A father-son Southern Gospel duo will bring their music ministry to Raleigh this month.
The LeBeaus will perform at North Raleigh Church of the Nazarene on Aug. 16.
Tim LeBeau and his son, Timmy, are from Lexington, and the music that celebrates their faith is a full-time vocation. As a duo, they perform a mix of old and new Southern Gospel music.
Tim said he appreciates the younger audiences that are drawn to his son’s music. And Timmy said he is proud of his father not only for his music, but for the way he lives his life as a Christian both on and off the stage.
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The genre known as Southern Gospel music can be traced back to the late 1800s. In the early days, quartets of men, often accompanied by piano players, harmonized songs centered around Christian beliefs and values.
This style of music thrived in the South and evolved to include not just four-part harmonies but other blends of country and bluegrass styles.
Timmy LeBeau said he and his father incorporate many different sounds that bring their Southern Gospel style together.
“Our style is unique because of the middle ground my father and I have to reach when selecting music,” the younger LeBeau said. “Sometimes his style can be too dated for my taste and sometimes my style can be a little too modern for my dad’s taste, so we have to reach a happy medium which has created our sound.”
The LeBeaus tour southern states and beyond performing their music, and they also release recordings. Their most recent album, “Vintage,” features old religious hymns.
The duo will perform at the 10:45 a.m. service Sunday, Aug. 16, at North Raleigh Church of the Nazarene. The church is located at 9200 Strickland Road, Raleigh.
All are welcome to worship and listen to the music. A love offering will be collected.
The LeBeaus say their music reaches beyond showmanship and fully embraces faith.
“My goal when people come to hear us is that they leave feeling encouraged, uplifted and feeling like they’ve been to church,” Timmy LeBeau said. “I know that to a lot of people what we do is considered entertainment, but we want to come out and worship.”
Call for artists
Raleigh Vineyard Church is seeking artists for a special exhibit this fall.
The show will feature two-dimensional works in any medium, interpreting the theme of extracting something beautiful from something ugly or considered worthless.
The art show is in partnership with International Justice Mission to raise money and awareness for the work of fighting violence against the poor and sex trafficking worldwide.
Artists are encouraged to submit original works completed in the last three years that fit the theme of the exhibit. Entries will be due Sept. 24, and the art will be on display in the church lobby from Oct. 11 through Nov. 4.
For details on how to enter, visit the church’s website at raleighvineyard.org.
Raleigh Vineyard Church is located at 6894 Litchford Road.
Carla Turchetti compiles Faith in Focus each week. Email her with details of upcoming events at firstname.lastname@example.org.