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Hearts of Faith to appear at the Tom Burress Memorial Concert

Written by Staff on March 4, 2015 – 10:19 am -

imageThe Tom Burress Memorial Concert will be held on the exact day two years ago that Tom Burress went to glory. The singing will take place on Friday night, May 22nd, 2015 at 6:00 PM in New Carlisle, OH, the city and state in which Tom lived and passed away. Guests include Hearts of Faith, The Knight Family, Ron Brewer, Allen Coleman, Ron Cheney and Divine Destiny. Each artist has recorded or sung Tom’s songs and nothing else will be sung but Tom Burress’ songs. Stories and memories will be shared about Tom, including contributions from his wife Vonda and their daughter Amber. Come out and pay tribute to Tom Burress. For more information contact Vonda Burress at 937-308-9210.

For information on the ministry of the Burress Family visit their website HERE. See their facebook page here.

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My NQC Memories: Donna Brock Strong of Hearts of Faith

Written by Staff on September 23, 2014 – 2:05 pm -

Hearts of Faith - 2014

Hearts of Faith – 2014

The first NQC we attended was Nashville 1986. Brenda and I went to see what it was all about, as we were considering exhibiting. We stayed with friends who lived 200 miles (yes, 200 miles!) from Nashville and drove in for a couple of the nights.

We began exhibiting in 1989 in Nashville when we were singing with our parents, known then as “The Gospel Foundation.” The inner and outer circle, pie-shaped exhibit spaces were quite a chore to figure out where everything went. We were in W505; the Hoppers were in E505. Dean Hopper would show up at our booth, thinking he was heading to his. Very confusing!

Hearts of Faith appr. 2008

Hearts of Faith appr. 2008

The food at the concession stands in Nashville was, to say the least, a joke.  Nachos, pizza (that tasted like cardboard colored with red crayon), pretzels, hot dogs and pop (for the Southern folks, ‘soda’). One night, I called Domino’s to see if they’d deliver to Municipal Auditorium. They said they would, so I met them at the back door. I could’ve probably sold that pizza for $50! The next night, several Domino’s pizzas were found throughout the exhibit hall!

I remember coming down the ramp from upstairs and George Younce asking how I was doing, especially in those heels going down the ramps!

Load-in was crazy, as only two vehicles could back down the ramp and you had 20 minutes to unload. Then, you had to find the non-existing parking space until you were ready to head back to your hotel to get ready for the evening. The headquarters hotel was seven blocks away! Since there was limited parking and the shuttle was so slow, we walked every night! Going wasn’t bad … downhill. Coming back was terrible. I ruined a pair of pantyhose every night because walking in heels on the brick sidewalk was killing my feet!

Previous NQC logo

Previous NQC logo

It then moved to Louisville in 1994 which had a flat exhibit area and plenty of parking! But I was 36 weeks pregnant at the end of NQC week. I carried my son all out front and I was stopped numerous times in the aisles with, “Honey, when are you due?” The next year that same child took off, out of our booth in 1995 , running between people’s legs. He’d been somewhat walking around at home, holding on to furniture. He decided to debut his walking at NQC 1995!

In 1997, I was again pregnant, but this time, I wasn’t alone! Karen Peck Gooch and Kelly Nelon were also pregnant. Kelly delivered Autumn in February; Karen delivered Kari Faith in, I think, early April; I delivered Andrea in mid-April.

I remember the 2008 Diamond Awards, where we received the “Sonrise Artist of the Year.” What an honor that was!

LOTS, LOTS, LOTS of memories of NQC! We met many new friends while exhibiting for 23 years! Thanks for allowing me to go back!

Submitted by Donna Brock Strong of Hearts Of Faith

Please submit your NQC memories to sgnscoops@gmail.com

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Gospel Music Today Special Guest: Lou Wills Hildreth

Written by SGN Scoops on July 25, 2011 – 7:38 am -

The guest on the current edition of Gospel Music Today is southern gospel icon Lou Wills Hildreth. The Feature Group is Three Bridges, and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. Ken and Jean visit a concert in Broken Arrow, OK, to hear The Voyagers Quartet. Jean reviews a new CD by The Conquerors Quartet, and the show features singing by Hearts of Faith and The Freemans. The latest Gospel Music Today webcast is online now at www.gospelmusictoday.com.

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Hearts of Faith to be in Concert with Danny Funderburk October 30

Written by Rhonda on October 14, 2010 – 7:22 am -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} The award winning duet, Hearts of Faith, have experienced some exciting news during the last few months. They received positive response at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY with interviews both on television and radio. In addition, October 30, the doors of “Coming Together Center”, 4302 N. Dixie Drive will open for the duet and Danny Funderburk to perform to Gospel music fans.
The duet began in 1982 and have received 14 awards in the Southern Gospel & Christian Country industries over the last 4 years, including 2 Diamond Awards and 4 CGMA Duo of the Year honors.
More info:
www.heartsoffaith.biz  Booking & publicity: EHA-Nashville

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Hearts of Faith Sign Booking Agreement with EHA-Nashville

Written by Rhonda on August 17, 2010 – 2:49 am -

Nashville, TN- EHA- Nasvhille 8/8/10}

Hearts of Faith announces today the signing with EHA-Nashville in a booking agreement. For twenty years, Donna Strong and Brenda Messaros sang with their parents as The Gospel Foundation. After the retirement of their mother and father in 2001, Donna and Brenda continued their calling of ministry and song. Audiences everywhere have been held captive by their harmony and dedication to God. Their music has won them Diamond Award nominations for Duet of Year in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 as well as Video of the Year in 2009 for Susie’s Eyes. They were also Country Gospel Music Association’s Acapella Artist of the Year and Duo if the Year 2006, 2007, and 2008.
They continue to tour the nation and be blessings at churches, venues, and festivals with their sincere enthusiasm for the Lord and their vocal talents. Now they are excited to begin working with Evie Hawkins of EHA in order to bring their ministry to an ever widening circle. Hawkins notes, “I’m excited about working with Donna and Brenda. They have a fresh new sound and I love the spirit of their music ministry. We are so happy to add Hearts of Faith to our roster!”
For more information:
For booking:
11 Music Circle South
Suite 106
Nashville, TN 37203

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