Acoustic gospel performers the Watkins Family will bring their distinct sound to Sacred Sounds Fridays, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Ringgold Depot at Depot Street and U.S. Highway 41 in Ringgold in a special concert for the Share America Foundation Inc. Also appearing will be Southern gospel artist Channing Eleton. Randall Franks, "Officer Randy Goode" from TV’s "In the Heat of the Night" will emcee. Ticket donation is $10.

Watkins Family

One of America’s best loved acoustic music families, the Watkins Family – Judy, Lorie and Todd – share gospel music across the U.S. and Canada.

"The blessings that the Lord shares as we continue to travel sharing his story through song are amazing," Judy said.

The Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame members made a name for themselves in the fields of gospel, bluegrass and country music.

"Whether the Watkins are performing on a grand stage with country stars such as Diamond Rio, bluegrass festival or National Quartet Convention in front of thousands, they raise the spirits and hopes through their harmonies," Franks said.

The family will include new music from their upcoming release as well as top hits from their latest CDs.

"There is no greater blessing than working each day sharing His story of salvation through song," Lorie said.

"While the musical legacy of the Watkins family reaches back for generations in the mountains of northeast Georgia, their music today reflects the best in harmonies and musical instrumentation that can be heard," Franks said.

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Channing Eleton

Channing Eleton is a two-time Southern Gospel Musician of Year and Dove Award nominee.

"We are honored to have someone who has blessed so many people with their talents to be part of our efforts to encourage youth," Franks said.

Eleton performed as the pianist for the award-winning 2017 Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees Gold City for six years averaging 220 concerts per year and also for five years with Poet Voices.

He has performed on Bill Gaither Homecoming concerts, at the Southern Baptist Convention, Opryland and countless other venues.

His successful solo career was inspired by artists such as Rich Mullins, Fernando Ortega and James Taylor.

Eleton said he pours these influences into his own style sharing stories of frailties and shortcomings in the human condition, giving the listener hope through the redeeming grace and love of Jesus.

"My calling is to tell stories and my life experiences through this music," Eleton said. "To share the hope and mercy that I have found in Jesus. To go and tell someone to 'not give up'. It's really that simple."

His main instrument is the piano and his concerts find him performing mostly from the keyboard. He does, however, come out front occasionally to sing a song while playing the accordion or acoustic guitar.

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The event is a fundraiser for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund. The Share America Foundation, Inc., a Georgia non-profit, presents scholarships to talented musicians who excel in the Appalachian musical arts.

Donations for tickets are adults: $10, Children 12 and under free with adult. Tickets may be purchased locally in advance during business hours at SonShine Christian Books (706) 861-7675 in Fort Oglethorpe. For more information, Share America Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 42 Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755 or