Sevierville, TN: Hee Haw star, Lulu Roman to appear locally on The Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee.
For decades, Lulu Roman has kept fans laughing at her side splitting humor in a way that only she can. Rising to star power in the hay day of Hee Haw, Lulu was a household name across the country and even the world. Placed in an orphanage at a young age, Roman lived a roller coaster of emotions filled with tragedy and despair as well as fame and success. Today, Lulu has a successful career as a gospel music recording artist.
Lulu will join gospel music headliner, Tony Gore and will appear on The Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee, a locally produced live radio show airing on WJBZ/Praise 96.3 in addition to the televised version that will appear on a later date on both Comcast and The Christian Television Network. The show takes place on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 6:30pm broadcasting from The Ogle Furniture Outlet on Dolly Parton Parkway in Sevierville. There is no admission charge and seating is on a first come, first serve basis.
The Smoky Mountain Gospel Jubilee is hosted by veteran gospel music recording artist and television personality, JP Miller. Miller kicked off his 4th year as the host of “The Jubilee” last week with a special broadcast featuring The Blackwood’s and The Ray Ball Singers. “I am so excited to have Lulu as a guest on the show Monday night. Tony Gore, a sponsor of our show, is friends with Lulu and set it all up. I encourage people to get there early because I believe this will be our biggest crowd yet.” Stated Miller.
The Ogle Furniture Outlet is fast becoming more than a furniture store. People from all across the country are inquiring about the show that broadcasts from a furniture store in the Smoky Mountains. In the past three years the show has taken place, there has been thousands of people who have attended the show in person and countless listed via radio and television each week.
Ron Ogle, store owner states: “We had no idea this show would reach this level of success. Just about every day when I am out working in the community, people tell me how they enjoy the show. Some are loyal fans and never miss a program. It is touching when people share heartfelt stories about the music or a message one of our guests shared on the show and how it has encouraged them. That’s what Betty and I wanted this program to be, encouraging. So much of the show’s “feel” is based on the way JP handles the guests and his interview style. I told him when we started that this was his show and he could do with it whatever he wanted. Betty and I wanted to help JP with his career. The program has allowed him to cut back on his traveling schedule to have more time at home. JP, Tyanne, and their children attend church with us and we consider them family. One of the things I am most thankful for is how JP has benefited by the success of the show. He gets invitations to sing at churches and conferences as well as host and emcee different events.
Lulu Roman isn’t the first star to appear on “The Jubilee”, Country legend, Barbara Fairchild, Former Oak Ridge Boy, Calvin Newton, and movie star, Grayson Russell have all graced the set at Ogle’s. Gospel greats such as Triumphant Quartet, Jeff Steele, Tim Lovelace, Arthur Rice, and Jeff Stice have performed as well as local favorites The Parton’s, Tommy Spencer, and Justin Terry.
As JP Miller and his crew jump into their fourth year, it looks as if things are continuing to grow. Because of the number of audience members, the store has increased workers to handle show logistics such as prize drawings, merchandise sales, autograph and picture areas, and sponsor involvement. Construction is currently underway to expand the store to be around 1000sq ft.
“I wanted to say thank you to the staff of The Ogle Furniture Outlet who allow me to “move in” a show each week. We have so many people that work hard to pull off a quality program each week. I could not do it obviously without Ron and Betty Ogle and The Ogle Furniture Outlet. We have also added sponsors like The Thomas Group, Tony Gore’s Bar B Que and Grill, New Destiny Productions, and Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service. I would also like to thank the community who support the show each week. It has become a fixture in Sevier County that adds another special element to make this a favorite place to live and visit. It’s the place to be on Monday nights!” stated Miller.
A special autograph and photo opportunity will take place prior to the show from 5:30pm – 6:15pm at the furniture store. Guests are encouraged to come early to ensure a seat, parking, and time to visit with Lulu, Tony, and JP.
For more information log onto www.jpmillerministires.com