McKameys (Farewell Tour)
Blue Gate Theatre
If there is one word that describes The McKameys, it would be sincere. Each member of this Southern Gospel singing group is sincere in their love for the Lord, sincere in their love for the music they sing, and sincere in their need to spread the Word to others through their music.
Organized as a trio of sisters — Dora, Peg and Carol McKamey — in 1954, the group is nearing its fifth decade of spreading love and blessings through the music they sing. Even though there have been several changes in the group’s makeup, the wonderful harmonies, great songs and sheer joy of singing has never gone away. Whether they are performing “Roll The Burden On Me,” “Even The Valley,” “Right On Time,” “Arise,” or earlier hits like “Who Put The Tears” or “God On The Mountain,” there is a light that shines through onstage and an energy that carries them through the night when they perform.
The McKameys play about 150 dates a year, traveling all over North America from Southern California on up to British Columbia and over to the East Coast, north to New Brunswick and south to Florida. They have had 14 number one singles and in 1999 were honored by their record label, Horizon, for having the most number one hits in the history of Southern Gospel Music. Peg has been named Favorite Female Vocalist by the Singing News at its annual fan awards. From 1981 through 1999 they released an album a year filled with music with a message that their fans are eager to hear. Some of the music is written by daughter Sheryl and the remainder comes from songs sent to them in the mail or handed to them on tapes at concerts.
Today’s lineup of the Inspirations holds firm to their roots, while setting the stage for another generation. The group as of January, 2011 consists of Martin Cook – Piano, Mike Holcomb – Bass, Jon Epley – Baritone, David Reagan – Lead, Jodi Hosterman – Tenor, Myron Cook – Upright Bass, along with Luke Vaught who can play almost any instrument put in his hands.
The Inspirations have continued to remain a top-selling recording artist, now recording for Horizon Records. They still pack churches and concert halls to capacity. Their presence still commands respect and admiration. The boys from Bryson City have proven consistency and integrity are still important, in times where neither have seemed to be viewed as relevant.
Showtime: 7:00pm | Doors Open: 6:30pm
Admission fee: $24.95 | Dinner and Theater - $42.95