Harmony, humor, and down home fun will be shared by the Testimony Quartet at Sacred Sounds Fridays at the Ringgold Depot, Depot Street and U.S. 41.
The a special concert for Share America Foundation, Inc. will also feature the virtuoso piano talents of Share America Scholar Ryan Stinson on Friday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night” will emcee. Ticket donation is $5.
Among the performers sharing their talents with the Testimony Quartet is US 101 radio personality Ken Hicks, who sings bass, Dove Award nominee Howard Stewart who sings baritone, tenor singer Brad Harris and lead singer Heath Allen.
Ken Hicks hosts the “Gospel Road” Sundays from 6-9:30 a.m. on US 101 and appears daily for the morning show, said there is nothing quite like standing in the midst of history when you sing.
“The historic Ringgold Depot has a certain mystic that rings out across its 164 years,” he said. “An evening of fellowship, uplifting the Lord in song, and sharing some down home fun takes on a special meaning when you consider the thousands of souls whose lives were in some way touched there.”
He added that honoring the tradition of sharing the region’s music from generation to generation is an effort he and the entire group feel is important.
Mr. Stinson, of Ringgold, is a country and gospel pianist of 12 years. He began his training with five years of lessons from the pianist at his home church, First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe.
He won various awards in music festivals across the Chattanooga area. Mr. Stinson said he plays everything by ear.
“I specialize in the Nashville Sound ‘slip-note’ style of playing made popular by the late Floyd Cramer,” he said. “I learned to play the song ‘Last Date’ upon my family’s request. It is the first song I ever learned by ear, and I’ve been doing it that way ever since.”
He regularly entertains at nursing homes, his church, and various special events across Catoosa County.
Mr. Stinson is also a college student of ministry in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion/Ministry at Luther Rice University and Seminary.
The event is a fundraiser for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund. The Share America Foundation, Inc., a Georgia non-profit, presents scholarships to talented musicians who excel in the Appalachian musical arts.
Donations for tickets are adults: $5, Children 5 and under free with adult. Tickets may be purchased locally in at SonShine Christian Books, 706 861-7675 in Fort Oglethorpe. Bring seat cushions for added comfort. For more information, Share America Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 42 Tunnel Hill, GA 30755, www.shareamericafoundation.org or www.myspace.com/shareamerica.
The Testimony Quartet will appear Sept. 13 in Ringgold