T & T promotions & Stanley Pierce presented the 13th Annual St. Judeâ€™s Gospel Sing on Saturday, August 6 at the Georgia Mountain Center.Â TheÂ concert featured: Karen Peck & New River, The Perryâ€™s, The Kingsmen, the Down East Boys, and CS&K. The concert generated over $27,000 in donations to assist St. Jude in their cancer research. It was the largest donation to date for this annual sing. A red and white St Judeâ€™s banner adorned the front of the stage which displayed a profound statement; Finding Cures. Saving Children.
Danny Jones. of Singing News. was theÂ emcee of the night. Danny stated that when you give, you become somebodyâ€™s hero.Â Â Â Â
Taking to the stage first was hometown artist CS&K from Gillsville, GA. CS&K are the 2010 NQC Talent Competition winners. The trio preformed â€œLiving In The Pagesâ€ and â€œOur God Saves.” Â CS&K were followed by the Down East Boys from Reidsville, NC who were no strangers to the St. Judeâ€™s Annual Sing. The Down East Boys were turning out old favorites like â€œHeâ€™s A Personal Savior,” â€œSend The Light,” â€œI Feel Like Traveling Onâ€ and â€œThe Blood Will Never Lose Its Power.” I looked around the arena and noticed that everyone was singing along with them. Tony received a standing ovation for his performance on â€œLittle Is Much.”
The multi Grammy nominated Karen Peck and New River, along with Karenâ€™s children; Matthew and Kari Gooch, hit the stage with â€œWe Shall Wear a Robe and Crownâ€ and had the audience on their feet! With the audience still standing, Karen paid tribute to all the veterans with a stellar performance of our National Anthem.Â Jeff Hawes also gave a performance that was second to none, on â€œThis Is What Mercy Does.” Â The audience was moved to tears as KPNR sang their latest release â€œOn The Banks of The Promise Land.”Â Â Â
Â Bryan, Randy, Harold, and Ray of The Kingmanâ€™s Quartet kept the spirit going with songs like â€œWhen God Ran,” â€œIf Not for The Love of Christâ€ and â€œAfter The Sunrise.” Â â€œBeautiful Homeâ€ has always been a fan favorite by Ray Dean Reese, who is celebrating 46 years in the ministry. Â Everyone loved the Kingsmenâ€™s latest release â€œThatâ€™s All I Need.” Â Great song!Â
Â When The Perryâ€™s walked on stage they began to sing â€œPlan of Salvationâ€ which featured Tracy Stuffle. What a miracle! Tracy has stayed true to his meds, his diet and his calling. The Perryâ€™s also preformed hit after hit â€œI Know It Was The Blood,” Â â€œI Rest My Case,” â€œWish I Could Have Been There,” â€œIf You Knew Himâ€ and â€œCelebrate Me Home.”Â
As the night drew to a close the groups joined together on stage to sing â€œGod Walks The Dark Hills,â€Â â€œLiving In Canaan Nowâ€ and â€œI Wouldnâ€™t Take Nothing For My Journey Now.â€
A special â€œthanksâ€ to all the groups who so graciously donated their time for such a worthy cause. If you would like to become somebodyâ€™s hero, donate today to the St. Jude Childrenâ€™s Research Hospital.
***SGNScoops says “thank you” to Angela Griffin for her exclusive concert report.