By Fayth Lore
While Hope Bowling has not been singing very long with her family, The Bowling Family, she is no stranger to Southern Gospel music. Hope’s father, Mike Bowling, sang with various groups and eventually went into a solo career. Hope’s mom, Kelly, sang with one of Southern Gospel’s most loved families, The Crabb Family, for years. After the birth of their third child, Mike and Kelly began to tour as The Bowling Family. Hope began singing with her parents four years ago.
I love seeing other young women singing for the Lord. So, I was so encouraged to see Hope standing on stage singing with her parents. Every time Hope walks on the stage, audiences across the country can’t help but fall in love with her humble and sincere spirit. Her voice blends perfectly into that family harmony that is unbeatable.
On the Road
Hope shared with me that she had mixed emotions about joining the singing group. She was extremely excited to be sharing the stage with her parents, but it was also a bit scary for a 13 year old. Four years into road life, Hope says that her favorite part is getting to see the world and meet new people. Ironically, she says she is also a homebody, so there are moments when she really misses being home.
Hope has two younger sisters, Katelanne (13) and Gracie (10). The three sisters have begun to sing a song or two in Bowling Family Concerts across the country. When the three sisters take the stage, you can see their parent’s faces light up with joy and pride.
Siblings have a special bond and Hope certainly shares that bond with her younger sisters. Hope said that if she could describe Katelanne in three words she would say funny, talented and creative. Hope would describe her youngest sister, Gracie as being spunky, determined and smart.
Answering the Hard Questions
If you have followed Southern Gospel Music for any time, you will remember about a tragedy that shook the lives of The Bowlings forever. It impacted the entire Southern Gospel industry, and sparked a national call to prayer. Recovery from their tragedy would have to be nothing short of a miracle. In 2010, The Bowling Family was heading down the highway in Belmont, NC, when all of a sudden their bus was hit head-on by a semi-truck going 60 miles per hour. This accident took a toll on the entire family, but Mike, Kelly and Katelanne suffered the most severe injuries. Hope was only 10 years old when everything happened, but she remembers that “It was a rough time.”
Some people ask, “Why do bad things happen to good people”? That question could be asked under the circumstances of what The Bowling Family lived through. I asked Hope how the accident affected her spiritually and mentally.
“I didn’t question, because I was a kid. I’ve been taught that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord. I have seen this first hand through our accident. I believe we are changed for the better.” Romans 8:28 has been a scripture that many Christians turn to in their time of suffering. As Christians, we understand that while not everything in life is good, God is working it all together for good. This biblical truth and promise of God is something to rejoice over.
Showing What Love Looks Like
First Corinthians 13:6 says: ‘Charity rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in truth. Jesus has told us through the Bible that He is the way, the TRUTH and the life. In Him, we can find life and life more abundant. Even in the dark times of life, we can have a joy in knowing the truth. It seems like so many people in our world are desperate to find hope and fulfillment in their life. I asked Hope how she felt that Christians could help spread the Gospel to unbelievers.
“I think showing the love of Jesus is really important, and something we as Christians can forget. I’m always reminded that actions speak louder than words.”
I have heard those words many times in my life too. Even Jesus spoke that faith without works is dead. It is obvious that in order to show the world what love looks like, it’s important that we live out our faith and rejoice in the truth. This Christmas season, enjoy the warmth of family traditions. But, don’t forget to spread the love of Jesus to a world in need of hope.
Pop Quiz for Hope Bowling
I love getting to know some of my most favorite Southern Gospel artists personally, and I’m sure you do too. So, I asked Hope some fun questions…
Fayth: Do you have any unknown talents or hobbies?
Hope: I play guitar. I love photography and playing around with makeup.
Fayth: Would you rather scroll through Instagram or check out the latest snapchat stories?
Hope: Scroll through Instagram.
Fayth: Would you rather eat your meal first or dessert?
Hope: Meal first.
Fayth: Would you rather ride the merry-go-round or the Fire-Hawk at King’s Island?
Hope: I’ve never been on the Fire-Hawk, but I love roller coasters, so Fire-Hawk!
Fayth: Would you rather watch Pride and Prejudice or Tangled?
Hope: Pride and Prejudice.
Fayth: Would you rather DIY or just order from Etsy?
Hope: Order from Etsy. I’m a bit of an Etsy junky!
