12th annual Gospel Music Convention coming soon

ORGANISERS of the 12th annual Gospel Music Convention are gearing up for this year's event which takes place in Fraserburgh next weekend.The three-day convention, which runs from Friday, April 30 until Sunday, May 2 at Fraserburgh Leisure Centre, has become one of the highlights of the Christian Music Calendar.

Thursday, 22nd April 2010, 9:27 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2010, 9:29 am

And, of course, in conjunction with the event, the Kids Konvention will also be running all weekend, in the venue's rear hall, with plenty of games, stories, music and much more for the youngsters too.

Every year has brought it's unique style and atmosphere to the convention and this year will be no different. With artists travelling from all around the world this is sure to be another weekend that is not to be missed.

The programme kicks off at 6.30pm on Friday evening. Then on Saturday there will be a seminar with David Earnshaw starting at 10.30am. In the afternoon there will be a Saturday Showcase between 2pm and 4pm and the day will conclude with the evening concert which begins on 6pm.

On the Sunday morning, the various artists will be taking part in morning services at churches in Fraserburgh, St Combs, Cairnbulg and Peterhead. That afternoon there will be a another Sunday showcase from 2.30pm-4pm. There will be a Gospel House beginning at 6pm and the weekend will finish off with an evening concert beginning at 7.45pm.

Programmes, featuring more details and photographs of all the artists and the full weekend schedule can be bought during the Convention.

Looking forward to this year's event,Gospel Music Convention chairman Mike Stephen told the Herald: "As our 12th Gospel Music Convention approaches we are all very excited and looking forward to a weekend where we can praise the Lord and enjoy a time of fun, food and fellowship. Our artists this year are coming from a variety of countries including the USA, Canada, Norway and Ireland.

"These artists are amongst the best in Gospel Music and we are privileged that they have agreed to be part of our convention this year. We are also delighted to have our guest speaker David Earnshaw with us again. Alongside the main convention, the Kids Konvention will also be running as normal under the guidance of Ruth and Murray Lawrie. It really is a weekend where there is something for everyone to enjoy!

"I would also like to thank everyone for the support we have received not just this year but over all the years since the convention started in 1999. The support we have received has been overwhelming and we really do appreciate the support of so many individuals, businesses and churches throughout the community.

"We really can't thank everyone enough! We are expecting this to be a record year for attendance with many of the weekend tickets now sold although there are still some tickets available by contacting the ticket hotline number. We look forward to seeing you at the Convention."

To book your tickets by emailing us or by calling the organisers on 01779 490956.

Mike and Faye Speck

For more than thirty-five years, Mike and Faye Speck have been singing and ministering to the body of Christ. More than 2,000 churches, large and small, of various denominations have personally experienced their compelling presentation of the gospel.

As an ordained minister and former pastor, Mike has a deep love for the local church. He has served on the staff of six different churches throughout Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Virginia.

During the 1980s and 90s, as a result of their city wide evangelistic crusades, Mike and Faye began writing and arranging music for church choirs. Today, thousands of churches regularly use their choral collections. They have arranged and compiled twenty-two different choral books. Twelve of these collections are published by Word Music, of which many are the top sellers for their company. They are currently partnered with Lillenas Music, a subsidiary of the Nazarene Publishing House and have continued to be one of the top sellers in the choral music industry.

Mike and Faye make their home in Lebanon, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville. Over the years, The Specks have had the privilege of travelling with many different vocalists as part of the Mike Speck Ministries team. These personalities and varied life experiences have given a refreshing and unique style to their concert appearances. Involving the congregation, while utilizing the church choir and church musicians, The Specks offer an opportunity for those attending to be blessed and join in worship.

The Foresters

Mark and Andrea Forester are in full-time Gospel Music Ministry. They travel all across the United States holding more than 200 meetings each year.

Mark and Andrea have released nine recordings in five years. The newest is a project called " It Is Well" It contains many songs written by them and other originals by songwriters from across the country.

Both Mark and Andrea have attended Bible College to further their musical and Biblical studies. Mark is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, MI. Andrea attended Shawnee Baptist College in Louisville, KY. Mark has also been an instructor at Midwestern Baptist College.

The Masters Four

Celebrating more than 20 years of ministry together, The Master's Four are recognized today as one of Canada'a leading gospel quartets.

The group was originally formed in 1985 at Unionville Alliance Church in Unionville, Ontario, Canada. Known in those days as "The Unionville Boys", the quartet quickly gained a local following through appearances at Churches, banquets, conferences and community events throughout Southern Ontario.

