Jeff and Sheri Easter return to Renaissance Center for June 10 concert

Release Date: 6/2/2004. Expired: 6/10/2004

Jeff and Sheri Easter’s last appearance at The Renaissance Center has turned into a best-selling video and DVD called Happy Hour and Then Some. Produced in the center’s Performance Hall in July 2003, the video and DVD are available through the couple’s Web site as well as in Christian bookstores.

The Easters return for their third appearance at The Renaissance Center with a 7 p.m. concert on June 10 as part of the Solid Gospel 105-FM concert series. Tickets for the show are $14.

Preparing for their latest release for Spring Hill Music, the Easters dug deep into their musical roots and pulled out a project that epitomizes the country/bluegrass/gospel music that is their heritage. Forever and a Day is a landmark project for a group that has already made its mark on gospel music.

From the celebratory Happy Hour, to the heartfelt No Matter How Far, to the bracing words of My Country, Forever and a Day finds Jeff and Sheri Easter doing what they do best - taking the thoughts and stories of everyday life and reflecting them back through the eyes of faith.

“Any time we record, we don’t necessarily go in with a central theme,” said Sheri. “We just try to pick the best songs we can find.”

Apart from choosing the best songs, another consistency in Easter projects is their variety, another aspect to which the group pays careful attention.

“We love to have a good variety in both style and message,” Sheri said. “Songs about heaven and love - both for God and between a husband and a wife. Those are important to us. This project, probably more than anything else, deals strongly with patriotism, family and appreciating this gift that God has given.”

The “family” aspect of Jeff and Sheri has become even more pronounced since their last Spring Hill Music release, My, Oh My! Their son Madison has joined the band, replacing Bryant Carter on guitar. Daughter Morgan recently had her own project released on Daywind Records and she frequently performs with the group.

Long-time group members Charlotte and Greg Ritchie also saw an addition with the birth of their first child, Landon.

For Jeff and Sheri, gospel music is a family heritage. As members of acclaimed musical families - Jeff’s father is one of the Easter Brothers and Sheri’s a member of The Lewis Family - they grew up surrounded by the sound of people praising God. Eventually each joined their respective relative’s groups until they met at a gospel singing in August 1984.

After being introduced by Sheri’s mother, they began dating and were married 10 months later. They traveled as part of The Lewis Family for several years but in 1988 decided it was time to strike out on their own.

They’ve been nominated for several Dove Awards and won two: Country Album of the Year for A Work in Progress in 1998 and in 2002 they won Country Recorded Song of the Year for Goin’ Away Party. They’ve also received a Grammy nomination and Sheri has been named the Singing News Favorite Alto eight times and the Singing News Female Vocalist four times.

For more information on concerts at The Renaissance Center, call (615)740-5600. To purchase tickets for the June 10 concert featuring Jeff and Sheri Easter, call (615)740-5570.

The Renaissance Center is an arts and technology education and performing arts center at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 miles west of Nashville on Interstate 40 at exit 172.

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