Just shortly before thousands cheered their opening of the Front Porch Fellowship Bluegrass Gospel Awards on the main stage of the National Quartet Convention at Freedom Hall in Louisville, the Watkins Family discovered they had two songs climbing the charts.
The group which includes matriarch Judy Watkins and her three adult children Todd, Lorie and Shanon, and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Maness continue a path sharing their love of Jesus through traditional music touring across the United States and Canada.
â€œThis has been a whirlwind month for us,â€ said Lorie Watkins. â€œWe were honored to appear at the National Quartet Convention. The audience was so receptive to our latest material.â€
Lorie was nominated for two of the awards presented at the event including Favorite Female Artist and Favorite Instrumentalist.
Among their performance set, they sang both the chart songs from their project â€œHeaven’s Worth Waiting For.â€ It features a collection of their unique crossover sounds that help the group to reach audiences in several gospel genres – Southern gospel, bluegrass and country.
Their latest single â€œSometimes You Got to Rock the Boatâ€ is rising in Southern Gospelâ€™s Singing News charts beginning its climb at 68. The late Dr. Jerry Falwell is featured at the beginning of the song written by Jerry Salley and James Elliot.
Their previous top 50 Singing News chart song â€œSheâ€™s Working on Her Testimonyâ€ since the convention has risen four slots from number 7 to number 3 on the Power Source Bluegrass Charts. The song was penned by Greg Day and Sheri LaFontaine.
Both songs are performed by Shanon and she said she is so pleased with how audiences are receiving them.
â€œThe Lord is blessing these songs and allowing them to reach a wider radio audience because they are touching hearts,â€ Shanon said. â€œI am honored to simply be singing these messages of hope and encouragement.â€
For more information, visit www.watkinsfamilymusic.com.