Artist of the day: The Peytons
Singing and church have always been part of The Peytons' lives, but it was only recently that the Spring Hill family combined the two into an outreach mission — largely because of encouragement from others.
"I believe it is something that we have been called to do," said Joey Peyton, 34. She has been singing with her parents, Don and Karen Peyton, since she was a child, though it started as something they did around the house while cleaning up the kitchen or just hanging out.
Their first real gig was last summer at a North Carolina church, and they've done about a dozen concerts since then there, in West Virginia and in Pasco County. They've also produced two CDs, Singin' On and The Hills Of Home. It's old-time country-bluegrass gospel, the style you might hear in O Brother Where Art Thou?, or on AM radio while driving through rural Appalachia on a Sunday morning. To sample their music, click here.
"For us, this is what we sing because this is what's in our soul … it's what we feel," Joey said. "There's a lot of times we look out and people are crying, or clapping, or saying 'hallelujah.' We've had shows where we've cried. We feel so much what we're singing; there's no way the Lord's not in that room."
Mindy Rubenstein recently profiled the Peytons. Click here for her story.