As the ministry grew, the quartet was renamed "The Master's Four", reflecting their commitment to an expanded ministry and to the message of Grace and Hope that is engrained in their music. Today, the current members of The Master's Four continue to touch hearts and lives with this message through their unique blend of traditional, contemporary and southern gospel music.

The quartet has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations throughout the years. Most recently, "Livin' By Faith' , the group's fourth recording and second with legendary gospel music producer and performer Nick Bruno, was selected as 2005 Canadian Southern Gospel Album of the Year. "My Faith My All" also was awarded "Canadian Southern Gospel Song of The Year" at the 2005 Covenant Awards. "Livin' By Faith" and their most recent recording, "Faith Of Our Fathers", demonstrate why The Master's Four continue to gain new audiences across Canada and around the world!

Sisters

These sisters began their music ministry before they were out of elementary school, along with parents Leo and Brenda Ruppe.

It was in 1974, when Kim was nine and Heather was eight, the two daughters and Brenda began singing as The Ruppes. Valerie was also a part of the ministry at the young age of four. In 1975, the group recorded their first album, The Way, The Truth, The Life. They went on to experience overwhelming success.

Their most notable song during their years as The Ruppes was the stunningly beautiful, "Under His Wings." They had many other top songs including their first number one, "Angels In The Room" from the album " Seasons". Their 2001 album release Born to Serve yielded a Grammy nomination.

Years of ministry brought changes for The Ruppes as the girls went their separate ways at various times. Heather ministered full-time with her gifted singer/songwriter husband, Greg Day.

Kim began the successful ministry of LordSong, with husband, Michael Lord. Valerie continued on with her mom, Brenda in The Ruppes. Through it all, they continued to minister and they remained very close as a family. Now God has opened the door for them to come full circle and sing together as Sisters and they are loving every minute of it.

Today, Sisters are travelling all over the country sharing their dynamic harmonies and deep love for Christ. In addition, they can be found on tour with the nationally known singer/comedian, Mark Lowry. Their magic on stage in combination with incredible songs and amazing harmonies is absolutely unstoppable. For this group of inseparable sisters, dreams really DO come true.

The Harvesters

The Harvesters are a Southern Gospel close harmony group from Northern Ireland.

It's not that we're old, but lets just say...Big Ben was a wristwatch when we started! (A joke there from their very own Ronnie Morrison), but seriously they have been together for nearly 37 years and are still as popular as ever, taking part in concerts all over the UK and Ireland!

The band members are David Morrison (founding member), Ronnie Morrison (founding member), Alex Robb (only 2yrs old when the group formed), Derek Cunningham (old enough to be a founding member) Hugh Moore (ditto!) and Philip Maxwell (NOT EVEN BORN when group formed!), our most patient of sound engineers!

This group comes from a place called Fitjar a little bit south of Bergen, west in Norway. For about four years now, they have been singing around in their district. The last couple of years they have started to travel a little longer to sing, and in 2010 they are singing both at 'Singing in the city' in Stavanger, Norway and GMC Scotland.

Praise Him

Praise Him is put together by five girls in the age +/- 30 years old. The members of the group are Elin Soerfonn who is playing the piano as well as singing. She is married, studying to be a teacher and working besides that. Karin Steinsland Stokken is a nurse, married and has got two kids.

Karine Tveit Lillenes is married, working with bakery in a store and has got a boy. Kjerstin Handeland Stokken is a teacher working in a Christian bookstore, married and has got three kids. Randi Eiken Brekke is a pre-school teacher. She is married and now with child number four coming along, she has taken a break in 2010 from the group.

They love to sing the gospel and be a part of spreading the good news about Jesus Christ through their words and music. He's worth singing about!

Solveig Leithaug

For more than 20 years, Dove Award-winning recording artist Solveig Leithaug has won audiences worldwide with her soothing voice, remarkable guitar playing and songwriting talents.

Solveig has been a staple on the Scandinavian gospel scene and has performed throughout Europe and the USA since her late teens.

In addition to her solo performances, Solveig has also participated in a number of conferences around the world. Since 2005 she has performed at numerous Homecoming Concerts including the Alaskan Cruise in the summer of 2007. She also appeared on The Homecoming Video "How Great Thou Art" taped at the historic Grand Ole Opry.

Solveig has released six solo projects in English and seven in her native Norwegian in addition to three bestselling children's albums.