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First Baptist Church to host Wes Hampton

Published 11:46am Thursday, February 7, 2013

Gospel music will be in the spotlight at First Baptist Church of Dadeville with a solo act by a big name.

Wes Hampton will be at FBC Feb. 17. Hampton sings tenor with the Gaither Vocal Band.

“He has sung with them since 2005,” said James Mynard, minister of music and education at FBC. “People love the Gaithers.”

The concert will begin at 6 p.m. Although admission is free, tickets are required as seating is limited.

“A man from our church who lives in Birmingham now goes to church with Hampton,” Mynard said. “He did all the work to get him to come – I think it’s such a big opportunity for this church and community to see him.”

According to his website, Hampton “won the 2006 Singing News Horizon Individual Fan Award for best new artist and was nominated with the Gaither Vocal Band for a Grammy in 2007 (Give it Away) and in 2008 (Lovin’ Life). (His) first project with the Gaither Vocal Band, Give it Away, won three Dove Awards from the GMA in 2007 for best southern gospel song of the year, best southern gospel record of the year and best long form video of the year.  (His) third album with the Gaither Vocal Band, Lovin’ Life, won a Grammy in 2009 for best southern gospel or country bluegrass album as well as a Dove Award.”

Mynard said there are still plenty of tickets left. Tickets are available at FBC, The Lighthouse in Auburn or at the Tallapoosa Publishers office in Alexander City through Doug Patterson.

“We are very pleased to have Wes Hampton in concert at First Baptist,” Patterson said. “Wes has won numerous awards and is considered one of the top tenors in his profession. I can assure you that if you can attend, you will truly be blessed.”

Mynard said they just want to be able to give the community an opportunity to hear a great singer.

“It’s an outreach to people that might not go to church that might want to come and hear some good gospel music,” Mynard said.

For more information, call FBC at 256-825-6232.