One of Southern gospel’s brightest shining groups will sing their popular worship ballads this weekend at the Leon Frazier Kiwanis Memorial Concert.
The Steeles will join The LeFevre Quartet for the 6 p.m., Saturday night concert at the Historic Corinth Coliseum Civic Center.
The Steeles feature the husband and wife team of Jeff and Sherry Steele who along with Andrew Ishee travel the country spreading God’s word through music.
“We are thrilled to be back in Corinth,” said Jeff in an interview with the Daily Corinthian. “We have sung here several times back in the day and I have actually preached several revival meetings in this general area. Corinth is such a friendly city and we are native Mississippians anyway so it will be good to re-visit our friends in Corinth.”
Originally formed in 1991, Jeff acts as the lead vocalist and song writer for the group.
In 1995, the group released “God Kept His Promise” and “I Got Up and Went.” The popularity of those two hits helped land Jeff the Southern Gospel Songwriter of the Year award from BMI. Since then, the group has picked up three additional BMI Gold medals for BMI Southern Gospel Songs of the Year.
“The Steeles have been out there a long time,” added Jeff. “We just won an award for Video of the Year for our latest single. I jokingly tell folks that we were 20 years between awards.”
In 1996, The Steeles released the album “We Want America Back,” which quickly became a sensation among the conservative faithful. The album would garner the band dozens of award nominations after the album’s namesake track spent weeks on top of the Southern gospel charts. The title track was also adopted by radio personally James Dodson for his radio show “Focus on the Family.”
The father of three said the group does a nice job of mixing some of the group’s old songs and some of their new stuff.
“I can't stand to go hear groups who have been out there a long time, but only sing their most recent hits,” he said. “So we don't do that.”
Jeff splits his time in front of the mic with the Faith Baptist Church in Cullman, Ala. For the last eight years, he has served as senior pastor.
The song writer's wife, Sherry may be one of Gospel music’s favorite voices.
Sherry’s song with The Steeles called “In My Eyes” has become a staple of churches for Mother’s Day, baby dedications and weddings.
The former pianist for The Kingsmen Quartet, Ishee returns to Corinth after playing with the quartet at the memorial concert in the past.
For the first time, Ishee will join The Steeles for singing duties.
“I hope when people listen to our music that they will experience the reality of what we sing about and that is a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ His son,” said Jeff. “Our music is made up of the songs God has allowed me to write and we're not complicated. Our lyrics are straight ahead and easy to understand. We want folks to feel and sense our sincerity when we sing.”
The LeFevre Quartet will also perform at this weekend's memorial concert.
The Atlanta-based group features Thomas Nalley, Jordan LeFevre, Mike LeFevre and Randy Byrd. Gospel music fans recently voted them Horizon Group of The Year.
DuJuana Frazier Thompson will open for The LeFevre Quartet.
Proceeds from the 17th annual concert go to the Kiwanis scholarship fund, which over the years has awarded more than 200 scholarships totaling more than $160,000.
(Advanced tickets are $12, at the door $15 and artist’s circle $20. Tickets can be purchased at New Life Christian Supply or corinthkiwanis.org. For special group rate or any other questions, contact 662-665-1175.)
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Reprinted by permission from Reece Terry, Publisher - Daily Corinthian