RIPLEY, MS â€” One of Southern Gospel Musicâ€™s most celebrated and award-winning family singing groups will be traveling to Ripley for a special musical experience, and the concert is being offered free to the public.
Americaâ€™s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, the Hoppers, will perform on Thurs., Jan. 14th, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at West Ripley Baptist Church, 773 Cooper Street.
The Hoppers have been longtime anchors on the Bill Gaither Homecoming videos and television programs. In conjunction with the Homecoming Friends, they have literally toured and sung around the world, performing before more than 900,000 people per year in major sports arenas and at venues in foreign countries.
As for the upcoming Ripley event, the Hoppers have something unique in mind: the Hopper Heritage Tour, a grand concert series that is presented at select locations. Itâ€™s being described as a full audio/visual program where the Hoppers â€” Claude, Connie, Mike, Dean, and Kim â€” perform many of the sacred songs from their ministry beginnings, as well as their biggest hits.
Some fan favorites and chart topping hits include such classics as: â€œShoutinâ€™ Time,â€ â€œHere I Am,â€ â€œAnchor To the Power of the Cross,â€ â€œYes I Am,â€ â€œJerusalem,â€ â€œThatâ€™s Him,â€ and others.
â€œWeâ€™re pulling out all the stops for this concert,â€ said Claude Hopper, founder and manager of the group. â€œIt is always a great honor for our family to sing before friends in Mississippi. We hope everyone will be encouraged and touched by the powerful gospel message in song.â€
Concert planners say seeing the Hoppers live in concert will certainly remind listeners just how encouraging and comforting it is to hear unadulterated Southern Gospel music at its very best. The night will be rousing and entertaining for all age groups.
â€œAfter the concert, my family and I look forward to meeting and greeting friends who join us for the evening,â€ Dean Hopper, group member, added. â€œWeâ€™ll be autographing special copies of CDs, and of our hardback book, After All These Years: The Authorized Biography of the Hoppers. We look at this concert in Ripley as a great opportunity to greet old acquaintances and make new friends, too!â€
A love offering will be taken during the concert.
For additional information on the Thurs., Jan. 14 concert at West Ripley Baptist Church, call (662)-587-9001, or (662)-837-4872.