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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!

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

Freedom Quartet Signed By The Beckie Simmons Agency 

BSA World Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nashville, TN:  It was announced today that Freedom Quartet has reached a booking agreement with BSA/Beckie Simmons Agency of Nashville, TN, effective immediately.  Freedom Quartet consists of John Rulapaugh, tenor, Dale Shipley, lead, Preston Garner, baritone and Burman Porter, bass.

Concerning this new agreement, manager John Rulapaugh states, "From my earliest days on the road with the original Dove Brothers and later with Palmetto State Quartet, I have enjoyed a wonderful friendship and working relationship with Beckie and all the BSA family. With the transition of taking Freedom from a Trio to a Quartet, plus adding my dear friend Burman Porter, it makes this decision feel all the more like moving back home!" 

Beckie Simmons adds, "BSA welcomes Freedom Quartet to our family of artists. Since John and Burman have already been part of our BSA family, it feels like they are indeed coming back home! These guys have many years of experience collectively, allowing them to produce a great experience of Quartet music.  Our BSA staff looks forward to working with them and being a part of their bright future!"  For booking information contact BSA/Beckie Simmons Agency 615.595.7500 or visit www.bsaworld.com.