Covington resident Logan Smith, 15, will perform gospel songs at Believer's Fellowship in Conyers on Sunday at 6 p.m.
Gospel music is almost like a big dose of medicine for whatever ails you, according to Keith Broach, the bass singer for the Vessels of Praise Quartet. Broach has been singing gospel music since 1985, and said whether one feels joyful or needs to be comforted, gospel music can minister to the soul.
Broach and his quartet will be in concert Sunday night at Believer's Fellowship in Conyers at 6, along with 15-year-old singing sensation Logan Smith. Vessels of Praise Quartet has been singing the gospel message for 18 years and this will be the first time the group has performed at Believer's Fellowship.
Smith is a national recording artist who has been featured on some of the Bill Gaither gospel music programs.
"He is a very talented young man," Broach said of the teen whose father pastors the church Broach attends in Stockbridge, Community of Praise.
Vessels of Praise is a part-time group and a member of the Blue Ridge Gospel Music Association. The quartet is a mixed Southern gospel quartet with both men and women singers. The group has been based out of central Georgia since it began in 1995, and sings original songs along with Southern gospel classics.
Broach said the group has been "privileged through the years to have been invited to appear on stage with some of Southern gospel's premier groups and soloists," such as the Dixie Echoes, and to have made television appearances. The group's music has also received air play on radio stations throughout the Southeast.
Members of Vessels of Praise include Tammy Vickers, soprano, who lives in McDonough, and is a singer as well as songwriter. She is the owner of Muzic TV Publishing Co., and formerly sang with her daughter in their group The Vickers.
Robin Broach is one of the original members of the Southern Gospel quartet Four for Christ, where she sang alto with the group. Originally from Griffin, she is lead singer for Vessels of Praise.
David "Happy" Marston, baritone for the group, is a resident of Griffin and is a long-time Southern gospel music singer. He sang with a trio out of middle Georgia and prior to that he had his own trio, The Happy Harmony Trio. He has written a number of Southern Gospel songs and is featured on the group's latest release, "Jesus is Amazing."
Keith Broach, originally from Winder, is one of the original members and founders of the quartet, Four for Christ. He has co-produced and done studio work for other recording artists and songwriters.
Also on stage at Believer's Fellowship Sunday night will be Logan Smith. Smith was diagnosed with asthma at birth and used a breathing machine three times a day. On his website, www.logansmithministries.com., Smith explained that after his father preached at a revival one weekend, he was healed from asthma.
As a little boy, Smith enjoyed watching the Gaither Homecoming videos and would stand in his room holding a pencil for a microphone and "sing his heart out" to one of the Happy Goodman Family songs, according to the website. At 7, Smith sung at his grandparents' church for a senior dinner, and "brought the house down" with his talent.
From that point forward, Smith has been in demand at churches and other venues to share the gospel message in music. He recorded "The Journey Begins," his first CD, at the age of 10. He released his second CD, "Just Any Day Now," at the age of 11, followed by this third, "Satisfied," at 12, with Jeff and Sheri Easter singing background vocals. His latest release, "Child of the King" was released last year.
Smith sang with the Gaither Homecoming Tour in 2008, as well as the Gaither Homecoming Thanksgiving in 2010 and Alaskan cruise video "Majesty" in 2011. Since 2008, Smith has attended the National Quartet Convention and was invited to sing on the main stage in 2009 and 2010.
The young man has been nominated for a dozen awards, including 2012 Diamond Award/Sunrise Award, AMG Heritage Award/Youth Award, 2011 Singing News Fan Award/Horizon Individual and SESGMC Young Artist. He has been the winner of a number of awards, including the 2011 SESGMC Soloist of the Year, Daybreak Award and Website of the Year.
The community is invited to come hear the Vessels of Praise Quartet and Logan Smith in concert Sunday night at Believer's Fellowship, which is located at 1855 Christian Circle in Conyers.