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Watkins Family band to perform Sunday
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The Watkins Family is set to perform at 10 a.m. Sunday at Prospect United Methodist Church at 3191 Prospect Road in Rutledge.
A love offering will be taken. Call (706) 310-6206.

Group members include matriarch Judy Watkins and her three adult children Todd, Lorie and Shanon, and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Maness of Knoxville, Tenn. The group has toured across the United States and Canada since 1982.

Their most recent CD, "Heaven's Worth Waiting For," features new material.

"This project is one of the most exciting recordings we have ever done," Lorie said. "We really searched to find just the right songs to reflect the sound and message we are wishing to share with those who have followed our career.

"This is our way of sharing our thanks for all the support we have received. All of the family is featured on the new CD on songs which reflect their vocal character."

Their latest Singing News chart song is "Sometimes You Gotta Rock the Boat."

They also have a top ten Power Source bluegrass gospel hit with "She's Working on Her Testimony," featuring Shanon. It was a top 50 Singing News chart song earlier this year.

The song was penned by Greg Day and Sheri LaFontaine.

Lorie is nominated for Favorite Female Vocalist and Favorite Instrumentalist in the 2010 Front Porch Fellowship Bluegrass Gospel Music Awards. She was previously nominated twice as Female Vocalist of the Year in the Front Porch Fellowship Bluegrass Gospel Music Awards hosted at the National Quartet Convention. She appeared in the NQC All-Star Band in 2008 and 2009.

The CD, produced by Grammy-winner Mark Fain, Grammy-nominated Karen Peck Gooch, and Danny Jones, follows their project "Darkness Wept," which featured the radio singles "He's Still God," a number one song, "Love Stood Alone" and "Round The Last Turn."

The group has shared stages with acts including Randy Travis and Diamond Rio. They have appeared at major industry events including the National Quartet Convention in Kentucky in 2007 and the SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Convention in Nashville, Tenn., as well as large ministerial crusades.

The family has performed on television broadcasts for INSP, Inspirational Network and dozens of stations around the U.S. And Canada.

The Watkins Family have received nominations for Impact Award and Female Artist of the Year from the Front Porch Fellowship hosted at the National Quartet Convention, Best Contemporary and Traditional Bluegrass Gospel Group by the Society for the Preservation of BlueGrass Music in America which hosts its annual awards in Nashville, and were also nominated as Best Bluegrass Act at the Coca-Cola Music Awards previously hosted in Atlanta.

The group broke new ground in becoming the first bluegrass gospel act to perform on Capitol Hill in the Capitol Complex in Washington D.C. attended by dignitaries from around the world.

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