As I begin again with Southern Gospel Views from the Back Row, I thought I would indulge my readers in a little Southern Gospel story of my life. This new weekly series will cover the impact Southern Gospel music has made in my life. It has been a part of my entire life.
I will go through the years and the artists that left a mark on my life. It all begins in 1979, at the age of four, when the Hopper Brothers & Connie came to a church in my hometown of Westminster Maryland. Looking back, I don’t remember much about my first Southern Gospel concert experience, but I do get flashes of memories that have remained.
I remember Connie Hopper speaking from the stage, and even as a youngster hearing her sincerity as she spoke. I remember being taken to the record table and having Connie sign a picture that was purchased. Roger and Debra Talley were members of the group at this time and I can remember Debra also signing the picture.
The bigger music memories of that first concert actually came after as I remember hearing the record albums that were purchased. The music began making an impact on a young boy’s life. Maybe it was a result of that first musical experience by the Hopper Brothers & Connie that left such an impression, but to this day there is no other group in Southern Gospel music that I have seen more in concert since 1979 than the Hoppers.
I want to also take this time to let the Hoppers (Connie) know that I am praying for her as she battles cancer once again. It sounds as if the surgery was a success. I pray for healing and a speedy recovery period. I have another Connie Hopper concert memory that comes a few years after this that left even a greater impact on a young boy’s life and love of Southern Gospel music.
Enjoy a mash-up of music that the Hopper Brothers & Connie would have been staging (in concert) in the year 1979.