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The 22nd Annual Gospel Music Festival will be held January 5, 6 & 7, 2017

Rockport’s Gospel Music Festival
Gary Howard
Music Festival Coordinator

Our festival began back in 1994 as a gospel music concert, sponsored by “Rockport’s Gospel Force” police quartet. The Gospel Music Festival has continued to grow throughout the years much because of your continued support and through your attendance, your prayers and your contributions. Without your consistent support the festival would never have grown to the four-day event that it became last year.

We are extremely excited and blessed to have back with us again this year The Nelons who have numerable awards and accolades including three GRAMMY Nominations, Six Gospel Music Association DOVE Awards and many songs that have soared to the top of national radio charts. This family’s innovative music embraces traditional roots, while simultaneously reaching beyond various musical boundaries with incomparable harmonies. The Nelons’ combine the elements you’ve come to expect from the group, unparalleled vocal excellence and a sound built on interplay between soaring soprano and smooth alto with an intertwining tenor. Add the wonderful tight family harmony with an uncanny gift of communicating God’s love, you have a worship experience that you’ll not soon forget!

We are also very pleased to have Larry Ford with us again this year. From the sounds of grand opera to the stages of Southern Gospel, GRAMMY winner Larry Ford has pleased audiences of thousands responding to his commanding voice. Originally from Lubbock, Texas, Larry’s work has taken him to 49 of the 50 states in the U.S. From the far reaches of Seoul, Korea to the southern hemisphere’s Spanish speaking countries, Larry’s facility with languages has made it possible for him to carry his message in song to more than thirty foreign countries. Larry Ford has committed his life to singing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In recent years many invitations have been extended as a result of Larry’s participation in the Gaither Homecoming recordings. Larry has often been a featured soloist on the recordings and has become closely associated with the songs, Little is Much When God is In It, Sing of My Redeemer, Follow Me and O, What a Savior. His passion for ministry abroad has led to his being described as “gospel music’s ambassador to the world”.

Our festival this year is dedicated to the memory of Mernie Metzler, the 22-year tenor with the Crimson River Quartet. Mernie was one of the original members of the group and sang in every CRQ concert except one - more than 700 appearances in 10 states. He will surely be missed by all of those of us in Rockport that have come to know and love Mernie just as much as his California family.

Please pray for the continued success of this festival and make plans to be with us next year on the 5th, 6th and 7th of January, 2017 for our 22nd Annual Rockport Gospel Music Festival.

God Bless You and Happy New Year!!

Thursday, January 5, 2017 6:00 pm Rockport-Fulton HS Auditorium
Friday, January 6, 2017 6:00 pm Rockport-Fulton HS Auditorium
Saturday, January 7, 2017 10:00 am Rockport-Fulton HS Auditorium

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Martha Luigi Auditorium
Rockport-Fulton High School, Rockport

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For more information on the Rockport Gospel Music Festival, or the Gospel Force Quartet, please contact Gary Howard at R.G.M.F. @ P. O. Box 2643, Rockport, Texas, 78381, or call 361.205.2789. Email address is