Monday, January 19, 2015

Changes for Jeff and Sheri Easter - Madison and Shannon Easter to Pursue Solo Venture

Madison and Shannon Easter are stepping out to do their own music. Madison has been playing guitar for his parents since he was 13 years old. He and Shannon married four years ago, and she frequently joins them on stage for a song and fills in for Sheri or Morgan when needed.

Madison and Shannon have released two EPs together. They have collaborated on writing a number of songs and will now step out to write and perform more of their own music together.

Here's the full release from their Facebook page -

After 13 years of traveling and performing with his parents, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Madison Easter and his wife of four years, Shannon have decided to pursue their dreams of writing and performing their own music.

“I’ve said for many years that I feel so blessed to have my children travel with me, it’s almost like a mother hen who keeps her baby chicks close. But I’m a wise enough woman to know that God has blessed them with so much talent, that he may choose to use them in other ways just like He did for Jeff and me.” Sheri says.

“Shannon and I are so excited to see where God will lead us." Madison explains. "The two of us have been writing and singing together for almost three years now. There's always been an open line of communication with Mom and Dad that a day would probably come where we wanted to pursue our own careers. We plan to be doing a lot of writing in Nashville and also performing our own music.”

“Mom and Dad know our situation firsthand, because they were in avery similar spot when they came off of the road with The Lewis Family,” Madison said. "I can't express enough how incredibly supportive and uplifting they've been in this transition. They are the targets for which I aim in my growing as an adult. I've heard it all my life, ‘They are the real deal.’ I couldn't be more proud of them.”

Jeff and Sheri both come from bluegrass gospel music roots rich infamily heritage. Madison and his siblings are fourth generation musicians and continue to write and perform music just like the generations before them.

“These past 13 years have been an incredible learning experience.I've been blessed enough to do things most people only dream to do, and it's all because my parents chose to give a 13 year old the opportunity to prove himself as a musician," Madison says. “I owe everything to them. They're the best.”

Jeff and Sheri are celebrating their 30th year in musicand marriage this year and with a full calendar, have no plans to slowdown. “God always orchestrates our livesfor each new chapter and Madison’s heart is leading him to do more of his ownmusic. In September, God blessed us with another incredible musician, Brad Hudson, who was hired to play drums but, also plays dobro, guitar, mandolin and banjo.” Jeff explains. “God has blessed us for 30 years and we’re excited to see now what His plans are for our children.”

As in all the changes life brings, Jeff and Sheri have found their faith in God and humor to get them through. Sheri shares, “When Madison told us, we all cried, but we also have a complete peace about his decision. He went the extra mile to explain to his youngest sister, Maura, that although he wouldn’t be traveling every weekend, he would still live next door and be a huge part of everything we do. Maura then dried her tears and asked, ‘Mama, can I have Bubba’s bunk?’ Real life, real siblings, and real heart…I couldn’t ask for more!”

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