a taste of the creative artists who
are coming in June.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Linda Skaret is a piano soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, and choral music director. Founder and director of ENTOURAGE MINISTRIES, Ms. Skaret directs a choir of inmates at the Limon Correctional Facility, CO, a high security prison for violent offenders and “lifers.” Linda now serves as worship accompanist at Forestgate Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs. A graduate of Evangel University, Springfield, MO, Linda is married to Dean.
Lori Jean Smith is the daughter of a White House clarinetist and a world-class cellist…influences that would inevitably lead to Lori’s instrumental prowess. Lori Jean is a “world class” violinist and though classically trained is at home with a variety of musical styles. Her motto is ‘artistry with passion,’ and she embodies the saying of J.S. Bach ‘I play the notes... but God makes the music.’ Lori Jean lives in the Orlando, Florida area with her husband Tim and their two sons, Zachary (14) and Dillon (12).
Dick and Mel Tunney are one of the most dynamic couples in Christian music. Together they have penned more than 150 songs garnering ten Dove Awards and one Grammy Award for the song “How Excellent is Thy Name” recorded by Larnelle Harris. After 30 plus years of recording, writing, arranging and accompanying it is evident that the Tunney’s great passion is leading God’s people in worship. Dick and Mel have been married for 30 years, have two married daughters and live in Nashville, TN. www.tunneymusic.com
The group VERITAS presents one of the most refreshing and dynamic sounds in Christian music today. Five male voices all equally qualified as soloists blending their talents in an ensemble of stirring harmony. Reaching across demographic boundaries VERITAS is touching the great diversity of the church and is equally loved and followed by young and old alike. With their “star” rising it is important to note that these five guys individually and corporately are passionate about Christ and the spread of His gospel both here and abroad.
Nathan Woodward is an incredible world class saxophonist who has performed for dignitaries such as Governor, Mike Huckabee, President George W. Bush and organizations such as Chick-fil-A and the American Red Cross. Nathan is passionate about the Lord and about serving the global church with his amazing gift. He is also a performer and clinician with the Yamaha Corporation of America, a Music Specialist for the Texas Baptist Convention and serves on the advisory board of Alpha Ministries. Nathan is newly married to wife Elisha. The Woodwards reside in Dallas, TX.