Singing Echoes

By Robert York

The Singing Echoes returned to Glade Road Baptist Church in Acworth, GA for their fifth time, where Rev. Chuck Smith is the Pastor. A lot of folks that attend Bill Bailey’s events would recognize Rev. Smith as he is pretty active in Bill’s concerts. Chuck’s wife Wilma Smith also is involved as she often sings at these events.
The Smith’s son Chad has a group called Copperhead Highway that are members of Glade Road Church and they opened the concert last Saturday. They are a very popular group in the Acworth area and have numerous fans as they sing in several venues around that area.
Copperhead Highway
Copperhead Highway

The Singing Echoes are based out of Cleveland, Tennessee where they have an annual singing at Blue Springs Park. Next year’s dates for the Blue Springs Valley Singing are July 15 – 18, 2015 . For more information, check the weblink below. They presented their usual exciting, uplifting music for all who gathered at Glade Road Baptist.

For those not acquainted with the Singing Echoes, they were established in 1969 with the original members consisting of Max, Lela, Lynn, Gary and Debbie Epperson.  They have introduced many songs in their long history of singing Gospel music. Currently they are working on project number 50 to celebrate their 45th Anniversary of singing.  Some of their most popular songs have been: “It’s Enough,” ‘Think I’m Excited,” “Somebody’s Here,” and “Wake Up To Sleep No More.”  “Wake Up” granted the Singing Echoes a Grammy nomination for their arrangement of the song, the same arrangement performed by almost all Southern Gospel Quartets at one time or another.
Singing Echoes

The tradition continues today with Gary, Debbie and Lynn, as well as all their children traveling on the road with them:  Adam, Joshua, Matthew and Jonah.  Jonah is the fourth generation and the youngest member of the group. He is only twelve years old and plays several instruments.  The oldest member, I think, came over on the Mayflower (just fooling Lynn).

When you attend a Singing Echoes Concert, you can expect to experience a live band with some of the most talented musicians traveling on the road today and hear Spirit-filled singing, peppered with heart filled testimonies from each member.  They have been tagged as “The Most Exciting Group in Gospel Music”.  If they are in your area, you need to experience The Singing Echoes.