published Friday, August 12th, 2011

Gospel show Saturday at Memorial

Two of Southern gospel music's most enduring and acclaimed groups -- The Hoppers and Gold City -- will headline a Saturday concert at Memorial Auditorium.

Also sharing the stage are relative newcomers The Old Paths and Voices Won. The show is presented by Paul Belcher Promotions, based in Tellico Plains, Tenn.

  • The Hoppers, whose streak of No. 1 hits include "Milk and Honey," "Here I Am," "Anchor to the Power of the Cross" and "Mention My Name," have multiple Dove Award nominations and numerous industry accolades, including Mixed Group of the Year from the Hearts Aflame Awards.

Formed in 1957, the group originally was known as the Hopper Brothers and Connie, which included Claude Hopper, along with his four brothers and future wife, Connie. Connie and Claude's two sons, Dean and Michael, eventually joined the group, as did Dean's wife, Kim.

In addition to group awards, Connie, Kim and Michael have been singled out for individual industry awards, including Favorite Alto for Connie, Female Vocalist and Favorite Soprano for Kim and Favorite Musician for Michael, the group's drummer.

n Gold City can claim 49 hit songs and more than 40 recordings since releasing its first album in 1981. The Dahlonega, Ga.-based quartet has won numerous Album, Song, Group and Vocalists of the Year awards and was nominated for a Dove Award for "There Rose a Lamb." They also are known for such songs as "Truth Is Marching On," "It's Just Another Red Sea," "That Little Baby," "God Handled It All" and "I Believe."

  • The Old Paths, based in Atlanta, is among five nominees for Singing News Magazine's Horizon Group of the Year for 2011. Since forming in 2003, they've had four Top 30 songs in the Singing News charts, along with countless others in the Top 80. Members Brandon Barry (bass) and Tim Rackley (lead) both have Chattanooga ties. Barry began singing in a quartet with friends at his church in Chattanooga when he was 16. Rackley traveled with a quartet out of Tennessee Temple University while in college.

  • Voices Won: This Dalton, Ga.-based trio of brothers began their singing ministry in 2000. Youngest brother Staclynn sings lead, middle brother Shantell adds baritone and oldest brother Jaron sings tenor. Their latest CD is called "The Basics."

IF YOU GO

  • What: The Hoppers, Gold City, The Old Paths and Voices won in concert.

  • When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

  • Where: Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave.

  • Admission: $20 reserved floor seats, $15 general-admission, upper-level seats (free general-admission seats for children 12 and younger); group rates available.

  • Phone: 642-TIXS (box office) or 423-253-7900 (promoter).

  • Website: www.ChattanoogaOnStage.com.

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