Annual concert welcomes full crowds

The 17th annual ‘Home for Christmas’ benefit concert was held Saturday, December 14.  The concert was a huge success. A great time was had by all who attended.

The concert took place at the historic Strand Theatre in downtown Louisville.  It consisted of two shows with one at 4 p.m. and the other following at 7 p.m.

In addition to Carl Jackson Jerry Salley, Larry Cordle, Valerie Storey, Bradley Walker, Johnny Rawls, and comedian Lonnie Shorr, the show also presented upcoming stars The Church Sisters, Savannah and Sarah Church.

Virginia natives Sarah and Savannah Church of the Church Sisters performed at Louisville’s Annual Carl Jackson concert .

Sarah and Savannah Church’s musical careers began in March of 2007 when they won WAKG Rising Stars talent competition.  After winning their phones began ringing with requests for performances at churches, theatres, and festivals.

Seth Church, the Church Sisters’ brother, performs alongside them playing lead guitar.  He is an award-winning guitarist who recently played at Merle-Fest.

The Church Sisters have been traveling all over the United States performing with Rhonda Vincent, Brandon Heath, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, and Tony Rice.  Recently, the girls garnered a presidential performance alongside their band in Roanoke, VA.  The Church Sisters have also been working with Nashville country music stars “Joey and Rorey” on various projects over the last year.

The Church Sisters have also made TV appearances on “Larry’s Country Diner,” “The Joey and Rorey Show,” and “Country’s Family Reunion.”

The girls have released two albums “Farther Along” and “There’s You.” The pair was also included on an album by Grammy award winning singer, songwriter, and producer, Carl Jackson.  The album is named “Mark Twain Words and Music” and includes renowned recording artists such as Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, and Jimmy Buffett.

“I’m not talking about being ‘good for their age’ either… I’m talking about being GREAT singers for any age and compared to anyone.  God has blessed these young ladies with so much talent, it’s almost unbelievable… and you will be just as blessed to hear them… trust me” stated Jackson of the Church Sisters.  “I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many great singers in my career,” stated Jackson, “but I can honestly say Savannah and Sarah, the Church Sisters, are as good as it gets.”

All proceeds from the concert went to help the continued renovations of Carl Jackson’s hometown Strand Theatre which now serves as a Community Arts Center.

The crowd along with Jackson’s family and friends along with his father in the wheelchair watch the show.

The crowd along with Jackson’s family and friends along with his father in the wheelchair watch the show.