Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fan Spotlight : Jon Tucker

We are back for yet another Fan Spotlight!  This one is featuring a Southern Gospel fan that's only a few hours away from us, Jon Tucker.  

Jon singing with Triumphant Quartet
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(M): Tell us a little about yourself.
Jon with the Ball Brothers.
(Jon): My name is Jon Tucker, I'm 47 and I'm from Kansas City, MO.

(M): When and what got you started listening to SG?
(Jon): I started listening to Southern Gospel music when I was 7, right after my dad died.

(M): Do you remember what album/recording, concert, or group you heard first?
(Jon): It was the Blackwood Brothers 1977.  My favorite record as a kid was Kingsmen Chattanattoga Live 1978.

(M): What is one of your current favorite songs?
(Jon): My favorite current SG songs is "STILL", sung by Jon Epley and Greater Vision. It talks about the old time way and how the gospel hasn't changed.

(M): What SG song was last played on your iPod/cd player?
(Jon): The last song I heard was on enlighten in the car, "No Two Ways About It", sung by Jon Epley and the Inspirations.

(M): How many SG groups have you seen in concert?  Have you kept a tally of how many concerts you've attended?
(Jon): I'm guessing I have been to around 500 concerts (I've been going to concerts all my life).

(M): Out of all the concerts you've attended, is there one in particular that sticks out as special?
(Jon): My favorite concert moment, I have a lot of these! I have to say the Perrys in Joplin, MO, August 7th when I had lunch with them and sung with them.

Jon and Joseph Habedank.

(M): What are your top five favorite groups?
(Jon): My top five favorite groups- The Ball brothers, The Perrys, Greater Vision, Joseph Habedank and Triumphant Quartet.

(M): Do you prefer to own the physical CD's, or download music?
(Jon): Physical cds and I tune in on radio ( listen to stations at work).

(M): Do you sing or play any musical instruments?  If so, what part or instrument?
(Jon): I have been singing for 30 plus years and I played piano as a kid.  I'm a lead/baritone.

(M): What song do you turn on when you need a pick-me-up?
(Jon): Pick me up song is "Standing On The Solid Rock" on the Kingsmen Chattanooga Live.

(M): What song do you turn on when you need to relax?
(Jon): To relax anything from the 70s or one of my favorite songs.

Jon and Stephen Adair (Dixie Echoes).
(M): If you could choose one song to be your life song, which would it be?
(Jon): One of my life songs is "Its In The Savior's Hands", Jon Epley and the Inspirations.

(M): Do you own any SG records/cassette tapes or do just digital downloads/cds?
(Jon): I had 250 records and a ton of tapes, but right now I have cds.

(M): Do you have anything else you'd like to add for our readers?
(Jon): I'm very blessed to have a lot of Southern Gospel artist friends!  I have sung with the Inspirations, Perrys, Ball Brothers,  Joseph Habedank, Old Time Preachers Quartet, and Triumphant Quartet.  I was a groomsmen at Joseph Habedank's wedding, and he was the best man in mine.  I have eaten with the Perrys, Inspirations, Ball Brothers (3 times), Joseph Habedank, Down East Boys, Tim Owens (from Old Time Preachers Quartet) and the Dixie Melody Boys!

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Jon, thank you so much for your time!  We love this opportunity of getting to know fellow SG fans and their stories.  Again, readers, thank you for spending your time with us.  If you would like to be featured in the Fan Spotlight (or would like to request an artist to be featured on the website) send us an email at southerngospelgazette@gmail.com.

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