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May 2017 Newsletter 

2nd Annual Freedom & Family Fest 

We are anxiously anticipating our 2nd Annual Homecoming event “Freedom & Family Fest 2017!” We hope you are making plans to join us May 26 & 27 in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains at Everette Hills Baptist Church in Maryville, TN! If you need to make travel arrangements please visit our website at www.FreedomQuartet.com/travel-agency to make hotel, flight, and/or rental car reservations. 

For event details CLICK HERE 


Are you 1 of 100? 

We are praying that God will send 100 people who are willing to sow at least $20 per month into the ministry of Freedom Quartet. Can we count on your support? 

Visit www.FreedomQuartet.com/support NOW make your pledge! 


Upcoming Appearances 

Saturday, May 20 @ 7:00 PM 
Mill Creek Baptist Church, Winnabow, NC 

Sunday, May 21 @ 7:00 PM 
Northside Baptist Church, Bladenboro, NC 

Friday, May 26 @ 6:00 PM 
Everette Hills Baptist Church, Maryville, TN 

Saturday, May 27 @ 7:00 PM 
Freedom Family Fest, Maryville, TN 

Sunday, May 28 @ 10:30 AM 
Paran United Methodist Church, Cookeville, TN 

Friday, June 2 @ 7:00 PM 
Bellbrook Community Church, Bellbrook, OH 

Saturday, June 3 @ 7:00 PM 
Gospel Barn, Hillsdale, MI 

Sunday, June 11 @ 10:30 AM 
Centerfork Baptist Church, Hot Springs, AR 

For booking information or for additional details on one of the above appearances contact Beckie Simmons Agency by calling 615-595-7500 TODAY! 


Christmas in the Smokies 
November 27, 28, & 29, 2017 

Join Freedom Quartet along with a number of our fellow Chapel Valley artists for a time of fellowship, music, and good times! 

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg in all of their Winterfest glory with lights and beautiful decorations lining the streets and adorning the entire area. 

Click the image to the left to download a full brochure! 


SAILabration on the Sea 
February 5-10, 2018 

Join Freedom Quartet, The Millers, and more of your favorite Gospel Music artists for this once in a lifetime vacation opportunity! 

We will sail from Jacksonville, Florida aboard one of Carnival's largest and most luxurious ships with stops at Half Moon Cay & Nassau in The Bahamas! 

Daily concerts and chapel services for your enjoyment and edification - along with all of the ships entertainment and activities. 

We are looking forward to a great time with our friends and families and would love to have you join us! We plan to host a few activities exclusively for those who are signed up as our guests on the cruise...but space is very limited, so register TODAY! 

Click the image to the right to download a full brochure! 


Travel Agency 

Want to support Freedom Quartet by doing things you’re already doing anyway? We’re recently partnered with Inteletravel to become an independent travel agent and we welcome the opportunity to help you plan your next vacation or business trip! We’ve got plenty of experience in planning travel and logistics to help make your trip smooth and enjoyable. Visit www.FreedomQuartet.com/travel-agency for details! 


The Last Word 
by John Rulapaugh 

As you can see above, we are BUSY! Praise The Lord! 2017 is shaping up to be one of the busiest and best years so far for Freedom Quartet and we are truly blessed! 

We started this year with a tour to the beautiful Southwest....Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. It's truly remarkable the differences in landscape across this great nation of ours and we love to travel and see Gods handiwork all around us. We had a great time visiting areas of the country new to Freedom Quartet and making many new friends along the way. We love to hear YOUR stories and get to know you while you're getting to know us...one of the ladies we met on this journey was the very first female police officer in the state of Alaska! Wow! What a trailblazer she was and is! 

Looking forward we are excited about our 2nd Annual Freedom & Family Fest which will be held at Everette Hills Baptist in Maryville, TN this year. This is the church where our former baritone, Preston Garner, is serving as Minister of Music. We are looking forward to the concert debut of "By Grace," a trio formed by Preston along with David and Bryan Walker. Also on the program Friday night is The Supernals which have family ties for us. My father-in-law Dan Vineyard sings baritone for the group these days. Saturday night will feature a local area favorite "His Own" along with a return of "The Vineyards" featuring my beautiful bride, Jennifer, her sister Jody, and their father Dan. They'll be debuting a newly remastered recording of their previously recorded favorites and you'll definitely want to pick up a copy! 

