6th Annual Spring Jubilee
Saturday April 6, 2019
First Baptist Church
Featuring Jeff & Sheri Easter, Tribute Quartet,
The Bowling Family
Jeff & Sheri Easter
For Jeff and Sheri, gospel music is genetically programmed into their DNA. As members of acclaimed musical families—Jeff’s father is one of the Easter Brothers and Sheri’s mother is a member of The Lewis Family—they grew up surrounded by the sound of people praising God through their musical gifts.
In August of 1984, both were at the Albert E. Brumley Sundown to Sunup Gospel Singing in Arkansas. Jeff, who was playing bass for the Singing Americans at the time, took the opportunity to reintroduce himself to Sheri’s mother Polly; they had met on a previous occasion. Polly introduced Jeff to Sheri and the two were married ten months later.
They traveled and performed as part of The Lewis Family for several years. But in 1988 they decided it was time to strike out on their own, and they haven’t looked back since. Also joining Jeff & Sheri on the road is their daughter, Morgan, who joins them with vocals to round out the kind of harmonies that only family can produce. The youngest addition to the Easter family is Maura Grace, Jeff and Sheri’s ‘twentieth anniversary gift to each other’, who generally makes her way onstage doing anything to bring a smile.
Jeff & Sheri have been nominated for numerous Dove Awards and won six. They’ve also received two career Grammy nominations, and Sheri has been named the Singing News Favorite Alto eleven times and the Singing News Female Vocalist four times. In 2012 Sheri received Alto of the Year by the National Quartet Convention’s first annual awards. Jeff & Sheri’s wall of awards also include three Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two International Country Gospel Music Association, nine Voice Awards for Female Artist, five Voice Awards for Song/Single of the Year, two Voice Awards for Christian Country Group, four SGM Fan Fair/USGN awards, seven SGN Scoops Diamond Awards, four Hearts Aflame Awards, and three Cash Box awards. They have also participated in the Gaither Homecoming Video Series since 1993, which has sold over 15 million units.
Apart from their frequent appearances on the Gaither Homecoming tour and videos, Jeff & Sheri have a fairly heavy touring schedule of their own. “When we perform, we want people to leave a little different than when they came in,” Sheri explains. “We want them to have a great time smiling, laughing, crying and healing. We want them to know God loves them and that He is in control.”
Morgan took on the role of third part vocalist for Jeff and Sheri when she was only 14 years old. Although so young, she had already released two albums: the first at the age of five, the second the age of nine. Her third album was released in 2011, titled Not Without Love. She also participated in the Gaither Homecoming Kids Video titled God’s Zoo. Just like her brother, Madison, Morgan is also multi-talented. For five years, she attended Stamps Baxter School of Music studying theory, singing- solo and group, as well as piano. She also took piano lessons for ten years, and received the outstanding pianist award at the age of five when she began. Morgan held a role in the Lincoln County Middle School musical, Cinderella, as one of the evil stepsisters during her eighth grade year, in her freshman year, she appeared as one of the bird girls in Suessical, in her sophomore year, she was a ‘Copa girl’ in Copacabana, in her junior year, took the supporting role of Rusty in Footloose, and her senior year, carried a lead role as Aunt Eller in Oklahoma. Morgan loves working on her computer and is finding her niche as a web designer. Morgan won Singing News Fan Awards Horizon Individual for 2010 and was a receipient of the Sunrise Award by SGN Scoops. She graduated high school May of 2012.
Maura Easter is the youngest member of the Easter family, and always finds an opportunity to share the stage with her parents and siblings. At 11 days old, Maura made her first appearance on stage. Whether it’s telling a joke, singing a song, or playing a drum solo, she brings a smile to audiences everywhere. Maura loves traveling and will no doubt continue to find her role among her performing relatives. Maura is now enrolled in elementary school.
Madison is the oldest of Jeff and Sheri’s three children, and traveled with his family until the age of 26 when he decided to come off of the road and spend more time at home writing & working in the studio. He and his wife Shannon travel and perform their own songs as a singer/songwriter duo. You can find out more about Madison and Shannon’s music by clicking here!
Traveling with Jeff & Sheri, are two talented individuals who round out the stage performances. Jared Easter, second cousin to Jeff, started playing with his family The Easter Brothers at the age of five. Jared plays steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, and acoustic guitar. At home, Jared works in the studio and spends quality time with his wife, Christina and their family. Landan Smith is from Covington, GA and began playing drums at the age of 5. At 9 he played drums for Jeff and Sheri for the first time. When he turned 14 he began traveling with the band full time. Landan has a passion for what he does and you can tell just by watching him.
