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Published on -2/27/2014, 7:54 AM

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Special to the Hays Daily News

RUSSELL -- Trinity United Methodist Church, 221N Maple, once again is hosting the eigth annual spring gospel Singfest at 6 p.m. April 27. The groups featured this year include Haskel and Jolee Cooley, Shoal Creek Revival and 4-Told Gosepel Quartet.

The Cooleys present a gospel music program called "A Time For Refreshing." They present gospel music vocally and instrumentally. This family's style of music is easy listening, and is designed to be enjoyed by all ages. Several recordings, on which Haskell is pianist, have been nominated for Grammy Awards by the national Academy for recording Arts and Sciences. The Gospel music association and the Singing News Fan Awards have honored him with a nomination for best gospel musician. In the past, he has been pianist for the Weatherfords and the Cathedrals.

Shoal Creek Revival has its roots in church and began as a local group in 1996. At that time, they were known as One Voice and ministered at hundreds of churches during its 16-year span. In 2012, the group began to grow and expand. With the same strong Bible message, but new members, the group's sound began to change as well. With the addition of a new tenor singer in the beginning of 2013, the group changed from a trio to a quartet, which changed the group's dynamic and sound. The group still shows its traditional Southern Gospel roots, but is expanding and growing its sound with more upbeat songs, a few with country roots, and even a soulful song or two.

The sole purpose of 4-Told Quartet is to spread the word of Jesus Christ, who died for the remission of sins. Group members said they feel directed to use their talents to magnify and praise his name to the lost and Christian believers. 4-Told has been singing for eight years as a regional group ministering and singing Southern Gospel music, and bringing humor.

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