I left a job I had loved

at 2009 sweet 16 with billy gillispie

I was seated next to former University of Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie during the Kentucky High School State Tournament in 2009. That’s my wife, Stephanie, sitting in front of us, checking her camera for photos.

(This is also appearing on our sports website, 110forChrist. Enjoy.)

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com and 110forChrist.com

I had seen the day coming for quite some time. I’d been the sports editor at The Anderson News since 2002 and sports writer for the same paper for 17 years before that. I’d won over 100 awards for journalism, with over 60 of those trophies or plaques being for first place in various competitions.

I’d meet literally hundreds, probably thousands, of people through my work. I’d written stories on people playing in the NFL and had written stories about horseshoe pitchers and people playing pickleball. Continue reading “I left a job I had loved”

Holding to the hope in times of change


Jim and Melissa Brady and Steve Ladd sing “Through It All” near the end of the annual New Year’s Eve concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church.


On night of major change in my life, Sand Spring concert provided timely reminder

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

I so needed Monday night.

Let’s make that soooooooooooooo neeeeeeeeeded what I experienced Monday night.

It was Dec. 31, 2018. When I left my office at The Anderson News in Lawrenceburg, it marked the end of a run that lasted almost 34 years. I’d started writing as a freelancer and worked my way up to to sports editor.

When the last day is a holiday deadline, meaning an earlier deadline, it was easy to get worn down. It was a great run but you just know when it’s time to step away. Continue reading “Holding to the hope in times of change”

Sand Spring announces 2019 concert series


Triumphant Quartet, shown during its 2018 appearance, returns to Sand Spring Baptist on June 14.

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

Sand Spring Baptist Church, located just south of Lawrenceburg, Ky., has announced its 2019 gospel concert schedule. The lineup includes several returnees from 2018, including Ivan Parker and a concert featuring Triumphant Quartet and His Heart.

The series also includes The Old Time Preachers’ Quartet for the first time and features a stop by The McKameys on their farewell tour.

The complete schedule is as follows:

Jan. 24    The Legacy Five

March 7    The Perrys

April 11    Ivan Parker

May 16    The New Spear Family

June 14    Triumphant Quartet and His Heart

July 25    Greater Vision and The Jaystone Singers

Aug. 8    Carolina Connection: Carolina Boys Quartet and The Shireys

Sept. 12    Old Time Preacher’s Quartet

Oct. 17    The Hoppers

Nov. 14    The McKameys

Dec. 31    New Year’s Eve: Old Paths and The Coffmans

(7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.)

All concerts start at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge but a love offering is taken each concert.


Ivan Parker shown during a 2018 appearance at Sand Spring, returns on April 11.

Jeff Stice to headline Sand Spring Christmas


Jeff Stice on the piano at a concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church in 2017.

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

Renowned pianist Jeff Stice will join the Sand Spring Baptist Church choir for the church’s annual Christmas program on Dec. 23. Performances are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Stice has been a regular part of the Sand Spring Christmas Homecoming program for several years. He returns for one of central Kentucky’s most popular Christmas programs.

The program will also feature the Lawrenceburg Children’s Choir and soloist Jeremy Dickerson. Dickerson, who lives in Lawrenceburg, sings tenor with the popular quartet, His Heart.

Sand Spring has also announced its 2019 Southern Gospel Concert Series Schedule. That schedule, along with some other area concerts can be found here.

A love offering will be received at all of the Sand Spring concerts.


Jeremy Dickerson. (Photos by John Herndon)

It Must Be Christmas when David Phelps sings in December


David Phelps in concert in Shelbyville, Ky. on Dec. 9.


By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

If the calendar says “December” and David Phelps is ready to sing, it can only mean one thing: It Must Be Christmas!

Phelps, the powerful tenor who is one of gospel music’s most recognizable voices, has been bringing the message of hope through Jesus Christ across the country in his annual “It Must Be Christmas” tour.

We caught up with David after he performed to an enthusiastic crowd at Shelby Christian Church in Shelbyville, Ky. It had been a night of dynamic worship, fun and a challenge to help others. Continue reading “It Must Be Christmas when David Phelps sings in December”

David Phelps to be at Shelby Christian Church

David Phelps
Grammy-winning artist, brings It Must Be Christmas 20th Anniversary Tour 
To Shelbyville December 9
Special to KentuckySings.com
     NASHVILLE — The unmistakable sound of multi-Dove and Grammy Award-winning recording artist, David Phelps will be featured on Sunday, December 9, at the Shelby Christian Church, located at 2375 Frankfort Road, Shelbyville, Ky.
     This exciting Christmas concert event will be just one stop on the exciting It Must Be Christmas 20th Anniversary Tour. This special music evening begins at7 p.m.
     Once a childhood musical prodigy from Tomball, Texas, David Phelps earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Baylor University. Since then, he has become a nationally-celebrated vocalist, whose gifts and talents are matched by none.
     Perhaps best known as the powerful tenor for the multiple Grammy and Dove Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band, Phelps is constantly building on a career that has already been groundbreaking. Emerging as a leading voice in contemporary Christian music, Phelps has been winning the hearts of audiences all over the world for more than two decades.
     He has performed at numerous prestigious venues across the globe, including the White House, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. His electrifying voice has moved audiences from all walks of life, crossing generational and stylistic barriers.
     This It Music Be Christmas event, presented by Kore Foundation, is one of 15 stops Phelps and his musical entourage will make during the month of December. Many of the songs featured during this exciting evening are included on Phelps’ It Must Be Christmas recording, released this fall.
     The evening will also include exciting renditions of classics like Angels We Have Heard On High, Go Tell It On The Mountain and Sleigh Bells, along with Phelps’ new classics like Fall On Your Knees, Christmas Rush and Anthem of the Lord. Phelps performs each classic like they have never been performed before, leaving each listener saying, “it must be Christmas!”
     Shelby Christian Church will be the setting for this special evening of worship and Christmas celebration. Complete information and tickets may be obtained by calling 502-633-5975 or 1-800-965-9324 or visiting www.itickets.comwww.korefoundation.org or www.davidphelps.com

Bob Sellers’ leap of faith has given inner peace

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Bob Sellers presents the gospel in song during a concert at Mt. Freedom Baptist Church in Junction City, Ky. on Oct. 28. (All photos by John Herndon)

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

Bob Sellers is at peace.

He was living a life many would consider a dream and secure in his position as lead singer for one of gospel music’s popular quartets. But something was just not right in Bob’s heart.

“I was there almost seven years,” he says of his stint with The Kingsmen. “I wouldn’t trade anything for the opportunity.

Continue reading “Bob Sellers’ leap of faith has given inner peace”