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› Hardee’s, 812 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga., 6 p.m. Gospel singing with the Downhome Pickers. 423-618-2698

› McDonald’s, 130 Abel Drive, Dayton, Tenn, 7-9 p.m. Gospel singing with The McDonald Singers, Spiritual Voices. 423-240-6027

› Ringgold Wedding Chapel, 7683 Nashville St., Ringgold, Ga., 6-7:30 p.m. Gospel singing with Kadie Barker. 423-320-6538


› New Salem Baptist Church, 541 Scenic Highway, Rising Fawn, Ga., 7:30-9 p.m. Third Friday Southern Convention Gospel Singing with fellowship and refreshments following. 706-398-1567.


› Big Biscuit Barn, 1391 LaFayette Road, Rossville, Ga., 9 a.m.-noon. Gospel singing every Saturday hosted byPat Hookey. 423-320-6538.

› Little Brown Church: 3209 Spring Ave., Signal Mountain, 6 p.m. Old-fashioned hymn sing featuring Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band. 423-664-3280.

› Praise and Worship Family Outreach Center, 100 Cannon St., Jasper, Tenn., 6-9 p.m. CDT. Saturday night gospel sing with Calvary’s Blend and Sam Sampson. 423-508-4106.


› Cochran’s Travel Center, Exit 345 off I-75, Ringgold, Ga., 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Johnnie Sue leads music. 706-935-2351.

› Hullender Farm, 10944 London Lane, Apison, 6-7:30 p.m. Singing from the red-back hymnal with special guests The Mylon Hayes Family. 423-595-7070

› New Covenant Church, 3700 Clio Ave., Chattanooga, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Gospel jam with Coy Reeves, Buck “Elvis” Gouger and others. 423-867-2121.

There will be a lot of hand-clapping and toe-tapping when Sweet Southern Entertainment Promotions presents its fifth annual Gospel Fest beginning Thursday, June 14, at Dalton Convention Center, 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road in Dalton, Georgia.

Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, June 16. Tickets are $20 per night or $25 for a three-day pass.

-Thursday: The gospel singing kicks off with performances by Gerald Crabb and by Karen Peck and New River.

Crabb founded the internationally known gospel group, The Crabb Family, in 1994. The family of singers appeared on Gaither videos, "The 700 Club," TBN, CMT and GAC networks.

He has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and the Brooklyn Tabernacle. He has written more than 475 songs with 24 of them reaching No. 1. His song, "Sometimes I Cry," recorded by Jason Crabb, was 2011 Song of the Year at the Dove Awards.

Karen Peck and New River is a five-time Grammy-nominated and six-time Dove Award-winning group. They have scored more than 18 No. 1 hits. Peck has received an unprecedented 11 Favorite Soprano Fan Awards from readers of The Singing News magazine.

The group's single "I Am Blessed" was Singing News' song of the Year in 2016.

-Friday: Jason Crabb, former lead vocalist for The Crabb Family, headlines this show. He has received numerous musical awards including being named Favorite Male Vocalist by Harmony Honors Awards, Singing News Fan Awards and Dove Awards. He has been a featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

His newest album, "Unexpected," was released April 20.

-Saturday: Gospel Fest will close with sets by The Hoppers and The McKameys, both family gospel entertainers for six decades.

The Hoppers celebrated their 60th anniversary of entertaining audiences in 2017. The family has performed for presidential inauguration religious ceremonies, in Carnegie Hall and in Israel, Europe and Africa.

The Hoppers are comprised now of family members Claude and Connie, son Dean and wife Kim, and son Mike Hopper. Connie Hopper, a cancer survivor, has been honored with numerous industry and fan honors and inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

The McKameys have released nearly three dozen albums, which spawned hit singles such as "Right On Time," "I've Won," "Unspoken Request," "There Is Jesus" and "God on the Mountain." They play about 130 days of each year. Peg McKamey is also a member of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

For more information: 706-226-9729.


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