Our new recording on INSPIRE with Chapel Valley is due out soon! We believe this is going to be a pivotal moment in the career of Freedom Quartet as the alliance with Chapel Valley will lead to a significantly increased presence on radio and open new doors for marketing and advertising as well. If you'd like to be among the first to receive a copy of this new recording we are going to open up advanced purchase just for you within the next week! 

Keep an eye out for our "invitation only" pre-release sale announcement! 
You'll find a list of our currently available recordings and other products by going to www.FreedomQuartet.com/store 

As you already know, travel is extremely expensive. Remember the last time you took a family vacation? How much did it cost you in travel expenses? Fuel, Lodging, and Food are among the most costly expenses we incur on an ongoing basis. Multiply that family road trip 48 times and you'll get close to realizing what our annual travel expenses come to. Whether we are traveling by bus (and able to enjoy all of the amenities therein) or in a van and trailer with hotel stops each night - the expense is almost dollar for dollar the same. 

With that in mind, we've added a "support" page to our website and partnered with FlipCause to aid in meeting our fundraising goals. Since becoming a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization we have been blessed with a number of folks who have chosen to offer ongoing financial support to our ministry. We are so thankful, and have realized just how effective that ongoing support can be to helping us fulfill our calling and mission of "Reaching The Lost and Encouraging The Church Through the Joy of Music." This new fundraising platform allows us to easily provide you with a tax receipt for each contribution as well as a year end summary for tax purposes. All contributions to the ministry of Freedom Quartet are tax deductible, the same as each contribution you make to your local church or other non-profit charity organizations. You can visit www.FreedomQuartet.com/support to make a a one time contribution or pledge monthly, quarterly, or annual support! 

This is not the only new addition or change to our website, so I'd invite you to just start at www.FreedomQuartet.com and click through each page to see the changes for yourself. You'll notice a new set of photos as well as a few new features added over the past few weeks and months. All in an effort to keep you up to date with what is going on with Freedom Quartet. 

We love and appreciate each of you! You are very much a part of the ministry The Lord has laid on our hearts and we look forward to partnering with you to share The Word through song not only across our great nation, but around the world. Take a look at our tour schedule and please make plans to be with us in concert sometime soon!

Freedom & Family Fest 2017 Announced 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 7, 2017
By Freedom Quartet

SEYMOUR, TN - Freedom Quartet has announced the events and talent lineup for their 2017 Homecoming event "Freedom & Family Fest." The event will kickoff Friday May 26th at 7:00PM with a concert featuring Freedom Quartet, The Supernals, and the debut appearance of "By Grace," a trio consisting of Preston Garner (Supernals, Freedom Quartet), David Walker (Kingdom Heirs, Midnight Cry), and Brian Walker (Perrys). Saturday evenings concert, dubbed the "Gold Star Memorial Concert" will kickoff with a tribute to America's heroes, our fallen soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation. The concert lineup will consist of Freedom Quartet, The Vineyards, & His Own.

Saturday morning we will host our second annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast at 9AM - details will be posted on the event website at www.FreedomFamilyFest.com as they are confirmed.

Announcing "Family & Freedom Fun Fest!" 

PRESS RELEASE 
From: John Rulapaugh, Freedom Quartet 
For Immediate Release: 
Family & Freedom Fun Fest to take place May 27-28, 2016 
Grace Baptist Church, Seymour, Tennessee 
  
John Rulapaugh is pleased to announce the “Family & Freedom Fun Fest,” an ALL NEW gospel music event, scheduled to take place Memorial Day weekend. (Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, 2016.) 
  
The members of Freedom Quartet each have families steeped in the traditions of Gospel Music, and this event is ALL about FAMILY! For John Rulapaugh, it began at an early age, singing in church with his mother at the piano. Dale Shipley was born into a musical family that the Gospel Music world would come to know as “The Song Masters.” Preston Garner’s father sang in quartets until his boys became of age and joined him in “The Supernals,” and Burman Porter - well, some things are better experienced than told... you don’t want to miss it! 
  
The event kicks off at 7:00pm on Friday, May 27th with a concert featuring the Supernals, and Freedom Quartet. The evening will conclude with a command performance of the 1990’s era Supernals, reunited for this one-time event. Doors will open at 6:00pm. 
  
