There is nothing like good gospel singing to get one in the right frame of mind and my friends Jerry and Lisa Foster are really going to keep North Georgia Southern gospel music fans happy with a variety of events to enjoy coming up in Chattanooga.
The US 101 Ken Hicks Gospel Road Gospel Sing is just around the corner Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Auditorium.
I know this is going to be an uplifting evening of music featuring the endlessly talented Gold City Quartet. What do you say about a group that has become a mainstay in the industry? Over 60 awards, Alabama Music Hall of Fame members, and just great individuals that love the Lord.
Also on the bill is the Mike Bowling Group. He started his career with The LeFevres, worked with the New Hinsons, and then hit the stage with the Perrys.
In recent years, he pursued a solo career before his wife Kelly, former female vocalist with the retiring Crabb Family, joined him. Kelly was featured on Crabb songs such as Good Day and Promise Land. Also part of the group is tenor Jeff Snyder.
I know that Mike and Kelly are excited to finally be in ministry together and that excitement is sure to shine through.
And finally making what is expected to be their final Chattanooga appearance, is the three time Grammy nominated Crabb Family who are moving on from a family act into a variety of other individual ministries this year after their final date in August 2007.
Children 12 and under are free with adult paid admission in general admission only.
Ticket outlets are: Memorial Auditorium Box Office, 399 McCallie Ave in Chattanooga, (423) 642-8497; Sonshine Bookstore (formerly Harvest Time Celebrations) in Fort Oglethorpe, (706) 861-7675; In Heavens Name Bookstore in Dalton, (706) 277-6263; and Our Daily Bread in Trenton, (706) 657-7594.
The Fosters will be bringing one of my favorite all time groups The Kingsmen Quartet to Chattanooga again to the Memorial Auditorium Monday, March 5 for a special 50th Reunion and live video taping.
The show will feature the present Kingsmen as well as favorite former Kingsmen such as Squire Parsons, Jim Hamill, Johnny Parrack, Garry Sheppard, Arthur Rice, Tim Surrett, Ed Crawford, Ernie Phillips, Brian Hudson, Andrew Ishee, Nick Bruno, Chris Collins, Jerry Martin, Wayne Maynard, Randy Miller and many others.
If you were ever a Kingsmen fan, this is one you dont want to miss.
Does it stop there? No, coming in for the 14th Annual Good Friday Concert, Friday, April 6, are the McKameys, Inspirations, the Primitive Quartet and Greater Vision.
There is no better combination that the Inspirations and the Primitive Quartet. When you top that off with the McKameys and Greater Vision, this is a night that will fill the soul of anyone seeking the traditional sounds of Southern and Mountain style gospel.
For ticket information, call the outlets above; for directions or parking info, call the Memorial Auditorium.Randall Franks is an award-winning musician, singer and actor. He is best known for his role as Officer Randy Goode on TVs In the Heat of the Night, now on Turner South. His latest CD release, Gods Children, is by etrecordshop.com. He is a member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. He is a columnist and staff writer for The Catoosa County News and can be reached at email@example.com.