Time Out With Gospel Artist Mark St. John Carson


Mark St. John Carson is one of the area’s most gifted worship leaders. Going Around The World, one of his CDs of the past decade continues to showcase what those in the D.C. area already know – Carson is on his way to becoming one of the genre’s finest music ministers. Nationally, the gospel community is obviously starting to notice of this artist as his project just shot to the #19 spot from #35 on the Billboard Top Gospel chart – coming in as the Greatest Gainer For The Week.

When asked about the impetus for the project’s title, Carson says the sole mission of this new musical offering is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. “The goal of this entire project is to take the worship into every nation, to do it internationally. That premise sets the tone for the whole album. Anyone who sees the album cover will be able to pick up that concept”.


An Example of a Great Country Gospel Music Church

Well, here is something that you don’t see or hear about every day, a tourist ministry church.  Nashville, Indiana, in beautiful Brown County, has had just that since 1994.

It all started when Charlie and Roxann Waggoner, of Salem, Indiana, were asked to go to Brown County to play the music for a new mission geared towards the country music fans who come to attend the country music shows in the area.

A pastor and his wife, two single women, and one other couple made up the ministry team.  Praying it would last at least one season, all are thankful it was a success.  Since that first Sunday service in 1994, over 5500 visitors have attended this little country church.

Country style gospel music and a short bible based message seem to be the right combination for folks from out of town who are looking for a place to worship.  Add in “Howdy Hug” time and guest singers and musicians, and you have the makings of a truly unique church.


The Lewis Family Biography

The Lewis Family is known to many of their fans as “The First Family of Bluegrass Gospel”. The group originated from Lincolnton, a modest Georgia community (some 1,500 residents) located in the northeastern portions of Georgia, close to the South Carolina state line.

Lincolnton is named after Benjamin Lincoln, a Revolutionary War general, and the Lewis Family infused their shows with typical country charm and a characteristic thick Southern accent.

Originally, the band included Roy “Pop” Lewis, the family patriarch, on bass, daughters “Miggie” Polly and Janis (vocalists) and sons Wallace (guitar), Talmadge (mandolin & fiddle), Roy M. “Little Roy” ( banjo).


BlueGrass Gospel Music-How it all started

In the early 1600’s, Irish, Scottish, and English immigrants to the U.S. brought the music styles with them that form the roots of contemporary bluegrass music. The first immigrants later moved on to Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North & South Carolina, and Kentucky where they were writing songs about everyday living circumstances in the new country.

Most of the immigrants were living in remote locations, so these songs were mostly dealing with country life in the hills, and that’s why this sort of music was labeled ‘country music’ or ‘mountain music’. Technological developments like the invention of radio and the phonograph in the beginning of the 20th century made that this music could now be enjoyed all across America. […]

Resources with Music Related Infographics

More information about the Lewis Family can be found here: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/arts-culture/lewis-family http://www.sgmradio.com/2010/11/02/learn-more-about-the-people-in-your-music/ http://www.bluegrassmuseum.org/the-lewis-family/ http://www.thelewisfamilymusic.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lewis_Family Check also these great infographics:

The Origin of The Gospel Music

The earliest immigrants in North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee were Scots-Irish-English settlers who ventured down the Appalachian Mountains. Around 1750 they found the Cumberland Gap to discover the fertile soil of Kentucky’s blue grass country.

These early pioneers were bringing a wealth of instrumental and vocal music traditions with them, and their Anglo-Celtic traditional ballads were comforting them along the way.


Source: Mary DeMuth

The majority of their ballads were originally from the British Isles, and the settlers had preserved them carefully because they wanted to stick to their European ancestors’ cultural traditions.

They actually had preserved the old ballads so perfectly well that in the early 20th century, English folksong collectors visited western North Carolina to collect pure English ballads as they had been already forgotten in England.


The First Family of Bluegrass Gospel

The Lewis Family is known for their distinctive sound emphasized by the often hilariously blazing banjo virtuoso Little Roy Lewis.
Another characteristic is the enormous bass drum, accompanied by the phenomenal vocal harmonies by the Lewis daughters who were always identically dressed.

For several decades, the Lewis Family dominated the Georgia bluegrass festival scene, and the band was nothing less than a Georgia musical institution.

It is for good reasons that their name of the “First Family of Bluegrass Gospel” got its way. Roy “Pop” Lewis actually was using a ladder in 1925 to help Pauline Holloway, “Mom” Lewis at age just 15 escape her family home to go to McCormick, South Carolina.


Lewis Family Performance – Best Videos Selection

Best videos all the time:

When I have a hard day I listen to the Lewis family music. Recently it happened when my little ones start screaming and protesting.

After trying unsuccessfully for several minutes to calm her down I left, knowing she’d eventually fall asleep. I went back down to the kitchen, turned on The Lewis Family soundtrack and started to do the dishes.


The Birth of Twestival

In September 2008, a London, UK, group of Twitterers came up with the idea to set up an event for the local Twitter community where they had the chance to socialize offline, meet some faces behind Twitter’s avatars, have a good time together with the local community, enjoy some nice entertainment, have some drinks in combination with a food drive, and try to do some fundraising for a local charity that supports the homeless.

The entire event was set up in less than two weeks. The local Twittersphere used all of their talent and a bit of financial support to make this London event happen.

Then from all across the world, similar events started to get organized. Local Twittersphere communities started to come together and also took action to support a good cause. So Twestival came from the idea that cities could work together on a global scale but organize an event on a local level. If this could take place, a spectacular impact could be generated.


Skin Color According to a Five-Year-Old

Children begin to notice the difference in people’s skin color fairly early on. They innocently make comments that an adult would never get away with. Sometimes those comments about skin color are ironically spot on. This is the current understanding of skin color according to our five-year-old.

So a few days back, we replayed a video of the second presidential debate (October 2012) and watched this recording together as a family. Although our kids are still very young (probably too young to truly understand the election process), we thought it’d be a good idea to try to watch at least some portion of that debate and use it as a teachable moment.

While we were watching, we explained a bit about the election process (very briefly and simply). We also explained that Barack Obama was our former president and the candidate running against him was Mitt Romney, and a debate was an opportunity for candidates to share their views.