Common Bond’s journey anything but common

Common Bond Quartet sings at Sand Spring Baptist Church on Dec. 31, 2021. From left are Rick Towe, Bob Melford, Lee McCarren and Rick Melton.

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

There was nothing extraordinary about Common Bond’s beginnings but over 12 years, the popular quartet has enjoyed a right that has been quite uncommon.

There were few big dreams 12 years ago when members of a worship team serving a church in Mt. Sterling, Ky., decided they were going to have a little fun with the music they love.

“The praise band decided it would sing some southern gospel. That was 12 years ago,” remembers Rick Melton, who put the quartet together.

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Chris Golden honored to sing at Glensboro

Chris Golden in concert at Graefenburg Christian Church, November 2019.

‘My main focus is shining a light on The Reason for the Season, Jesus.’

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

Chris Golden knows the opportunity to sing about the one who gave him the gift is always special, but he probably didn’t know just how special his appearance at Glensboro Baptist Church could be.

Golden, one of the top names in Inspirational Country Music is scheduled to present his Christmas concert at Glensboro on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.

The concert was booked in the summer when Robert Stopher, a well-known gospel music enthusiast and a member at Glensboro contacted Golden, who had never performed in Lawrenceburg. 

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Pointing people to the Cross

Greater Vision sings at Sand Spring Baptist Church on November 18. From left are Gerald Wolfe, Jon Epley, Rodney Griffin and Chris Allman.

Greater Vision’s Jon Epley talks about legendary trio’s mission in its music

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — Jon Epley could only break into his Kentucky country boy smile as he described the schedule he’d been keeping with Greater Vision in 2021.

“We have been so busy,” the Ohio County native said. “In the last two months, we have done 42 concerts. We had ninety concerts canceled last year so this year we are making up for it.”

It’s another way of saying COVID might take the acclaimed trio off the road for a while but it will not silence its message.

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Life is very good for The Kingsmen’s Alan Kendall

The Kingsmen during their concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church on Oct. 14. From left are Chris Jenkins, Chris Bryant, Alan Kendall and Ray Dean Reese.

Talented baritone gives God glory as he serves in ‘Dream Job’

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. – Alan Kendall knew he was a blessed man. 

He’d been on the road, singing baritone for The Kingsmen Quartet and pulled into his Hiwasse, Georgia home just before midnight on Sunday night, October 10. He took to Facebook to let the world know just how blessed he really is.

“Nearly midnight, just got home, gotta take the kids to school first thing tomorrow morning. What a blessing. My Savior, my wife and kids, my dream job…all amazing gifts that I don’t necessarily deserve. May I never forget that, and may I honor all those things to my best ability.”

That resonated with me. It resonated a lot. Make that A LOT. 

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‘The American Face’ speaks to today’s world

Lily Isaacs talks about the opportunities America offered her family, which immigrated from Europe following World War II, before The Isaacs sing the title song from their latest album ‘The American Face’ at Coffmania in Danville, Ky., on Aug. 28.

The Isaacs’ latest album uses familiar covers, original works to bring positive message in troubled times

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

(Second of two parts. Previously, the Isaacs talked about their upcoming induction into the Grand Ole Opry.)

It only takes one listen to The Isaacs’ new album to know something is just different.

The vocals on “The American Face” are mesmerizing, as usual. The instrumentation is as good as it gets, which is no surprise, either.

But this project is unlike anything The Isaacs have released.

So when we sat down to talk with The Isaacs before they took the stage at Danville Church of God on August 28, the obvious question was, “Have you heard that comment before?”

Lily Isaacs broke into a big smile. “We have,” she said.

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Opening doors in a Grand fashion

The Isaacs perform at Coffmania in Danville, Ky., on August 28.

Isaacs humbled by Opry invitation, see another opportunity to share the gospel

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

(First of two parts. Coming soon, The Isaacs talk about their latest album, “The American Face.”)

The Isaacs had no idea that August 10 would be a night that would change their lives forever. 

None. There was no clue that a special night would be elevated to the realm of extraordinary.

And there was certainly no indication that the most coveted invitation among Nashville musicians would be theirs before they left the stage that Tuesday evening.

And almost three weeks after being asked to become the newest members of The Grand Ole Opry, there was still a sense of wonder in their voices. 

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Coffmania is Coming!

The Coffmans will be hosting Coffmania at their home church, Danville Church of God, on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. From left are Louis, Tamra and Canaan Coffman. (Photo courtesy of The Coffmans.)

The Isaacs headline fast growing gospel showcase

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

DANVILLE — Louis Coffman comes across as a laid-back, low-key guy whether on stage singing with his wife, Tamra, and daughter, Canaan, or just chatting over lunch.

But he looked like he was ready to jump up and kick his heels as we talked about Coffmania over some chicken.

“We are real excited about this year, being able to go ahead with Coffmania” he said, breaking into a huge smile. “After last year, we are real excited to have it.”

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Out of the Ordinary Career for the Extraordinary Message

Owensboro native Steve Bridgmon, one of the hottest names in Christian country. (Facebook photo)

By John Herndon, Kentucky Sings

SONORA, Ky. — Steve Bridgmon is anything but your ordinary Christian music artist. That was apparent as we finalized the details of getting together to talk about his meteoric rise in Inspirational Country Music.

We’d settled on a meeting place at Brooks Cafe, an out of the way country-cooking place where the decor from days gone by belies its proximity to Interstate 65 in Hardin County. “This place is very cool,” he’d say time and again as we chatted over lunch. 

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A Menu of Glorifying God

Lee Collins is all smiles as his Billy Ray’s Restaurant is nearly full at lunch time on June 22, 2021. Collins runs his restaurant on the Christian principles of which he sings. (Photo by John Herndon)

Eastern Kentucky singer Lee Collins’ only desire is to share the message of Christ in all he does

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — You can get just about anything you want to tickle your taste buds at Billy Ray’s Restaurant but you can be sure that regardless of your appetite, Lee Collins wants to give you the bread of life.

The restaurant has been Lee Collins’ livelihood for more than 30 years and on an early summer weekday, he greeted a lunchtime crowd with a huge smile, often calling them by name or asking about family and friends. It’s the kind of down home atmosphere that has made Billy Ray’s a local landmark. 

But as much as Lee Collins would like for someone to try one of his dinners — the pork chops we ordered were fantastic! — he knows his mission is much more than the hospitality industry. 

“I just love singing about the Lord,” he said as a steady stream of patrons filed by. “That is what I have sung all my life.”

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Living the music

Triumphant Quartet’s Clayton Inman sings “Eye of the Storm” during the group’s concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church on June 17, 2021.

Triumphant Quartet’s Clayton Inman reflects on The Goodness of God seen in The Eye of the Storm. He really is Bigger than Sunday.

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — Only a few moments before, Clayton Inman had a near-capacity crowd at Sand Spring Baptist Church howling with laughter. 

He’d danced and gyrated while waving a handkerchief in what every fan of Triumphant Quartet knows as one of his signature concert moments, his performance of “White Flag.”1 It’s one of those moments that prompts Triumphant bass singer and program emcee, Eric Bennett, to make some jokes about people not judging the rest of the group by Inman’s hilarious performance.

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