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Larry Ford: Little Is Much When God Is In It

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on November 14, 2012 – 2:16 pm -

Larry Ford: Little Is Much When God Is In It
By Sandi Duncan Clark

One of the nicest, most gracious couples in Southern Gospel music is Larry and
Sherryl Ford. No matter where you meet this charismatic couple, they greet you with a
smile, a hug and a warm handshake. This IS Larry and Sherryl Ford. More than forty
years of marriage, six children and eight grandchildren, have melded this couple into a
ministry of faith and family that God has used all around the world.

Larry’s first performance was on the stage of his home church in Levelland,
Texas. Standing on a chair, singing “How Great Thou Art,” and accompanied by his
Mom at the piano, Larry began an illustrious music career. Larry credits his mother for
instilling in him and his brother, Bruce, a love for God and a love for music.

“Our musical training began at home and at church. We learned to sing shaped notes;
the old fashioned way to read music. Mom saw to it that we were also trained by an
Italian vocal coach, who began our formal, classical training” Larry stated. Later, Larry
attended Eastern New Mexico University on a music scholarship.

During those years, the family; Larry, his brother Bruce, along with his Mom and Dad,
would sing and his Mom would play piano. On Sunday mornings, they often sang for
their church’s live radio program before going to the morning service and singing. “More
importantly, my mom and dad modeled for us a life of faith and trusting God.” Larry
adds.

From that early beginning to some of the grandest stages all around the world, Larry
Ford has ministered and entertained thousands of people with his testimony and vibrant
tenor voice. Larry has appeared at many Gaither Homecoming events and on a number of
videos. As an ordained minister, former pastor and evangelist, he has shared the love of
God and the plan of salvation wherever he is called.

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Ken Turner & Valor III Release A Gospel Classic To Radio

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 18, 2012 – 11:01 pm -

Statesville, NC- Ken Turner & Valor III are excited to release their first radio single as a quartet. The song
released to radio on January 17, 2012 is the Stuart Hamblen classic, HOW BIG IS GOD? Ronnie Moore
of the group says, “Ken brought us some material that he had sung with previous quartets. We looked at
several to release but this song kept coming back to the top.” Ken joined Valor III in November of 2011
and Jeff Rowland of the group says it was truly God’s timing.
The quartet is currently working on their first recording with Ken that will be available in the next few
months. Mark Moore of the group says, “It’s a dream come true for us that Ken decided to join Valor III.
He has introduced songs to us that we enjoyed while growing up and we are falling in love with that type
of quartet music all over again.” Ken is just as excited as the rest of Valor III about joining the group and
releasing this single. “As many know, I have had the opportunity to travel and sing with true legends in
Gospel Music but in recent days, I have been doing various solo dates so I am honored that God would
allow me to sing with a quartet again and I’m grateful that these guys asked me to join this exciting trio
and make it a quartet. I believe that Gospel music fans will love this song as much as we do!”
Be listening for HOW BIG IS GOD by Ken Turner and Valor III and don’t forget to request this song at
your favorite radio station.
For additional information, interviews, photos, etc., contact: James Vaughan, James Vaughan Media Relations,

www.valoriii.com , and www.facebook.com/valoriii


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Legendary Bass Singer Ken Turner Joins Valor

Written by SGN Scoops on October 26, 2011 – 9:52 am -

 Statesville, NC- Valor III has announced that beginning on November 26, 2011; legendary bass singer Ken Turner will be joining the group as their bass singer. Ronald Moore, tenor for Valor III says, “We have had the privilege of working with Ken for a few years at the Streets of Gold Concert Series with Joe Chioda. The last time that we were there, Ken sang with us on a quartet song and the rest they say is history.” Ken Turner says, “I have been in a solo ministry for 6 years and never had an interest to join another group until I heard these men. Their blend and harmonies were so tight and I knew that if I was going to sing with another group, the time was now and I am excited about joining these guys on the bus as well as on stage.”

Ken is no stranger to Southern Gospel music. He sang 25 years with James Blackwood as part of the Blackwood Brothers. He celebrates his 61st year singing professionally this year! Jeff Rowland of Valor III comments, “This is a great day for Valor III. We are excited to have Ken Turner’s heart for ministry and love for music. He is a gentleman and does everything first class and we are so excited to welcome him to the group.” The group will now be called Ken Turner and Valor III beginning November 26, 2011 at the 1st Annual Harvest Fest in Statesville, NC with the Harvesters Quartet.


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