It is always a joy to chat with the young ladies in Southern Gospel music. If you enjoy reading words of spiritual inspiration and getting to know these girls more, be watching for the next issue of What Love Looks Like.
Photo Credits: Candi Combs and Hope Bowling
By Fayth Lore
First published by SGNScoops magazine in December 2016. Feature has been edited.
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Here is an NQC “Wow” Moment. Kathy Crabb Hannah played for her granddaughters to sing.
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From all of us at SGN Scoops…..
Happy Birthday Mike!
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SGN Scoops had several roving reporters at NQC this past week, and we are thrilled at the pictures and interviews they obtained. You will be
seeing the fruits of their labors in upcoming SGN Scoops magazine editions, but we wanted you to see some of these live shots now.
Thanks again to all of our writers and photographers, as many of them are also artists that participated in events at the National Quartet Convention. We hope you have enjoyed all of their contributions over the last few days.
Artists that appear hear are members of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound,
Greater Vision, Gold City, 11th Hour, The Bowling Family, Karen Peck and New River, The Whisnants, Mark Trammell Quartet, Triumphant Quartet.
Thanks to Craig Harris for these great photos from Saturday night at NQC.
For more artist features, photos and stories, stay tuned to SGNScoops’ Facebook page.
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By Tina Wakefield
There is no way to describe the impact a mother has on her family whether good or otherwise, a mother’s presence is felt and missed. I recently spoke with one of Gospel music’s mothers, Kelly Bowling, on life with her family on and off the road.
Kelly Bowling is no stranger to traveling with family, singing and ministering across this country as she traveled with The Crabb Family for many years. She grew up, met and married Mike Bowling all while traveling with her mother and family in a bus across many highways and states.
Kelly recalls traveling with her mother, Kathy Crabb Hannah, in those early days of married life. “Hope Bowling was the first grandchild that traveled with us. It was very special having my mother there, to help with Hope and playing dress up with my mother’s make-up in the back of the bus. Watching my mother create a close bond with her was very special to me.”
Kathy Hannah still boards the Bowling bus from time to time and travels with Kelly, Mike and the girls. Kelly says, “Not too much has changed, my mother helps me with the kids and she gets to be the fun one now with less pressure on her. I have a greater respect and appreciation for my mother now that I am the mother of this group and responsible for day- to-day requirements of this ministry.”
Traveling with three kids is not an easy life and there are many sacrifices and obstacles to overcome. Confined in the space of a tour bus for extended time there is no privacy and the lack of space can be a challenge. Kelly says that for a mother, you worry about your kids missing so much that other children get to experience. “For a ministry family [the children miss the] Friday night outings that their friends go on, weekends at the park, at a playground or a movie. You feel guilty at times that your children are on a bus traveling to the next church to minister. I want my girls to not feel deprived of these things but appreciate a life of ministry, of reaching others in need of salvation, hope and encouragement. This life is a calling and I have built a lifetime of relationships on the road which I still have, and I can see that for my girls.”
To help the Bowling girls with the life on the road, Kelly plans special outings with each daughter. “Being on the bus together we don’t get a lot of one on one time with each other, so when we are home I’ll take them out at times alone to shop, or a movie, or just time to spend with each one alone.” On the bus the kids are usually on their Ipad, Ipod, teasing their cousin who travels with them or flipping from bunk to bunk. Time on the bus is family time with everyone just being silly, joking, and playing around.
In October of 2014, when an opportunity opened for a singer with the Bowlings, thoughts about how to fill the space presented a challenge. Then the unexpected happened: Hope Bowling, the oldest of Mike and Kelly’s three girls, decided that she would like to fill that position. Kelly says, “I didn’t see that coming. I had hoped that she would one day, and I knew she could. We were thrilled.” The joke between Mike and Kelly is, “She works cheap!” Hope Bowling fills the position well and is a very talented and anointed young lady.
I asked Hope why she decided to join her family in ministry and she replied, “I love to see the faces of the people and how the lyrics of the songs touch them. I was excited when my parents presented the opportunity to me.” At 15, she will be one of the young artists to watch and see what God has in store. We could literally take the scripture from Proverbs 22:6 that says, “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Mike and Kelly Bowling are truly training up their girls in a ministry/Christ-centered life of giving of themselves. This lifestyle did not come by chance because the same could be said of Kathy Hannah who instilled the same lifestyle of ministry in Kelly and her family in their early lives.
