“Chris used to sing with the Great Inspirations quartet,” said Mel Strickland, producer of the free show. “He has a terrific vocal range. There are few singers out there able to sing all four parts of a quartet arrangement.”
Smith generally tours in a 19-state radius, singing in concerts and church services. The One-Man Quartet is presented by using soundtracks of three of Smith’s voice parts prerecorded as he sings a fourth part live.
“Chis is a good fit for the Jubilee,” Strickland continued. “We try to have a variety of music including Southern Gospel like Chris sings. Plus, we have country, bluegrass and good old-time gospel.”
Smith has three solo CDs available, with the latest titled “Moving to a Mansion.” All of Smith’s recordings contain lively gospel songs that lift up the name of Jesus.
In addition to Smith, regulars appearing at the Friday night Jubilee include the bluesy Southern-gospel singer Amy McAlister and singer-songwriter Elmer Bramlett, said Strickland.
“The Cowboy Church Gospel Jubilee is free and open to the public, It’s a come-as-you-are event so there’s no need to dress up,” Strickland said. “A love offering will be taken.”
The Jubilee is reserving future spots for performers, as well, said Strickland.
“The schedule includes Mallory Ledford, Greg Lowery, The Weaver Believer Survival Revival, Northern Lights, By the Way Quartet and The Myles Howard Family,” he added. “And just this week we booked Greg McDougal, a Christian Country Music Association artist out of Nashville.”
Those interested in performing on the Cowboy Jubilee stage should call 423-600-9350, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.