New Eternal Light Singers: Bringing It Home – Live in Marianna, AR.
DVD Release Date: Jul 02, 2013
What is known today as the “Eternal Light Singers” originally formed in 1982, under the name of “On Fire For God Ensemble” in Marianna, Arkansas. Founding member include Rev. Ronald Broussard, the vanguard pastor of Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church along with the illustrious Rev. Cecil Coleman of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, both located in Marianna. Rev. Cedric Coleman is the principle-centered pastor of Spring Grove Missionary Baptist Church located in Haynes, AR.
In addition to the founders, the group is also comprised of many other talented musicians who ensure the impeccable and spiritual sound of the group. They would include, Minister Barry Phillips, Tobbis Parker, Derrick Reed, Cecil Coleman Jr., Quincy Coleman, and Jesse Johnson. Song writing for the group is handled mostly by Ronald Broussard, Cecil and Cedric Coleman.
During their long career, the Eternal Light Singers have performed in countless venues across the country with numerous distinguished and esteemed artists. They include Lee Williams & The Spiritual QC’s, Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites, Harvey Watkins & The Canton Spirituals, Paul Porter and The Christianaires, Rev. Andrew Cheairs & The Songbirds and many, many others. The Eternal Light Singers were nominated at the 2003 Gospel Music Workshop of America’s national conclave, in two categories for the coveted “Excellence Awards”: Quartet Group of the Year and New Artists of the Year. Other notable highlights include receiving the “Key To The City” in Marianna, AR. Along with being recognized as the Quartet of the Year by the Arkansas Heritage Gala Awards.
Eternal Light Singers released their first record project “Come To Jesus” in 1988 on the Soundplex label in Jonesboro, AR. In 1992 Walter Witherspoon of the renowned Racy Brothers produced their project “Vision” for Bepo Records. In 2000 E&J Records of Memphis, TN commissioned a project for the Eternal Light Singers, called “Live in Memphis.” Then, in 2002, The Eternal Light Singers released the CD “New Thang” on the Alleho International Music label. The CD was produced by the legendary Gloster Williams who also wrote the lead song. “New Thang” proved to be the most successful release of their career and brought them further into the spotlight in the gospel world.
In 2009 The Eternal Light Singers came to the attention of Ecko Records in Memphis, TN where they were signed to a multi album deal. Their first release on Ecko Records is their best CD to date entitled “Simply Outstanding”. With their current CD already a success the releationship with Ecko promises great things for this group in the future.
The Eternal Light Singers are indeed one the nation’s most prolific and spirited gospel groups, with an awe-inspiring ability to sing traditional (Quartet-style), and contemporary gospel music. Members are steadfast to their art form and most importantly to their music ministry.
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