Christian Country Expo welcomes Kenny Gardner to the Artist Lineup
More About Kenny
Kenny Gardner, better known to those that love him, as “Kenny G” is from Columbus, Mississippi and is no stranger to the world of Gospel Music. Born into a preacher’s home, he spent many of his years under his Dad’s (James Gardner) “ole time gospel tents” all across the south. Kenny began singing at the young age of 3 and has served in all facets of ministry. His heart is “healing for hurting humanity” and his anointed ministry in song brings just that.
Kenny has been married for 39 years to his Jr. High School sweetheart, Deborah, and they have one daughter, Ashlee Brooke who alongside her Dad brings an incredibly powerful voice. Their son-in-law, Lance, and two special grandsons, Landon and Jackson complete this amazing family!
In younger years, Kenny traveled with the Stalls Family who are remembered for the song “Stepping on the Clouds” that was written by John Stalls. Kenny’s personal friend, Kenny Hinson was also a powerful influence in his life, and Kenny G. was honored to serve as a pallbearer for his dear friend. Aaron Wilburn, whose name alone makes people smile, is another special friend of Kenny’s that has been influential along his musical path.
But Kenny’s greatest friend and influence is undoubtedly Jesus Christ! Even though he was saved at a very young age, Kenny has stayed true to the course and his calling. Realizing the day is far spent and time is so short, he feels a new season is opening up for him to share the Lord more through music.
We are excited about De La CroiX Coming To Christian Country Expo you need to hear this group. Here is some info about them
Based in “The Cowboy Capital of the World”, Oakdale Ca. de la Croix is a family band of traveling “musicianaries”. Their music has been described as an eclectic blend of Country, FolkRock and Blues with a Christ centered message. Their high energy shows appeal to both adults and youth and combine music, audience participation and an amazing testimony of how God called this family from full time church ministry to give up everything they own and take their music on the road. Many have given their lives to Christ at these events and many believers have found a new sense of courage and commitment to fulfill their calling in life.
Since their inception in early 2010, de la CroiX has traveled thousands of miles, playing hundreds of shows at churches and events ranging from youth gatherings and camps to festivals, and benefits. They have done multiple showcases for industry professionals in Nashville, creating a buzz with their dynamic sound and intriguing hundreds with their story of enduring faith in Christ as they navigate life as a family on the road. They’ve taken the stage at Spirit West Coast, which was the largest Christian music festival west of the Rockies and headlined three national tours. Regardless of the opportunities
de la CroiX has received, they agree as a collective that their passion is to be in churches, big and small, inviting unbelievers to step into the most important relationship of their life and challenging those who do believe, that God has a plan for each of us if we are willing to courageously step into it.
Christian Country Expo is excited that Chuck Day will be with us August 15th – 18th For Christian Country Expo in Pigeon Forge Tn. Here is some info about Chuck.
Chuck made his first recording project when he was just 12 years old. Before he was 18 he had recorded 4 albums with his family group, The Day Family at the legendary Happy Goodman Family Studios. Since then he has worked in several music genres. He traveled with several of the top Southern Gospel music groups as well as several Country bands including Freddy Fender, Marty Haggard and others. For several years Chuck traveled with his brother Greg and Gregs wife Heather as the Christian Country group The Days. The Days were regulars on The Trinity Broadcasting Networks, Praise the Lord program for 4 years. Chuck is one of todays top singer/songwriters and is a pioneer in the Christian Country/Country Gospel industry. He has written/co-written 9 Number 1 Songs in the Christian genre. He has had songs recorded by such names as, Gold City, Clay Cross, Michael English, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, The Hoppers, Rebecca St. James, Barry Wayne, Bob Carlisle, and many others. Midnight Cry is the most notable song that Chuck has written. Chuck penned this song in 1986 with his brother Greg. Since then it has been awarded Song of the Year by The Singing News Fan Awards at the National Quartet Convention, it was also named Christian Music Song of the Decade, and in 2000 was named one of the Top 20 Christian Music Songs of the Century. Recently Chuck received an award for Midnight Cry being one of the most recorded songs in the history of all of Christian music. Chuck records for NewStep Records and tours throughout the United States and the world. His songs can be heard on Christian and Country radio stations in the U.S. and around the world. Chuck holds both a Doctorate of Theology degree and a Doctorate of Divinity. He is an Ordained Minister and was named a Kentucky Colonel in 2000 by Governor Paul Patton of Kentucky. Chuck received 2 RIAA Certified Gold Video Awards for 2 of the Bill Gaither Homecoming Videos. Chuck has received awards from the ICGMA (International Country Gospel Music Association) such as Entertainer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Decade and was inducted into the ICGMA Hall of Fame in 2000. Chuck proudly endorses Martin Guitars, Cedar Creek Custom Cases, Jerry Dunn Custom Tele’s, Walker Amps, Lampifier Mics and The Country Music Store, Texarkana, TX
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