On April 27, Starbrick Community Church, 168 Weiler Rd., will have a special concert by "Spiritual Road," featuring Carolyn Richards and Dave Butcher, during the 10 a.m. service.
"Spiritual Road" is an operating identity for Butcher and Richards as they present their musical program. The goal of their concert is for saving souls and helping people trust God more.
They love spreading God's love and messages to the world. Both are award-winning artists. They have been featured on several local and national TV shows including The Jimmy Snow Show, Music City Gospel Music Showcase, The Master's Music and more. Richards is a national and internationally known artist that started singing country music at the jams her parents held each weekend at her childhood home.
Spiritual Road: Dave Butcher and Carolyn Richards
She has been nominated for several awards after releasing six songs to radio. Two gospel songs were in the top ten on national charts. Glory Train Express Magazine listed Carolyn as the number-five most played overseas gospel artist for two months in a row. That included traditional, southern, bluegrass and country styles of gospel music. An independent organization listed her in the top three percent of country vocalists worldwide, number 96 of more than 3500.
Butcher is a lay speaker and author of the book "Handling Strife in Your Spiritual Life - Ideas to help you make it through life." He spent years as a young man living as if there were no God. After a spiritual experience at the age of 25, his life changed dramatically. His testimonies may regard gambling, alcohol, lying and stealing and cheating from those early years. He may also speak of the blessings and miracles he and Carolyn have experienced over the years.
Career highlights include Carolyn co-hosting the Country Gospel Music Association's 2005 international Golden Heart Awards Show. At that show, Dave was elected "2005 International Reciter of the Year" and was awarded his first Golden Heart. In August 2006 Carolyn was elected "New Female Artist of the Year" by her peers at the CGMA Eastern USA convention.
Dave was elected "Reciter of the Year" for four years in a row 2005-2008 and "Lyricist of the Year for two years, 2007-2008, by the Eastern USA division of the CGMA. Dave and Carolyn have met and performed with many of the stars of country and gospel music, from Brooks and Dunn, Merle Haggard and Bill Anderson, to Barbara Fairchild.
The public is invited to attend. There will be a church dinner for those attending the concert. Those who wish to stay for the dinner are ask to take a tureen and their place setting.