Popular gospel groups The Steeles and Paid In Full to celebrate reason for season on Renaissance Center stage

Release Date: 11/8/2001. Expired: 12/20/2001

For nearly six straight years, Daywind recording artists The Steeles have charted at least one song in gospel music’s Top 20. Of their last seven singles, four have reached Number One and all have entered the Top 5.

This award-winning southern gospel music family will bring A Southern Gospel Christmas to The Renaissance Center’s Performance Hall stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, along with the award-winning gospel trio Paid In Full as part of the continuing concert series with Solid Gospel 105.

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, The Steeles’ Number One song, We Want America Back, takes on added significance as the family continues its pledge to uphold the message of the family and its commitment to call a nation to repentance. Their challenge to the church to be all it can be is deeply rooted in their belief that soul winning is the most important job of every Christian, and they do it through their music. We Want America Back remained in the Number One slot on the national gospel music charts for more than four consecutive months.

Relatively new to the genre, The Steeles have garnered four Number One spots on the charts and a list of top five songs that have made them a mainstay on gospel radio for 10 years.

So who are The Steeles?

The foundation of the group is the husband and wife team of Jeff and Sherry Steele. Joining them are Troy Peach and Karen Akemon, both of whom come from a rich gospel music heritage. Jeff and Sherry’s three children round out the group.

Many critics as well as fans have said The Steeles’ newest release, Left Behind, is their best release yet and its sales are on record pace.

The title track focuses on end-times events that many believe are happening today. It has a very thought-provoking message that has moved many to faith in Christ.

In addition to recording and songwriting, Jeff Steele can now add “author” to his list of accomplishments with the recent release of his first book.

Entitled “If I Can Do It, Anyone Can,” the book is about the journey and struggle Jeff went through during his dramatic 100-pound weight loss.

Paid In Full is a trio of talented young men who not only sing together, but they are friends as well, who have experienced life together growing up in Mississippi.

The group’s debut album, In All I Do, is considered by some in the business to be the most original and exciting collaboration in years. It resulted in two nationally charted singles, I Could Sing About Heaven and My Soul Goal. Their sophomore effort, A Brighter Day, has also received critical acclaim.

Jeff Crews sings tenor while Bradley Littlejohn sings baritone and Lance Moore sings lead. They sang together in the same church choir, attended the same Sunday school together and were saved at the same altar. They were all Eagle Scouts together and graduated from the same high school. Their love for the Lord and gospel music has further strengthened their bond as they share Christ with a needy world.

Having been blessed with so much success so early in their ministry with appearances with such legendary gospel groups as The Gaither Vocal Band, The Happy Goodmans, The Martins, The Cathedrals and Jake Hess, and doing their own recordings under renowned Nashville producers Woody Wright and Michael Sykes, Paid In Full is quick to give credit to the Lord for providing the talent, the wisdom and the opportunities that have come their way.

“God has given us friends in the industry to lead the way and we are grateful to Jake Hess, Bill Gaither and all those who have accepted us so overwhelmingly into the gospel music industry,” the trio said. “But most of all, we thank God for calling us to this ministry and equipping us for the work of proclaiming Christ.”

Tickets for the concert are $10. The December concert is the fourth this year in The Renaissance Center’s Solid Gospel series and all three previous shows sold out well in advance.

For more information or to purchase tickets call The Renaissance Center at (615)740-5600.

The Renaissance Center is located at 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson, just 35 minutes west of Nashville.

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