By Joyce Spamer
The Gospel Music Hymn Sing Foundation heading up by Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision is proud to be bringing this event to First Bible Baptist Church in Hilton, New York.
The hymns of the church have been preserved down through the centuries by faithful Christians who have experienced the life-changing power of their message. With changing times, cultures, and styles, the next generation isn’t exposed to these great lyrics and melodies in most churches on a weekly basis anymore, and those who know and love them don’t often have the opportunity to sing them in a congregational setting. What began as a simple “sing-along,” during a Gospel Concert in a small theater in Shipshewana, Indiana, eventually led to the first video recording of a “Gospel Music Hymn Sing,” in the Summer of 2014. Two local Church Choirs, along with 50 well-known Gospel Music Artists came together for the event at the First Baptist Church of Morristown, Tennessee, and a capacity crowd, with attendees from as far as 2,000 miles away, filled the auditorium…for the Monday evening event. It was obvious to everyone in attendance that this was something really special, and there was obviously a real desire, a real hunger, for a revival of congregational Hymn singing. Shortly after the release of the first “Gospel Music Hymn Sing” DVD, the Gospel Music Hymn Sing Foundation was formed by four well-known Gospel Music Artists… Jim Brady, Rodney Griffin, Mark Trammell, and Gerald Wolfe.
The Hymn Sing will consist of the following groups/singers: Greater Vision, Jim Brady Trio, Mylon Hayes Family, The Torchmen, Whisnants, Sandy Payton, Stan Whitmire and Stone Carter.
Since December of 1990, Greater Vision has inspired audiences with their rich vocal blend and their effective ability to communicate the message of the gospel. They have established a firm place at the pinnacle of Christian music, and have become the most awarded in the history of Gospel music.
Gerald Wolfe, the group’s founder, serves as Pianist and Emcee. Multi-Award-winning Songwriter, Rodney Griffin, sings the lead part for the trio. Chris Allman, writer of the 2015 “Song of the Year”, “For All He’s Done”, sings tenor. Jon Epley is the newest member of the group, having joined April of 2017 as the new Baritone singer. Greater Vision appears regularly on the InTouch television program, hosted by Dr. Charles Stanley, as well as on the Gaither Gospel Series. Gerald also serves as a co-host on Bill Gaither’s syndicated “Homecoming Radio Show, heard weekly on almost 3000 radio stations around the world, as well as on satellite radio. Their most recent endeavor is as a part of the very popular “Gospel Music Hymn Sing” DVDs and coinciding GMHS events across the USA.
Greater Vision’s latest recording, “Still,” was produced by Gerald Wolfe and Trey Ivey, with orchestral arrangements by Trey Ivey and Cody McVey. The new CD features brand-new songs written by both Rodney Griffin and Chris Allman, along with several other well-known writers. More than 175 times every year, Greater Vision presents the Gospel, through music, in a way that has endeared them to audiences around the world.
Jim Brady Trio:
It’s been quite some time since the Gospel Music world has seen the merger of such a talented musical force. Of course, it was a merger that those close to the source felt certain would eventually happen; however, no one knew just exactly when. It was one that was destined to happen many years before it ever took place, as the ministry it is today. Nevertheless, those close to Jim and Melissa Brady have known for many years that when God united this young couple in marriage, He had great plans for them.
Melissa and Jim started to write more and more songs together, and possess a catalog that presently contains more than 200 songs. She holds a Master’s certificate in Songwriting from Berkley School of Music, and her Homecoming Day hit radio release was named Song of the Year by Absolutely Gospel. Additionally, Melissa became a regular columnist for The Singing News, Gospel Music Quarterly and Homecoming magazines, and she has toured with such popular artists as The Hoppers, The Martins and Mark Lowry. She is the host of the Something Beautiful Women’s Conference and was also featured on the Women of Homecoming Gaither Videos that were released in 2013. “I know I am probably rather biased,” Jim says with a big smile, “but when Melissa steps on stage to sing, or when she puts a pen to paper to write a song or when she walks into her kitchen filled with family, the energy of the room rises because of her enthusiasm and her love for people. She has so many God-given talents, and I am so blessed to call her my wife and ministry partner.”
In the summer of 2014, Jim and Melissa felt the time was right to answer a new call and to embark upon a brand-new ministry. Thus, came the announcement that Jim would be leaving The Booth Brothers to join his wife in forming The Jim Brady Trio. With the complete support of longtime friends, Ronnie and Michael Booth, Jim and Melissa began the search for just the right ministry partner.
In God’s timing, Layke Jones came to the Jim Brady Trio amid high recommendations from some of the industry’s finest, as well as a sparkling resume of achievements and accolades. A graduate of Anderson University, Layke hails from central Indiana where he has been heavily involved in professional vocal work. In addition to spending several years as a singer at Cedar Fair’s Kings Island in Ohio, he is also a highly sought after studio vocalist. He has recorded vocals for artists such as Sandi Patty, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, and was a guest vocalist on a project with the Grammy award winning Gaither Vocal Band, as well as a featured vocalist for the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, performing alongside noted Christian musicians, Jay and Amy Rouse. When not lending his vocals in the studio, this young man stays busy as a trombonist, a choreographer for a number of local schools in the Indiana/Ohio area, and as a vocal coach and a worship leader.
