Monday, September 16, 2013

Have a merry Tony Gore Christmas!

Tony Gore & Byron Chesney (Koxville Gospel Blog Owner)
This just in from Tony Gore:

I am very pleased to FINALLY have our Christmas schedule complete! I hope that you will make your plans to join me and my special friends again this year! After so many good comments about last year's SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS shows...I am really looking forward to this year!!!

*A SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS with Tony Gore and Friends!

December 6 7:00p, THE PERRYS

December 7 7:00p THE KINGSMEN

December 13 7:00p THE STEELES

December 14 7:00p THE CRIST FAMILY

Enjoy Beautiful Christmas Decorations, Tony’s Tremendous Holiday Buffet and Lot’s of Great Music!!!

Reservations are $50 one night / $80 two nights / $120 for ALL FOUR NIGHTS!

Call Shirley at 865-933-6221 NOW for reservations!

Tony Gore's Smoky Mountain BBQ & Grill


4th Annual Foothills Baptist Campmeeting Sept. 15 through 20th

Maryville Baptist Tabernacle will once again be holding their annual Foothills Baptist Campmeeting, from September 15th through September 20th.
Schedule is:
Sunday, Sept. 15th at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm
Monday, Sept. 16th at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 17th at 10:30 am and 7:00 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 18th - Friday, Sept. 20th each night at 7:00 pm.
Along with great preaching and fellowship there will be several fantastic gospel singers including: The Joyaires, Lindsey Brothers, His Voice, Partain Family, Still Blessed, the Watson Family, and other local singers.

Maryville Baptist Tabernacle is located at: 1585 Mount Tabor Road Maryville, TN 37801


Crimson Ridge Fall Singing and CD Release at Union Baptist, October 26

Crimson Ridge is a great group of guys from the Knoxville area. I have seen them several times in concert and have hosted them at my Church as well. They are all men of great moral integrity and they love to share the Good News of the Gospel through great Southern Gospel music.

This year they will be holding their Fall Singing at Union Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN on Saturday, October 26th at 6:00pm. Joining Crimson Ridge will be the Roarks, Roger Barkley Jr., and Nikki Headley.

Crimson Ridge posted the following on their Facebook page: "There will be no admission charge just a love offering for CR Ministries will be taken. This will also be a CD release for our new "Headin' Home" project. It will be a time of fun and laughs as well as uplifting Spirit filled service. Hope to pack the house."

Click on the below flyer for more details.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mull's Sunday Tradition

As you well know, we recently lost the last of the immediate family members of the Mull's family, Charlotte Mull. The Mull's Singing Convention has been a tradition in Knoxville and all of the South East for the past 57-years. Nearly everyone that grew up in this area has a story they could tell you about their memories of watching the Mull's on Sunday morning while getting ready for Church. In fact, it was the Mull's Singing Convention that first gave me my love for Southern Gospel Music. As just a young boy I would watch so I could sing along with the Mighty Kingsmen Quartet, the Inspirations, and the McKamey family. It was from my love of this type of music that I realized my calling to work in the ministry.

So, when I heard the news about Sis. Charlotte passing away I was a little concerned about whether or not Knoxville would still have this long standing tradition. My concerns were quickly eliminated when it was announced by Charlotte's son, Doug Hutchison, that yes indeed the music would continue! How thrilling it was to hear also that my friend, Tommy Spencer, would be hosting the new show, Mull's Sunday Tradition!

The Mull's Sunday Tradition debuted this past Sunday, September 8th at 7:00 AM on WVLT-Channel 8. Tommy did a fantastic job hosting. You can watch excerpts from the debut program on YouTube.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

It's been a while

Well friends, it has been a while since I've had time to update the Knoxville Gospel Blog. I apologize to all of the readers that have sent emails for suggestions of things to post and I haven't gotten to them. Working a full-time job and being a full-time pastor, father, and husband leaves very little time for blogging.
I'll try and update a few things as time allows and hopefully give you some information about all things Gospel in the Knoxville and surrounding areas. I welcome anyone that would like to be a contributor to this blog. Just send me an email at or leave a comment below.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Justin Terry Riding that Long Black Train

No, he's not really riding it, but he's singing about it! One of Knoxville Gospel artist, Justin Terry's, most requested tunes when he is in concert is the song, Long Black Train, made famous by country singer Josh Turner. Justin Terry fans will be glad to know that he is going to include it on his latest CD. The video below is courtesy of a Facebook post by a fan. It was filmed in Gowanda, NY on August 12, 2013.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dinner on the Ground Concert Series 2013

This just in from Tony Gore:

I am thrilled to announce my DINNER ON THE GROUND lineup for 2013! ***Reservations go on sale at 10am this THURSDAY AUGUST 1st by calling Shirley at 865-933-6221!