The Bowling Family
The Bowling Family combines talent, sincerity and experience to create a memorable concert experience. Their goal for the evening is to usher in the presence of God and celebrate the Christian message. They feel privileged and honored to enjoy the freedom to honor Christ with any and all of their abilities.
The group consists of Mike Bowling and his wife, Kelly, and their daughter Hope. They bring you their stories and songs in a way that is reminiscent of days gone by. To watch them perform reminds us of a time when “all night singings” were the norm, and folks lined up early to visit with the singers and musicians. As in most things, musical styles come full circle. What is old is new, and what is new is old!! Musically, Mike, Kelly and Hope make us realize this. Somehow they have created a sound that is as refreshing as the sounds of the early 70s. Mike has often been referred to as the vocal stylist of the day; however, the completion is so obvious with Kelly and Hope by his side. History will note that they have been true to the excellence of their ability without diminishing or distancing the listener. Refreshing!!!
The Bowling Family is no strangers to the Christian music world having a long list of accomplishments during their vocal careers. While Mike began singing and playing piano at a very young age, he had a very impressive musical beginning at only 16 years old; a two year span with the legendary LeFevres. Mike then went on to earn a degree in Respiratory Therapy before returning to the music world. In 1995, he joined the New Hinsons, a perfect blend considering Mike’s vocals are very distinctively similar to those of the late Kenny Hinson. After lending his vocal abilities to several of their high-charting songs, Mike went on to join another successful family group, the Perrys. While with the Perrys, Mike was featured on songs such as “God Sent Angels,” “By Faith I Can Touch Him Now,” “Not Even A Stone,” “Redeemed,” “When He Spoke,” and many others.
After Mike’s marriage to Kelly, Kelly sang with her family the Crabb Family. Mike spent the next six years traveling as a soloist garnering a tremendous amount of success. In fact, he has been noted as the first Southern Gospel soloist to achieve back to back number one positions on the Singing News Top 80 charts. Kelly spent more than 15 years with her family, The Crabb Family. During that time they were the recipients of three GRAMMY nominations, 11 Dove Awards, 16 number one songs and numerous other accomplishments. Kelly’s unmistakable voice could be heard on the family’s hits “Don’t You Wanna Go,” “Good Day,” “Jesus Will Do What You Can’t,” “Trail Of Tears,” as well as singing harmonies on all the others. After the birth of the Bowling’s third child, Kelly realized it was time to join her husband on stage as The Bowling Family.
In February 2013, Mike and Kelly’s oldest daughter Hope officially joined The Bowling Family on stage full-time. Many will remember Hope from her appearances as a small child along side her dad on various Crabb Family live recordings. Hope is excited to be sharing the stage with her family and is excited to be following in both her mother and fathers footsteps.
The Bowling Family has appeared on the Gaither Homecoming series concerts and videos, TBN, during Gospel Music Week’s Dove Awards, at GMA’s Seminar in the Rockies and numerous other major events. Their debut release, Faith To Believe, has garnered a record four number one songs (“We Have A Saviour,” “Your Cries Have Awoken The Master,” “A Miracle Today” and “Notified”), as well as the 2008 Song of the Year (“Your Cries Have Awoken The Master”).
The Bowling Family is excited to be in ministry together. They know that all roads have led to this time and this place! God’s timing is perfect and they are aware that much work must be done. The world is in need of the Gospel. The power of a song as a tool to reach the masses, once again is witnessed. The careers and ministries that Mike, Kelly and Hope have enjoyed thus far is humbling for them. Life has been sweet. But,oh how sweet is the thought of a young family, a “new” vision, passion and gratefulness for the collective calling, as a family? As long as there is a song and a place to sing it, the Bowling Family is committed to making Gospel music together. With Mike and Kelly’s other two girls, Katelanne, and Gracie, in tow the future is bright, and who knows how many Bowling girls will be on that stage with them in the future!
This group has taken radio and Christian music by storm. They are quickly positioning themselves as the group to watch. As we grow to love this wonderful meld of Crabb/Bowling music our sense of their purpose is obvious. These people love great songs, know how to deliver them, and obviously love God and ministry!
In an ever-changing musical climate, Tribute has remained steadfast in their goal to make great music that is both timely and relevant to the current musical scene and their loyal fan base while never wavering from their God-called mission to share Jesus with everyone with whom they come in contact. With a career that has already spanned the U.S., as well as several foreign countries, Tribute’s popularity continues to grow. The men of this quartet attribute that first and foremost to the favor of God on their lives and ministry, as well as their many fans and friends who continue to help grow this ministry one friend at a time.
With several industry awards and chart-topping songs to their credit, Tribute’s music continues to bless and inspire their many supporters as well as regularly garner the attention of new fans. Each man in this group is excited about the future of this quartet–a future in which fans, peers, and industry insiders agree has only more great things in store for this group known as Tribute.