In a concert themed “Freedom Isn’t Free,” Damascus Road Studios will present the Southern gospel trio Dayspring of Americus, Ga., and two local groups on Saturday, July 2 at Philema Road Baptist Church in Leesburg.
The patriotic evening will also feature performances by The Mended Hearts and Weyman Salter and inspiring testimony from a retired lieutenant colonel.
The pre-Independence Day event begins at 7 p.m.
Dayspring’s award-winning career catapulted when it won second place at Bill Bailey’s South Georgia Gospel Sing Out and Talent Search in Fitzgerald in 2008. It was their first public performance and since then, they have been singing at churches, benefits, and fairs all over Georgia to crowds ranging in size from less than fifty to over a thousand.
All three vocalists of the Dayspring gospel trio are former members of the a cappella group of the same name which disbanded in 2002. Tenor David Luten, along with lead singer and his brother Michael Luten started their careers in Southern gospel with the New Gathering Quartet out of Jacksonville, Fla., until it disbanded in 2007. David employed the baritone vocals of long-time friend Jason Ross and posed the idea of forming a group to Michael, who had been singing with the Once Forgiven Quartet out of Avon Park, Fla. The trio learned a few songs and made plans to sing at some local events. In 2008, Dayspring finished first out of nearly 30 contestants in the Middle Georgia Talent Search in Hawkinsville and today are touching listeners both young and old nearly every weekend.
Philema Road Baptist Church is at 114 Stocks Dairy Road. Admission to the concert is free; a love offering will be accepted. For information, call 420-0602.
Rich De Gray started the Damascus Road Studios off Roosevelt Avenue in Albany in 2005 for personal projects. In 2008, he opened it up to friends, and now, the studio offers complete recording services in a relaxed Christian atmosphere, in addition to promoting gospel concerts. For information, visit www.damascusroadstudios.com.