a taste of the creative artists who
are coming in June.
For a small-town baritone, there is nothing small about James Berrian’s singing. Combing the sounds of opera, musical theater, and pop, listeners of all ages will be inspired by Berrian’s booming baritone voice. With the recent release of his first solo EP, “Hymns”, James hopes that the combination of powerful orchestrations and familiar melodies will stir and encourage every type of audience. Although Berrian’s foundation is firmly grounded in the classical style, his training and experience reaches into multiple styles and genres. Pop, gospel, musical theater, and barbershop also make up the pallet of musical stylings that have helped Berrian in his pursuit of moving forward vocally. James is also a member of the contemporary classical vocal group, Veritas
Greg Buchanan is a world-class harpist whose enthusiastic jazz-style of playing both traditional and contemporary music sets him in a category all by himself. Greg’s heartfelt sensitivity when playing the hymns of the church leaves one in absolute awe. For the past 30 years, God has called Greg to a life of traveling to spread the Good News, to encourage ministers and to lead people into the presence of God through exciting worship and personal testimony. Greg is energized and encouraged by the people he encounters while touring. His prayer is that he will be used to encourage others through his witness and testimony. Greg and his wife Becky reside in Santa Ana, CA.
Known as the “Manheim Steamroller” of gospel music, the Burchfield Brothers roots began in a Smokey Mountain cabin and a two room school house. After the government closed the school down, their family relocated to the south side of Chicago. This mix of cultural heritage helped to develop the Burchfield’s stylistic diversity of Appalachian Irish, Classical, Jazz, Contemporary Christian Music and Gospel. The Dove Award nominated duo has been involved in music ministry for over 40 years and their instrumental CDs span the globe.
Seventeen years ago, when TaRanda left Florida for Boone, NC, to audition for the popular Southern Gospel Music group, the Greenes, little did she know what God had in store for her.
As TaRanda captured the hearts of Gospel music lovers across the nation, she also captured the heart of Tony Greene and they married on February 13, 2001. Tony’s health had begun to fail before their marriage and they were told they would never have children, but God blessed them with Belle in 2004 and Josie in 2008.
In 2007 Tony received one of TaRanda’s kidneys but suffered complications and passed away in September 2010.
TaRanda has continued to sing, using her God given talent and anointed spirit. “It’s a very challenging time yet I know with all my heart, my life is in God’s hands and He loves me more than I could ever know.” God uses that realization to touch and stir the souls of each listener who hears the amazing voice of TaRanda Greene.
The Voices of Triumph Choir of Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church is a choir known for excellence, discipline and always delivering a powerful sound as we minister through praise and worship. Under the direction of Mario Powell, the VOT choir has become versatile in the style of music, creating high energetic environments and delivering strong messages throughout our musical content. The Voices of Triumph members create a large number of the 6 ensembles at Emmanuel such as; Voices of Triumph, our mass choir, men’s and women’s choir, young adult’s choir and occasionally helping out with the youth choir. Finally, the VOT Choir has made appearances with several Gospel artists such as Babbie Mason, Richard Smallwood and others. The Voices of Triumph supports and sings for Pastor Thompson as he preaches the gospel throughout the community. This music ministry at Emmanuel continues to grow, as they continue to follow God and the direction he continues to take us!
With a voice that is uniquely stirring and evangelistic, Scot R. Cameron has quietly earned a national reputation for excellence in Christian music since 1995. Highlights of his ministry include Focus on the Family, Swan’s Place for Daystar television, Texas Evangelism Conference, National Religious Broadcasters, Hallelujah Chorus of Singapore, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall. Noted as a “polished performer with a rich, expressive voice” (Dallas MN), God continues to use Scot’s varied talents as a contemporary Christian vocalist, music evangelist, and classical artist.
Doyle Combs is one of the nation’s pioneers in the field of Sacred Instrumental Music and Gospel Jazz. Having conducted over 3500 public performances he has been a professional music educator for over 30 years. For 15 years, Doyle conducted and served as CEO of JUBILATION BRASS, a gospel jazz touring orchestra. Mr. Combs has performed professionally throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe.
For 18 years, Doyle served as senior musical director for the Sunrise Methodist Church in Colorado Springs and currently serves as worship pastor at Heart Song Ministries, also in Colorado Springs.
Lori Gasper has served as a church pianist, organist, and vocalist for the past 29 years. She has taught piano, accompanied student and professional instrumentalists and vocalists, and accompanied civic and church choirs since 1970. Lori also enjoys leading children’s worship and playing hand bells. She received her BA in music education with an emphasis in organ from the University of Southern Colorado.
Currently, she teaches elementary school in Colorado Springs, where she lives with her husband, Allen, and their four children.
Johnny Hall, is the Executive Director of Music Evangelism Foundation. Johnny has been a friend and supporter of MEF for over 20 years. Like his dear friend and predecessor, Jamall Badry, Johnny is a gospel artist who for 30+ years has ministered extensively across North America. Johnny has been nominated for the prestigious Dove Award and has been a guest soloist with the Billy Graham Crusades, numerous Christian television programs, Bible conferences and seminars. In addition to his music, Johnny is a gifted communicator, preacher and missions spokesperson. Johnny and his wife, Teri, have three sons and reside in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Linda Skaret is a piano soloist, accompanist, and teacher. She has performed at venues in the U.S. and abroad, at national conferences, in community and military recital series, and has enjoyed collaborations with many well known artists and choral directors. Ms. Skaret is the owner of Studio 88, teaching over 45 weekly piano students, who have won numerous awards both locally and in state/national competitions and events.
Ms. Skaret directed the inmate choir, “Cell-ebration,” at the Limon Correctional Facility, a high security men’s prison for violent offenders and "life-ers" for 10 years. They performed several times for other volunteer and prison functions, and for Colorado state officials and dignitaries.
She is the service accompanist at Forestgate Presbyterian Church, and is a graduate of Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri. She is married to Dean.