"Multi-award winning family group The Hoppers have been singing to global audiences for over 55 years with appearances ranging from presidential religious inaugural ceremonies and New York’s Carnegie Hall to singing conventions and church platforms. They have performed throughout the United States as well as in Israel, Europe and Africa. Their unique blend of harmonies and song choices have created a legacy of musical excellence embraced by leading pastors and event organizers. Known as America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, they are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming videos and tours, and their recordings frequently land at the top of the BILLBOARD sales charts and The Singing News radio charts. Comprised today of family members Claude & Connie, son Dean and his wife, Kim, and son Mike Hopper, The Hoppers were formed in 1957 in the rural-farm town of Madison, NC, and have grown continuously for decades, touching countless lives around the world. A cancer survivor, Connie has been honored with the prestigious Marvin Norcross Award, in addition to numerous industry and fan honors; and she has been inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Sons Dean and Mike have continued the family legacy with their musical talents and business abilities; and Kim, Dean’s wife, hails from her own nationally acclaimed musical family, The Greenes. She is noted for the excitement she brings to any live performance, and her unmistakable, rafter-ringing soprano vocals have taken The Hoppers to new heights for many years."
And here is the interview.
1. When did you get saved?
2. What is your favorite song to sing or play?
3. How did your family get started in Southern Gospel Music?
"My dad & his brothers started a Gospel Quartet in 1958. My mother joined them a year later playing piano and the rest is history…"
|Mike and I at NQC SpringBreak|
4. What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you on stage?
"A drumstick slipped out of my hand & landed on the front row. Thankfully no one was injured. LOL"
5. What is the strangest food you’ve eaten?
"Fried grasshoppers in the Far East."
6. What started your interest in drums?
"My older brother plays drums. He used to have a set of Gold Sparkle Slingerland’s setup in our basement. I would play on the weekends when my parents were on the road singing."
7. What are your hobbies?
"Overseas Vacations - Tennis - Watching Old Movies"
8. What is your favorite book?
9. Where do you call home?
10. What is your favorite flavor of icecream?
"I like Vanilla milkshakes."
Mike, thank you so much for doing this, it was fun. Readers I hope you enjoyed! If you'd like to keep up with the Hoppers go like them on Facebook or Twitter.
Thanks for reading