Well here we are already in a brand new year and things are not going quite like we had planned. As most of you know, Jonathan our lead singer, left us in December. So then came the task of finding someone to take his place. Low and behold, right around us was one heck of a lead singer that we hadn't even thought about. I received a text message from this little guy wanting to try out. Little did I know how great he was going to sound with us. The blend is just awesome. We want you to welcome our new lead singer Steven Craps from Lexington, SC. Steven is no stranger to Gospel Music. He has been singing solo and promoting singings for a few years. We are very proud to have Steven on board with us. We will be going back into the studio to finish our new CD with Steven on it.
We have not done a lot of singing this month for a few reasons. One I just told you about and the other for health reasons. I have had some back issues for about 2 months. Everyday things just got worse and worse. I finally went to see a Doctor who then referred me to an Orthopedic Doctor and then to a Surgeon. Long story short, I will be having back surgery in February. As of right now, I am not able to walk without the help of a walker. So it's been a little tough getting around and getting things done. The Doctors seem to think that everything will be fine and I will back to normal in no time. I ask that you say a little prayer for me, my family and the quartet as we go thru this little set back.
Be sure you call your local gospel radio stations and request our new radio single, "I've Got a New Song to Sing." It's doing very well and will be coming on the Singing News chart at #72. Help us move it on up to the top 40!
We had a great time singing with The Lefevre Quartet and Carolina Quartet this month. It was great to also see Pat Barker filling in with the Lefevre's. We are starting to book a lot of dates so please be sure you come out to see us and welcome Steven. I'm sure you will be blessed by this young man. If you would like to have the Pine Ridge Boys come to your church or event please contact us so we can get you on the calendar. We have a lot of special events coming up this year that we want you to know about. In March we will be in Alabama for Southern Gospel Weekend. April 16th we will have our Annual Easter Sing at Chesnee First Baptist Church. June 24th we will have our annual Homecoming Sing at Inman First Baptist Church. It won't be long until we will be doing our annual New Jersey trip. Then later in the fall we head back to Pigeon Forge for Creekside Gospel Music Convention. There are just a lot of good dates coming up so please check our schedule.
I don't want to preach to you or anything like that, but I just have a few thoughts on my mind. As I was telling you earlier about my back, I have had lots of time to sit (or lay) around thinking. I began thinking and asking God why did this mess have to happen to me? It was then that I remember someone telling me that sometimes things happen to us to test our faith. I think a lot of times when things like this happen we automatically blame God because now I can't do anything. Listen, I know for a fact that God will never give us more than we can handle and He will always be with us no matter what we are going thru. Am I nervous? Sure I'm nervous. Who wouldn't be? I am trying to stay as positive as I can thru all of this and not let it get me down. As an old friend use to say "As long as I got Dr. Jesus everything's going to be alright." That my friend were the words from the late Miles Cooper. If men like Miles and my Dad can go thru the things that they have battled, I'm pretty sure that Dr. Jesus is not going to let me down!
Matthew 6:34 (NIV) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Until next time, our prayer is that God will bless you and keep you.
Ok boys say bye. By ya'll!
Larry, Wayne, Steven, Ivory and Mark