A household name in any musical genre, the Inspirations are models of consistency in the Southern Gospel Music field. The Inspirations originated in 1964 when Martin Cook, a chemistry teacher at Swain County High in Bryson City, NC, and a few of his students and friends held nightly singing sessions in the basement of his home, purely for fun. Two year later (1966), Martin, a lifetime singer of Gospel songs and an accomplished pianist, two of his high school students (Archie Watkins and Ronnie Hutchins), one of his former students (Jack Laws) and an eighth grader (Troy Burns) went on the road to sing in the big leagues of professional Gospel Music.
The Inspirations immediately took Southern Gospel Music by storm and have remained at its forefront since while achieving tremendous popularity and success. They make up a four-part harmony quartet with an unmistakable sound, striking the medium Of traditional Southern Gospel and country.
The Inspirations have traveled nearly five million miles to sing to Americana in seemingly every place from the smallest hamlet in the middle of nowhere to the major cities. They have sung in almost every state in the Union, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as in Canada. They have also hosted tours to Europe, the Bahamas and the Holy Land. The Inspirations have also sung to the Florida State Legislature, at the North Carolina State Fair and are regulars at the National Quartet Convention, the premier Southern Gospel Music event, held in Pigeon Forge, TN. Realizing that a sound link should exist between the singing at concerts and a business structure for a professional singing group of their stature, the Inspirations set up a regular business corporation in 1971. And always seeking to adhere to the highest standards of Christian principles, the Inspirations even went as far as drawing up a notarized list of “by-laws” in 1973 to rule their conduct as singers and musicians. They still abide by those guidelines. It is no secret that the Inspirations live what they sing.
Originating in the heart of God, developed in His word and will, the Inspirations continue to spread the gospel through their music with enthusiasm, vigor and an unyielding dedication as they have since their formation.
Showtime: 7:00pm | Doors Open: 6:30pm
Admission fee: $24.95 | Dinner and Theater - $42.95
Blue Gate theatre
195 N Van Buren Shipshewana