Country Gospel Festival Came to Italy

Image: “Not Our Own” — “Not Our Own” singing Would You Be Ready.

“Not Our Own” — “Not Our Own” singing Would You Be Ready. (Cindy Sutherland)

April 11th, The Country Gospel Festival was in full swing at the Wayne Boze building about 6:00 PM. As you approached the front of the building you could hear beautiful music flowing through the front doors.

There were many talented performers playing Country Gospel music which included these performers:

Mark Henderson played the bass, drums and the guitar. He is an independent recording artist with Two Hearts Production company. The songs he has recorded are: Gospel Song and Old Friend Don’t Worry Anymore which he sang during his performance. He has his own radio show in Canton, Texas on radio station 1510 AM.

Mike Recksick sang Oh Lord and Christian Cowboy. Recksick started singing when he was eight years old. He just finished recording a cd entitled Christian Cowboy.

Carole Butterfield also performed that night and sang: For Every Mountain, He’ll Do It Again, and Country Gospel. Butterfield writes all her own songs and belongs to the Fort Worth Writers Association. Her music can be heard on radio station KKGM and KCBI.

Kris Kokenos, his wife Jenny Kokenos and his son Curtis make up the singing group “Not Our Own”. They performed that evening singing You Are, No Good Thing and Would You Be Ready?. “We have traveled around for about four years singing at coffee houses, churches, nursing homes, and homeless shelters across the country,” explained Kris Kokenos.

Lance Williams was also there singing Blue Grass Country and Southern Gospel.

Jay Hill (entertainment promoter) was responsible for putting this Country Gospel Festival together explained, “This was our first time in Italy. It was not a great turn-out, but we had a lot of fun. We will be back in Italy May 9th at the Wayne Boze building. Easter Weekend was maybe part of the reason for the small turn out. We had a lot of fun even though we didn’t have a lot of people. I am going to do it again if the good Lord is willing.”