Saturday will be packed with fun for the whole family. Beginning with a Veteran’s Appreciation 
Breakfast - open to everyone (free for Veterans and military with ID), bounce houses and inflatable’s for the kids, a dunk tank for Burman, corn hole and plenty of music (featuring The Vineyards, The Joylanders and Freedom Quartet) throughout the day. Grace Baptist is hosting an All-American cookout lunch.
  
Saturday evening’s event dubbed the ”Gold Star Memorial Concert” will begin at 6:00pm, and features The Joylanders, The Song Masters and Freedom Quartet. The evening will open with a memorial honoring the sacrifice of our community’s Gold Star families. (Attendees and members of the local community are encouraged to register the name(s) of their loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Those names will appear in the event’s souvenir program and will be read aloud during the memorial.) 
  
Advance Purchase General Admission Tickets are $10 for each night ($13 each at the door) 
Reserved seating is available by advanced purchase and guarantees the same reserved seat for both nights for only $25. The Patriot Pass ($65) is all-inclusive - Artist Circle seating, 
Veteran’s Breakfast, All-American Cookout Lunch, PLUS - Exclusive PRIVATE Dinner with Saturday evening’s artists. 
  
Visit www.freedomquartet.com or call (865) 366-5155 to purchase tickets, register for the Veteran’s Appreciation Breakfast, and/or Talent Contest. 
  
PLAN NOW for this ALL NEW Gospel Music family event and make Memorial Day Weekend a memory your family will never forget!! 
  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FEBRUARY 19, 2016

September 24, 2015 


On The Bus...

The last time I wrote to you I mentioned that  we had been presented with the opportunity to purchase this older model Prevost Motor-coach that had been very gently used and had fewer than 130,000 original miles on it. After prayerful consideration we decided to purchase the bus and have been, sincerely, blessed by that decision. We’ve traveled in relative luxury as compared to our previous “mini-bus” and have, until recently, had very few mechanical issues to deal with.

Earlier this year I made the poor decision to continue driving while I was extremely tired and while parking the bus in a Walmart parking lot unfortunately learned the hard way that those big yellow concrete light pole foundations don’t move, no matter what you hit them with. Obviously a very hard lesson learned. I’m thankful for good insurance and great friends who very graciously covered the deductible for us. The repair facility really made the bus look better than the day we bought it, and that’s really saying something!

One thing that doesn't seem to have been caught during those repairs is the fact that the front air conditioning had stopped working. We’ve been trying to work that problem out ever since, but to no avail. Then, couple of weeks ago, through another series of unfortunate events, our generator went out. I’ll admit that it seems, in retrospect, that I am likely responsible for that issue as well, though I’m not convinced the problem wasn’t looming prior to my spurring it on. Nevertheless, I took the bus to a local bus conversion/repair shop to have the generator looked at. While there I learned that their shop foreman was the lead repair tech for the particular conversion company that built our bus. He has very intimate knowledge of everything on our coach and I’m confident that is going to come in handy. Nevertheless, the generator engine is in great shape, but the actual power generating “stator” had cracked and had to be rewound to the tune of $3,209.75.

Since the generator has been out of the bus while being repaired we’ve been about as red-neck as any one gospel group can muster! The past few weeks we’ve rented a gasoline generator, strapped it to a trailer one weekend - a rear luggage carrier the next, and ran the “shore power” line wire-tied to the outside of the bus to provide power to the inside. Since the air conditioning is still not working up front we made use of a couple of portable air units in the front of the bus. This helps, but really doesn’t come close to doing the job that the built-in unit does.

While we were in Kansas just a few weeks ago I noticed that the transmission wasn’t acting right. By the time we got home with it the problem seemed to have worked itself out, as can be the case if it were just a clogged line or stuck solenoid. When we started the bus to leave out the next weekend, headed to Georgia, it acted like it didn’t want to go into “Drive.” We were able to make the weekend, and at one point even thought the problem had been solved by resetting the computer, but the issue resurfaced the following morning and persisted throughout the remainder of the trip. The morning after we returned home I took it to the recommended local Allison Transmission dealer who told me that they didn’t have anyone who would be able to repair it because of its age. I was able to find another shop that said they’d be able to diagnose the problem. They called the next day to tell me that we will need a new/remanufactured transmission.