Thursday August 29 7:30p, THE PERRY’S and TONY GORE - $30

Friday August 30 7:30p, THE WILBURN REUNION, WILBURN and WILBURN and TONY GORE - $30

Saturday August 31 7:30p, LULU ROMAN from Hee Haw and TONY GORE - $30

Monday September 2 11a MUSIC, MEAL and MEMORIES with Tony Gore Concert, Fabulous Lunch Buffet, Iced Tea or Coffee and Tax Included - $20

Monday September 30 11a MUSIC, MEAL and MEMORIES with Tony Gore Concert, Fabulous Lunch Buffet, Iced Tea or Coffee and Tax Included - $20


Tuesday October 1 11a MUSIC, MEAL and MEMORIES with Tony Gore Concert, Fabulous Lunch Buffet, Iced Tea or Coffee and Tax Included - $20

Thursday October 3 7:30p, ARCHIE WATKINS and SMOKY MOUTAIN REUNION and TONY GORE - $30

Friday October 4 7:30p, RED ROOTS and TONY GORE - $25

Saturday October 5 7:30p, An Evening with TONY GORE with special guest Laura West and Maleka West - $20

Thursday October 10 7:30p, THE HYSSONG FAMILY and TONY GORE - $20

Friday October 11 7:30p, THE SINGING ECHOES and TONY GORE - $25

Saturday October 12 7:30p, An Evening with TONY GORE with special guest Laura West and Maleka West - $20

Thursday October 17 7:30p, TONY GORE and MAJESTY - $30

Friday October 18 7:30p, TONY GORE and MAJESTY - $30

Saturday October 19 7:30p, Glory Bound Gospel Jubilee Night with THE SNEED FAMILY and TONY GORE - $20

Thursday October 24 7:30p, ERNIE DAWSON and HEIRLINE and TONY GORE - $25

Friday October 25 7:30p, THE WILBURN REUNION, WILBURN and WILBURN and TONY GORE - $30

Saturday October 26 7:30p, THE DIXIE MELODY BOYS and TONY GORE - $25

Thursday October 31 7:30p, THE TALLEYS and TONY GORE - $30

Friday October 1 7:30p, LULU ROMAN from Hee Haw and TONY GORE - $30

Saturday October 2 7:30p, THREE BRIDGES and TONY GORE -$25

***Remember reservations go on sale THIS THURSDAY AUGUST 1st at 10am eastern time by calling SHIRLEY at 865-933-6221!


Monday, July 22, 2013

Tommy Spencer Concert Review - July 21, 2013

I'm often amazed at how God works things out. It had been a very trying few weeks for both myself and for Tommy Spencer. My mother-in-law was critically ill and in hospice care only days from death and my family and I had been pretty stressed. Tommy had just lost his sister Judy on the 10th and had just been through her funeral on the 13th, so I wasn't even sure if we would be worshiping together as planned on the 21st. I called Bro. Tommy that week and told him not to worry about coming out and that we could just reschedule, but he stated that he needed to come and sing. I'm glad that he did!

With some singers you have to worry about what they might say or do when they are at the Church, but I have had Bro. Tommy come out before and sing and had gotten to know him, so I knew that there was nothing to worry about. Our Church is what most consider an old-fashioned Church; we use the King James Bible, we sing out of the old Red Back Church Hymnal, we take prayer requests and have altar prayer, nothing fancy about us, just down-home folks. Bro. Tommy was raised the way that I was raised and he treasures those tried and trued old-path ways as well and it comes out in his singing, song selection, and his testimony while on stage. When Tommy sings, he is there to worship and not put on some kind of show.

During the evening he sang several of the old hymns that I love so much, you know the kind that you can close your eyes and sing along with and be one on one with Jesus. He also sings songs that he writes and other Southern Gospel influenced songs. Probably one of my favorites that he did was the Geral Crabb written tune, "Please Forgive Me." By the time he was finished with it I had huge tears of joy flowing down my cheeks and I was so thankful that the Lord is so loving and merciful that He would forgive even a sinner like me.

Even though I tremendously enjoyed hearing Bro. Tommy sing, I suppose I enjoyed our little prayer meeting time before the service the most. I felt lead to ask him to accompany me to my pastor study so we could pray together. There we shared some of the things going on in each others lives, some of our burdens and thoughts about the ministry and then we prayed together.

