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Webb family performs tonight at Brooksville Wesleyan Church

From left, Hannah, Rick, Parker and Phyllis Webb will be in concert at Brooksville Wesleyan Church at 6 p.m. today.

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From left, Hannah, Rick, Parker and Phyllis Webb will be in concert at Brooksville Wesleyan Church at 6 p.m. today.

BROOKSVILLE — The Webb family has been singing together for more than 25 years — first with Rick and his wife, Phyllis, and more recently with the addition of their daughter, Hannah, and son Parker.

Tonight, for the second time, they will perform a gospel concert at Brooksville Wesleyan Church at the invitation of minister of music Raymond Phaup and his wife, Mary Ann. Their first concert there was in 2007.

"Raymond and I have known Rick and Phyllis Webb for years," Mary Ann Phaup said. "They are just a great couple who love the Lord and are super talented."

Of the Phaups, Rick Webb said: "I have personally admired and appreciated the wonderful talents they have in the music ministry. Wherever they are in ministry, the Lord is glorified and people are blessed. We are so thrilled to be with them again."

The Webbs plan to sing a variety of gospel music, with personal words of testimony and stories that relate to their everyday life and experiences.

Rick and Phyllis met in the late 1970s while singing with a group of 10 vocalists that traveled the country and performed 500 concerts each year at churches and venues such as Disney World. Known then as ReGeneration, the group today performs at Epcot's American Pavilion as the Voices of Liberty.

After four years with ReGeneration, the couple left the group in 1982, married and began singing as a duet.

Between 1985 and 1995, they appeared on television on the Day of Discovery broadcast, singing Southern gospel songs while standing in the lush setting provided by Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, where the program was filmed.

Other television and radio appearances included In Touch, with Charles Stanley; Gospel Music Southern Style, and Turning Point, with David Jeremiah. They began their own TV program in Marion, Ill., hosting popular gospel singing groups like the Hoppers, Triumphant Quartet, the Whisnants, the Hayes Family, the Rupps and the Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet.

They have also shared the platform with teachers and preachers such as Mac Brunson and Chuck Colson.

Rick Webb says they have been blessed by the experience.

"We have observed a quality in all of these men that has impressed us so strongly — humility and dedication," he said. "These church leaders are solely committed to the Lord and the calling he has placed on their lives."

In 1997, the couple became the Rick Webb Trio, eventually turning the trio into a family group with their daughter and one of their two sons.

Along the way, the Webbs have made several recordings.

Webb said all the songs they sing are favorites.

"We actually sift through a couple hundred songs when we are preparing to record a project," he said. "We have to enjoy and appreciate the lyrics as well as the music before we consider them. Those we choose are our favorites for life."

The group's 25th Family Edition recording was based on Rick and Phyllis' wedding anniversary and includes some of their favorite tunes from the past, as well as some new material with their children.

"This was actually the first recording that features our children," Rick Webb said. "Parker is 23, and Hannah is 19. Both are single and enrolled in college online. They began traveling with us two years ago."

The Webbs' other son, Taylor, 20, is currently preparing to be a professional firefighter.

"He does not travel with us. However, at present, he is living at our home and cares for the quarter horse farm we have in North Carolina."

Webb said his family hopes to encourage people who attend the concert.

"It is our prayer that when our concert and worship service have concluded that people will leave encouraged and with a sense of being in the presence of the Lord because the Holy Spirit was present," he said. "Our family hopes to encourage other families to draw nearer to the Lord and unite together as a true family committed to the Lord."

If you go

Webbs in concert

Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 8168 Jasmine Drive, will host the Webbs in concert at 6 p.m. today. There is no admission charge; an offering will be taken. Call (352) 799-3066. To hear a sampling of the songs from their concert, visit www.

rickwebbtrio.com

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