Friday, November 17, 2017 … First Baptist Church Gautier MS
I approached the lead mic, “Good evening, my name is Robby Myrick. Welcome to Thanksgiving Gospel Sing where we are #BringingGospelBack!”
And the crowd erupted with applause and cheers of “Amen”, “That’s right!”
So that’s how the evening began.
From there, it only became more jubilant and joyful with endless songs of happy thoughts, endearing memories, and hope filled truths of our eternal bliss with the Savior who gives us The Reason to sing!
Rachael Gill & Redeemed led with originals from their debut CD titled, Standing On The Rock. These ladies are born and bred South Mississippi girls whose unique songwriting skills blend perfectly with their beautiful 3-part harmonies.
Buddy Watts / Robby Myrick / Bob Nusko [BRB, as they’re affectionately known] sang a few favorites including the classic, O What A Savior, with Robby’s high tenor voice featured. Buddy sang a few of his originals including Thinking About Going Home, which is a hit single for The Hyssongs on top radio stations.
Next, The Bibletones commanded the stage with hand-clapping favorites as well as the power ballad Portrait Of Love. Celebrating 60 Years Of Singing, their new high energy setlist made way for a very special recognition of Mr Howard Rutland, who recently suffered a series of strokes which caused debilitating illnesses.
Howard was strong enough to sing the classic What A Day That Will Be, with the new guys backing him perfectly. The moment was holy indeed, with many a tear-filled eye as we joyfully supported Howard’s faithful endurance and prayed for his speedy recovery.
Then, the evening was rounded out with the legendary sounds of The Dixie Echoes!
Randy Shelnut has led the group since his legendary dad, Dale Shelnut, passed on to glory in May 1983. Along with son Randy Jr [or, “Scoot” as we all know him] the father-son team have carried on a Gulf Coast quartet legacy unparalleled by most across country the nation. Their rich and unique 4-part harmony blend along with a sincere heart for the Gospel Story causes the listener to want to live life to the fullest, love Jesus more, and give generously to our fellowman.
The evening was sealed with a happy congregation singalong including the familiar hymn I’ll Fly Away, led by the entire cast of featured singers.
RMM PRODUCTIONS partnered with a host of local Sponsors and supporters to produce this comeback annual Gospel Singing event which has been anxiously awaited by hundreds of coastal Gospel Music listeners and fans.
Founder-Director Robby Myrick intends to produce at least a half dozen similar events throughout the year to enhance support of the annual Thanksgiving Concert. The plan is to once again draw a 1000-Seat crowd. And hopefully outgrow that venue!
Special thanks to these wonderful Sponsors:
- Fosters Heating & Air, Gautier MS
- Action Printing Center, Pascagoula MS
- First Baptist Church Gautier MS
- Gulf Sales & Service LLC, Pascagoula MS
- Empress Audio, Pascagoula MS
- Charter Bank, Pascagoula MS
- The First Bank, Pascagoula MS
- Sunday Morning Gospel with Cliff Baugus on 95KSJ Country and K99 Country
- Waterfront Productions, Pascagoula MS
- Engulfed Ministries, Lucedale MS
- Wayne Lennep, Moss Point MS