Bridging a path between the gospel and his roots

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Elliott McCoy (right), of Three Bridges, and John Herndon, of KentuckySings.com, pose for a photo during the 2019 National Quartet Convention.

Three Bridges founder Elliott McCoy’s famous family roots will take him back home for gospel celebration in 2020

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

I was walking the exhibits at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., a few weeks ago when my friend, Larry Briscoe, got my attention.

“Let me introduce you to Elliott McCoy,” he said of the founding member of the gospel trio Three Bridges. “He’s from Kentucky and has a story you might be interested in.”

We made it over to the Three Bridges booth where we exchanged pleasantries and I was told that McCoy was a native of Pike County, deep in the Appalachian Mountains and the place where much of the world famous Hatfield and McCoy feud took place from 1863-1891. Continue reading “Bridging a path between the gospel and his roots”

Big moments for a Great God

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The McKameys perform at the National Quartet Convention Spring Break Concert in Sevierville, Tenn., in April. From left are Peg McKamey Bean, Eli Fortner, Sheryl Farris, Connie Fortner and Ruben Bean.

McKameys still giving God the Glory for His goodness as retirement nears

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

The question posed to Peg McKamey Bean was simple. The answer, however, was far more complex than expected.

Yet, that answer explained why her legendary family is one of the most beloved in gospel music history.

“Are there any songs you recorded that really stand out in your mind,” we asked Mrs. Bean during a phone interview on Oct. 7. She thought for a moment, then started talking about “Who put the Tears in the Eyes of the Lamb” from September, 1984 and didn’t stop for several minutes. Continue reading “Big moments for a Great God”

Coffmania Promises a Night of Celebration and Worship

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The Coffmans will be hosting Coffmania on Oct. 26 at Danville Church of God. From left are Tamra, Louis and Canaan Coffman. (Photo furnished)

Family groups highlight annual homecoming

By John Herndon, Kentucky Sings.com

As he was pulling things together for the third annual Coffmania celebration, Louis Coffman noticed something was happening as he was lining up singers for what is his group’s homecoming celebration.

“Every one of the groups is a father, mother, and a daughter,” Coffman smiled as we talked at the National Quartet Convention. “I don’t know if it was by design or coincidence. We have The Bakers, The Shireys, The Hinsons and, of course, the Coffmans will be there.”

That’s four groups, four dads, four moms, and four daughters. And it figures to be one great night of praise and worship on October 26. Continue reading “Coffmania Promises a Night of Celebration and Worship”

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”