Pigeon Forge, TN Â (October 29, 2015) – The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA)Â celebrated today with The Perrys as Tracy Stuffle marked 30 years as the groups award winning bass singer.
On behalf of the SGMA, Arthur Rice, president, congratulated Tracy Stuffle at a presentation at the Pines Theater at Dollywood. Â Rice also read a proclamation from the Tennessee State Senate that declared Tracy Stuffle as having a genuine heart for the people. Â The proclamation further stated â€œit is fitting that the members of this legislative body should honor those artists who, use their extraordinary talents, serve God with dedication, vigor, and enthusiasm and continue to bring renown to the State of Tennesseeâ€.
Rick Francis with Singing News magazine presented a plaque on behalf of the publication in conjunction with StowTown Records to commemorate the day.
The Perrys are artists recording under StowTown Records.
Many of the Perrys fellow artists joined the tribute via video messages. Â Making a special appearance, joining the Perrys on stage was Judy Hess, Joyce Sanders and Jonathan Martin of the Martins. Â Together, the sibling group surrounded Tracy and sang an a cappella hymn.
In true to Tracy Stuffle style, the celebration was topped off with Tracy singing, â€œTime Has Made a Changeâ€. Â The song is a solo from the new album, â€œSingâ€.
While 30 years is significant, this one for Tracy Stuffle is even more important. Â Following the enormous struggles that Tracy has overcome after a life altering series of debilitating strokes and other major medical complications, he is on stage smiling and singing to everyoneâ€™s delight.
Having survived the biggest trial of their lives, the family stands together both in life and on stage along with son Jared Stuffle at bass, Andrew Goldman at lead and Troy Peach singing baritone. Â The Perrys have a renewed passion for encouraging others for Christ.
The release of their newest project from StowTown Records, â€œSingâ€ features songs that remind that God is there in the â€œUnexpected Stormâ€. Â The first single â€œKeep Onâ€ is already impacting fans and friends alike with the message that no matter how bad your situation we must â€œKeep Onâ€ with resilience and steadfastness. Â With the brilliance of the Perrys producer, Wayne Haun, fans should soon be acquainted with the entire album.
â€œGo God, go!â€ has been Libbi Perry Stuffleâ€™s mantra since that terrifying January night in 2013 when Tracy suffered the first stroke while driving. Â â€œCountless nights many have prayed over Tracy, this celebration is for all Perrys fans!â€ said Libbi.
â€œIt seemed appropriate that this date fell during the Gospel and Harvest Celebration at this renowned theme parkâ€, remarked Troy Peach. Â â€œWe are thrilled that the SGMA shared this day with The Perrys and recognize Tracyâ€™s contribution to the world of Southern Gospel Music.â€ Â Peach continued.
Tracy Stuffle is husband to original Perrys member, Libbi Perry Stuffle and father of Jared Stuffle.
Established in 1994, the Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) is a professional preservation association of artists, songwriters, industry workers and fans founded to preserve, protect and promote Southern Gospel Music, its history and heritage.
The SGMA operates the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., which welcomes more than one million visitors annually to read and observe displays and memorabilia from a century of gospel music. Â Thousands of items from some of the greatest singers, writers and musicians are displayed. Â The facility includes a gift shop that carries one of the countryâ€™s largest Southern gospel music selections. Â The SGMA also specializes in vintage and difficult-to-find Southern gospel music products.
The SGMA welcomes anyone who loves Southern Gospel music to join the association. Â Partnerships are available at the website.
For more information on the SGMA and the SGMA Hall of Fame, visit SGMA.org
For more information on The Perrys, visit perrysministries.com.