Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Rene' Jones Performs At MCCF Benefit Concert
Nashville, TN (February 26, 2013) Rene' Jones was among the Featured Performers at a fundraiser for the Music City Christian Fellowship. For the past 33 years, MCCF has sponsored a gospel program called Sunday Mornin’ Country which is held on the last day of the CMA Music Festival (formerly known as Fan Fair). It is the longest running named Gospel event connected with the CMA Music Festival. This year will be the 34th Anniversary of Sunday Mornin’ Country. It is going to be held on Sunday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Grand Ole Opry House and will be hosted by Linda Davis and George Hamilton IV.
In June 1980, a group of Country Music artists and musicians wanted to honor God with the talents He had given them by sharing their songs and personal stories of faith. They came together in prayer and fellowship. They decided to have "A singin', prayin' get-together" for the Country Music fans during the annual Country Music Fan Fair celebration (currently known as CMA Music Festival). Some 40-50 singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters, etc. were involved in the first "Sunday Mornin' Country.”® The event was so well received that the group organized to do similar ministries all year long.
Rene' stated “It is such a privilege to be associated with such a prestigious group of Country singers who are Christian. It is important to let our light shine no matter where we are singing. The Country Music fans love Christian Music and love to hear their favorite Country singers singing songs with a Christian message.”
Performing along with Rene' were Grand Ole Opry star Linda Davis, The Babcocks, Mark Thomas, and Judy Gilbert.
About Rene Jones
"The Christian Cowboy"
Born in "L.A." (in this case, "Lower Ashton"), a small community on the outskirts of Walterboro, South Carolina, Rene' was raised singing in the church. His family was involved in farming, and he spent many hours singing while riding the tractors and working the land. In his teens, Rene' joined the gospel group The Beacons, and it was this background that gave Rene' his vibrant and smooth voice of today. He sings with passion, putting his heart, body and soul into his music.
After The Beacons, Rene' decided to try his hand at country music. He performed in country clubs, variety shows, festivals, parades, and was a featured entertainer at the 1987 March of Dimes Telerama broadcast from Charleston, South Carolina. In 1992, after having the pleasure of performing in sold-out concerts with Linda Davis and Lang Scott, Rene'and his wife moved to Nashville and embarked on a series of tours across Eastern United States. Rene's third album brought him within inches of a record deal. However, at the last minute, the record executives decided Rene' was too country and signed their second choice artist for the deal. Imagine being too country for country music.
In 2003, Rene' felt the Lord calling him back to his roots of gospel music. Rene's first Christian Country single was released to radio in March, 2005 by GodsChild Records. Since then, Rene' has had several songs to chart in the Top 10 of the Christian Country and Country Gospel charts. His single Rockin' On The Front Porch went to #1 in January, 2009. He has appeared in Music City News, Power Source and Christian Voice magazines. He and his wife have made several television appearances including TCT Network and Touching the World Ministries.
Rene' was bestowed the honor of receiving the 2007, 2009, & 2011 Male Vocalist of the Year Awards, the 2008 Soloist of the Year Award, and the prestigious 2009 & 2010 Christian Country Crown Jewel Awards from the United States Association of Gospel Entertainers and Musicians. He won the 2012 Video of the Year Award from the International Country Gospel Music Association for the song Bible By Her Bed.
Rene' has been called by God to share the gospel through music. His mission is to be a disciple, go wherever God opens the doors, and share Christ's message of love and redemption.