Featuring some of the biggest names in gospel music, the Shadow Valley Gospel Music Festival will be held July 3, 4 and 5 with gospel singers featured each evening.
Rich in four-part harmony, Fayetteville’s Singing Ambassadors will be performing each evening of the gospel music festival, which will also feature 10 other groups, including some of the biggest names in the industry. Josh Franks is the emcee for the event.
On Thursday, the singing begins at 6 p.m. with The Dixie Melody Boys, Heaven Song and The Kent Smith Family. Friday’s lineup, which also kicks off at 6 p.m., includes The Chuck Wagon Gang, The Kingsmen Quartet and the Alliance Quartet. On Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. the groups featured are Doyle Lawson and Quick Silver, The Dove Brothers Band, Compassion and Canaans Crossing.
The Dixie Melody Boys
The Dixie Melody Boys, a legendary group in gospel music, have been fan favorites for over 50 years. The group has a long list of hit songs, including “Antioch Church House Choir”, “Jesus in My Boat”, “I’ve Got Family There”, “Ride That Glory Cloud”, and “When I Cross to the Other Side of Jordan”.
In 2012 and again in 2013, the Dixie Melody Boys were voted Favorite Quartet in Gospel Music. In 2011, the group was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame. They are featured each week on the hit television show, “Great American Gospel”, hosted by Ed O’Neal, and have been seen on the Gaither Homecoming series.
The Kingsmen Quartet
For more than a half century, no group has secured such a far-reaching legacy like that of The Kingsmen Quartet. The group rose from humble beginnings in the mountains of western North Carolina to one of the most beloved and innovative groups in Christian music.
The successes of The Kingsmen have led to many prestigious opportunities. In 1977, the group performed on the south lawn of the White House for President Jimmy Carter and in 1982 they performed at the opening ceremony of the World’s Fair in Knoxville, for which President Ronald Reagan was present. In 200, they were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame followed by the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
They’ve garnered multiple Dove awards and numerous Singing News Fan awards. The Kingsmen were also voted favorite band a record 17 times, making this quartet one of the most awarded groups in Southern Gospel Music.
& Quick Silver
With nearly 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA award nominations and are seven-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. Additionally, Lawson is reigning SPBGMA Mandoline Player of the Year. The group is also the reigning ICM Vocal Group of the Year, crowned in 2012 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on the heels of Lawson’s induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the Ryman Auditorium.
Lawson broke new ground in 2011 with a benchmark Children’s Hospital and Arena Tour, the first of its kind in any genre, combining National Anthem performances at major sporting arenas with performances for boys and girls at Children’s Hospitals in the same cities or regions.
Chuck Wagon Gang
The Chuck Wagon Gang has entered its 75th year of singing the old songs, and singing them the way ‘Dad Carter’ taught the kids. A simple, yet distinctive sound, it is credited with helping preserve the legacy of the music so many love. The group is the oldest recording mixed quartet that has continuously recorded what has come to be known as ‘grass roots’ gospel music.
Over the years, the group has recorded over 800 songs and sold 40 million records worldwide.
Among the group members are Collins Miller, current Alabama State Champion banjo player, and Damion Kidd, Alabama State Champion dobro player. Canaan’s Crossing is honored as a top 10 nominee for Bluegrass Artist of the Year in the 2014 Diamond Awards.
The Dove Brothers
At the age of four, McCray Dove gave his first performance in a little church in his hometown Bladenboro, N.C., and it wasn’t long before he became a household name in eastern North Carolina.
After traveling with the Dove Family, he decided at the age of 13 he wanted to sing in a male quartet, then joining the Countrymen. At the age of 17, he was invited to join the award-winning Dixie Melody Boys. After 11 years, he took the next step, and with his brother Eric along with a school buddy and two other talented men, he started the multi-award winning Dove Brothers Quartet. The group has already Artist of the Year and Band of the Year accolades.
For more information, call (931) 433-5956 or (931) 580-5956 days or (937) 433-2739 nights.