If you are looking for someone to come to your Church or event and sing, I highly recommend Tommy Spencer. He has a wonderful spirit about him and an obvious love for the Lord and the ministry.  


Charlotte Mull Obituary

HUTCHISON, CHARLOTTE ELIZABETH MULL - age 67, of Knoxville, passed away Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Host of the long running Mulls Singing Convention TV show. Preceded in death by her parents, Rev. J Bazzel Mull and Elizabeth Brown Mull. Charlotte studied at the University of Tennessee, and began her career at the Tennessee Highway Patrol in the early 70's and that lead to her work at the Tennessee Department of Transportation thru the early 80's. Alongside her parents she began her work in Radio, first at WDEH AM/FM in Sweetwater leading to ownership of WJBZ FM - Praise 96.3 FM in Knoxville, which she signed on air in 1991 and was general manager. Thanks to her management WJBZ FM became the nation's #1 Southern Gospel radio station in America. In 2002, Charlotte gave station management responsibilities to son and partner, Doug, and became station CEO and advisor. At that time she assumed the role of co-host with her parents, the Rev. and Mrs. J. Bazzel Mull, on the long running television show the Mulls Singing Convention airing locally on WBIR TV and WVLT TV. She is survived by her loving son and his wife, Douglas J. M. Hutchison and Julia S. Hutchison; and a host of loved ones and friends. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 30th, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. A funeral service will follow at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, with Rev. Phil Peake officiating. The entombment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in the name of Charlotte Mull Hutchison to Alzheimer's Tennessee, 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel. Online condolences may be made at


Thursday, July 4, 2013

HisVoice - Your Scars For Mine

A fantastic song, Your Scars For Mine, being sung by Knoxville based, HisVoice. At the beginning you can hear group owner, Allen Davenport, explain how group members, Kelly and Corky came to be with HisVoice.


Friday, October 26, 2012

The search is over for Crimson Ridge

An update from the Crimson Ridge facebook page:

Crimson Ridge is excited to announce that we have added Jason Large to our trio. After much searching and prayer, We are looking forward to the path God has laid before us. Thanks to all who have helped us pray and all those that have met with us during our search. We have been blessed to meet so many good singers and good Christian men. We welcome Jason, Chelsey, and Brooklyn to the Crimson Ridge ministry team.
Jason & Chelsey Large

It's good to see these guys pressing forward in the ministry. 


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Justin Terry In Concert October 28, 2012

Southern Gospel artist, Justin Terry, will be live in concert at Highland Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm. This will be a free event, a love offering will be taken. For more information on Justin Terry, visit his website at:

For information or directions to Highland Baptist Church, please visit their website at


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Won By One is back... for real this time!

Click on pic for full-sized poster.
Three years ago I was proudly blogging about the return of Won By One (one of my all-time favorite Southern Gospel groups from the past). I even attended their debut concert and wrote rave reviews about it. I was getting settled in with the comforting thoughts of that old quartet sound that I loved so much. The only problem is, it wasn't meant to be. According to the group founder and owner, Greg Shockley, "the group was great, the chemistry was great, however I never had true peace about it."

Imagine my surprise when I received word from Bro. Shockely that he was once again reviving Won By One. According to Greg, he finally figured out why he couldn't get peace about the group: "my 18 year old son has always wanted to sing and he wanted to sing with dad and it turned out that my wife was willing to sing as well! Therefore, Won By One has become a family ministry!" You can read much more about how all of this took place on their website in the "Bios" section.

I have always loved to hear family groups. There always seems to be a perfect blending and unity that can't be replicated outside of family. The new Won By One is no exception. For a sampling of their sweet sound just visit their "Media" page. 

Also, be looking in the September issue of Singing News Magazine for an article featuring the new Won By One ministry! Also, if you are planning on visiting the National Quartet Convention, look for them in booths #353 and 452 and on-stage in the Featured Artists Showcase on Tuesday, September 11th at 2pm in the East Hall A-B. 


