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,

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.

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‘I Still Believe’ an emotional story of love and the transforming power of Christ


The Imperials’ ‘Priority’ album, released in 1980, is one of the great Christian music albums of all time. It includes ‘Trumpet of Jesus,’ on which Russ Taff sang lead. Clockwise from the top are Armond Morales (bass), Russ Taff (lead), Jim Murray (tenor) and Dave Will (baritone).

By John Herndon,

It would be a bit of a stretch to say Russ Taff shaped my musical tastes. By the time I heard his debut on The Imperials’ “Sail On” album, I was already a fan of the group, had several of their albums and had seen them a few times around central Kentucky.

But there’s little doubt that Russ redefined The Imperials, taking them from a soft-rock and pop sound to something much more driving and cutting edge. His lead on “Water Grave,” was as radically different from anything heard in Christian music as the message it presented.

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Taylorsville Hymn Sing promises to be a night of old-fashioned praise


Victory Road, the host of the Taylorsville Hymn Sing on Oct. 21, sings at the Kentucky State Fair in August.

By John Herndon,

There’s a bit of nostalgia going around Kentucky gospel music circles.

Old-fashioned hymn sings are making a comeback across the Commonwealth with the next one set for Sunday, Oct. 21 at Spencer Christian Church in Taylorsville. The first song is set for 6 p.m.

Victory Road, based in Taylorsville, is acting as the host of the event, which is one of several that have been held in Kentucky in recent years. Continue reading “Taylorsville Hymn Sing promises to be a night of old-fashioned praise”

Music helping me get through rehab


The Primitive Quartet sings at Sand Spring Baptist Church on Sept. 21.

Music reminds to focus on God, live in harmony

By John Herndon,

One thing about recovering from surgery is that that you have wayyyyyy too much time to fill. The good thing about that, for me, at least, is that I have been able to choose how I fill that time.

I had knee revision surgery on Oct. 1 at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. I spent the night there, came home and have been rehabbing that right knee vigorously since. I ditched my walker on Saturday and have been amazed at how the process is unfolding. I hope to be back full strength very soon. Continue reading “Music helping me get through rehab”

Getting a Hall of Fame debut

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Ryan Wells, third from left, was one of several local and state policemen to appear onstage to sing Elvira with The Oak Ridge Boys at the Kentucky State Fair in August. Lead singer Duane Allen, baritone William Lee Golden and Oaks Band guitarist Roger Eaton are also visible in the photo. (Photo courtesy The Oak Ridge Boys/Anne Frances Pate.)

Lawrenceburg native appears onstage with Oak Ridge Boys

By John Herndon

NOTE: This story appeared in the Aug. 29 edition of The Anderson News. It was one fun story to write.

Ryan Wells has rarely shown off his singing pipes, but thanks to Twitter, he did so with Hall of Famers last week.

The Lawrenceburg native, who is now a patrolman for the Lexington Police Department, joined several of his colleagues, officers from around the state and Kentucky State Troopers on stage to sing “Elvira” with The Oak Ridge Boys during the group’s annual stop at the Kentucky State Fair on Aug. 19. Continue reading “Getting a Hall of Fame debut”

Finally hearing Brian Free and Assurance worth the wait


Brian Free and Assurance in concert at Sand Spring Baptist Church, Lawrenceburg, Ky., Aug. 30, 2018. From left art Brian Free, Mike Rogers and Bill Shivers.

Acclaimed group delivers a night of pure gospel

By John Herndon,

FINALLY, I got to hear Brian Free and Assurance in concert!

It seems odd that someone who loves gospel music as much as I do had not seen one of the most acclaimed groups of our day before its appearance at Sand Spring Baptist Church on Aug. 30.

It was well worth the wait. And more. Continue reading “Finally hearing Brian Free and Assurance worth the wait”

Heartland Gospel Sing set for Sept. 8 at New Hope Baptist


The Noblemen are one of the groups scheduled to appear at the Heartland Gospel Sing.

Some of the top Southern Gospel singing groups from Kentucky and surrounding states will be together for the Third Annual Heartland Sing on Saturday, Sept. 8 at New Hope Baptist Church, located at 3825 Tyrone Pike in Woodford County. The singing begins at 7 p.m.

There is no admission charge but a love offering will be taken for the homecoming-styled event.

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