Â HEART TO HEART VOTED 2011 COUNTRY GOSPEL CONNECTION CHOICE AWARDS DUO OF THE YEAR
2012 DOVE AWARD NOMINEE FOR WRITING â€œFATHER WHO CARESâ€ PERFORMED BY VOICES OF GLORY
Heart To Heart, regulars on the Branson Stage and a well-loved, full-time gospel and family music group has recently received the honor of being voted 2011 Country Gospel Connection Choice Awards Duo of the Year. This award is determined by a panel of music industry professionals and is based on Heart To Heartâ€™s excellence in promoting the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Christian Country Gospel music. Heart To Heart has also just learned that their original song, â€œFather Who Cares,â€ written for Americaâ€™s Got Talent finalists Voices of Glory, has been nominated for a Dove Award!
Heart To Heart are singers and songwriters with original songs on the charts and receiving airplay worldwide such as â€œThatâ€™s Why I Cry,â€ â€œSee a Rainbow,â€ â€œFather Who Cares,â€ â€œRock of Ages, Roll On,â€ â€œMy Little Boyâ€ and â€œWhere Tears Wonâ€™t Fall.â€ They have twice been voted awards for Song of the Year by the Gospel Music Association in Nashville and were GMA Duo and Vocal Group of the Year last year. Heart to Heart hosts their own radio show called â€œThe Branson Gospel Grooveâ€ which airs on several stations to include VoicesofGlory2020.com, ToPraiseHim.com, HeirwaveRadio.com and CGCRadio.com.
Sharon and Jerry Mays who make up Heart to Heart are quick to point out that these awards are not just â€œfireplace mantel furnitureâ€ but are tools to open doors to enable them to reach more people with encouragement and the Good News of Jesus. Sharon says â€œWe work 24/7 for the Lord and are honored to serve at every opportunity.â€ â€œWe gave up a lot of â€˜stuffâ€™ a few years ago when the Lord told us to go full time and He would make a way for us. He whispered and we didnâ€™t listen but when he shouted, we had to make the change. We both had full-time jobs and good benefits. Jerry was a National Marketing Director and I am a Degreed Paralegal. We gave all that up to work for the Lord and; once we got out of His way to do His will with our lives, we have been blessed beyond measure since!â€
Heart To Heart not only performs regularly on two Branson stages, The Night Light Beacon of Branson (owned by the Barbara Fairchild family) and Branson Radio Live with Karen Berka at the Branson Mall Centerstage, they are members of GMA, ICGMA, CGMA, SGMA and ICMA and tour the country when not on the Branson stage to serve churches, schools and communities.
Sharon comes from a musical family. Her dad, Leon Barnett, was the lead guitar player for Narvel Felts & the Rockets â€œback in the day,â€ and guys like Roy Orbison, Conway Twitty, Carl Perkins and Chet Atkins ran through her house when she was four or five years old, always getting ready for the next â€œgig.â€ Jerry grew up on a farm in rural Missouri and didnâ€™t know he could sing until he met Sharon! Together, they are forging a legacy in Gospel music with their powerhouse vocals, amazing connection with their audiences and dedication to their Calling; and the industry is definitely taking notice. You WILL be hearing more from Heart to Heart â€“ thatâ€™s for sure! For more about Heart to Heart, visit their website at www.hearttoheartmusicgroup.com.