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Local gospel singers to kick off

Local gospel singers to kick off
Special Features Editor
Variety is the name of the game as The Community Concert Association of Union City/Obion County, TN Inc. presents its 2007-08 season.
Memberships have been at a premium in this year’s enrollment season, but a few seats are left and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for the exciting lineup.
Kicking off the season Sept. 8 will be talent close to home — talented gospel singers such as those in the Daniel Doss Band and Renewed Gospel Ministries Quartet.
Doss, an accomplished musician and song writer who had produced four albums before signing with Sparrow Records, grew up in Martin and graduated from Westview High School and the University of Tennessee at Martin.
He favors rock, country and folk traditions to express his love of God and his songs are guaranteed to stir the emotions and fill the heart.
The Daniel Doss Band will be touring with nationally-known worship vocalists Avalon and Michael English in the spring and will perform in 35-40 venues across the country.
“Worship Leader” magazine recently wrote, “The Daniel Doss Band is one of the most exciting worship finds of the year, a must have for worship professionals.”
Hear the Daniel Doss Band, along with Renewed Gospel Ministries, a well-known gospel music quartet with members from Union City, Dyersburg, Newbern and Brownsville, in the kick-off concert for this season.
Renewed was formed in 2003 and they have been commissioned “ambassadors of Good Will” by the governors of nine states.
Recognized by Gov. Phil Bredesen of the Volunteer State for their contributions to gospel music, Renewed has made numerous television appearances and their first single release reached the No. 10 spot on the Christian Country-Gospel National charts.
The quartet performs a blend of traditional Southern gospel, country gospel and a unique twist they refer to as “jazz” gospel.
With 115 years of combined talent and experience, they are at home on the stage with many of the favorites in the Southern gospel field, such as The Florida Boys and The Kingsmen.
Beginning soon, they will be appearing in Branson, Mo.
The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. for the Sept. 8 program of toe-tapping, hand-clapping, Glory Hallelujah shouting music. Be there to experience every moment of an exciting kick-off evening, and make plans to return Dec. 1 for Barrage, Feb. 14 for Sarah Pacheco and April 10 for Riders in the Sky.
Barrage has been described as “Stomp” meets “Riverdance” and the cast of 11 musicians base their show on a highly imaginative and tuneful story of two feuding gypsy bands who compete for the privilege of wearing the golden sash as the best musicians in the countryside. The cast includes seven violinists, backed by a superb on-stage musical ensemble. But vocals and dance are also part of this unique performance.
You’ll delight in every moment of the production. Promise.
Sarah Pacheco has been described as “a singer’s singer.” She focuses on standards and show songs and her portfolio includes songs from the great American Songbook of jazz and popular favorites. She will be showcasing tunes from her show, “A Tribute to Singers of the Swing Era” when she takes the stage locally.
You won’t want to miss her.
Riders in the Sky are familiar to anyone who has listened to public radio or clicked the TV remote to public and commercial stations broadcasting their Riders Radio Theatre since 1989. Their wacky Western wit, heavenly harmonies and high yodeling adventures have won them fans across the country.
Grounded in the rich heritage of cowboy singers such as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Sons of the Pioneers, the Riders have made a commitment to carry on these American musical traditions and have become national treasures themselves.
In addition to these outstanding and highly varied programs, Community Concerts offers its members the opportunity to enjoy reciprocal performances in Dyersburg such as the ones featuring The Glenn Miller Orchestra (Oct. 23) and the U.S. Navy Commodores (Oct. 30) and in Murray, Ky., where The Letterman will be harmonizing on stage Dec. 18. Each of the neighboring communities will have a season of four outstanding performances free to local subscribers to the concert program.
Family memberships are $80, with adult memberships available for $40, seniors for $35 and students for $25. Patrons are also welcome in Community Concerts.
Eighth Note patrons support the program in the range of $100-$249 and receive two memberships. Quarter Note patrons give $250-$499 in support and receive four memberships; Half Note patrons, $500-$999, with six memberships; and Whole Note patrons, $1,000 or more. These receive 10 memberships.
For more information, or to purchase a membership or become a patron, contact Mike or Beth Cox at 536-4569 or at 1-800-884-5457.
All local performances will be at 7:30 p.m. at Union City Civic Auditorium, which is wheelchair accessible.

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