The McKameys will be performing at Southern Gospel Weekend- Texas. The event will take place April 14-16 , 2016 at Faith Church of Sherman Texas. The McKameys will sing on Friday night during the event. Don’t Â miss this event!
Check out this story on the McKameys written by Dixie Phillips………
Years ago my maternal grandmother introduced me to The McKameys. Grandma suffered from insomnia. To help pass the time she turned on her radio and listened to gospel music on a station out of Little Rock, Arkansas. The first time she heard The McKameys singing, â€œGod On The Mountainâ€ she grabbed the nearest pen and attempted to scribble down the lyrics. For the next several nights she had her radio on and her pen in hand, hoping to hear the song again and jot a few more lines down. (This was before Internet and Google.) This was repeated until she finally had written down all the lyrics. She appeared at my front door waving that piece of paper and saying, â€œYou have got to hear this new song!â€
Gospel music charts are proof Grandmaâ€™s heart wasnâ€™t the only one touched by this legendary groupâ€™s music. Multitudes of people have been blessed, strengthened, and encouraged by them. SGN Scoops decided to take a peek behind the hearts of this dynamic ministry to see if we could discover The McKameysâ€™ key to longevity and success.
Peg McKamey Bean is the first to admit she had a blessed childhood. â€œI was raised with a loving dad, stay-at-home mom, and 11 siblings. Mom and Dad loved the Lord and gospel music. Mom played the banjo and Dad was an ordained minister. He planted and pastored many churches, and preached at a lot of revivals.â€
As her parents led by example, Pegâ€™s small soul was shaped for Jesus. She still remembers the words her father told her mother when their family faced a financial crisis. â€œDonâ€™t worry, in some way or another, the Lord will provide.â€
In 1957, Peg was singing at Moran Baptist Church in Clinton, Tennessee, with her sisters, Dora and Carol, when she noticed a handsome young man. â€œRuben and I met that night. We invited him to play the guitar for our group. We courted for a couple of years and married on June 29, 1959. We sang part-time until 1980. Thatâ€™s when Ruben and I went full time with our daughters, Connie and Sheryl.â€
Not only are The McKameys talented singers, but there is also a gifted songwriter in their group. Ruben and Pegâ€™s youngest daughter, Sheryl, wrote her first gospel song for the group when she was barely 12. Sheryl shared, â€œThe words and music just started coming.â€ And years later. . . the songs continue to come. Sheryl attributes her songwriting success to keeping her relationship with the Lord fresh and vibrant. â€œGod continues to speak to me as my walk with Him continues to grow. He has walked me through some really tough times and I have always found Him faithful.â€
Although Sheryl has been writing songs for The McKameys for most of her life, she took a temporary hiatus from singing with the group for a few years and rejoined the group in 2009. Down through the years she has received numerous letters and emails from fans, telling how a particular song ministered to them. The family is always blessed by the testimonies that come in. Fan favorites of Sherylâ€™s original songs have been â€œA Borrowed Tomb,â€ â€œPrayer Changes Me,â€ â€œI Will Trust the Lord,â€ â€œI Keep Praying,â€ and â€œWhen He Speaks.â€ Sheryl said, â€œThe Lord has used â€œIâ€™ve Wonâ€ to strengthen the hearts of many cancer patients. It is very rewarding to write or sing songs that minister hope to people. God continues to stir my heart to encourage others and remind them of the hope we have in Christ.â€
The group ministers in concerts about 150 days a year, traveling all over North America. They have had 29 number-one singles and have been honored for having the most number-one hits in Southern Gospel Music. Peg has been voted the Favorite Female Vocalist and Sheryl has been nominated the Singing News Songwriter Award numerous times. The group has been awarded several Singing News Fan Awards throughout the years and the accolades continue to roll in.
Currently the group consists of Peg McKamey Bean, her husband, Ruben; their daughter, Connie Fortner; Connieâ€™s husband, Roger; Connie and Rogerâ€™s son, Elijah; and Peg and Rubenâ€™s daughter, Sheryl Farris.
â€œThe McKameys are authentic!â€ A pastorâ€™s wife from northern Iowa said after she had a personal encounter with the group in 2008. â€œMy husband was diagnosed with end stage renal failure. The doctors said he would die without a kidney transplant. The day of surgery arrived and I was battling a lot of fear and â€˜what ifâ€™sâ€™. One of my friends contacted The McKameys and asked them to pray for our family. Not only did they pray, but Connie sent an email, sharing her personal story about her sonâ€™s kidney transplant. As I read her email, the Lordâ€™s presence filled my heart with hope. Faith devoured fear and I knew my husband was going to be all right.â€
With ministry hearts like The McKameys, is it any wonder why God has blessed them? Itâ€™s evident the reason for their longevity and success is because they always put Jesus first. This year they celebrate two ministry milestonesâ€”their 50th recording and Pegâ€™s 60th anniversary singing gospel music.
Peg stated, â€œWe would ask the support of everyone to pray for our family. Keep your head up high. You belong to God. You are special to Him. We love you.â€
The group refuses to let the tight schedule and difficulties that come with life on the road detour them from the call God has placed on their lives. â€œWe plan to be faithful to the end.â€ Peg continued, â€œWe want to encourage and help Christians in these last days. We plan to keep finding good songs and cheer up the people who come to hear us sing.â€
If you would like to know more about The McKameys or find out where they are performing next, go to: www.mckameysonline.com.
By Dixie Phillips
First published by SGN Scoops magazine, October 2014.
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