For over 50yrs, audiences have fallen in love with the classic sounds of this week’s artists; and you will too. Guy Penrod welcomes the award-winning Dixie Echoes to Gospel Music Showcase.
The Dixie Echoes
For over 50 years, The Dixie Echoes have been delivering the gospel message in song across America through their spiritually uplifting music ministry. Considered to be one of the pioneer gospel groups, the Dixie Echoes have returned to their roots singing around two microphones with just a piano. Respected among their peers and industry leaders alike, the Dixie Echoes are recognized as one of the premiere groups in gospel music.
Since the Dixie Echoes formed in 1960, they have released nearly 70 albums and have had numerous top ten singles. They have been honored with multiple Dove award nominations from the Gospel Music Association as well as numerous awards from the Southern Gospel Music Association and the Singing News Fan Awards. The Dixie Echoes have also been honored with three former members being inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame; J.G. Whitfield (1997), Dale Shelnut (2001), and Billy Todd (2009).
The Dixie Echoes have performed throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada at such well-known venues such as the National Quartet Convention, Gospel Jubilee Cruise, the Brumley Sing, Suwannee River Jubilee, Dollywood, Silver Dollar City, and Carnegie Hall as well as churches, fairs, and on television. The Dixie Echoes have appeared on such programs as TBN, INSP and are most notably remembered for their regular appearances on the nationally syndicated television show, The Gospel Singing Jubilee which aired in the late 1960’s and 70’s.
Randy Shelnut has been a member of the group for 40 years. With a lifetime of experience Randy is considered to be one of the finest lead singers and has been honored with multiple Singing News Fan Awards. Stewart Varnado has been the Dixie Echoes pianist since 1998. Randy Shelnut Jr, known to gospel music fans as “Scoot” and with 20 years of experience to build upon, Scoot is named among the best baritones in gospel music. Wesley Smith sings tenor and has been with the group since 2008. And the newest member, Trent Adams provides the bass vocals for the group.
Over the last 50 years God has trusted the Dixie Echoes with the huge purpose of telling everyone they can about Him. To do this He has provided talented men with a dedication to this grand style of music. And they do it with just four guys and a piano player.
-Golden Celebration (2010)