Grammy nominated Nashville singer/songwriter Tim Menzies will headline at the Cowboy Gospel Jubilee Friday night. He also will have the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Cleveland Cowboy Church. …
Grammy nominated Nashville singer/songwriter Tim Menzies will headline at the Cowboy Gospel Jubilee Friday night. He also will have the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at the Cleveland Cowboy Church.
Menzies grew up in Mechanicsville, Va. Tim’s mom, Janet Menzies, fell in love with music early in life and began singing and playing guitar while still a young girl. In 1952, Janet married Walter Menzies, who became her No. 1 fan and supporter. Janet became a member of Richmond’s “Old Dominion Barn Dance,” and as each of their five children was born The Menzies Family band gained a new member.
The Menzies family performed extensively in Richmond, and eventually traveled the East Coast and Canada, sharing their musical gifts with receptive audiences. They frequently performed as the opening act for many future legends in Country Music including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard and many others. In 1980, Menzies moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. While playing night clubs in Nashville, Menzies met future band mates Jerry Fox, Jerry Johnston, Joe Van Dyke, and Lonnie Wilson. Together they formed Warner Brothers Recording band Bandana.
In Bandana, Menzies first experienced recording in the studio, interacting with record labels, publishers and country radio stations across America. While touring and recording with Bandana, Menzies met individuals in the Nashville music community who eventually hired him to play and sing on their Nashville projects. This led Menzies to transition from traveling for a living to staying home in Nashville with his wife Brenda and their son Timothy.
During the mid 1980s, Menzies began playing guitar on records with artists such as Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette, Waylon and Willie and others. While Menzies was making a living playing guitar on records, singing national jingles for Coca-Cola, Bonanza Restaurants, and Chevrolet Trucks, as well as performing in Nashville venues at night, he continued to develop his songwriting. His songs caught the ear of legendary publisher Bob Beckham, and in March of 1985 Bob signed Menzies to Combine Music.
As Nashville artists began hearing and recording his songs, he was able to transition to full-time songwriting. In 1989, Menzies recorded “Stone By Stone,” with Bob Montgomery and in 1992, he recorded “This Ol Heart” with James Stroud. While these albums did not garner the commercial success for which Menzies had hoped, they did become another means of artists hearing and recording the songs Menzies had written. In 1990 Tim signed with another legendary publisher, Pat Higdon.
Menzies' wife, Brenda, grew up in the church. When their son Timothy was a toddler, the Holy Spirit compelled Brenda to raise him in the church, as she had been. After many months of their attending without Menzies, the Lord employed 5-year-old Timothy to compel his Dad to attend with the family. Menzies began attending Church with his family, and soon felt the movement of the Holy Spirit in his life.
In 1991, Menzies joined a small Bible Study group with Brenda, and while studying God’s Word, he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Over the next several years, God increasingly called and equipped Menzies to teach others about the Holy Scriptures. Through a series of promptings and circumstances over the past few years, Menzies discerned the Lord was calling him to record a Christian album.
At the perfect time, God led Menzies to Ben Isaacs of “The Isaacs,” internationally acclaimed and awarded Christian singing family. In 2013 Menzies, Ben and recording engineer Mark Capps began recording Menzies’ first Christian album. It resulted in the Grammy nominated album “His Way Of Loving Me.”
The Cowboy Gospel Jubilee is held each Friday night from September through April at The Cleveland Cowboy Church in the Dockery Heights community at 3040 Blythe Road, off Dockery lane, between Blue Springs and Blackburn Roads.
Live music performed by Blue Grass bands, Country Gospel singers and Southern Gospel Quartets are featured.
Admission is free and they pass the hat for the headliners.
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