LARNED —The Bradley family, with Larned origins, will perform their annual gospel performance the day after Thanksgiving. The Bradley family will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25 at the Escue Chapel CME Church, 1220 Carroll Street.
Matriarch Emma Jeanne Bradley of Larned said the family grew more interested in singing when her three oldest girls started singing in the church choir. Her sons and daughters are Larned High School graduates.
“Over the years, the family group has developed their own unique style,” Bradley said. “They started singing with their cousins and enjoy it.”
The Bradley family enjoys singing gospel favorites such as “There’s a Leak in This Old Building,” “I Tell It,” and “I’m Grateful,” which has been recorded by Mahalia Jackson.
Featured in the Bradley family group will be her sons Jay Bradley, Damon Bradley and Chris Bradley and her daughters, Gina Bradley, Amy Bradley, Jo. K. Bradley and Angela Bradley.
Depending on how many relatives return to Larned for Thanksgiving, more than a dozen family members will participate.
Amy Bradley said the family enjoys being together during the holidays and singing together has become a holiday tradition.
“We’re all pretty good singers,” she said. “This is something we’ve done every Thanksgiving.”
Mrs. Bradley said some of the granddaughters often perform a dance routine along with the singing entertainment. Mrs. Bradley said an Escue Church Choir and men’s group may also perform.
The public is invited to come and enjoy an evening of praise in song and dance as the family gives thanks for what the Lord has done for them. The Bradleys invite anyone who has an attitude of gratitude to join in the celebration of Thanksgiving.