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Our Guest Book contains some comments from folks that have contacted us.  We point all of the praise to our gracious Lord!  If you would like to send us your comments, Click on the mailbox below.


Dear Silver Dollar City:

WHERE DID THE DOWNINGS COME FROM?  We have never heard of them before and heard them for the first time on Sunday morning at the Red Gold building.  OUTSTANDING!  We've heard many groups through the years at SDC, but this group is fantasic!  The church group we were with could not believe their powerful testimony in song, meaningful words, beautiful music, strong family emphasis, setting the whole service up for David Ring for a powerful presentation.  Please tell us how to get in touch with them?  Will they be playing again for you?  Our group is from Nebraska and came to hear other groups, only to be shocked by this awesome family.  Please tell them that we love their music and want to know how to hear more of them.  Thank you for bringing them to us..... Phil Green, family and church members.

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SDC:  Just wanted tosend you a note and say thank you for a wonderful weekend, listening to Southern Gospel music.  Our family attended Friday thru Sunday and listened to the DownEast Boys and Greater Love, however, our favorite by far was the Downings.  Our kids normally rode the rides, but when we took them to see the Downings, they were glued to the stage.  We have been praying for so long that a music group would come along that would capture the hearts of our children.  We're sorry to say that the southern gospel groups out there now are more appealing to the "older crowd" and we're losing our youth.  NOT SO WITH THE DOWNINGS!  Our only complaint was that we had to wait until their last show on Saturday to get a seat, as the other shows were standing room only.  Our children wanted all of thier CD's to take home and they've been listening to them all the way home in the car.  Will they be back next year?  If so, can you have them in a larger building, as I heard so many people talk about the small amount of seats for the Downings shows?  We love Silver Dollar City and the gospel message that you give to us.  Thank you so much,

The Bartow Family

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Hi:My name is T. Johnston.  My husband and I was at Silver Dollar City on Thursday and saw your performance at noon.  I hope we did not cause a distraction, but when your two little girls got up to sing “Going Home to Heaven”, we had to leave.

I won’t go into a lot of details, because you probably get a million emails, but in May of this year we lost our 6 year old little girl to a rare heart disease.  She was beautiful just like your little girls, full of life and everything ahead of her.  She has a little sister that’s two and we have one due in December.

When your little girls began singing Going Home, I couldn’t take it.  We got up and left.  My husband brought me to SDC to cheer me up  a little after our terrible ordeal as I needed to face what has happened to us, be thankful and move on.

So, later that day, we came back to hear you again and your oldest daughter was talking about walking with God through life’s darkest times, getting out of the boat and taking Jesus by the hand.  I suddenly realized that I’m still in the boat, sinking, with my sorrow, that only He can take away.  When she said that only Heaven will be better than to walk the sea with Jesus, something came over me that I cannot explain.

Not only was our daughter in the presence of the Lord, playing, laughing and loving, but I too, needed to step out of the boat to experience real happiness again.  Walk The Sea With Me has been playing non-stop in our home since we returned and I certainly feel, like your daughter, that God is singing over me.

Thank you so much for your gift of music, song and words.  The message is stronger than we’ve ever heard.

You will be our favorite group forever.

Thank you again, T. and S.  Johnston.

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Thank you SDC for a wonderful weekend of music!  We truly loved Squire Parsons, Booth Brothers and The Downing Family.  We've not heard the Downings until this weekend and think they are an upcoming group.  I've asked for you to email your E-Newsletter, because I want to keep track of the Downings, as we'd love to have them come to Mississippi to play for our multi-church music festival held every year.  Thank you again, John Bromen

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We love SDC.  Thankyou so much for the hard work in putting on these events.  We have only one suggestion.  While at the park this weekend, we could not get in to see the Downings.  Boatworks was full with people standing in the sidewalks for every show.  We've followed them ever since we saw them at SDC, so thank you for having them at the park, but can you try and put them in a place where at least all of the people can set down.  It's a good kind of problem to have, it's just we saw people wanting to hear them and walk off because they couldn't sit down. 

Sincerely, Jack and Joann Reading

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Dear Silver Dollar City: Last weekend we fell in love with the Downing's and wanted to know ifSDC carries the performers CD's at the park?  We are coming back this weekend to listen to more good music and was wanting to pick up the Downings three CD's.  We couldn't get to them to buy them last weekend.  If you don't carry them  YOU SHOULD!  I talked to many folks that was thinking that the Downings would be playing in the park on Sunday afternoon and they were gone, so they were wanting their music as well.  If you don't have their CD's do know how to get them? 

