Gospel sounds set

The Whisnants and The Mylon Hayes Family will perform at the annual Soldiers Reunion Gospel Music Night on the square in downtown Newton.

Headlining the popular singing event will be The Whisnants, a Morganton-based southern gospel group that originated in 1970. The band has performed throughout the United States and Canada.

The current line-up includes Jeff and Susan Whisnant, their sons Austin and Ethan, and Aaron Hise. The group has 10 No. 1 songs and numerous top 20 hits.

Their song “What You Took From Me” was the 2003 Singing News Chart’s “Song of the Year.” In 2004, the fans of Southern Gospel Music awarded the “Song of the Year” title for their song, “Even in the Valley.” The band has been nominated for “Trio of the Year” six times, and has received numerous individual nominations including “Favorite Young Artist,” “Favorite Female Singer,” and “Favorite Alto.”

The opening act for this year’s gospel music night will be The Mylon Hayes Family, which consists of Mylon and Wendy Hayes, their 13-year-old twin boys Conner and Bailey, and their 9-year-old daughter Kennedy.

Mylon Hayes, who is also part of The Hayes Family gospel group, said he feels blessed to be able to sing as a family. The newly-formed quintet recently recorded their first project, and just released a song to radio – the Gordon Jenson classic “Bigger Than Any Mountain.”

 This free concert is sponsored by the city of Newton and BB&T Bank. Area residents are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy traditional, inspirational, and contemporary gospel music from these two popular groups.

For more information, contact Wayne Dellinger at (828) 464-3906.