June 14, 2007
Nashville Artist to Appear at Memphis Theatre
(Nashville) — Nationally known Christian Music recording artist Gary Timbs of IMCartists in Nashville, Tennessee is set to perform one show at the Historic Memphis Theatre on Friday, June 29th at 7:30 p.m. Timbs is booked and managed by IMCshows.
The concert is being sponsored in part by the Scotland County Ministerial Alliance to help provide additional supplies for its Food Pantry program. The Ministerial Alliance is asking for concert attendees to bring one or two non-perishable food items (or a small cash donation) to the theatre for collection by the Alliance.
In making the announcement, IMC President Tom Wilkerson stated, “The Memphis show is somewhat of a special deal for us because Gary and I have been friends for more than 30 years. In addition, the Memphis show is the inaugural performance in IMC’s new Themed Concert Series that have been especially tailored for small market communities with historic theatres.
“During his distinguished career, Gary sang in concerts, on recordings and on television with many of Gospel’s big name groups. Gary and I worked together for several years when he took a break from Christian Music by becoming a featured performer on Country Hall of Fame artist Sonny James’ band. Over the years, I’ve hoped to one day produce an album by Gary – which we’ve just completed – and to work with him in showcasing his very, very special performance skills as a single artist.”
Growing up in East Tennessee, Timbs began performing at age five with his parents on area radio and TV Gospel shows where he often encountered a young girl named Dolly who sang in her Uncle’s band. “Since then,” said Timbs, “Dolly’s managed to progress very nicely.”
Timbs, a two-time Dove Award nominee and Grammy nominee, has also done well in an extensive performance career with legendary Gospel groups: Hovie Lister and the Statesmen; the Blue Ridge, Prophets and Senator’s Quartets; the Original Swannee River Boys, and Hall of Fame Gospel stars James Blackwood, J D Sumner and Jake Hess.
But sometimes a career path can be rocky. During his time with The Statesmen, he turned down an offer to join fellow Gospel artist and friend Shawn Nielsen to work with ‘some guy named Elvis.’ Fortunately, the damage from the job offer rejection was not permanent. A few years later, Timbs was invited to Elvis’ Topanga Canyon home in the hills above Los Angeles where he and Elvis ended the evening singing Gospel songs together, accompanied by Timbs’ piano stylings.
Timbs’ national radio and TV credits are equally impressive: WSM’s ‘Grand Ole Gospel,’ WWVA’s ‘’Wheeling Jamboree;’ a CBS Bob Hope Show, NBC’s ‘Midnight Special,’ Canadian TV’s ‘Tommy Hunter Show,’ TNN’s ‘Hee-Haw’ and a long list of other cable network Gospel shows.
“We help our artists design and create themed shows that are entertaining, yet suitable for the entire family,” said Wilkerson. “Each show is built around the artist’s unique performing ability and tied to a specific musical theme, and then we create an album to fit the show format.”
Work has already been completed on Timbs’ initial show and album, both titled ‘Back To The Years,’ featuring stories and songs from the Camp Meeting and Brush Arbor Meeting eras, plus the Big Tent Revival days of super charged preachers like Billy Sunday from the 1930’s.
“I am delighted to be working with Tom once again,” said Timbs. “He’s a veteran music man experienced as a concert and recording musician, record producer and label executive. In addition, I love the IMC business concept.”
‘Back To The Years’ is one show in IMC’s Themed Concert Series that also includes shows by former RCA Records Rock artist Willie Redden (‘Willie & The Red Rubber Band’) which is in final stages of completion, and a Country show entitled ‘Looking Back To The Future,’ that features IMC Country artist Michael Carl.
IMCshows’ primary mission is to provide high quality, affordable themed musical concerts by solo artists for restored historic theatres that are predominately located in small and medium sized markets throughout the US. All shows are produced exclusively by IMCshows.
Concert tickets may be purchased at the theatre box office one hour prior to show time for $10.00 each on Friday, June 29th.