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||Dell, Susan and Richard Hyssong travel
full-time as the award-winning
Hyssongs. Their energetic ministry combines family vocal harmony, humor
and brass instruments (trumpet and trombone) to delight audiences with
their Christ-centered message, shared through the powerful medium of
music. The family’s classical music background, along with their
harmony and specific chord structures, lend them a unique sound that
has made quite an impact on audiences.
The group has been singing together as a family for more than 21 years. The Hyssongs have received many accolades for their quality, inspirational Southern Gospel sound. They were awarded the Singing News Fan Award for Favorite New Trio 2014 at the National Quartet Convention, Pigeon Forge, TN. Every year since then they have been voted Top Ten Trio of the Year.
The Hyssongs perform at more than 225 events each year throughout the United States and Canada. They minister in churches, auditoriums and on Gospel singing cruises, as well as on television and radio. They have had the opportunity to sing to an audience of over 12,000 people on the Main Stage at the National Quartet Convention, perform at Renfro Valley’s All-Night Sing, and annually perform at Dollywood and Silver Dollar City. Through Compassion International, the group has also been privileged to sing in El Salvador, Central America.
been quite some time since the Gospel Music world has seen the merger
of such a talented musical force. Of course, it was a merger that those
close to the source felt certain would eventually happen; however, no
one knew just exactly when. It was one that was destined to happen many
years before it ever took place, as the ministry it is today.
Nevertheless, those close to Jim and Melissa Brady have known for many
years that when God united this young couple in marriage, He had great
plans for them.
Long before the two met, it’s easy to see how God was ordaining every step, leading them to each other and to a ministry that would honor Him. They came from very similar backgrounds, each possessing a rich musical heritage. Jim first began singing with his family at the age of five and was writing songs by the time he turned 16. Melissa was an integral part of her musical family, The Shulers, long before she and Jim met, and when the two married, Jim joined Melissa and her family, traveling, singing and ministering across the country. For nearly a decade the two traveled together with The Shulers, and then came the opportunity for Jim to join another very talented group, The Booth Brothers.
In the summer of 2014, Jim and Melissa felt the time was right to answer a new call and to embark upon a brand-new ministry. Thus, came the announcement that Jim would be leaving The Booth Brothers to join his wife in forming The Jim Brady Trio. With the complete support of longtime friends, Ronnie and Michael Booth, Jim and Melissa began the search for just the right ministry partner.
The Down East Boys is a name that is synonymous with Gospel Music. For over 30 years this quartet has traveled from coast to coast, Canada and Mexico. Starting in eastern North Carolina the group chose the name from that region called Down East. Although the name was associated with this small region it did not take long for this groups boundaries to expand. In just a few short years the group had their first chart song and was signed to a major recording contract by Sonlite records. Upon release of their second recording on the Sonlite records label the group was thrust into the mainstream of gospel music with a song titled “Beautiful Valley." For ten months this song remained in the top 40 of the Singing News chart and took the guys from a regional quartet to a sought after group all over the country. In 1990, riding the success of that song, the Down East Boys received the Horizon Group of the Year from the readers of the Singing News. Shortly after, with the demand for the group at an all time high, the guys began their journey into full time ministry.
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you have followed the music of the Lesters for years – or you’re just
finding out about us for the very first time – we are so glad you’re
here. We hope you will take a few minutes and catch up on the latest
news of what God is doing through this ministry around the country.
Simply put, we love music. . . and we love introducing others to Jesus Christ through our music and personal ministry. It’s a passion that began with our grandparents, Harvey and Opal Lester, in 1925. And it’s one that has endured to the third, fourth and fifth generations. In fact, this year our family is celebrating eighty-eight wonderful years of sharing the Good News through Gospel music. And we’re more excited now than ever before!
One of our highest priorities is to remain real and relevant-never losing sight of the Message, but always challenging ourselves to elevate the sound and quality of our music in order to better reach today’s generation.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet
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Blackwood Brothers Quartet was formed in 1934 with brothers Roy, Doyle,
James and Roy's son, R.W. In the late 50s Roy and Doyle retired from
traveling and in 1954 R.W. was killed in a tragic airplane crash.
However the quartet with James, as the quartet's leader and spokesman,
established a new group of singers who would go on to take Gospel music
to new heights as they traveled and sang in all fifty of the United
States, every Canadian province as well as cities in Great Britain,
Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa, South Africa, Japan, Taiwan,
Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
In 2002, James Blackwood went to be with the Lord, but his sons, Jimmy (James Jr.) and Billy have continued the 80-year tradition. Recently Jimmy retired after singing for 49 years and his younger brother, Billy now carries on the quartet which has the distinction of being the best-known name in Gospel Music history!