - Gospel Music 10/28/17 7:00 p.m.
Ronnie, Michael, and Paul love Southern Gospel music. They believe it touches the soul and offers encouragement and hope. By singing and ministering to audiences through word and song, these gentlemen are fulfilling God’s call on their lives.
Most recent awards: 2016 Male Group of the Year Absolutely Gospel Music Award
Tenor of the Year - Michael Booth Singing News Fan Award
Lead of the Year - Ronnie Booth Singing News Fan Award
Trio of the Year Singing News Fan Award
Artist of the Year Singing News Fan Award
Southern Gospel Album of the Year - "Still" Dove Award
Lip Sync Battle - 11/4/17 Time TBA
Area First Responders will be challenging each other in hopes of, not only taking home the coveted 1st Place Winner trophy, but a sizeable cash award for their own department. There will also be cash awards for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place winners.
The premise is simple – participants (groups of 4 or more) mime the vocals of popular music while performing on stage in front of an appreciative audience. The fun comes from seeing just how enthused our local firemen, EMT’s, policemen, etc., are to impress the crowd and win a prize. The great thing about a lip sync is that you don’t actually need any real talent, just a desire to perform. We strongly encourage creative costumes because the crowd is there to enjoy a show and their response will be considered in the selection of winners. Everything is in the spirit of fun and all performances (lyrics, dancing, costumes, etc.) MUST be “family-friendly”.
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The Hoppers - Gospel Music 11/18/17 7:00 p.m.
The Hoppers have been a mainstay in the field of gospel music for more than 50 years. Claude and Connie Hopper began making their way around North America on a bus in 1957 with The Hopper Brothers & Connie.
Over the years, the Hopper Brothers and Connie welcomed and parted with musicians and singers who went on to acclaimed service in the gospel music. Eventually Connie and Claude’s two sons, Dean and Michael, joined them full-time as lead vocalist and drummer to form The Hoppers. Kim Greene’s powerhouse soprano voice was added to the group in 1989, after she and Dean were married.
With classic family harmonies that stay true their southern gospel roots, their sound has progressed to new heights with each recording. Throughout the ‘90s, the group began to see their songs achieve widespread success with number one Southern Gospel hits including: “Milk and Honey,” “Here I Am,” “Anchor to the Power of the Cross,” and ”Mention My Name.” Since that time, The Hoppers have received numerous accolades including Mixed Group of the Year from the Heart’s Aflame Awards, Diamond Awards, Singing News Fan Awards, and the Southern Gospel Music Association.
The Hoppers have been nominated for GMA Dove Award four times, and in 1998 Connie was presented with the prestigious Marvin Norcross award, which is given to those with excellence in “Devotion to family, service to Church, and contributions to the Gospel Music Industry.” Singing News Fan Award for Musician of the Year has been given to Michael, and Kim has consistently been awarded the Singing News Fan Award for Female Vocalist and Favorite Soprano for well over a decade.
Ernie Haase and Signature Sound CHRISTMAS MUSIC 12/16/17 7:00 p.m.
From its formation in 2003, Ernie Haase has built Signature Sound into one of the most popular and beloved quartets in all of Southern Gospel music. The group has traveled all over the world, offering energy, excitement and encouragement through its powerful brand of gospel music. EHSS continues to gain fans all around the globe with its unique performances and unmistakable four-part harmonies. EHSS is one of the most celebrated quartets in Southern Gospel History mentioned with the same "trailblazing" reverence as groups likes The Statesmen Quartet and The Cathedral Quartet.
EHSS has sung and sold to millions worldwide, a feat that has not been accomplished by any other Southern Gospel quartet. From concerts in Latvia and India to South Africa and New Zealand, events all around North America, TV appearances on ESPN with NASCAR, multiple NBA appearances singing our National Anthem, and even a specialty tour of historic American theaters in support of the EHSS Broadway project featuring Les Misérables legend J. Mark McVey, Signature Sound is a world-renowned quartet that spans a wide variety of genres and cultures.