This thought brings about the scripture from Proverbs 31 that states, “Her children arise up and call her blessed.” Hope states that she admires her mom for her anointing and hard work ethic, and says, “she is someone I look up to.” I asked about her grandmother Kathy and she said that her go-get-it attitude, work ethic, and genuine honesty with people, are traits she admires.
If Hope Bowling joining the family ministry is any sign of what is to come, then Gracie and Katelanne Bowling are worthy of our attention and prayers. I asked 11-year-old Katelanne what is the best and worst thing about traveling with her family. She says that she loves going to new places but the downside is that she doesn’t get to spend time with her friends as much. Katelanne is not sure about what she wants for her future yet but loves to sing with her sisters, especially the song, “It Is Well With My Soul.” She looks up to her mom for lots of reasons but says that cooking is not one of them, which this brought lots of laughter from all those listening. The best dish would have to be Kelly’s lasagna and the worst would be spaghetti. Katelanne would love for everyone to know that her grandmother Kathy really likes to talk to people and loves Facebook. I asked her if there was anything she would change on their family bus and she replied, “Yes, my x-box and a private room.”
Gracie is the youngest of the three girls and perhaps the most vocal. Maybe you have seen the Gracie Show that Kathy Hannah posts on Facebook. If the Gracie Show is a taste of what is to come, we all better pay attention to her. When I asked Gracie what she wanted everyone to know about her mother she says, “She is a really nice person and really pretty.” Gracie says about her grandmother, “She is not afraid to say what she thinks.”
Gracie says that traveling is great because they get to visit lots of different places, her favorite of which is the beach. She says that she gets to go on cruises, which she enjoys. She is not sure what she would like to pursue in life yet but would love to be on Broadway. She would love to be able to travel to New York City to ride the subway and see the tall buildings.
Who knows what the future holds for the Bowling girls as they travel and minister with the family. One thing is for sure; after speaking with Kelly is that they are instilled with the Christ–centered life and the value of sowing into others. Proverbs 31:31 says of a mother, “Give her the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Kathy Crabb Hannah sowed into the life of her daughter Kelly Bowling, and Kelly is sowing into the life of her daughters Hope, Katelanne, and Gracie.
“Even though the accolades are nice and appreciated, the focus must always be on God at all times,” says Kelly. “Mike and I have the same priority and values. God must be the focus and center of all that we accomplish.”
A life on the road is not an easy task but one that Kelly Bowling has embraced with her family. Her girls will debut their first CD this year, The Bowling Sisters and Kelly is now reaching out to speak at ladies’ events along with Kathy who is currently conducting ladies’ retreats. I am very excited to watch this family as God unfolds His plan in their lives. I am convinced that this is a family who strives to hear from God and accomplish what He puts in their spirit with total honesty and conviction in a time when compromise is an easy path to follow. I encourage you to contact The Bowling Family at www.bowlingsonline.com
By Tina Wakefield
In-Concert Photographs by Candi Combs
First published by SGN Scoops in May 2015. For current issues of SGN Scoops, visit the SGN Scoops mainpage.
