AUGUST CONCERT

AUGUST 14, 2021 @ 6 PM

MIKE UPRIGHT

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Mike Upright has been traveling the United States for 15 years singing songs of hope and inspiration to God’s people and sharing the Gospel with the lost.

Dubbed by some as “The Southern Gentleman” of Gospel music Mike shares the message in his songs with a smooth vocal style that is very distinctive and easy to identify.  However, as you will see, those who are fans of such classic country greats like Merle Haggard and Marty Robbins will notice the influence and will fall in love with Mike’s music!

Mike lives in the mountains of North Carolina with his Wife, Daughter Rachel, his yeller dog “O’Malley” and three cats!

Mike has appeared on TV shows such as TBN and FRONT PORCH GOSPEL, has charted many many songs in the nation’s top Gospel Music Magazine’s and his music can be heard on XM radio and Gospel Music stations throughout The United States,Canada, Mexico, The Netherlands and the list goes on!

Mike sings in Churches, festivals,and Auditoriums throughout the year and welcomes you to call him for a booking if you feel his singing ministry will be a blessing to you and those you love!

Brian Burchfield is from Surgoinsville, TN. He started singing at the age of two with his family, The Caltons (known as The Singing C's) He got saved at the age of nine and started writing songs at the age of twelve. He wascalled to preach in 2002 and is an evangelist also. Brian graduated from Volunteer High School in the top 25 of his class and won the Sam L. Taylor scholarship. He went to college at the Walters State Community College, Draughons Junior College, East Tn x-ray school and The University Of Tennessee. He also graduated valedictorian in his class. In 1998 he wonthe summer youth worker of the year in Hawkins County, TN His first full time group position was in 1991 with The Singing Crisps. In 1994 he started Divine Purpose for ten years and five of those were full time. He used to do bookings in the early1990's for Buck Rambo of the Rambos, The Ruppes, and Mike Bowling's family group, Family Tradition, among countless others. He also booked fill in dates for The Singing Cookes, The Whisnants, Naomi & The Segos and The Melody Trio to name a few. He has promoted numerous concerts with The McKameys. He sang for the Australian rowing team for the Atlanta Olympics. He has also sang on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) He won the listeners choice award for thesong, "The Grave Can't Hold Me." He recently had songs published by Crossroads Music Group and is associated with BMI. He has been a member of The Southern Gospel Music Association, The Gospel Music Association, The Southern Gospel Music Guild and Tennessee Association of Fairs.Brian joined The Melody Trio in October of 2004 after the members of Divine Purpose decided to work in their home church and to be with families. While with The Melody Trio he wrote and sung lead on the number one song " I Know I'm Saved". He records and writes for the Eddie Crook Company , Morning Star Records of Nashville, Tennessee and for BMI of Nashville, Tennessee.  he was nominated for the Horizon Award, Song Of The Year, and for Group of the Year with The Melody Trio for the Eddie Awards.He wrote and sung these charting songs: " I Know I'm Saved " , " I Thought You'd Like To Know " , " Lord You're The Only One For Me " , " He's Always There " and " The Knee Route ". This is a full time ministry and ministers to the lost and hurting with words of encouragement for the christian

FORGIVEN

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In the spring of 2018, as Jacob Church and Jacob Hill were turkey hunting they started talking about how the Lord was dealing with them about starting a Bluegrass Gospel Band. So we started getting in touch with musicians and singers. Since the group began, some of the members have changed due to school and work conflicts.

The current group consists of:

Jacob Church - Lead Singer.  He started singing in churches when he was 5 years old.  He is 17 years old, a senior in High School.  Jacob was called to preach the gospel in January 2014 at the age of 13 and has spoken in many churches over the past 5 years.  The Lord has blessed Jacob with several talents for him to use to serve the Lord.  Jacob's parents are Jimmy and Holly Church and he has a younger sister, Madison.

Jacob Hill – Guitar Player.  He started playing the guitar at the age of 21.  He played a year with the group Fully Persuade.  Jacob started at the Mandolin player with Forgiven Bluegrass Gospel and changed to playing the guitar for the band in September 2018.  Jacob was called to preach the gospel in April 2017 and the Lord has blessed him with many opportunities to preach the word to several churches.  Jacob graduated from Lees-McRae in May 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Jacob is the son of Marty and Misty Hill and has 2 brothers, Abram and Isaac.

Mike Laws – Banjo Player.  He started playing the guitar and banjo at 7 years.  Mike grew up in Chicago and by the age of 13 he was teaching guitar and banjo.  When he was 18 years old, he moved to Milligan College and started playing for Milligan Men.  At the age of 21, he started playing North Wind and Jim and Jesse Productions and in 1975 he played for RCA records.   In the 1980s, he moved back to Elizabethton, TN and played for Brown County and Ohio County Liners. Mike worked at Jim Rick's Music Shop and worked on Martin guitars and taught music.  From 1991 to 1996, he played to Jordan's Crossing and from 2000 to 2009, he played for String Fever.  Mike has played with Third Day Resurrection from 2011 to present and is also currently playing the banjo for Forgiven Bluegrass Gospel.  He has been married to his wife, Susie for 39 years and they have 2 children – Bradford Laws and Rebecca Ramsey, 3 grandchildren – Max, Montana and Memphis Ramsey and will have a great grandchild in a few months.

Eddie Woods – Mandolin Player.  He started playing with the group in October 2018.  Eddie played the mandolin several years in at Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church.  He is employed with Providence Academy School. Eddie has been married to his wife, Joy Woods for 34 years, they have 2 children, Rebekah Hodge and Joseph Woods, 4 grandchildren – Madison Hodge, Maddux Hodge, Jase Woods and Rayla Hodge is due in October 2019.

Joseph Woods – Doghouse Bass.  He started playing the bass for Forgiven Bluegrass Bass on June 10, 2019.  He is employed with the State of Tennessee Department of Transportation.  Joseph is married to Ashley Woods and they have one son, Jase.  Joseph is the newest members of the band.  We were in need of a bass player, we ask him if he was interested in learning how to play and the Lord has blessed him with a talent to play.  We all showed him the Bluegrass chords G,C and D and he took it from there.

Michael Hodge – Sound Tech.  He has been help with running the sound for the past month.  Michael works at AY McDonalds.  He is married to Rebekah Hodge and they have 3 children, Madison, Maddux and Rayla will be here in October 2019.  Since Michael has started taking care of the sound system, it has helped the group to focus more on the stage of performance.

The Lord has really blessed us this year with the opportunities to ministry in Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.  We look forward to seeing what God has in-store for us in the coming months.

 

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