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HOMECOMING ANNOUNCEMENT! 

I’ve been keeping this under my hat for a while because I wanted to be sure all the pieces were going to fall together, but I can now announce who our 2020 homecoming guest will be. This has literally been the most requested return artist that I’ve had, and it will have been 9 years since they appeared on the homecoming stage. I’m thrilled to announce the one-night-only return of the Gospel Tones! This is the quartet that I sang with for four years based out of Central Louisiana, and it consists of three of my best buddies that I met through singing school. Due to distance and just generally growing up (we were young, childless, and unmarried back then), the group disbanded. Here’s a brief rundown of the members. 

TENOR - Me! I’m the handsome one squealing at the end. 

LEAD - Ben Waites. Ben and I have spent more hours together than I can count, and anyone who has seen him before knows he is a bundle of excitement and encouragement. Ben has been singing full time and has become a vocal coach, background vocalist, and recent addition to the new Speer Family Quartet featuring heirs of the Speer legacy. 

BARITONE - Nick Bergeron. The joke about Nick has always been that he’s ADD/ADHD/ABCDEFG. I can’t imagine a more solid baritone and vocalist. You can always count on him to be on his part and tell you what’s wrong with your part. Nick is busy producing music and serving as music minister in his local church. 

BASS - Jordan James. I’ll never forget the first words the fifteen year old Jordan James rumbled to me… “I hate you.” Come to homecoming for the story. Jordan is a veritable renaissance man - playing piano, singing in a local contemporary band, leading worship at his church, teaching drama, getting his Master’s, even touring with the Dixie Echoes for a year, booming out some bass in front of 20,000 people at NQC. 

There have only been a couple of occasions in the past 9 years when we were all together, so this will be a joyful reunion indeed. Mark your calendars for my 13th Annual Homecoming Concert on March 14, 2020, 5PM at First Baptist Church in Troup, TX

Special Request 

We are at the end of this year, and because of the twins’ precipitous arrival and the 10 week trip, I am woefully behind on scheduling and office work. If we’ve never been to your church, or if we’ve been there but it has been a while, please consider sticking a bug in the leadership’s ear to have us in 2020/2021. That would be a great help.

13th Anniversary 

13 years ago on October 15 I was singing my very first concert. \

Since then... 

  • Ministered in 1,600+ concerts 
  • Been in 43 states + England and Sweden 
  • Recorded 11 CDs and 1 DVD 
  • Released 10 radio singles/5 #1 songs + 4 Top Ten releases 
  • Am writing my first book, which is not bad for a guy who has only read three. 
  • Made 1,000s of friends 

And I get to travel with the apple of my eye, Martha and three little road warriors who have already been to more states and concerts than most people will ever be drug to. 
So grateful to God for His infinite goodness. Thanks for the years of prayers and support! As 1 Thessalonians 4 says, “may we do this even more” to the glory of God. 

Jude 24-25 
“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

NEW CD IN STORE! 

   If the cover hasn’t already given it away, this is a quartet album from a soloist, namely, me. This is my tongue-in-cheek answer to the question I am asked at least once a week — what style of music do I sing. Difficult to answer, considering that many Christians seem to only possess two boxes in which to place spiritual music: Southern Gospel or Contemporary. Were I to answer Southern Gospel, you might well assume the following: (1) I only sing songs that are at least 40 years old or written by Bill Gaither, (2) I only sing songs that have a predictable rhyme scheme, and (3) I only sing songs keyed at least a full step out of my vocal range. Were I to answer Contemporary, you might well assume the following: (1) I can’t afford jeans large enough, (2) I sing slow songs averaging 8 minutes long, and (3) The songs I sing will contain a minimum of 9 choruses, and certainly will not pass without mentioning some sort of destructive natural phenomenon, (hurricane, flood, fire, etc). 

   I refuse to pigeonhole Christian music in this manner. Each different style has its own strength, whether it be the joy of convention music, the firm doctrinal foundation of hymnody, or the call to worship within contemporary music. My intention is to take these different strengths and use them to be a litmus test for true conversion. Are you persevering in spite of temptations to waver? Is the sinful state of the world a grievous thing to you? Do you long for the coming of the Lord and the establishment of righteousness? Do you have a living and active faith? Are you trending toward Christ-likeness? Does the daily view of the cross draw you inextricably to your Lord? 

   This album is aptly called a casserole — you will never quite know what went into it, and sometimes you don’t know what to call it. The recipe included years of planning, a month in the studio, and fourteen songs with four parts, all sung by me.

Bible Believer's Dictionary: "Reconcile" 

RECONCILE - to restore into right relationship those who once were torn apart, 
As sin has separated us from God so we cannot know His heart (Isa. 59:1-2; Rom. 8:7). 
But Christ has come and shed His Blood on cruel Calvary (Gal. 4:4-5) 
That by His Perfect Sacrifice He might reconcile you and me (II Cor. 5:18-21; Eph. 2:15-18; Col. 1:20-22).

James Pike

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