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|1||Bowling Family||That’s What I Miss The Most|
|2||Williamsons||It Was The Word|
|3||Shellem Cline||That Saving Song|
|4||Browders||He Took The Nails|
|5||Zane and Donna King||No One Like God|
|9||Wards||Coming Out Of Bondage|
|11||Dennis Cook||One Pair Of Hands|
|12||Caleb’s Crossing||Isn’t The Love Of Jesus Something Wonderful|
|13||Lore Family||It Shall Be Well|
|14||Greater Vision||The Blood Hasn’t Ever Changed|
|16||Kingdom Heirs||Joys Of Heaven|
|17||Jim Brady Trio||Steppin’ Out In Faith|
|18||Clyde Felton Jr.||Lord Forgive Me|
|19||Kevin N Jennifer||He’s Still Doing Miracles Today|
|20||Valor 3||Hallelujah He Has Risen|
|21||Tammy Jones Robinette||I Like Life|
|22||Taylors||Measure Of Grace|
|23||Spiritual Voices||There’s Still My Joy|
|24||Goodman Revival||What A Happy Time|
|25||Dunaways||Mercy Built A Bridge|
|26||East Ridge Boys||Pray Pray Pray|
|27||South Of Heaven||When I Crossed That River|
|28||Mark Bishop||Pray On The Little Days|
|29||Rod Truman||I’m Gonna Make It|
|30||Tony Burchette||Better Hurry Up|
|31||Georgians Quartet||Back In The Day|
|32||Sounds Of Victory||How Good God’s Been To Me|
|33||New Vision||That’s What Love Looks Like|
|34||11th Hour||Picture This|
|35||Dunaways||Church In The Kitchen|
|36||Ivan Parker||Til The Shackles Fall Off|
|37||Karen Peck/New River||Everybody’s Going Through Something|
|38||Barry Rowland/Deliverance||Somebody Go Get God|
|40||Heavenly Sunrise||He Died A Savior|
|40||Mercy’s Reflection||Oh What A Difference|
|42||Rochesters||God’s Been Good|
|43||Greater Vision||Put Out The Fire|
|44||Mylon Hayes Family||There’s Still A Refuge|
|46||Sunday Drive||This I Know|
|47||Legacy Five||Christ Is Still The King|
|48||Pauline Patterson||One Prayer Away|
|50||Lori Jonathan Trio||It’s Always Darkest Before The Dawn|
|51||Steve Hess/Southern Salvation||Living Proof|
|52||Karen Peck and New River||Pray Now|
|53||Campbell and Rowley||It’s Not About You|
|54||Sweetwater Revival||A Hallelujah Homecoming|
|55||Booth Brothers||Touch Of The Master’s Hand|
|56||Jim Sheldon||Life’s Railway To Heaven|
|57||Keith Barkley/Family Tradition||An Old Stone The Lord Rolled Away|
|58||Shellem Cline||Dinner With Jesus|
|59||Tim Livingston||I Just Miss You|
|60||Ernie Penley||Power Surge|
|61||Mark Trammell Quartet||God’s Been Faithful|
|62||11th Hour||How Will You Plead|
|63||Talleys||What You Leave Behind|
|64||Debra Perry/Jaidyn’s Call||Bottom Of The Hill|
|65||Watts, Rowsey and Bean||Don’t Give A Rock A Chance|
|66||Troy Burns Family||By The Blood Of The Lamb|
|67||McCray Dove Band||They Wouldn’t Forgive Me|
|68||Kingsmen||Oh Yes I Am|
|69||Joni Eareckson Tada||Alone Yet Not Alone|
|69||Doug Hudson||If They Could See Us Now|
|71||Josh and Ashley Franks||He Promised Me|
|72||Mark Trammell Quartet||Don’t Stop Running|
|73||Conners||I Need To Hear From Heaven|
|74||Jack Strong||Mama Said Read The Bible|
|74||His Heart Quartet||Sailing Safely In|
|76||Hoskins Family||Land Of Endless Tomorrows|
|77||Legacy Five||Who Is This Man|
|78||Charlie May||One Last Stand|
|79||Dean Hickman||Forever King|
|80||Horn Family||Rise Above The Fall|
|81||Exodus||Tell Me Oh Tell Me Again|
|82||Bruce Hedrick||Better Man|
|82||John Bowman||Have Your Way|
|84||Scotts||Grace And Mercy|
|85||Mercy’s Well||I Wanna Hear The Gospel|
|86||Barry Rowland and Deliverance||He’s Still God|
|87||Poet Voices||He Saw Me|
|88||Linda Foster||That Day Is Almost Here|
|89||Partons||No More Chains|
|90||Kingdom Heirs||Just Preach Jesus|
|91||Evident Call||I Love My Master|
|92||Inspirations||I’ve Found A Faithful Friend|
|93||Wisecarvers||One Prayer At A Time|
|94||Joseph Habedank||Never No Never|
|95||Doug Hudson||Help Me Find My Way Home|
|96||Mercy’s Reign||All The Way|
|96||Bontrager Family||God Can|
|96||Singing Cookes||The Greatest Gift Of All|
|96||Perrys||When He Comes Walking On The Water|
|100||Michael Combs||Jesus Loves Me|
|100||Wilburn and Wilburn||Nobody Like Jesus|
For more information on Southern, Country and Bluegrass Gospel music, open the April 2015 edition of SGN Scoops digital magazine HERE.
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Bill Bailey and Josh Franks present Jackson Sings The Gospel on July 15-18 in Jackson, TN.
