John and I and our friends Henry and Carol Lang took an 11 day trip to Gatlinburg Tenn. to the Family Fest in the Smokies, by Bill Gaither and friends.
We took in 3 concerts that where about 5 hrs in length each and 2 morning Special Sessions with Dr. Ravi Zacharias and Andy Andrews as speakers as well as listening to alot of the singers you see pictured here. It was a great 3 days of listening and singing along with all these great Gospel singers. They are very friendly and spoke to as many as they possibly could before and after the shows.
The lady above is Sonya Isaacs. She has a voice of an angel. You should hear her sing It is Well with My Soul. It makes the hair stand up on your arms.
This is Gordon Mote and his wife Kimberly. He is blind and plays for the Gaithers and plays for alot of the top recording artists in Nashville for their recordings, and they posed for me so that I could take their picture.
This is Bill Gaither himself. I didn't stand in line to get his autograph because it was just too long.
This is Lynda Randle. I tried to get a picture of her by herself but she was to busy hugging everyone that came up to her. Another great singer. Have you heard the song God On The Mountain? If you haven't, you should. Just beautiful.
This is Ivan Parker. Another great singer.
Here we are waithing for the concerts to begin. We figure there must have been about ten thousand people in the convention center.
This is Kevin Williams. He is the one that gets the crowds excited before the concerts start and he is very funny and good at what he does.
Here is Gloria Gaither signing her books. I picked up several music books for my choir directer and had this one autographed for him. Can't wait to see his face when he sees it.
This is Ernie Haase & Signature Sound a high energy quartet, and they posed just for me. (Sigh).
This is Ernie (see his arm around ME). You should hear them sing>
And this is Tim Duncan the bass singer for Signature Sound. His voice is so low, it is down in his shoes. I can't even describe just how low it is when he talks let alone sing. Amazing.
It was well worth the two days we took to get there and I would do it again in a heart beat.