Unexpected blessings

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The Master’s Trio, from left, Kevin Willis, Steve Black and Mike Chatterton, formed in 2017 with the current alignment coming together last year. The group was named Best in Show at the Kentucky State Fair last month. (Photo furnished)

Master’s Trio reflects on Kentucky State Fair honor, emphasizes ministry above all else

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

MOUNT STERLING, Ky. — The Master’s Trio really didn’t know what it was getting into when the southern gospel group agreed to perform in the Gospel Music Showcase at the Kentucky State Fair.

“There was a gentleman at a church in Bath County, which is near here,” remembers Trio tenor Kevin Willis, a resident of Mt. Sterling. “He was really pushing for us to be a part of that. He had been talking with the guys at (Bath County) Farm Bureau and was actively involved in it.”

So, The Master’s Trio, a group that has only been around since 2017 but is constructed with gospel veterans, agreed for a chance to sing and share the ministry on a larger stage. Continue reading “Unexpected blessings”

Victory Road to host second hymn sing

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Victory Road will be hosting its second Gospel Hymn Sing and Concert Friday at Spencer Christian Church in Fisherville, Ky. Members are, front row, from left: Larry Dennison, David Jones, David Stevens and Carroll Ingram. Back row: Tim Edwards, Freddie Sharp and Jerry Franklin.

 

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

The old hymns will be alive and well Friday night as Victory Road, a popular Southern Gospel music group, will be hosting its second annual Gospel Hymn Sing on Friday, Aug. 16. The hymn sing will be held at Spencer Christian Church, located at 5720 Taylorsville Road, Fisherville, and will get underway with well-known gospel pianist Jaydee Miller leading an instrumental concert at 6:30 p.m.

The Hymn Sing and concert get underway at 7 p.m. Continue reading “Victory Road to host second hymn sing”

After 43 years, Jay Stone Singers still about ministry

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The Jay Stone Singers perform at Sand Spring Baptist Church on July 25. From left are Emma Carter, Sharona Stone Carter and Bobby Carter.

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

It’s all about ministry to The Jay Stone Singers.

The family harmony is superb and many of the lyrics are powerful when the veteran group takes the stage. There is very little showmanship and only a few jokes interspersed through their set opening for Greater Vision at Sand Spring Baptist Church on July 25.

But mostly it’s about ministry. Always has been. Always will be. Continue reading “After 43 years, Jay Stone Singers still about ministry”

An amazing testimony

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Ann Downing sings at Cornerstone Church of The Nazarene in Frankfort, Ky., on July 28

 

Gospel legend Ann Downing is still spreading the message of God’s love and triumph

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Ann Downing took a microphone, looked over the small crowd of people who had come to hear one of gospel music’s true legends.

I stand amazed in the presence

Of Jesus the Nazarene

And wonder how he could love me

A sinner condemned, unclean.

How marvelous, How wonderful

And my song shall ever be

How marvelous, how wonderful

Is my Savior’s love for me!

–Charles H. Gabriel Continue reading “An amazing testimony”

Back where they started

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The Noblemen Quartet sings at David’s Fork Baptist Church on July 11.

Nearly 50 years after first coming together, The Noblemen Quartet is happy singing old style gospel music

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. — After nearly 50 years, The Noblemen Quartet is back where it started.

And the group, or its fans, could not be happier.

“We are having a lot of fun right now,” says bass singer Dan Clark, one of the quartet’s founding members. “These guys love to sing. They are all great Christian men and we really try to uplift Jesus Christ. We are not entertainers. We are just singers and try to sing for God.” Continue reading “Back where they started”

His Heart delivers “Truth” in latest CD

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His Heart sings at Sand Spring Baptist Church, opening for Triumphant Quartet on June 14. From left are Kyle Harris, Jeremy Dickerson, Bill Sowder and Bob Abbott.

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

When His Heart Quartet went in the studio for the group’s newest CD, there might have been a bit of apprehension about a new work that emphasized the old.

The reception of “Truth” indicates there should never have been any questions about one of Kentucky’s most popular Southern Gospel groups. Continue reading “His Heart delivers “Truth” in latest CD”

“The first face I’ll see will be Jesus!”

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Marlana VanHoose plays the keyboard during a gospel concert. She says she is “God-taught.” (Photo furnished)

Blind since birth and small in stature, Marlana VanHoose’s powerful voice blesses many

 

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

It was more than fitting when Marlana VanHoose told me the first concert she ever attended was one by The Oak Ridge Boys.

“I was three years old,” she says before breaking into “Elvira, Elvira!” as we sat in a Lexington restaurant. I didn’t know she sang the legendary group’s most famous hit but I knew the 23-year-old singer could deliver a rousing version of a song the Oaks are also known for today.

The National Anthem. Continue reading ““The first face I’ll see will be Jesus!””