By LEIGH PROM
Hopper family fan Jim Cornog has Sept. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Franklin Heights Church in Rocky Mount on his calendar.
Having seen the Hoppers perform at least a dozen times with the Gaithers and at Southern Gospel Music conventions, Cornog is eager to see the Hoppers perform.
“I’m pretty sure folks will enjoy it [the performance],” Cornog said. “They’re a pretty lively group.”
Since hearing about the Hoppers’ upcoming concert church member Bill Short has been watching and listening to the Hoppers on You Tube.
“They have a lot of feeling in their music and make you feel what they feel,” Short said. He added he is eager to experience the Hoppers in person.
The group was formed in 1957 in the rural farm town of Madison, North Carolina by Claude Hopper. Today the five-member group spans three generations: Claude and his wife, Connie, sons Dean and Mike and Dean’s wife, Kim, and their daughter, Karlye.
The family has won multiple awards and performed in front of global audiences, including presidential religious inauguration ceremonies and New York’s Carnegie Hall, as well as conventions and church platforms. The Hoppers have performed throughout the United States and in Israel, Europe and Africa.
Their music is described as “soul-stirring and uplifting” with a blend of harmonies and song choices.
In addition to the concerts, the Hopper brothers have a recording studio called The Farm, just a few miles from their office.
Mike is a licensed airplane pilot and has appeared on the television show “Touched by an Angel” with Randy Travis, John Schneider, Delta Burke and the Gaither vocal band.
Connie has written a book called “The Peace That Passeth Understanding” about her struggle with cancer and God’s healing. She is also a member of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame (The Hoppers were 2012 inductees into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame.).
Dean hopes that people will enjoy the music and that when they walk out of the church after the concert they will feel a lighter, be encouraged and uplifted.
The Hopper family concert is sponsored by Franklin Heights Church’s J.O.Y. Club. There is no admission fee, although a love offering will be taken.
“I’d love to have a good crowd and have a lot of people hear the gospel,” said Rob Flint, Franklin Heights’ pastor of music and worship/senior adults.