Being available to the Lord

Brandon Porter

Brandon Porter performs at the Kentucky State Fair. It was his first public appearance as a soloist since suffering a stroke in 2015. (Photo by John Herndon)

Even without a ribbon, Brandon Porter a big winner at State Fair

By John Herndon, KentuckySings.com

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. — Brandon Porter doesn’t have a big trophy or large blue ribbon from his appearance in the Kentucky State Fair Gospel Music Showcase, but there’s little doubt that he is one of the biggest winners in this year’s competition.

He won as he strummed a few chords on his Yamaha guitar and his deep voice resonated, “Life is like a mountain railway…”

He’d lived the curves, the fills and tunnels, just as Eliza Snow penned in the 19th Century. And on Aug. 22, he was keeping his hand on the throttle and his eye on the rail. Continue reading “Being available to the Lord”

Unexpected blessings

Trio

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”