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.

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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, KentuckySings.com

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, KentuckySings.com

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, KentuckySings.com

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, KentuckySings.com

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”