Central Virginia Angel Hearts will hold the 12th annual Winter Angel Benefit Concert Saturday, Feb. 28, at Calvary Baptist Church, located at 20957 Timberlake Road in Lynchburg, at 7 p.m.
Appearing for the first time in the Winter Angel concert series will be award-winning quartet Brian Free & Assurance.
Free is undeniably the most recognized southern gospel tenor of this generation. Since 1982, he has been at the forefront of southern gospel music since first joining Gold City Quartet, then moving on to form his own group. Fans have responded to his music by honoring him and the group with multiple awards. He received a Dove Award for Southern Gospel Recorded Song for “Long As I Got King Jesus.” The group’s recent single “Say Amen” has taken the industry by storm.
In addition to Free, group members are Bill Shivers, Mike Rogers and Jeremy Lile.
Also new to the series, pianist Jeff Stice will join Brian Free & Assurance.
Affectionately known as “Mr. Music Man,” Stice majored in piano performance at Western Kentucky University. His first position in gospel music was with the Rex Nelon Singers. In 1990, he helped form Perfect Heart, and in 2002, he was offered an opportunity by Louise Mandrell to put together a quartet for her theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. He helped form The Triumphant Quartet, where he played, arranged and produced music for 12 years. Stice’s music has afforded him the opportunity to travel all around the United States and Canada.
Pre-concert music will begin at 6:30 p.m. and feature Garden of Grace and Roger Wells of Martinsville. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
The Winter Angel Benefit Concert is an annual event committed to assisting families of children with financially devastating illnesses. This year’s recipients are 13-year-old twins Isabella and Alannah Wilson of Amherst. They have faced a number of physical challenges as a result of being born prematurely and will soon receive service dogs to help them become more independent.
Admission to the concert is free. An offering will be received to help pay for the twins’ travel and training expenses to receive their service animals.