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The Bow Tie Quartet:
Denton Carter, Carson Edwards, John Broome, Connor Daniels


                                             The Bow Tie Quartet

Karen Brewer interviews Denton Carter, Carson Edwards, John Broome, and Connor Daniels, young men who have formed The Bow Tie Quartet and sing Gospel music together at their church, Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley, South Carolina.

Click here to read: The Bow Tie Quartet: Singing for the Lord.






The Childers Trio: Jantzen, Jay, and Eric Childers
The Childers Trio

Karen Brewer interviews Jantzen Childers and his sons, Jay and Eric, who are The Childers Trio. “Singing with my boys is one of the greatest blessings I have ever experienced,” Jantzen said. “Knowing that they are Christians and that they are using their talent for the Lord makes me so happy. I thank God every day for saving me and for allowing me to sing His praises with my sons. I am happiest when we are singing together, and I really feel the presence of the Lord.”  Click here to read: Family Harmony with The Childers Trio: Sharing Jesus Christ Through Song.



Anthony Facello



Anthony Facello

Karen Brewer interviews Anthony Facello, who formed the group Beyond the Ashes. "Christian music is what speaks to me," he said. "There have been many times, where I have walked through valleys, that I’ve been able to put on a Christian song that God has used to minister to me in those moments. So, being able to stand up on stage and sing songs like that in hopes to encourage somebody else out in the audience or touch a life or heart – that’s why I sing Gospel music." Click here to read: Anthony Facello: Beyond the Ashes.


Otis Forrest

Otis Forrest

Karen Brewer interviews veteran producer, arranger, and pianist Otis Forrest. He tells a story he heard about Fanny Crosby. "Someone asked her, ‘When you get to heaven, how will you know Jesus? You’ve been blind your whole life. You’ve never seen a painting of Him. Are you sure you’ll know Him?’ She said, ‘Oh, I’ll know Him, all right. I’ll know Him by the nail prints in His hand.’ She wrote that song: I shall know Him, I shall know Him, when redeemed by His side I shall stand, I shall know Him, I shall know Him, by the print of the nails in His hand. She was an incredible writer, and "I Shall Know Him" is one of my favorites."  Click here to read: Otis Forrest: A Life Devoted to Gospel Music.


Gloria and Bill Gaither


Gloria Gaither

Karen Brewer interviews Gloria Gaither, who believes that eternal perspective is paramount. When prioritizing time and effort in doing something, Gloria thinks that these questions should be asked – ‘Will it last forever? Does it have eternity in it?’ When they have breathed their last breath on earth, she wants this epitaph to describe the lives of Bill and Gloria Gaither: They gave themselves away for things that last forever.  Click here to read: Gloria Gaither: Keeping an Eternal Perspective.





Don Gibson


Don Gibson

Karen Brewer interviews Don Gibson, who serves as Minister of Music at Rock Springs Baptist Church. The lighthouse is a favorite theme for him. Not only has he utilized the motif for his two albums, but lighthouses abound in his office. Both of his albums are dedicated, first and foremost, to Christ, who, he said, "is truly my Lighthouse." Click here to read: Christ is 'The Lighthouse' for Don Gibson.







Karen Peck Gooch


Karen Peck Gooch

Karen Brewer interviews Karen Peck Gooch of Karen Peck and New River, who says, "I feel that God has called me to be a Gospel singer, and this is where He can most effectively use me. What I enjoy most about singing is knowing that, hopefully, through our music, believers will be encouraged and challenged to keep going and not give up, and the lost will be saved."  Click here to read: Karen Peck Gooch: Encouraging Believers and Reaching the Lost




Rodney Griffin
  

                                         Rodney Griffin

Karen Brewer interviews Rodney Griffin, of the Southern Gospel trio Greater Vision, who says, “Christian music encourages a weary saint. And, when we go through a storm, we always seem to go back to a Gospel song to help us and encourage us. Secular music doesn’t lift you up when you’re low. It doesn’t have any hope at the end of it. When the song is over, it’s over. But, when a Gospel song is over, the hope has just begun.”  Click here to read: Rodney Griffin: The Hope Has Just Begun.

Click here to view photos from Greater Vision's benefit concert for Haven of Rest Ministries.




Brenda Ruppe Hurte


Brenda Ruppe Hurte

Karen Brewer interviews Brenda Ruppe Hurt, who first sang with her own mother and then sang with her daughters as The Ruppes. Brenda recalls when her mother passed away. "We knew that Mama was dying. We knew that Mama was going to heaven. There was no doubt about that. But it was so hard to turn loose and let her go. When we are in trouble and don’t know how we ought to pray, the Spirit of the Lord prays for us. The Great Comforter, the sweet Holy Spirit, walked into that little hospital room in North Carolina and paid us a wonderful visit. I began to sing to my sweet Mama an old hymn that she taught me when I was five years old and that we sang together for many years. "Under His wings, under His wings, Who from His love can sever? Under His wings my soul shall abide, Safely abide forever." I sang two verses to my sweet Mama. Angels we had just sung about picked her up and carried her to heaven, where she is today."  Click here to read: Brenda Ruppe Hurt: An Instrument of Praise.