Friends, I have to tell you, we are not financially prepared for this repair. The generator issue combined with the ongoing effort to repair the air conditioning has literally drained ever penny of reserve that we had put up. In order to “make the date” we will have the additional expense of hotel rooms and renting a trailer for the foreseeable future.

I have no doubt that The Lord will provide. My life and the life of every member of our group is a testament to that fact. I can tell you specific instances in our lives when God made himself evident, time and again…and I’m absolutely convinced that this circumstance will prove no different. That said, God often uses his kids to facilitate the work He has given others to do, and I would sincerely appreciate it if you would consider making a financial contribution to Freedom Quartet for the purpose of this repair. We will not have a total cost until the bus is ready to roll out of the repair facility, but we know the bill is going to run into the thousands. A friend recently told me it cost him $16,000 to replace his transmission. While I don’t expect ours will be quite that much, I know it will be significant.

If you’d like to make a contribution to Freedom Quartet to aide in the cost of these repairs you can do so through PayPal using your credit card or checking account - simply click here.
 

NEW Products!

Our Debts Will Be Paid

We had anticipated the completion of this new recording in time for NQC but production delays have made it impossible for us to have the finished product by then. We will, however, have a limited supply of “Pre-Release” CD’s available with 7 of the 10 songs that will be included on the completed project.

If you purchase the digital “Pre-Release” version for only $10 NOW we will send you a coupon for $5 off of the full production version (Regularly priced $15) as soon as it is available. You can use that coupon through our online store (or in person at a concert or our office location) toward the purchase of the completed production version of the new recording OR you may use it toward the purchase of ANY CD by Freedom Quartet! The coupon is not valid on t-shirts, hats, printed materials, or the guys solo recordings.



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Travel with us!

We are excited about two wonderful opportunities available for you to join us this year!

Gospel Jubilee Cruise - January 18-23, 2016

Cruise with us to Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Cayman! We have been to both of these destinations before and can tell you with absolute certainty that you will thoroughly enjoy this trip! You’ve heard about all of the wonderful things to do on-board the ships…incredible food, entertaining shows, comfortable accommodations, etc…but you haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen a bunch of gospel singers do Karaoke! This is ALWAYS one of the highlights of the cruise and no doubt it will be again! Our families are planning to join us and we hope that you will too!

Northern Ireland

Join us for a once in a lifetime trip to Northern Ireland in March! We will be leaving on March 16th for a week long tour including a wonderful weekend of great Gospel Music in The Cathedral City of Armagh. We will tour the North Coast visiting beautiful sights such as Giants Causeway, The Dark Hedges, and The Gobbling. You’ll visit Titanic Center and see where the infamous ship was built and first launched in Belfast as it set out on its fateful voyage. Roundtrip airfare can be arranged from your nearest international airport or you can opt to join us and travel from Knoxville, TN. Details of your tour package can include an extended stay in country beyond our planned return on March 23. Please email or call us to discuss these possibilities!
  

Singing News

We are thankful to have been nominated in the Top 5 New Traditional Male Quartet’s again for 2015! That makes 2 consecutive nominations in this category which means we’ve met lot of new folks again this past year. Thank you for your confidence in us and for considering us as you sent in your final ballots. The Singing News Fan Awards will be distributed during the National Quartet Convention - less than 2 weeks from now!

Look for my ugly mug in the September issue of Singing News in a fun article with a bunch of my friends about our first cars…it’s a fun read!

We are now offering Singing News subscriptions through our online store in addition to our merchandise table at all of our concerts. The Singing News is the best source of information about all of your favorite artists in Southern Gospel Music. You will enjoy reading and might just find yourself anticipating the arrival of the magazine in your mailbox each month. Digital subscriptions are also available! CLICK HERE to subscribe right now!


The Last Word….

I cannot express to you how thankful we are for your continued support of Freedom Quartet. Throughout all of the difficult situations that we face on the road, you prove God’s faithfulness and renew our desire to continue in our work. Your kind words, thoughtful gifts, and timely contributions have made it possible for us to do what we do without interruption. Thank You doesn’t seem to convey the sentiment that I feel in my heart toward each of you. We love you and cherish your friendship. We continue to be “The Quartet that you are building” as we rely on your generosity and friendship at every turn. Your faith in us is humbling and truly encouraging. We look forward with great anticipation to each opportunity to see you somewhere on the road.



Sincerely,