From 1984 to 1993, the Talleys consisted of brothers Roger and Kirk Talley and Roger's wife, Debra.
In 1993, Roger and Debra felt a need to disband the group and spend time at home with 10-year-old Lauren as a normal family, according to the group's Web site. Meanwhile, Lauren's love of singing and desire to share what God had placed in her heart had grown. Roger, Debra, and Lauren began performing together on a limited basis in 1996 as the Talley Trio. While they never intended to form a new group, their success was overwhelming, and the Talley Trio now carries on the family tradition.
While their roots are in Southern gospel music, the Morristown, Tenn., family has developed a unique, progressive sound that combines Southern gospel with praise and worship, hymns and many other styles.
The Talley Trio has reached the top of the Singing News Top 80 Chart seven times. “The Debt,” “His Life For Mine,” “The Answer Is Christ,” “Searchin',” “I Love The Lord,” “The Healer” and “Jesus Saves” have all reached No. 1.
Other chart favorites include “I'm Happy With You Lord,” “Testify” and “I Am What I Am.”
The group's current album features songs such as “I Cannot Tell It All,” “Truth Is Marching On,” “His Hand In Mind,” “That's Why I Believe,” “Orphans of God” and several others
They have received many awards, including the 2000 Southern Gospel Music Association Album of the Year for “Testament,” which features “Searchin'” and “Testify.”
“Testify” won the 2002 BMI Song of the Year for most radio airplay. Debra is an 11-time winner of favorite female vocalist and best alto from Singing News magazine and the SGMA. Lauren is also a three-time winner of the favorite young artist award.
Lauren has released two albums and appeared on the long-running show Touched By An Angel.
Lauren's currently project, “I Live,” includes “More,” and her latest radio single “I Live,” which is No. 43 after three months in the Top 80.
On Jan. 8, the group will be sailing for the Bahamas on a five-day Bible study cruise with Dr. David Jeremiah and several other ministers. Also joining the Talley Trio will be Greater Vision, The Specks, Charles Billingsley, Mark Bishop, and others.
The trio will be leaving for an Alaska cruise from June 15-22 with John Hagee and Hagee Family Singers, Jentezen Franklin, Randy Travis, the Crabb Family and Dennis Swanberg.
For more information, call (423) 235-2916.
Roger Neal and Neal Family Ministries, along with The Scooter Store, have announced that together they will give away one $7,000 power chair in each of the 53 cities the Roger Neal And Friends Sing For MS Concert Series visits. The first stop on the tour will be in Savannah, Ga., on Feb. 8.
Neal will bring one of his concerts to The Center for Rural Development in Somerset on Feb. 24.
The lineup will include: Gold City, Talley Trio, Roger Neal, Lynn Neal, Lulu Roman from Hee Haw, Laverne and Edith Tripp, Terry Tripp, Skyline Boys Quartet, Alan Harris Family, Brenda North, Debbie Bennett, Amazed, Joan Gregory and Loretta Withee.
For more information, visit www. wheregodguides.com.
Paul Lunsford can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org