Guy Penrod presents Americas Favorite Family of Gospel Music. The Legendary Hoppers join us on this week’s Gospel Music Showcase.
With humble beginnings as rural farm-boys, The Hoppers (originally known as the Hopper Brothers and Connie) were formed in 1957 by founding member and owner, Claude Hopper. The group, green in experience, consisted of Claude, his four brothers Will, Steve, Paul and Monroe, and his future wife, Connie.
In 1981, The Hoppers were chosen to represent the genre of Southern Gospel Music at the Religious Inaugural Celebration for President Ronald Reagan.
While The Hoppers achieved tremendous success through the first three decades of ministry- the era of the ‘90s began a new leg of their journey with the addition of Dean’s wife, Kim, as soprano and a streak of hit number one songs including: “Milk and Honey”, “Here I Am”, “Anchor to the Power of the Cross”, and ” Mention My Name”. The pace of the group, with God’s help, was hitting new strides. In addition to radio success, The Hoppers have received numerous accolades including Mixed Group of the Year from the Heart’s Aflame Awards, Diamond Awards, Singing News Fan Awards, and the SGMA; as well as four Dove Award nominations. In 1998, Connie was presented with the prestigious Marvin Norcross award, which is given to those with excellence in “Devotion to family, service to Church, and contributions to the Gospel Music Industry”. Michael received the Musician of the Year award from the Singing News Fan Awards, along with Kim who has had the privilege of being given the title of Female Vocalist and Favorite Soprano for well over a decade by the same association.
“Something’s Happening” (Hoppers Music/Spring Hill, 2010)
“The Best of the Hoppers: from the Gaither Homecoming Series” (Gaither Music Group, 2010)
“Unforgettable” (Hoppers Music/Mansion Entertainment, 2009)
“North America Live” (Canaan, 2009)