Susan Peck Jackson


Susan Peck Jackson

Karen Brewer interviews Susan Peck Jackson of Karen Peck and New River, who says, "Gospel music is encouraging to people. There are a lot of hurting people. Jesus is the answer to every situation and every problem they might have, and He will give them peace that nothing else can give them. We want to give them encouragement, through the songs that we sing, and let them know that there is hope and that Jesus is the only hope.”  Click here to read: Susan Peck Jackson: Jesus is the Answer.




Jason Kelley


Jason Kelley

Karen Brewer interviews Jason Kelley, who shares about the death of his father, Rev. Clifford Kelley. "You never expect your father to pass away at the age of 58," he said. "You expect to have more years, and time to tell him what he has meant to you. It’s a good lesson that you don’t always have that time. It’s important to tell them. Don’t save the roses for the funeral."  Click here to read: Jason Kelley: The Anchor Holds.




Eva Mae LeFevre



Eva Mae LeFevre

Karen Brewer interviews Eva Mae LeFevre, who explained why she has worked so hard and for so long in Gospel music. "When I go to heaven, I want to take somebody with me," she said. "There is nothing like seeing a soul saved. When someone walks forward at the end of each service or concert, and I get to pray with them, that’s the joy of my life. And I feel that way today, more than ever. If I have won one soul to the Lord, then it has been worth it." Click here to read: Eva Mae LeFevre: Taking Somebody to Heaven.




Devin McGlamery


Devin McGlamery

Karen Brewer interviews Devin McGlamery, who says, "I love the message of Gospel music. Our message is real, and it can make a difference in people’s lives." He advises Christians to remain strong in their walk with the Lord. "It’s a daily battle with Satan. We’ve got to remember that. You may think you have a plan for your life, but, if you just 'get out of the way' and give it over to God, He can do more with your life than you could ever dream of."  Click here to read: Devin McGlamery: The Message of Gospel Music Can Make a Difference.




Kellan Monroe


Kellan Monroe

Karen Brewer interviews Kellan Monroe, who says that the message of Gospel music is what drives him to sing. "No matter what type of Gospel music it is, whether it’s contemporary or Southern Gospel or black Gospel or whatever, as long as the message of the Gospel is there – that Jesus is the Saviour we need, that we’re messed up people in desperate need of a Saviour -- as long as that message is in there, and that message of hope and encouragement, that we can make it through anything, with Jesus – that’s what it’s about for me. It’s fun to sing, but there’s got to be something more than just making me feel good. It’s definitely the message."  Click here to read: Kellan Monroe: Encouraging Through Gospel Music.




Squire Parsons


Squire Parsons

Karen Brewer interviews Squire Parsons, who explains how his Christian faith has sustained him during difficult times. "When we have to walk through these times of trials, we need to realize that it may seem to be out of control to us, but we're still in God's hands. When that is settled in our lives, it is a steadying force and a comfort in knowing that we are in His hands and that, though we may not understand what is happening, if we trust and believe that He will lead us through, He becomes that much more gracious to us at that time.Whenever we take the time to search His Word and to pray during a crisis, although it is difficult going through those times, if we will take it to the Lord and lay it at His feet, He truly will be a high tower of defense and a shelter for us, and we will see Christ in a way we never saw Him before."  Click here to read: Squire Parsons: Sharing His Faith Through Music.



Steve Rackley


Steve Rackley

Karen Brewer interviews Steve Rackley, who says that, of all of the songs on his album, his favorite is the eleventh and final track, a duet with his son, Jacob. "I Want To Be Just Like You" is a father's prayer to be like his heavenly Father and to be a role model for his son. "Gospel music makes me happy," said Rackley. "I enjoy seeing the expression on a person’s face when a song starts and seeing it change as I sing the song. I like to sing old songs that haven’t been heard in a long time, songs that older people relate to.”  Click here to read: Steve Rackley: "Lord, I Want To Be Just Like You"





Casey Rivers


Casey Rivers

Karen Brewer interviews Casey Rivers, who says that God has blessed his life since he was very young. "I came to know Christ as my Saviour at five years old. I know that having Christ in my life at an early age spared me from a lot of things. Conviction in my life has been a huge thing and helped steer me in the right direction, having the Holy Spirit as my guide. I feel blessed in that. Jesus Christ is the best thing that has ever happened to me, and life is too tough to live it without Him."  Click here to read: Casey Rivers: Blessed by Gospel Music.



Dennis Smith


Dennis Smith

Karen Brewer interviews Dennis Smith, who says,  "I think probably the biggest single blessing in my life, besides my own personal salvation, is having a godly heritage. It has been the basis of my entire Christian experience and has provided the foundation from which my own personal ministry is launched. That’s a huge blessing."  Click here to read: Dennis Smith: A Life in Gospel Music.

Click here to view photos of Dennis Smith and Victory's Voice Quartet and Dennis Smith's granddaughter, Ella Hennessee, from a concert benefiting the Kidney Walk.




Gerald Wolfe


Gerald Wolfe

Karen Brewer interviews Gerald Wolfe of the Southern Gospel trio Greater Vision, who encourages anyone who does not know the Lord to give their lives to Him. "Don’t live another day without knowing you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Since He’s already paid your sin-debt in full and offered you eternal life with Him and a glorious relationship with Himself here, why wouldn’t you want to accept His gift of salvation?"  Click here to read: Gerald Wolfe: Singing His Praises.

Click here to view photos from Greater Vision's benefit concert for Haven of Rest Ministries.


More to come ...