IRON RIVER - Grace Covenant Church Summer Concert series announces the second concert of 2012.
On Sunday, July 22, at 6 p.m. the Summer Concert Series features The Sonship Quartet with an evening of sacred tunes presented in tradition of 1950s style gospel music with a vibrant modern twist.
In 2005, Brad Ankney and his father, Ken Ankney formed Sonship Quartet with the express intent of creating a young, energetic group with a unique sound. They spent the first few years training young men to fill each position, and in 2009, when everything began to click, they followed God's call on their lives and hit the road.
In 2010 the group began to experience what it looked like to see God's hand on their lives as exciting changes took place, said a spokesperson. Songwriter and piano player, Jim Plaugher, joined the group. Plaugher added an unprecedented level of quality to each program. He encourages people nightly through his testimony of God's goodness and faithfulness through his physical ailment of Parkinson's disease.
"Despite a debilitating disease, God still allows him to play and sing as if he were well," he said.
Later in 2010 the group added former piano player, Terry Gabbard, age 21, to the roster to fill the baritone position.
"His high energy and youthfulness is endearing to people of all ages," he states.
The bass singer is 22 year old Taylor Ball out of Adrian, Mich. Taylor attended Adrian College for a music degree in saxophone which adds an element of class to each program.
Through complicated harmonies, and utilizing the versatility of two first tenors and five vocalists, the group feels they have accomplished their goal of combining the great elements of 1950s style gospel music with a modern influence.
"It is truly exciting, passionate gospel music for a new generation," he says.
The third and final concert of the 2012 series is The Cody Clauson Trio on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 6 p.m.
All concerts are held in the sanctuary of Grace Covenant Church, located at 316 Jasper in Iron River. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow in the lower level of the church.
A freewill offering is accepted and applied directly to the expenses of the Summer Concert Series.