The Mylon Hayes Family:
The Mylon Hayes Family, from Hudson, NC, is a complete family ministering on full time basis. Mylon is originally from Boone, NC and has sung most of his life with his family, The Hayes Family. Wendy is originally from Morganton, NC and sang solo’s in her church throughout her life as well.
Mylon and Wendy were married in 1995. God has blessed them with 3 wonderful teenagers, twin boys Conner and Bailey who are now 19 years old and a daughter Kennedy that is 15. Kennedy is homeschooled, allowing them the flexibility they need to travel.
This family’s desire is to lift up the Lord with the music they sing, pointing people to the Cross. Jesus said in John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth. Will draw all men unto me”. He was lifted up on that cross and took our punishment because of His great love for us all. The Mylon Hayes Family hope you see Jesus and realize His great love for you in the songs they sing and the words they say.
One of Canada’s most loved groups The Torchmen have been a very well know group here in the Rochester Area. Southern Gospel NY has become very good friends with the group and have had them come in for concerts often here in Rochester.
The Group consist of Mike Moran who joined the Torchmen back when it began. He was an accomplished water skier in his youth, started out singing “rock and roll” as a teenager, but when he found the Lord he traded his “Doo-waps” for praises, singing with many groups before joining The Torchmen. Jeff Tritton grew up in a family who loved music and who strived to do what God intended. He joined the Torchmen back in 1992. Jon Hisey who sings Bass and a does a great job at it officially started singing with the Torchmen in 1983. The other gentleman that is a big part of the Torchmen is Sandy MacGregor. At age 17, after a few years of turmoil as a youth and experienceing a broken family, Sandy rededicated his life to Christ influenced by his Godly Mother and in 1980 sang lead for 3 years and then tenor in the 1990’s. Sandy’s tenor voice has been compared to “Rosie Rozell” of “The Statesmen Quartet”.
In 1970, around the old upright piano in John and Betty Whisnant’s house a family began singing in the Appalachian foothills of Morganton, North Carolina. The voices of children blended with their parents as the sound of a gospel song filled the house. It was the year 1970 and from that time forward they were known as The John Whisnant Family. Passing the leadership of the group onto Jeff and Susan in 1990, a new era of The Whisnants began. Jeff remains the only original group member of the family, both owning and managing the group. “We placed our ministry in God’s hands 44 years ago and have watched Him do miraculous things. There is no doubt in my mind that God has his hand on this ministry.” Jeff explains. The current line-up of the trio is Jeff and Susan, Aaron Hise and their sons Austin and Ethan. Their oldest son, Austin, wed Jordan Carter in October of 2015. Aaron joined the group in 2001 and is married to Suzanne Taylor of The Taylors. Austin and Ethan, Jeff and Susan’s boys, have been inseparable from their parent’s calling since they were born. This generation of Whisnant’s grew up on the bus watching their family’s ministry unfold in their childhood and now they take active parts in each concert as well as behind the scenes. In 2009 they released their first CD together titled Forever Brothers. Since then the two have become a favorite and other CDs have followed, including successful singles on radio. As a part of the Whisnants, Austin began playing bass guitar on stage at age fourteen and Ethan contributes to the program every night by singing select songs.
A most unusual lady who has travelled around the world telling her story through singing a heart changing song, playing a B-3 organ, making a foot patting memorable moment, or just sitting down to the piano and sharing her heart. Her passion for the past thirty years was directing the renowned Glen Haven Celebration Choir, doing musicals and working with churches of every size, bringing them exciting new music and teaching them how to minister it to others. Another ministry that is dear to her heart is Good Samaritan Missions, where she visits Honduras periodically to sing and love the people, adopting children and seeing them become professionals in the business world, changing their lives in such a powerful way, as they surrender their lives to the Lord. She has accompanied many famous people: Mahalia Jackson, Dale Evans Rogers, Mark Lowery, Greater Vision, and Doris Akers, to name a few. But she is quick to tell you that her greatest thrill comes from speaking or singing into the heart of one who needs that message of hope. Sandy has one daughter and son in law, Jason and Missy Waldroup, who has given her the most beautiful, talented, loving, exceptional grandchildren on the earth (described straight from a grandmother’s heart).
Stan has a list of accomplishments, both diverse and impressive. For the past 38 years, he has been an integral part of the music ministry of one of the nation’s leading churches, Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta. He brings to each performance a rich musical heritage spanning several generations and covering a variety of musical styles. Some of his musical credits include serving for five years as keyboardist for the Grammy Award-nominated and Dove Award winning vocal group, The Nelons, traveling with them throughout the U.S.,Canada and the Caribbean.
Stone is from Fayetteville, North Carolina and is Singer/Traveler/Drummer and a Christian who loves using his talent for the Lord. He is also a singer with the Jay Stone Singers and takes time off to join Gerald Wolf and the rest of the talented groups in this exciting event called Hymn Sing.
Can you imagine what it would be like to sit in a beautiful church surrounded by 1,200 people singing your favorite Hymn and Classic Gospel Songs? Now you can experience it at First Bible Baptist Church 990 Manitou Road Hilton, NY 14468 on May 19, 2018. It will start at 2:00pm in the afternoon so you will have plenty of time to join up with friends and family for an early dinner and good Christian fellowship. Better yet bring them with you and enjoy this 1st time to Rochester Hymn Sing with Gerald Wolfe. Tickets are $10 General Sitting ($18 at the door) and $20 for Artist Circle seating. You may purchase tickets by going to www.dmgconcerts.com or email Southern Gospel NY at firstname.lastname@example.org.