published Friday, April 1st, 2011

Family to Family

Three families of gospel music will be in concert Sunday to benefit the families served by the Children’s Home/Chambliss Shelter.

Performing are Jeff & Sheri Easter, The LeFevre Quartet and The Greesons.

Katie Harbison, director of development, said proceeds from the show will support both programs the agency oversees.

IF YOU GO
  • What: Family to Family: A Gospel Concert.

  • When: 3 p.m. Sunday.

  • Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.

  • Admission: $13 and $25.

  • Phone: 902-7232, 468-1122.

  • Website: www.ch-cs .org (click on News).

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

  • Jeff & Sheri Easter: Following a 2010 Dove Award win for Southern Gospel Song of the Year for “Born To Climb,” the Easters received two nods for this year’s awards. They are nominated for Country Album of the Year for “Expecting Good Things” and for Bluegrass Recording of the Year for “Workin’ on a Road.” They’ve also earned other Dove Awards and a Grammy nomination. Sheri has won accolades as favorite alto/vocalist from Singing News magazine 14 times.

  • The LeFevre Quartet: The family name remains strong as descendants of the original trio that formed in 1921 keep the tradition of gospel music alive. The newly formed quartet was voted Horizon Group of the Year in 2006, then Breakout Artist of the Year in the Southern Gospel News Awards. In 2009, their song “Big Mighty God” was nominated for a Dove Award.

  • The Greesons: This North Georgia-based group features two sisters and their husbands: Karen and Darrell Demastus, who sing soprano and bass, respectively, and Lisa and Tony Dykes, who sing alto and lead. The couples’ children are also involved. Joey Demastus sings baritone and lead. The younger children are Christian Demastus (drums), Emily Dykes (vocals) and Jacob Dykes (guitar). KC Brandon plays piano for the group.

Source: Artist websites

The Children’s Home is an early childhood education and care program that operates around the clock 365 days a year. Fees are on a sliding scale, based on a family’s ability to pay.

“They’re only paying 20 percent of what it takes us to take care of their children,” Harbison said. “It’s a big help [for parents] to be able to take home more money to support their families.”

The Chambliss Shelter is a residential and foster program for children who are in state custody and have been removed from the family home.

“There may be children sleeping overnight in the other program, but they go home at some point,” Harbison said. “[The Chambliss Shelter children] are here until they are reunited with their birth family or we can find an adoption placement for them.”

Volunteer David Wilson is spearheading the concert, after the success of a similar fundraiser in 2009.

“He and his wife [Carolyn], just out of the goodness of their hearts, wanted to do something to help,” Harbison said.

Tickets to the show may be purchased by phone or online. They also are on sale at the three area LifeWay Christian Stores, 2200 Hamilton Place Blvd., 5591 Highway 153 and 4442 Front Road, NW, in Cleveland, Tenn., as well as SonShine Christian Bookstore, 1841 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe; and Hullco Exteriors, 7110 East Brainerd Road.

Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6281.

about Lisa Denton...

Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or ldenton@timesfreepress.com.

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