Southern gospel fans from the far reaches will descend upon the center of the country in the center of Missouri in two weeks to celebrate their genre of music and a McDonald County man internationally acclaimed as one of the greatest writers of southern gospel music.
The 46th annual Brumley Gospel Sing will hit the stages of the Kenneth E. Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon, Mo., Aug. 6-9. Bob Brumley, president, Brumley Music, Powell, said the Albert E. Brumley Gospel Sing was initiated in 1969 in honor of his father. With more than 20,000 gospel music fans gathering in Lebanon each of the last eight summers, Brumley said the event has earned the title of “Grand-daddy of Gospel Sings.”
“I think it’s just the atmosphere we create with the way we run it,” said Brumley. “It’s just a fun time and a fun place for families to be. We have great groups, and great people running the show, and it’s just great fun and entertainment for the whole family.”
He said gospel fans turn out from all over, joking that it might be easier to explain where they don’t come from.
“They come from about every state,” he said. “We’ve got people coming from Canada, Australia this year, so they come from all over. There’s some from Germany.”
He said some fans come back every year, and some of them have permanent reserved seats.
Those who attend this year will be treated to the music of almost 30 groups. Entertainers at this year’s Brumley Gospel Sing include the Booth Brothers, McKamey’s, Dailey & Vincent, The Isaacs, Legacy Five, Triumphant Quartet, Blackwood Brothers, Kingsman Quartet, The Perrys, The Inspirations, Greater Vision, Karen Peck & New River, Mark Trammell Quartet, The Chuck Wagon Gang, and many more.
Brumley said both evening and matinee performances cost $20 each, with two, three and four day packages available, including $55 for four days general admission.
“A reserved seat package for all four nights is $85, and you can keep your seats every year,” he said.
Children 6-12 years old cost $5 per night, and children age 5 and under free, general admission only. Prices are $5 more the day of the event.
Brumley said many hotels and other lodging are available, and if Lebanon gets full, there are plenty of rooms available within 30 minutes in the Fort Leonard Wood/Waynesville area.
This is the ninth year since the Brumley Gospel Sing moved from Northwest Arkansas to Lebanon. Brumley said the Cowan Civic Center is a great venue for their event; and being right in the heart of the country, is very accessible to fans from across the country.
He said the Lebanon area provides many opportunities to spend quality time when not attending performances.
“There’s malls and outlet stores,” he said. “The Lake of the Ozarks is just about 30 minutes away. Bennett Spring [State Park] is just out of town and features trout fishing, and Fort Leonard Wood is close by.”
Brumley said discounts are available for bus tours and church groups of 20 or more people. Call 800-435-3725 or go to www.brumleymusic.com for more information.