Sounds of Southern Gospel to fill the air at First Baptist Church

TAYLOR COUNTY—A well-known gospel music signing group will be making their way to the community to entertain residents and guests, while spreading the word of God.

The First Baptist Church of Grafton is pleased to announce that The Gospel Harmony Boys will be hosting a special performance at the church, located on Route 119 South just outside of Grafton, at 2034 Webster Pike.

The show is set for Sunday, August 14, beginning at 6:00 p.m., as the fourth performance in the church’s Bring-A-Friend Summer Sunday Evening Worship series.

“We are planning a wonderful time of praise, celebration, fellowship and just plain fun with this nationally known group,” a church representative shared.

The nationally known, Christian Music Hall of Fame Artists have been entertaining individuals for nearly 70 years in churches, auditoriums, fairs and festivals across the country.

Deemed as a fellowship of friends doing what they love, they have been perfecting harmonies and blending talents as never before, to bring folks the Gospel in song, the way it should be heard.

“It is our greatest hope that Christ will be reflected through our lives, and that His love and grace will flow through our music,” the group shared.

After being discharged from the service and returning home to Huntington, WV in 1952, Harold Lane had a dream of starting an outstanding gospel music group that would stand out among the other local acts.

With the help of his close friend, Leonard Adams, the two began searching for others that would help form their group. After adding J.B. Shor and John Embry, The Gospel Harmony Boys got their start.

They began performances in 1953 and in 1954, Gray “Pappy” Johnson was added to the group. Throughout the years, the group would undergo many personnel changes, but their mission to spread the Lord’s word in a unique way would never change.

After continuously operating since 1952, the group fell on hard times financially in 2002 and decided it was in the best interest to discontinue their ministry. That year, they held a huge reunion concert to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.

After the official retirement of The Harmony Boys in 2002, some of the former group members came together and reinstated the Harmony Boys name in 2004, as the Gospel Harmony Boys, to continue the legacy of service and praise.

This highly acclaimed group was the first Gospel Quartet to ever be featured on a national television network, and in 2008, they were inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame in Dallas, TX.

“We are pleased that God has opened the door for us to once again represent him and are also thankful for the wonderful group of men who have ably served Him through the name of Gospel Harmony Boys for so many years,” said Clancy Williams.

 He shared that it is a heritage of praise, service and brotherhood that they had worked determinedly and tirelessly to create over the years since the group’s start.

“It is a humbling experience to continue the ministry they so boldly engaged,” he added.

The group is deemed as one of America’s longest serving and most respected Gospel Quartets. For them, it is a privilege to share with other the love and hope that they have found in their own faith.

So, mark your calendars and get ready to hear the word of God in a unique way, as the Gospel Harmony Boys make their way to Taylor County.

“The public is cordially invited to wear their favorite country-themed clothes, including straw hats and cowboy boots, to have a country good time with this high energy Southern Gospel group,” the church representative voiced. “We hope to see y’all there!”

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