The 29th Annual Gaither Family Fest in the Smokies will be held Friday through Sunday at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

The Christian music event is presented by songwriting duo Bill and Gloria Gaither. Both will appear with their own group, The Gaither Vocal Band. The group also comprises Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb, Todd Suttles and Reggie Smith. Former band members David Phelps, Larnelle Harris and Russ Taff also will be at the event.

“We always love coming to the Smokies for the Family Fest event,” Bill Gaither said in a press release. “It is always a very special weekend, filled with joy, laughter, good music and great memories.”

Several Christian music recording artists are scheduled to appear at the event, which will include the talents of The Martins, The Hoppers, Karen Peck and New River, The Isaacs, Gene McDonald, Angela Primm, Charlotte Ritchie, Kevin Williams, Buddy Greene, Lynda Randle, The Nelons, Jimmy Fortune, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Booth Brothers, Terry Blackwood and The Imperials, Goodman Revival and The Voices of Lee.

Family Fest also will feature two guest speakers: author Margaret Feinburg and Jim Lyon, pastor of the Madison Park Church of God in Anderson, Indiana.

Bill Gaither has a career that spans more than five decades. According to Gaither in a press release, events such as Family Fest provide spiritual motivation.

“There are few things in this world I enjoy more than leading an audience through an evening that leaves them inspired, encouraged, hopeful — perhaps introducing them to songs or ideas they can (hold) onto when life gets tough.”

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