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Evans church brings in New Year with concert

Posted: December 28, 2011 - 12:01am  |  Updated: December 28, 2011 - 3:21am
The popular Christian recording group the Martins has been nominated for a Grammy. The trio also has received six Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. The Martins will be performing at The Sanctuary in Evans on Sunday.  Special Photo
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The popular Christian recording group the Martins has been nominated for a Grammy. The trio also has received six Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association. The Martins will be performing at The Sanctuary in Evans on Sunday.

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A Grammy-nominated Christian trio of siblings is bringing in the New Year at an Evans church with a Sunday evening concert.

The Martins – Judy, Jonathan and Joyce Martin – are set to perform at 6 p.m. at the Sanctuary, 302 Byrd Road, Evans.

After taking a 10-year hiatus to pursue solo careers, the Martins recently released a new album, New Day, that was produced by Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus.

The Sanctuary Pastor Bryan Cockrell described the group’s sound as progressive with a country edge. The trio also mixes in traditional church hymns with Southern Gospel music, he said.

“Their music has always been very difficult to put in just one category,” Cockrell said.

In addition to a Grammy nomination, the Martins have garnered six Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association since the 1990s. They’ve performed at the Grand Ole Opry, the White House and Carnegie Hall.

The concert is free and open to the community, Cockrell said. A love offering will be accepted.

“When Sunday falls close to the New Year, we try to have an event that kind of helps the Christian community to celebrate,” Cockrell said.

Another Gospel trio, High Road, will perform at the Sanctuary at 11 a.m. Sunday and open for the Martins that evening.

Graduates of Belmont University’s School of Music, each member of the Nashville, Tenn., group High Road plays her own instrument and exudes a “jazzy sound,” Cockrell said.

For details about the concert, call (706) 364-8284 or visit www.mysanctuary.org.

IF YOU GO

What: The Martins concert

When: 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: The Sanctuary, 302 Byrd Road, Evans

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