GALLIPOLIS — With Independence Day approaching, the Gallia Chamber of Commerce has released profiles of some of its upcoming entertainment to take the amphitheater stage on the Gallipolis riverbank before fireworks light up the sky.
Gospel music will take place in the amphitheater on the Gallipolis riverfront from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Contemporary Christian music will be held between 5:30 and 9 p.m. Both will occur July 3 with the Ariel’s Summer Tuba Time in the park at 7:30 p.m. Ordinary people will play at 5:30 p.m. Rodney Pike Church of God will play at 6:20 p.m. Vinton Baptist will play at 7 p.m. River City Fellowship will perform at 7:40 p.m. and Fellowship of Faith will take the stage at 8:20 p.m.
On July 4, Devin Henry will play at 5 p.m. at the amphitheater. Cee-Cee Miller will play at 8 p.m.. Deep Creatures will play at 9 p.m. and Paul “Bub” Williams will play at 10:30 p.m.
The Victory River Quartet is made up of four friends who attend Addison Freewill Baptist Church and have come together and consider themselves an old-fashioned men’s quartet. Although they have been together a short time these four have a long history of performing gospel music in Gallia County and the surrounding area. They are made up of Randy Shafer on baritone, Mark Coleman on tenor, Jamie Fortner on bass and Rick Barcus as lead part. Victory River’s goal is to lead people to Christ and enjoy the journey along the way.
The Singing Shafers, from Crown City, have shared their style of southern gospel music for close to 50 years. This family ministry began at an early age with Randy, Sue Anne, and “Mom” Gail Shafer, a pianist who played for area churches and special occasions. Their dad, Farrell Shafer, held the position of transportation and equipment director. A few years later, the family mastered various instruments such as piano, guitars, mandolin, banjo, autoharp, fiddle, and harmonica.
The Raineys began singing as a husband and wife duo in 2010. Laura and James traveled across the country spreading the the word of Christ in song and testimony. In 2011, Randy Shafer joined them. Schafer was Ohio’s harmonica champion several years running, as well as an accomplished singer, songwriter, and studio owner. This trio would travel across the country to perform. In 2012, James and Laura moved to Illinois. This would bring challenges to this ministry couple due to the distance between them and Shafer.
It wasn’t long until Deb Gates Griffin showed up to join the Raineys in this music ministry. Deb is a piano player and teacher, singer, songwriter, violinist and bassist. Then to round out things, Gary Voekler joined the group in December 2015. Voekler is a bass singer and has sung with the John Roberts Gospel Homecoming Choir and Instruments of Faith.
Started in 1993 by Christian Scott, Ordinary People have ministered in many churches and venues over the tri-state area. Currently, the group has 10 members from five different churches. The group gets its name from a popular gospel song from the 1970s “Ordinary People.”
Rodney Pike Church of God Worship Team play praise music in a variety of remixed hymns, both organic and acoustic. Vinton Baptist Worship Team is a group of multi-generational musicians who lead listeners through hymns both old and new or done in a new way. River City Fellowship joins the stage and Fellowship of Faith will be compromised of musicians experienced in jazz, classical, and opera to 80s rock and metalcore.
The Deep Creatures are a band hailing from southeastern Ohio. Formerly known as StillWater, the Deep Creatures experienced tragedy with the loss of their band mate, and founder of StillWater Kevin Jolley. After the loss, it was time for a change and a new identity. The Deep Creatures are comprised of the trio of Roy Mayes, BJ Rocchi and Kent Jolley.
The band has decades of combined experience performing many genres of music. The Deep Creatures have influences ranging from bluegrass to heavy metal.
Growing up in a musically inclined family, Cee-Cee Miller started developing a love for the art of singing at an early age. She would be asked to sing by friends and relatives during family gatherings and other special occasions even when still a child. People would always come up to me and tell me how my music makes them feel lighter and give them a certain sense of happiness. Miller said she felt she was doing something good by entertaining other people, helping make their celebrations more special and giving them a break from all their worries, even if only for a while.
Devin Henry is a country music artist born and raised in Gallia County. His style has been influenced by modern country music and music he was raised with. Growing up in a musical family found Henry playing guitar and singing at an early age. After living in Westerville, he found his way into performing live and recording in a studio. His first studio recorded EP is set to release July 4 and two days a fter he is booked to play in Nasvhille, Tenn.