Kingsport, TN August 13, 2012 â€“ One of southern gospel musicâ€™s best loved groups, The Singing Cookes, will celebrate 50 years of gospel music in Pigeon Forge on Saturday, September 22, 2012. The Smoky Mountain Convention Center at 4010 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, TN will be the location for a celebration and concert that has been 50 years in the making.
A sold out cookout starts at 2 p.m. followed by a mini concert with The Cooke Duet and a question and answer session with the whole group. Master of Ceremonies Steve Warren will kick-off the concert at 7 p.m. It addition to showcasing 50 years of timeless songs by The Singing Cookes, the evening will also feature The Cooke Brothers and two viewing screens highlighting pictures and video of this groupâ€™s amazing journey through gospel music.
â€œThis is not just a concert. We want this to be a celebration with our family and friends who have supported us through the yearsâ€ said Jeanette Cooke, the matriarch of the group. Artist Circle tickets sold out quickly but general admission tickets are available the day of the concert or in advance for $15 by calling 423-357-6199. Discount rooms are available at several locations nearby. Please call 800-223-6707 and mention the Singing Cookes to get your discount.
For additional information on The Singing Cookesâ€™ 50th Anniversary Concert or their ministry in general, contact Jeanette Cooke at 423-357-3565 or Ronny Cooke at 423-357-6199.
The Singing Cookes started as a husband and wife duet in the coal mining town of Wise, Virginia in 1962. As each of their three sons came of age, they joined their parents in the family ministry. Their singing took them to churches and revivals in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. In the mid-1970â€™s their song â€œHe Rows Me Over The Tideâ€ appeared in the nationwide song charts and The Singing Cookes began traveling throughout the Southeast. They have become one of the best loved groups in gospel music, endearing themselves to fans that come for their music and fall in love with their down home, genuine personalities. In 2010 they were honored in Nashville, TN by a group of their industry peers for their contributions to gospel music and Jeanette is the 2010 recipient of the Naomi Sego Living Legend Award.