Thanks  John and Ruth Randal

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Downings:My husband and I can't tell you how much we enjoyed listening to you at Silver Dollar City.  Your music was beautiful and the smiles on your faces truly showed the love of the Lord.  In addition to the songs your words of encouragement were wonderful.

We really enjoyed hearing Jennifer talking about her songs, telling the story of how the Lord inspired her and yes boldly talking about knowing the Lord Jesus.  Very few groups tell of the importance of knowing Him and we're glad that you did.

The little girls are so precious.  Their expressions were priceless and our little girls wanted to know what song they were singing because they want to sing it at our church.  Our pastor and his wife sat with us and both of us talked about how worshipful the experience was. 

My husband serves on the board of the Southern Baptist Convention and was wanting to know how far in advance that you are scheduled.  The convention next year really needs your music, because as an organization we feel like that we've really "left our first love", the Lord Jesus.

Your songs, words and testimonies coming from a family is what we need.  The church today has lost the focus on, next to the Lord, our family!  What an example, the family, that needs to be seen, singing in harmony and covered with the love of Christ. 

The SBC board meeting will be later this year to discuss the convention activities, so we'll be getting in touch.

Thank you so much for your hard work, sacrifice, and love for the Lord that we hear in your songs.

We will be watching for you next year,

S & K  Dickey

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Dear Downings:

Hi, I have so enjoyed your sweet harmonies so so much.  I bought 3 CD's on iTunes.

Best Regards - J. E. - Northern Ireland

GOD BLESS !

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Dear Downings:

 

I bought one of your new CD's and my granddaughter wanted it so bad, that I gave it to her and ordered another one.  We've all enjoyed every minute we spent listening to your family.  God is a Great God!, and he has blessed us everytime we spend time in Branson and in our home with your family singing.  "THANK YOU",

In God's Great Love!, RS - Kansas City, MO.

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Greetings in God's Name:

We so enjoyed your portion of the Owasso Gospel Opry.  Looking forward to upcoming concerts.  We were planning on attending your concerts at SDC in August...  We were blessed to have seats directly behind Luke's grandparents and we were privileged to see the new baby.  She slept so soundly.  Oh, did we say how cute she was?  The Owasso school's PAC is such a good place for your music. Everybody that reads this should support this venture 100 percent.

Thanks.  J&D Smith - Skiatook, OK.

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Dear Downing Family:

We just been blessed by your music at the Owasso Gospel Opry!.

We received your invitation email and couldn't hardly wait to see what the Owasso Gospel Opry was all about.

We loved the Nelons and the Greenes, but we have to say, to our ears, that your music is from heaven!  We are southern gospel music fans, but the bluegrass sound is really clean, clear and goes straight to the heart!

We'll be seeing you at Silver Dollar City this next week, so look for us,.  We'll be the ones on the front row at every show!

TD Williams

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Hello,

I host a weekly gospel bluegrass radio show called Walkin' on Water that airs on 5 different radio stations spread around the US and on Guam. You have me on your mailing list courtesy of my lead station, which is WTRL FM in Vonore, TN. I'm just writing to say thank you for sending me a copy of Walk the Sea with Me. I play your music an average of 20 songs each week on my show, and of the 1000+ songs I played last year, your music is consistently some of the best available. At the moment I'm drawing from about 7000 gospel bluegrass songs in our library, so you are quite good!

I've only had a chance to take one listen, but I like very much Gabriel Blow Your Trumpet and God Spoke His Name. I'm also partial to When I Wake Up to Sleep No More, and I'll be playing these and more in the next few weeks. When time allows later this fall, I'll do a show featuring your music and when it's done I'll send you a copy via download.

Thanks again, and my God richly bless your ministry.

In Jesus,

Tom Macomber

www.wowrec.com

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Dear Downings:

 

Thank You so much for your music this past Sunday at the Chili Feed.  It was such a blessing to hear you again.  Your music was truly inspiring.  It was obvious that God was present that night.

It is always great when an evening climax's with a NEW SOUL BEING SAVED!