Monday, August 13, 2012

Jackie Painter Leaves Crimson Ridge

Jackie Painter at Highland Baptist enjoying some Chocolate Cake
This just in from Crimson Ridge lead singer, Jackie Painter:

I would like to thank everyone for your support over the past 6 years, as I announce tonight that I will no longer be singing with Crimson Ridge. I have truly made some wonderful friends and amazing memories. I ask you to Pray for Greg and Warren as they press on and search for the person God has to serve with them. I also ask for your prayers for guidance in the paths that God has ahead for me. I can't say enough how much you all me to me. So many of you have touched me in different ways. Thank you all again and I pray God blesses you all.
Jackie is a fantastic guy and he loves the Lord, we wish him well in his future ministries and hope to hear him singing somewhere again soon! Also, love the guys from Crimson Ridge and praying the Lord sends them the perfect replacement!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cross 4 Crowns retiring from the road

The Knoxville Gospel Blog is sad to report this announcement from Allen Leath, founder and lead singer of Cross 4 Crowns:
..."it is with bittersweetness, yet anticipated excitement, that I formally announce what some may already know. For the present time, Cross 4 Crowns, as a group, is retiring from the road. This has been an incredible 6+ years of singing for Jesus. We have seen many, many souls saved, gotten to share the stage with people I never imagined we would. We have had the opportunity to meet incredible friends all across the country, and have been blessed by each one of them. There have been several people who have shared in this ministry and I want to publicly thank them all from the bottom of my heart for their service here. They are: Andrew Young, Andy Stringfield, Ray Scarbrough, Tommy Smith, David Hoskins, Jonathan Kunkle, Dallas Rogers, Davis McCammon, Matt Felts, Marcus Faulknor, Bob Jenkins and Tim Owens. And one special thank you to the bass singer of every Cross 4 Crowns concert that has ever been, Justin Terry. These guys have all been a special addition to my family, and I love them all. I am continuing my singing ministry as a singer who picks, or a picker who sure which, but please pray for me and each one of the men mentioned above that God will continue to use us for His glory. C4C will continue to fill select dates, so stay tuned!"
We wish Allen and all the guys from Cross 4 Crowns great success in the Lord's work.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

HisVoice Concert Review March 4, 2012

From left to right: Kelly Henderson, Allen Davenport,
Corky Long, Pastor Byron Chesney
This was the fourth time that Highland Baptist Church has hosted the Southern Gospel Trio, HisVoice. Over these past four years we have fallen in love with this group. From the very first time we hosted them, their passion for the Lord has been evident in the music that they sing and the testimonies they share.

Around 3:30 pm, a truck came rolling into the parking lot and it was none other than HisVoice's new audio technician, Michael "The Audio Magician" Appel. After a friendly introduction he commenced to unloading the equipment and setting things up. He did a fantastic job with the audio all evening. A lot of times groups will be so loud that they hurt your ears but the sound level was perfect the entire service.

What a spirit-filled time we had!
At 4pm, our good friend, Allen Davenport, arrived and we spent some time catching up on things that had been going on since the last time we had talked. I've seen many singers come and go, lots of times when you meet them before the concert they are rude or irritable and acting like they were just trying to "get through this," but not Allen. You can tell he is a man on a mission and he loves what he is doing. He always has a sense of excitement about him.

Soprano, Kelly Henderson
It was great to see soprano, Kelly Henderson, again. We met her last year for the first time and were so touched by her personal testimony and sweet spirit. She puts her whole heart and soul into sharing the Good News through her beautiful singing. She is such a blessing to everyone that meets and hears her.

Alto, Corky Long
We were excited to hear HisVoice since they added alto, Corky Long, to the lineup. We love and miss former long-time alto, Kristen Kitts, but life is full of changes and the Lord sent the perfect replacement when he sent Corky. We found her to be delightful, inspiring, spirit-filled, and vocally powerful. I told Allen that they needed to start calling her "Sparky" because she was like a little spark plug full of fire. HisVoice has always been exciting but she brings them up to a whole new level, and I mean that in a very good way!

Yum, yum, food!
It was a great evening of singing and there was a good turnout for a Sunday evening. After some choir singing and fellowship, HisVoice took to the stage. They opened up with the lively, 'Devil on the Run,' and things just escalated from there! For a good hour the congregation was blessed with great singing and powerful testimonies from each member of the group. Probably my very favorite song of the evening was, 'The Past is A Promise,' which they sang after group leader, Allen Davenport, shared a very touching testimony concerning some things that he had recently went through.

What a spread!
After the worship service everyone headed down to the fellowship building for a great time of food and fellowship. It was an awesome evening in God's House with God's people. If you are a pastor or music leader that books groups for your church, I will personally vouch for this group of fine folks.

See all photos from this great night HERE. Watch the video clip below from this evening with HisVoice singing, 'The Past is A Promise.'



Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Justin Terry goes solo!

Justin Terry, bass singer for Cross 4 Crowns just made this announcement:

"Well friends and neighbors I have BIG news! I am resigning from Cross4Crowns effective February 6th. It's been a matter of prayer for sometime now and I really feel God's realease. This Sunday night will be the last chance for locals to see me with Cross4Crowns. We will be at First Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge. I hope you all can make it out to hear us! I appreciate the support over the years and would appreciate your prayers as I pursue other endeavors as God leads. See you Sunday!!"

