Jerry Sturgell -
I'm 48 years old, and I was born and raised in Kermit West Virginia.
I have been married for 25 years, my wife and I have three children
and three grand children. My family is very supportive of me.
I started playing music when I was 13 years old. My dad was probably
my biggest inspiration. He has played music my whole life. I grew
up listening to the Stanley Brothers. The first band I played
with was the Joint Heirs. From there I played with The Family
Heirs, The Overcomers, and Gospel Revue. I play guitar, mandolin,
and dobro and sing high lead and tenor. The Lord has truley blessed
me, without him, I wouldn't be able to do these works for him.
I want to give God all the praise and glory for giving me the
opportunity to be able to do all of this for him.
Kenny Stanley -
My dad James B. Stanley was my earliest influence in music. He
was able to play a tune on anything with strings, his influences
were Flat & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Reno & Smiley, and the Stanley
Brothers. As I started to play music I became a big fan of The
Bluegrass Album Band. Their music and style has inspired many
in the world of bluegrass. I have played music as often as I could
over the years, but nothing is more rewarding than doing it in
service to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he has done so much
for me. I want to thank him for my salvation, and for the wonderful
family that has always supported me as I try to spread the gospel
of Jesus Christ every where I go.
- From Knott county, Kentucky. I'm 32 and been playing
banjo since the age of 17. My dad tought me the basics of this
music I love so much. God has blessed me beyond belief and I can't
thank him enough for everything he has done for me. Gospel music
and playing for God gives me great joy and peace in my soul. Without
God I am nothing and I give all the glory to him.
John D. Messer
- I spent most of my childhood listening to my uncles and my dad
play bluegrass and gospel bluegrass music. I learned my first
chord on the guitar when I was seven years old, but it wasn't
really until I was 19 or 20 years old that I really took an interest
in wanting to play music. I spent countless hours listening to
people like Tony Rice, Third Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson, Adam Steffey,
Dan tyminski, Alan Bibey, and some Stanley Brothers and Bill Monroe.
I loved the driving sound that bluegrass had and by this time
it was in my blood. I have to tell you though, I wasn't very good
AT ALL!!!! But, that didn't stop me from spendind 90% of my day
trying to improve and praying for God to bless me to get better.
In just a short period of time, I was improving fast. After about
10 years you get what you see today. Still not the best in the
world, but definately better. I am still trying to improve and
still praying for God to bless me to always do better. I want
to thank people like my parents, my wife, my sister, my uncles,
and all of my family who have supported me. Most importantly,
I want to thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ, who Shed his
blood that an awful, sinful peron like me could be saved.
Kayla Amburgey -
I was raised in Kermit, Wv and now reside in Knott Co, Ky. I have
been around bluegrass music all of my life along side of my father.
I started at the age of twelve singing bluegrass gospel as a solo
act. At the age of 16, I started playing bass and singing in my
own bluegrass band. Through the years, I have been blessed to
have musical talent and God loving friends to be able with whom
I can play. I am very thankful for every opportunity to be able
to sing and play to glorify and praise God's name!
- I have played music most all of my life. When I was a kid, I
would act like I was sick so I could go home from school and play
my banjo. I have been more known as a fiddle player but I played
a little of everything. I have played with alot of different bands
in my life, but the one that sticks in my head is 5 For The Gospel.
We traveled all around the world playing music for God. I have
gotten to go to alot of places that I may have never seen if it
were not for the gift that God has given me to play music. I have
always had a great passion for bluegrass music, but the biggest
passion I have ever had is for my LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
He is the one that has made everything possible for me.