The Texans to debut three new songs in Dec. 23 Calvary Baptist Church show

Monday, December 19, 2005
The Texans

EUREKA SPRINGS -- Calvary Baptist Church is sponsoring The Texans in a show on Dec. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the church facilities at the Victoria Inn and Convention Center, according to Pastor Dr. D. Elton Stewart.

There is no charge for the program, which will include candy for children, but attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items, canned goods or diapers, or cash contributions, to be used to help people in need, Dr. Stewart said.

The program, entitled "The Reason for the Season," is described as a musical production with comedy and fun things for children, and will include three new Christmas songs, including "Santa Got Saved," "If I Could Give You Anything for Christmas," and a song written only within the past month, " A Yellow Ribbon Christmas."

During the program a Christmas tree will be decorated with yellow ribbons in tribute to the nation's military personnel.

The Texans came to Eureka Springs earlier this year with plans to start a breakfast show at the convention center on May 20. Those plans were stymied, however, by a fire on May 19 which forced closure of all commercial operations at the facility, though church services were allowed to continue. They were featured singers at the National Day of Prayer Breakfast this year in Eureka Springs.

The group, with different personnel, started out as the Master's Four, and held the title "Texas Group of the Year" from 1975 through 1982, and were awarded the Ozark Music Awards distinction of "Group of the Year from 1985 until the awards were discontinued in 1989.

For the past three years The Texans have been traveling on the road performing more than 300 concerts a year, and sharing the stage with speakers such as Cecil Todd, Jamie Ragel, TD Jakes, Charles Stanley, Paul Vic, Jesse Duplantis, Jerry Falwell, Tim Lahaye and Joe Write.

Lead vocalist and moderator of the group is Sam Ray. Hailing from Fort Worth, he is an original member of The Texans. When he was 14 years old, he began singing in church with his family. At 16, he surrendered to the ministry of Christ. He has been preaching and singing for 30 years. He states his true desire is to see thousands come to know Christ through his music.

His wife, Brenda Ray , sings tenor. She started singing at age 13 with a local group and in the choir at school and church. In high school, she traveled with Accelerated Christian Education, promoting Christ in education. In her senior year of high school she sang with The Redemption Trio. After marrying Sam, she began her career at home as the mother of three children. Now, 25 years later, the Lord has sent her back to the music ministry. Her beautiful voice and comedic talents, add a new dimension to The Texans' sound, her husband says.

Curtis Ray is the youngest child of Sam and Brenda and sings baritone. He began singing at age three, and he and his sisters had their own gospel group, singing at churches in the Texas area and the Grapevine Opry. He has been involved in music most of his life. In junior high and high school he learned to play percussion instruments and still loves to wrap his hands around a pair of drumsticks.

The group's great blend of family harmony is what most groups spend years trying to accomplish, said Dr. Stewart.

All interested persons are encouraged to attend the Dec. 23 program. For more information, telephone (479) 253-6000.

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