On Feb. 11, Grammy nominated and multiple Dove Award
winning trio The Martins join country recording artist Joe Diffie and First
Steps, Inc. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium for “Country Steps In
for First Steps 2001.” The benefit concert will feature performances by The
Martins, Diffie, Mark Wills, Neal McCoy, Trace Adkins, Keith Urban, Chalee
Tennison, Jimmy Hall, and others.
First Steps, Inc. provides early intervention care for special needs
children from birth to age five. Their efforts are directed toward helping
children and their families overcome the adverse effects of special
challenges or circumstances.
This organization and its outreach hit close to home for Jonathan Martin,
whose youngest son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy soon after birth.
Although Jonathan and his family live in Arkansas and were unable to utilize
First Steps’ programs, he realizes the importance of their work. “I know
the struggles facing families with special needs children. The work that
First Steps accomplishes is vital and is a blessing to those in need. The
Martins are honored to help support their efforts.”
“Jesus said ‘Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of
mine, you did for me’ (Matthew 25:40) and this is a philosophy that drives a
lot of what we do,” says Joyce Martin McCollough. “This is a great
opportunity for us to help an organization that gives hope to so many
The Martins are sisters Joyce Martin McCollough and Judy Martin Hess and
brother Jonathan Martin. These six-time Dove Award winners have graced the
stage of The Grand Ole Opry, and The Hard Rock Live! in Orlando and are
regulars on the top grossing Bill Gaither Homecoming Tours and best-selling
video series. In 1998, Gov. Mike Huckabee honored the Arkansas natives with
the Governor’s Award of Excellence for their outstanding achievements in the
field of Gospel Music declaring June 15 as “The Martins’ Day” in the state
of Arkansas. Their unique blend of Inspirational, Country, Southern Gospel,
and acappella music has garnered much fan and trade praise for the trio.
The Martins’ current project Windows is available in stores nationwide
exclusively distributed by Chordant/EMI. At present they are in the studio
preparing for their next Spring Hill Music release. For more information
regarding The Martins, visit www.the-martins.com.
Tickets for “Country Steps In for First Steps 2001” are on sale now through
local Ticketmaster outlets and the Ryman Auditorium box office. Ticket
prices are $28.50 and $18.50. Artist Circle tickets, premium seats that
include a post-show reception are available by calling (615) 370-7422.
Donations may be made to First Steps, Inc., 4414 Granny White Pike,
Nashville, Tenn. 37204.
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