Justin has been a long time favorite bass singer of the Knoxville Gospel Blog. We wish him continued success in  his calling. His website is up and running and he his brand new CD, 'Inspired' is now available. Go check it out!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Elizabeth "Lady Mull" Mull Passes Away

Obituary for Elizabeth Anna Brown "Lady Mull" Mull 
Mull, Elizabeth Anna Brown "Lady Mull" - age 85, of Knoxville passed away peacefully in her sleep 4:00 AM Monday January 9, 2012 at her home. She and her late husband J. Bazzel Mull were founders and owners of Knoxville Radio Station WJBZ. - Praise 96.3 FM. Elizabeth and J. Bazzel were hand in hand in their ministry efforts for over 50 years including Radio, TV, Concert Promotions, and Songbooks. Bringing the "Mulls Singing Convention" to the Southeast and beyond for over 55 years making it the longest running locally produced television show in America. Elizabeth Mull is credited for being the eyes of the pair, as J Bazzel was blind from birth. Elizabeth Mull read the bible daily to her husband, giving J Bazzel an almost photographic memory of the bible. The success of the Mulls Singing Convention on radio, TV, and concert promotions is solely due to the unparallel teamwork and cooperation they existed throughout their lives together Mrs. Mull or "Lady Mull" was the force behind the scene. "Lady Mull" Was the devout picture of God's intent of a marital spouse. She has devoted her life to both J Bazzel and God. Elizabeth Mull was inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame in 2009. Survived by her loving daughter Charlotte Mull Hutchison, loving grandson Douglas Jacob Hutchison and beloved wife Julia Suzanne Hutchison all of Knoxville; sister Stella James of Athens, Tennessee. Pallbearers to be; Lee Trammel, Shannon Shelby, Mike Southerland, Tommy Spencer, Mike Shelby, and Charles Story. Honorary pallbearers to be: Tim Trammel, and Darrahl Stanford. Services to be at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage. The family will receive friends on Thursday January 12 from 1-3pm and 4-6pm with services to follow at 6pm with Minister Michael Kitts officiating the service, and Minister Stuart Stallings the entombment. In lieu of flowers the family requests all memorials be made in her honor to: Alzheimer's Tennessee, Inc. P.O. Box 10088, Knoxville, Tennessee 37939-9910. The family and friends will meet and leave Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel at 10am Friday and proceed to Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Lenoir City for a 11am entombment service. Online condolences may be made at Arrangements provided by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Photos from Cross 4 Crowns Concert - July 24, 2011

Great Cross 4 Crowns concert at Highland Baptist Church.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Cross 4 Crowns returning to Highland Baptist Church!

Highland Baptist Church is proud to once again be hosting the Southern Gospel Quartet, Cross 4 Crowns. This spectacular evening of worship will happen on Sunday, July 24, at 6:00 pm. There is no admission charge, a love offering will be taken.

For directions to the church CLICK HERE. For more info about Highland Baptist, visit their website at or contact Byron Chesney.

About Cross 4 Crowns:

Cross 4 Crowns has been ministering in song since 2003. In September, 2005, we felt the calling to further our singing ministry. God has richly blessed us as we've expanded our ministry nation-wide.
The group currently consists of 4 members: Marcus Faulknor singing tenor, Justin Terry sings bass, Davis McCammon, Jr, lead and Allen Leath, the group founder, sings baritone. God has assembled an incredible amount of talent in one place for something special, and these men are using their gifts and talents for Kingdom purposes.
Cross 4 Crowns has performed with such Southern Gospel greats as The Kingdom Heirs, The Talley Trio, The Hoppers, and The Florida Boys among others.
In 2008, Cross 4 Crowns performed over 150 concerts in 18 states. The group has 3 recorded projects and is currently working on a 4th. From December, 2006 to present, Cross 4 Crowns has had at least 1 song in The Singing News National Top 80. In 2009, the group was nominated for Horizon group of the year by the Singing News Fan Awards.
There is something God created each of us to do, and someone God created us to become. We are so blessed to have the opportunity to do what God has created us to do, and above that, to share it with you.

For more about Cross 4 Crowns, please visit their website at

What? Cross 4 Crowns in Concert
When? Sunday, July 24, at 6pm
Where? Highland Baptist Church, 6014 Babelay Road, Knoxville, TN 37924
Cost? Free, a love offering will be taken.


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