Artists include: Mark Lowry, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, The Martins, Josh and Ashley Franks, Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Legacy Five, Jason Crabb, Triumphant Quartet, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Perrys, The Guardians, Ivan Parker, Gold City, Brian Free and Assurance, The McKameys, Karen Peck and New River, the Bowling Family, Michael English, The Nelons.
Tickets on sales now. For information go to Bill Bailey Concerts.
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Singing News editor Danny Jones is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of December 8th and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Stevens Family, and Jean reviews new recordings by Sherry Anne and 11th Hour. A Singing News article by Morgan Easter about Olivia Collingsworth is the subject of this week’s News Notes. In the News this week is Pat Barker, Gerald Crabb, The Bowling Family and Mansion Entertainment. The show features singing by The Wilbanks, exclusive video of John Lanier, recorded by Gospel Music Today’s cameras in Pigeon Forge,TN, at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Mark Trammell Quartet in Cordell, OK.
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Nashville, TN ~ Mike and Kelly Bowling are excited to announce the addition of a live band to their road dates. This news comes as the group is poised to announce their 5th #1 song as “The Bowling Family” and their 28th career #1, collectively. “I Know Enough” is the #1 song for December on multiple charts, including The Singing News.
Mike tells us, “Kelly and I have been blessed to have had radio support for many years. Without radio, the seats would be empty and the bus would be idle. Our friends at radio have been faithful and we owe them any and all accolades for this song. Marcia (Henry) and Belinda (Smith) wrote this song when we were recovering form the bus accident. It is extra special to Kelly and I.”
Kelly says, “The seasons change, but great songs remain a constant. We are thankful for writers that still write our style and understand what we want to say. We are also abundantly happy this week with our new band members. In Hendersonville, TN there is an excitement in the air!!! In my opinion, we are on the brink of a “youth” resurgence in Southern Gospel Music, like the early Crabb Family days!!! I am excited, and so are my girls!!”
Mike explains, “We have wanted to be that “live” group that was reminiscent of our musical backgrounds and heritage. Kelly and I both grew up in musical families and traveled with live bands until a few years ago. It’s rare to find people that blend so well musically and personally, so we feel very blessed today! I am thrilled to announce that my nephew, Blake Bowling, and Logan Rodgers will be on stage with us beginning this weekend! We feel this is the new face of our family!”
It appears the Bowling Family will be one of the youngest, if not THE youngest groups on the road, with Hope age 14, Logan age 21, Blake age 21, and a very youthful Kelly and Mike, along with John Jeffrey on piano. Additionally, Katelanne (11) and Gracie (8) are featured nightly and make the future of this family very bright.
Hope adds, “I am pumped about traveling with my cousin, Blake, and can’t wait for everyone to hear his talent. There’s something so cool about traveling with family!” Kelly confirms, “Nothing could make us happier to announce! I believe in family and I believe in togetherness, especially in Ministry! The addition of Blake and Logan makes me especially happy, just to know that we are giving them their first glance at family road ministry. It seems like yesterday I was getting on a bus for the first time…with my family, with no real clue where that road would take me. These boys are both amazing Christians with amazing talents and that’s a combination that works! To say we are excited would be such an understatement, but I will say it anyway! WE ARE EXCITED!”
Hope adds, “Come out and see us. You will love these these guys!”
Blake is the son of Jeff and Kim Bowling from Knoxville, Tennessee. Logan is the son of David and Denise Rodgers from Forrest City, Arkansas.
The Bowling Family is exclusively represented by The Beckie Simmons Agency, and are awaiting their first Daywind recording, due to release in early 2015. Booking: The Beckie Simmons Agency 615-595-7500www.bsaworld.com
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Google defines the word per-spec-tive “perspective” as a particular attitude toward, or way of regarding something; a point of view. Google defines the word fresh “fresh”as recently created or experienced, and not faded or impaired. Let’s take a look at The Bowling Family with fresh perspective. This family group has deep roots in Southern Gospel music, and The Bowlings combine a beautiful bridge from a solid past to a youthful future.
Youth is the perfect word to describe the newest full time member of this mixed quartet. Hope is the 14-year-old daughter of Mike and Kelly Bowling. This sweet little face is becoming a vocal dynamo! She sings with a big voice that commands the audience’s attention. “Hope brings a fresh outlook and youthful zeal to our group,” says Troy Peach. Both Mike and Kelly agree with Troy. “She has a young perspective that is rare in our music,” Kelly mentions. Mike agrees that Hope’s young talent is an attribute to the group’s ministry. Hope shares, “I’m an avid reader. I like reading the Bible and fiction.” She has a humble spirit and shared her desire to be a Godly woman who also has a funny side!
