The Share America Foundation will host teen gospel singer Mallory Ledford tonight for the monthly Sacred Sounds concert at the Ringgold Depot. Singers Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam also will perform.
Mallory, 14, of Georgetown, Tenn., began performing at age 2. She has shared her solo ministry in venues ranging from First Baptist Church of Atlanta to the National Quartet Convention.
"Our shows are about encouraging the talents of youth," said emcee Randall Franks. "What a better way than to feature one of the most talented youth performers in our region."
Ricketts and Elam began their duet ministry 18 months ago, combining several years of performance experience. They were named the North America Country Music Association International 2012 Traditional Gospel Duet of the Year, and Elam won the Horizon Award for Traditional Female Vocalist. They won Traditional Gospel Duet of the Year from the Tennessee Country Gospel Music Association in 2011.
Sacred Sounds is a fundraiser for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund, administered by the nonprofit Share America Foundation. Scholarships are awarded to young musicians who excel in the Appalachian musical arts.