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Candi’s Catch-ups: The Williamsons

Written by Staff on October 30, 2014 – 12:30 pm -

The Williamsons

The Williamsons

By Candi Combs

The colorful Virginia mountains in October seem to cry out the glory of God’s creation. Out of a desire to bring folks home, a small Virginia church asked The Williamsons to lead them in an old-fashioned Homecoming. The Williamsons came all the way from Oklahoma to the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains to share their special family style sound of Gospel music.

2014-10-19 18.31.27Donnie Williamson is the group’s leader both on and off the platform, and sings baritone. His lovely and talented wife, Lisa, joins him by carrying the soprano vocals. Karl Rice, who stands beside Darin Hebert singing bass, shares lead and tenor parts alternatively with Lisa.

The program opened with the new single, “I’ve Got to Tell Somebody.” This tune focused the attention of everyone in the room with the clear message that everything sung would be focused on salvation in Jesus. Donnie introduced the next song as a brand new selection, written by Lisa and titled “It Was the Word” from the latest release, Tell Somebody.

2014-10-19 18.30.57After sharing the new music, Lisa demonstrated the group’s versatility when she began singing the classic, “We Shall Behold Him.” Each member of the group took a verse and gave this special song a full range of delivery.

A concert with The Williamsons is truly a family affair. Daughters Olivia, age five, and Sadie, aged nine, also had an opportunity to sing with Mom and Dad. Sadie harmonized with Donnie in a tender arrangement of “Minute by Minute.” These girls have their parents’ ear for tight harmony and no doubt they will be participating in the ministry on a much greater level in the future.

Further demonstrating the mixed talent of the group, Rice was featured on the harmonica with Donnie providing the keyboard accompaniment on the song “Blood Stained Banner.”

2014-10-19 19.24.09The Gospel still works”, said Donnie. This is such a simple statement to one of today’s truths. Demonstrating the point, the Williamsons sang a Dawn Moss classic, “I Need You More Today.” Moss was in the house and was completely flattered that Donnie included her song in the program.

Hebert was featured on “Way Down Deep in My Soul” with emphasis on ‘deep’! He has no problem laying down the deepest of tones. The floors as well as the pews were picking up the reverberation. From new music to old, and from young to elderly, the Williamsons had now included everyone in the concert. Other engaging tunes included “Searching” and “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.”

2014-10-19 18.43.09Rice shared the testimony of his youth when he surrendered his life to following Jesus. Speaking from the depth of his soul, the altar began to fill with people. Yes, it was an old-fashioned, soul-searching, altar invitation!

And now the Williamsons had shown why the latest chapter of their ministry is called, “Tell Somebody.” In a recent interview, Donnie stated, “I believe this is the most powerful music we have ever recorded. The music is filled with the message of Christ that will uplift those who listen and touch them no matter where they are in life.” On this day in Virginia, they had certainly done that!

For the Williamsons’ tour schedule, visit www.williamsonsmusic.com . All pictures courtesy of Candi Combs.

For more concert reviews and artist features, see the latest SGN Scoops magazine. Visit www.sgnscoops.com


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Brothers Forever Embark on 2011 “Let the Worshippers Arise” Summer Tour

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on June 17, 2011 – 11:38 am -

CHURCH HILL, Tenn. – Popular trio Brothers Forever are currently embarking on their 2011 “Let the Worshippers Arise” Summer Tour. This new tour will take Brothers Forever across 10 different states for 21 concert and worship events.

The “Let the Worshippers Arise” Tour kicked off this past Sunday in Pampa, Texas. Throughout the tour, the guys will be ministering across California before making their way back around to Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. One stop along the tour will be at First Church of God in Red Bluff, California. This venue has hosted many major artists such as Greater Vision, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Nelons, Booth Brothers, and many more.

Curtis Hagy of Brothers Forever said, “We are so honored to be invited to such a prestigious venue that has hosted the best artists in Southern Gospel!”

“On a spiritual note, the summer tour is always our favorite because we usually have so many decisions for Christ, and that’s what it’s all about,” responded Brothers Forever’s Gary Ballew.

In addition to this summer tour, Brothers Forever have recently released their much anticipated worship recording – Let the Worshippers Arise. The new recording features many songs that churches have grown to love over the years such as the title cut “Let the Worshippers Arise,” “Mighty to Save,” “Bring the Rain,” and “Heal the Wound.” More information on that release can be found by visiting the group’s web site.

The dates for this year’s “Let the Worshippers Arise” Summer Tour are as follows:
June 12, 2011 / Pampa, TX / Carpenters Church

June 15, 2011 / Alburquerque, NM / Crossroads at Alburqueque

June 18, 2011 / Escalon, CA / First Baptist Church

June 19, 2011 / Tracy, CA / Center of Hope

June 22, 2011 / Ripon, CA / Ripona Christian Fellowship

June 24, 2011 / Fremont, CA / Pregnancy Choices Clinic Benefit Concert

June 26, 2011 / Mantecca, CA / Cornerstone Community Church

June 26, 2011 / Caruthers, CA / The Rock Church

June 30, 2011 / Red Bluff, CA / First Church of God

July 3, 2011 / Hayward, CA / Church of the Cross

July 10, 2011 / Vendor, AR / Big Creek Assembly of God

July 20, 2011 / Smyrna, TN / SGN Music Fest, River of Life Church

July 23, 2011 / Honorville, AL / Midway Community Church

July 24, 2011 / Enterprise. AL / Holloway Tabernacle

July 30, 2011 / Lessburg, OH / Highland Methodist Church

July 31, 2011 / New Vienna, OH / New Vienna United Methodist Church

August 5, 2011 / Wadesboro, SC / Bethany FWB Church

August 7, 2011 / Youngsville, NC / Grace Fellowship Church

August 14, 2011 / Gate City, VA / Daniel Boone Baptist Church

August 21, 2011 / Bean Station, TN / Noeton Baptist Church

August 28, 2011 / Princeton, WV / First Assembly of God

August 28, 2011 / Princeton, WV / Fairview Community Church

To visit the newly designed Brothers Forever website, visit http://www.brothersforever.net.


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