Speaking of humor, Troy Peach is this group’s funny guy. He always has a smile on his face, and as Hope relays, “Troy is a people-person, who likes to interact with everyone.” Troy started his gospel career playing drums for his family group when he was just five years old. This is a man who wears many hats, and does it successfully. He helps manage the group, is an audio expert who runs sound flawlessly, and sings well. His voice and style convey a passion for the truth of the lyric he is singing.
Troy believes in the true faithfulness of God. He says, “The Bible tells us God was tempted in all points, so He understands us, no matter what we get ourselves into.” Troy is married to the beautiful Katy Peach and the two share twin boys Clayton and Shelton. Last summer at vacation bible school, both boys accepted Christ as their personal savior at the age of seven years old, and Troy says it is the highlight of parenting, watching his children maturing spiritually. Mike and Kelly both agree that Troy is a very hard worker, who never quits and has an excellent work ethic. Troy strives to be the ‘Real Deal’ that is the same guy once, twice, and every time you see him.
Kelly conveys the same thought. She wants to be the ‘Real Deal’: genuine. Everyone who knows her confirms that she definitely is. Kelly grew up singing with her brothers and sister as a member of the Singing Crabb Family, and now with her husband and three daughters, she is carrying on a legacy of ministry.
Speaking affectionately of his wife, Mike says, “Kelly has a heart for God and ministry. She loves the Lord and is a great wife and mother.” Kelly’s desire is that all people know that Jesus loves them, and God has a plan for them no matter who they are or what they’ve done. Hope says, “My Mom is the one who will go pray with someone, even if it stops the concert set.”
Kelly is a sensitive woman who cries every time she hears the song, “Wind Beneath my Wings”, and her fans find her down-to-earth personality sweet, and very easy to talk to. Troy speaks jointly of this couple saying, “Mike and Kelly have a very special anointing on their life since the bus crash in July of 2010. God has touched them, and they don’t take this anointing for granted.”
Mike Bowling has had the touch of God on his life since he was very young. In fact, while he was in the 10th grade, his parents allowed him to leave public school and go on the road full time with the LeFevres, singing gospel music, while accomplishing home schooling. He’s been singing and sharing the love of God for 33 years.
Hope says of her dad, “He’s the face of our group, the one everyone knows.” Mike has a soulful voice that allows the message in a song to penetrate the heart of the listener. “He brings wisdom and experience to our ministry, and as a man, he is even-tempered and loyal,” says wife Kelly. Mike has a tremendous love for his God, family and friends, and wants people to know how much our faithful Lord loves and cares for them. He is proud of all three of his daughters, watching them grow in the Lord.
The two youngest Bowling girls, Katelanne and Gracie, join their older sister Hope on stage and sing as The Bowling Sisters. Their harmony is perfect and their sweet little spirits are uplifting to the listener’s soul. Kelly beams and says of her daughters’ singing for the Lord, “It is the most rewarding experience in my life, and my cheeks hurt from smiling so much just watching them.”
“It is my goal in life for my kids to know Jesus and have that personal relationship with Him,” says Mike. “All three of the girls have accepted Christ as their personal Savior, and my desire is they will always serve him.” Hope loves singing with her little sisters, citing Gracie as the little star that makes everyone laugh and Katelanne as the sweet one that always brings a smile.
Not to be forgotten is the quiet demeanor of John Jeffrey. John helps run sound and plays the piano for the group, while doing the bus driving duties as well. He has a kind, smiling face, and is always quick with a warm greeting for fans. He doesn’t miss a beat changing the set list in the middle of a concert to accommodate a request, or the leading of the Holy Spirit in a different direction.
The Bowlings are not just an anointed southern gospel group, but they are a well-practiced team. They have a beautiful sound, great songs, wonderful stage presence, and an attitude of ministry and worship that is both genuine and humble.
We hope you will attend a Bowlings concert at a venue near you. For more information, visit http://www.bowlingsonline.com/ /
Written by Melissa Joy Wright
First Published by SGN Scoops digital magazine in August 2014
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