After the morning worship, we caught four other artists on park. Here's a recap of the day -
This was my first chance to see the Lesters again as a family group with Bailee Lester singing with them now. She is doing a fantastic job with them!
They opened with "When We All Get to Heaven" and then sang "Hold on Tight." Bailee was then featured on "Blessed Beyond Measure," love this song!
Brian said that he had a 10-year-old request a song at the table and any time a 10-year-old requests that they sing a song, he was going to do it. He loved seeing young people interested in Southern Gospel music. He said that Bailee had never sung this before, but they were going to try it. It was actually a medley arrangement of their hits like "Ain't God Good" and "Camp Meeting," for their reunion CD.
They sang "He Is" and then a great a cappella arrangement of "I Sing the Mighty Power of God" to end the set!
After the Lesters, we made our way to the Opera House for the Dunaways. They had Jason Davidson singing with them for the weekend. He's a great vocalist and was featured on a song entitled, "Forgiveness."
They sang a lot of favorites like "Again and Again," "Church in the Kitchen" and "Didn't I Walk on the Water," which is a personal favorite!
They brought up the tempo a bit with "Muddy Mississippi," a fun one to see live. They also sang "When My Tears Wash the Scars," I don't remember hearing this one before. It's such a beautiful song!
I first saw Gordon Mote live a couple of years ago at Silver Dollar City, so it was a treat to see him again. He said that he was at Silver Dollar City today and then would be helping an up and coming country artist named Brad Paisley in the studio. He's played on so many country artists' projects, such a great talent!
He sang several from his recent hymns project, "Power in the Blood" and "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." He did an instrumental version of "When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder." It was a more jazzed up version of the hymn. He said that when he first played it for his mom she didn't recognize it and still wasn't sure she was a fan of this version, but the audience loved it!
He sang a few favorites before the end of his set, "Call Me Gone" and "Mercy Walked In," loved hearing these live!
Jeff and Sheri Easter
Dennis Swanberg opened for Jeff and Sheri to get the crowd going. It was good to hear him again doing more of his comedy stories, got to hear some I hadn't heard before!
They did some instrumentals of "Amazing Grace," with Jeff on harmonica and then "The Lighthouse" and "I'll Fly Away, featuring Jared, who played about five different instruments on stage!
Sheri read an excerpt from one of her devotional books to set up "Jesus Loves You." I love this song!! Such a beautiful reminder of when we don't feel loved and feel alone, He loves us with an amazing and everlasting love, and we are engraved on the palm of His hand.
You never know who Jeff might pull on stage or what he might do in the second half. He'd helped a Keith Welcher make a CD at their studio in Lincolnton, so he let him play the guitar for the audience to start the second half. He also brought up Mike, the stage manager for Echo Hollow, to sing lead on "Victory in Jesus." He did a great job! Then a young couple was celebrating their fifth anniversary by seeing Jeff and Sheri, so he let her join them on "Sitting on Top of the World."
They took several requests from the audience and sang "Roses Will Bloom Again," "Hallelujah From the Valley," "Party Time," "Lord, Send Your Angels" and "Thread of Hope," a personal favorite! They ended the night with "Thank You Lord for Your Blessings on Me." They had the audience stand on its feet and join them for the last part of the song.
I can't believe it's almost over, today is the last day of Southern Gospel Picnic!