JULY 11, 2020 @ 6 PM
As a family, the Spencers recorded their first album in 1972 with twenty nine projects to follow. JB and Barbara, their daughter Geniece and their two sons Wade and Kevin, traveled together and spread the Gospel in song for more than three decades. When Barbara was five years old, she started singing in church, and she learned to play the guitar when she was eleven. When she met JB, he had just bought a new Gibson guitar and was learning to play it. He was also interested in singing, and Barbara sang her way into his heart. She later taught JB how to sing harmony, and they began singing together in their home church shortly after they were married.
Ingolds,The three children learned to play and sing at a very early age. Wade plays the mandolin, lead guitar and rhythm guitar. Geniece plays piano and rhythm guitar, and Kevin plays the bass and rhythm guitar. God definitely called this family into the singing ministry and has opened doors for them all across America and in several foreign countries. In 1982 Geniece wrote the classic hit song, In My Robe of White, and it was on the Top 20 charts by the Spencers and Gold City Quartet at the same time, with Gold City taking it to the number one spot. This song has been recorded hundreds of times by various artists.
God has blessed each member of The Spencers to write many songs and they have recorded many of their own compositions. A few of their other popular songs are Coming Soon, Let’s Meet by the River, It’ll Be Worth it After All and Hem of His Garment, etc. For a complete listing of their recordings, click here to view their discography. In 1987, Geniece left the road to raise her family and for several years it was a real struggle for her as her heart was still with Gospel music. Then in 1991, she and her husband Ernie, and their three children Holli, Heather and Jared formed their own family ministry. The Ingolds are a very talented and musical family and have recorded three albums which include many of Geniece’s compositions. To learn more about The Ingolds click here to view their website.
Kevin SpencerIn 1992 Kevin formed his own ministry and record company, Some Dawning Music. Kevin has had three number one songs, I Heard About A Stone, Twelve Gates, and The Blood Is Still There. Some of his other popular songs are If The Rapture Was Yesterday, Come Away, If The Altar Could Talk, and God Bless America Again. He has recorded 20 albums. Each year Kevin Spencer hosts a Winter Fest in the Renaissance Theater in Mansfield, Ohio. Kevin is a real blessing to many people singing 260 dates a year. For more info, and to find out when he is coming to your area, click here to go to his website.
Wade SpencerWade has a wonderful solo ministry and has recorded seven albums including a bluegrass gospel entitled Grass Covered Tracks. Some of his popular songs are There’s A Whole Lot Of People Going Home, Emmaus, Three Rusty Nails, and Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting, just to name a very few. His latest album is entitled Fresh Awakening. He does 150 dates a year. To learn about Wade’s touching ministry to Africa and the Ukraine go to his website by clicking here. Also, check out Theresa’s Easy Cooking DVD for step by step instructions for cooking 24 delicious dishes.
Spencers ConcertJB and Barbara continue to sing and travel to about 30 dates a year. They really enjoy meeting old acquaintances on the road and making new friends, as well. When they aren’t traveling, they enjoy their church and spending time with their family and friends. Check out this web site for JB and Barbara’s scheduled dates and a list of their CD’s, Song Books, Videos and DVDs.
Many people have expressed their delight with the Spencer Reunions and it has brought back a lot of wonderful memories for the family and their fans. It is good to know God is still using the Spencers to bless and encourage people. Their goal and their prayer has always been , and it still remains that they may encourage the Christian and win souls to Christ through a song or testimony.
The ministry of the Bledsoe’s began when the youngest Bledsoe brother, Jonathan, started singing at the age of two years old. His brother, Rodney, began singing harmony with Jon when Rodney was six years old. Homer Childress, otherwise known as Papa, would play the guitar and sing the third part. At the ages of thirteen, the year Rodney accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior, and nine, the brothers would suffer a great loss, the loss of their father in an automobile accident. Papa felt as though this would be the end of their singing, but thankful today, Papa will relate not only did the Bledsoe Brothers continue singing, their schedule doubled. By this point in time, Rodney had begun to play the piano by note, as well as by ear. Then Jonathan decided to learn the bass guitar.
Around 1992 something happened. The crowds no longer saw the little boys who could carry three part harmony but adolescent men who were in a transition point in their ministry. Jonathan was a freshman in high school and Rodney a freshman in college. It was during this time God began to deal with the Bledsoes in a way He never had before. He did something that most of us, as Christians know about, He placed a calling and a burden on their lives. This is when they recorded their first project “A New Beginning”, which best described how they felt. Since then The Bledsoes have completed 6 more projects and have seen many lives changed by their ministry.
In 1995, the group was blessed with another change. Their cousin, Robert Freeman, began to play the keyboards and sing. Robert now handles most all of the bus driving duties and handles the baritone part on stage.
Melissa Cates, now handles the soprano part for The Bledsoes. Melissa is no stranger to Southern Gospel, traveling for 15 years with the trio, Rejoice before joining forces with The Bledsoes, Melissa’s velvety, smooth vocal adds a distinct richness to the trio. She and her husband, Sam, currently reside in Crossville, TN. So the current trio consists of Rodney Bledsoe, Robert Freeman and Melissa Cates.
These changes have very much added to the variety of their ministry.
The Bledsoes have nationally released songs, their latest “Heaven Will Be Worth It All”, peaking in the Singing News Top 30. One of their highest charting songs to date, “I’m Glad I’m Saved” charted at # 9, in the Singing News Magazine National Top 80 Chart.
Filling over 150 dates a year, the most important person they want to share with their audiences is Jesus, through the Holy Spirit. As I have heard Rodney say many times, “Without Him our efforts are all in vain!”
Above all The Bledsoes are interested in the souls they have seen saved through the years, the winning of more souls to Christ and the blessing of their brothers and sisters in Christ. It is plain to see and hear this desire not only while talking with them, but in their concerts as well. They know that it is not their own abilities that these goals are accomplished, but through God’s abilities manifested in their lives.