The Central Kansas Southern Gospel Sing will be presented from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave. This year’s sing will feature the quartet Forgiven from Bartlesville, Okla. A freewill offering will be collected during the break when the audience is encouraged to participate in an old-style “sing,” organizer Mary Chestnut said.
The Forgiven quartet has been spreading the good news of Jesus Christ through song and testimony for 37 years with an emphasis on the smooth harmonies exemplifying southern gospel music. They group was at the first “sing” organized by Mary and Lynn Chestnut of Great Bend.
“They’re just really super nice guys,” Mary Chestnut said.
Forgiven will travel to Russell on Sunday to sing at the Dream Theater at 10:45 a.m. for the Olive Branch Chapel.
The quartet has released 17 full-length recording projects with 14 songs from their four latest projects receiving significant airplay on Christian music stations across the nation. Singles include “God’s Gonna Do it Again,” “Where the Battle is Won,” and “But for a Cross.”
The group routinely performs at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., has recently signed an exclusive artist agreement with The Song Garden Music Group out of Chesapeake. Va., and recently performed on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Ky., as a result of winning a National Quartet Convention Regional Artist Showcase Event.
Current members of the group are Mark Brooke (tenor) from Bartlesville, Okla., Mark Green (lead) from Owasso, Okla., David Buckingham (baritone/bass player) from Tulsa, Okla., and Bink Mooney (bass) from Lawton, Okla.
Mary and Lynn Chestnut of Great Bend organized the “sings” more than a decade ago to share their love of Southern Gospel music, which is characterized by close harmonies and vocal ensembles. A spring sing is planned for March 2, 2019. It will feature Larry DeLawder and Steven Carroll and their families.