The Gospel Harmony Boys Perform in McDowell June 26

The Gospel Harmony Boys are coming to Highland County for a performance on Sunday morning.  This year the group is celebrating it’s 70th year of gospel music ministry.  The group organized in Huntington, West Virginia in 1952 and did their first recording in 1953.   The group has been inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame, has received West Virginia’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished West Virginian Award, and has a day designated in it’s honor.  In West Virginia, August 1st is Gospel Harmony Boys Day, declared by the Governor.

Clacy Williams is the tenor with The Gospel Harmony Boys.  He just celebrated his 50th anniversary with the group.

“It has a special significance for me, personally, because I feel like God has given us a talent that needs to be used and, quite honestly, I feel like I’m just trying to give back,” says Williams. “God has been so good to me. He has blessed our family so tremendously.  He has blessed this ministry and done so much with it over the years, that it’s just something that’s become almost second nature for me in trying to give back and to serve our Savior.  And so that’s really why I continue to do this.”

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“So, when you come to hear a Gospel Harmony Boys concert, you can expect to laugh a bit and have some fun and enjoy some of the songs,” says Williams.  “We’ll always do some fast foot stompin’, hand clappin’ kind of songs, to do some entertainment, but at the same time we choose songs that have a messageSongs that deliver the story of Christ and of our salvation.  We want folks to understand that they’ve really heard the message, it might not have been preached, it was sung to them.  So, we hope that folks will have that understanding, in that sense when they leave, that they have been blessed.”

The Gospel Harmony Boys will perform at Hiner Church of the Brethren on Sunday, June 26, at 11am.  The church is located at 85 Hiner Road in McDowell, Virginia.  You can learn more about the group at

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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