The Isaacs started in Morrow and now hail from Hendersonville, Tenn. CONTRIBUTED

The Isaacs bring their gospel home

Fairfield-based Terry Unthank to open show.

The Isaacs with special guest Terry Unthank will bring an evening of Southern gospel music to the Fairfield Church of God on Friday, July 7.

“The Isaacs are one of the most-loved family groups in southern gospel music,” said Unthank, who will open the concert. “They are from Morrow, Ohio, so they are from this area, originally. The kids went to school and grew up there, so they are very loved in this area.”

The Isaacs, a multi award-winning family group formed more than three decades ago. The group is currently based out of Hendersonville, Tenn.

The group’s vocalists are comprised of mother Lily Isaacs and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Together, they blend tight family harmonies with contemporary acoustic instrumentation, appealing to broad audiences across the globe. Their musical style has been influenced by a range of genres, including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk and country, contemporary, acoustic and Southern gospel.

The Isaacs perform frequently at the Grand Ole Opry, and they travel internationally throughout the year, performing in places such as South Africa, Norway, Holland, Israel and many more countries. They have performed on the Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, at the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) and NQC (National Quartet Convention) Awards, the ICMA Awards (Inspirational Christian Country) as well as notable performances at Country Music Association Fan Fest, Carnegie Hall and a Cincinnati Bengals football game, among others.

Among the group’s awards and accolades, The Isaacs have received seven Dove Awards and have received several Grammy nominations.

“One of the things that is so unique about The Isaacs, is it’s not just singing, but they also play instruments and tell stories. They share from their own lives, and tell about things that they’ve went through. It’s more than a concert. It’s a night of encouragement, and I believe that people, if they come, will leave changed,” Unthank said.

A Fairfield-based artist, Unthank has received national attention for his self-titled CD, “Terry Unthank,” released last year, when he enjoyed genre chart-topping success with the song “Take It to the Lord.”

Unthank, a singer/songwriter, pastor and concert/event promoter, said he has been singing since the time he could talk. He preached his first sermon under a gospel tent in Florida when he was 8 years old, and recorded his first project in cassette form when he was a teenager. Today he serves as the pastor of Miracle Revival Center in Lindenwald.

Unthank, 37, has been recognized for his achievements in ministry by being awarded a key to the City of Fairfield, having a day named in his honor by former Mayor Ronald D’Epiffanio in 2008.

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