May God continue to bless your entire family.

K.Soucy & Members of Center Christian Church

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Dear 99.5FM:

Last Saturday night, my husband and I saw the Downings perform at the Southern Gospel Sing Concert, and they were a blessing.  I then woke on Sunday morning and heard them again on your radio program.  We are from out of town and our friends in Tulsa gave me your email address to tell you thank you for playing their music.  I am the city mayor of our little town in California and was visiting friends here in Tulsa, when they invited my husband and I to the Saturday night concert.  We were so blessed to hear this family.  Our city and other small towns in southern California have a "Family Fest" every year, in which we pay tribute to one of God's strongest tools that His Gospel travels..... the family.

 
It's coming under attack today more than ever, and especially in our state as the anti-family, anti-traditional marriage folks continue their strikes.  Our message this year is more important now than it has ever been before.  There are about 6 to 8 cities that will participate and I was wanting to extend an invitation to the Downing family to perform this year.  We've had some very famous families perform in the past (Lewis Family, Hoppers, Forbes Family, Isaacs and others). 
 
This family, even though is probably not well known in our area, will present the family-style love and Godly music we've been looking for.  Where some lost folks won't listen to southern gospel music, many of them will be "enticed" to hear bluegrass.  And when they do, they'll be blown away with the Downings.  What a wonderful family of believers that is carrying His message to groups that would never hear the gospel otherwise.
 
Could you tell me how to contact them?  We didn't get any of their music, but our friends in Tulsa are going to be trying to get some and send to us.  A few of our city council members said that they heard the Downings on a radio station in Pasadena.  Our friends in Tulsa said that your  radio station in Tulsa is playing their music regularly, so I just may have missed them here in California.
 
Thank you again for your powerful ministry, and keep my friends in Tulsa "knee deep" in good gospel music from the Downings.(I may have to make another trip to Tulsa).
 
Sincerely,
L & B  Beechor  

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Dear Downings:

As burned out as I have been at work, I slipped away early yesterday and took in some Bluegrass performances. Bluegrass often involves the work of families or family members -- the Monroe Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, the Whites, the Cox Family -- just to name a few. What I saw yesterday were all family bands.

The Downing Family from Catoosa, OK, is a Bluegrass Gospel group, and they are really a family -- Dad, two adult daughters, and a son-in-law, along with their banjo player, Dave Tindale. Luke Miller, the son-in-law, not only does great vocal work, but he does some decent guitar-picking in the breaks. The sisters' vocals are extraordinary. There was a CD playing before the show started, and, having never seen the band before, I did not realize there were two women in the line up -- on fiddle and mandolin as well as vocals. It was annoying me that I couldn't place the voices. I tried to get it to sound like Rhonda Vincent, Alison, or perhaps Claire Lynch but nothing quite matched. Then the band came out, the girls started singing, and I was blown away, and not for the last time.

What I saw were people who think like me -- not just because they love Bluegrass, but because they believe in family, in Christian principles, and in the wonder of life.  I don't know how many of these groups are singing Bluegrass for a living, but they are singing for life, to bring joy into the lives of others. Almost everyone except the parents in all the groups I saw were under thirty-five, most were under twenty-one.

It's easy to think all young people are like the ones who make the evening news, or who are portrayed in movies and on television as disaffected and disturbed. We notice the ones covered in metal and tattoos -- they want us to. We sometimes fail to see the kids who are "normal". The kids I saw yesterday were well-adjusted, informed, intelligent, and talented. They were not raised under a glass dome. They will face challenges and suffer loss and disappointments. Some already have. They will be all right. They are the true descendants of the people who built this nation, and if America falls, they will be the ones who will build again, on the old foundations.

I feel better now.

Fan Blog

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Dear 99.5 FM Radio:

My family had a very tough week, last week, as we lost a very close

loved one.  The funeral was in Iowa, so we had a long drive ahead

of us.  We were all dreading the trip, as we kept thinking about the

awful loss we had.  We brought the Downing Family's CD's with us

and we never felt so comforted by "The Master's Hand" and many

of their other songs.

 

The words were very powerful, telling us about His

never-ending love, His ultimate sacrifice, and the assurance that

our loved one is resting under "The Shadow of His Wings" today.

 

We shared their music with our family in Iowa, and they will be buying

the Downing's music as well.  Do you know if they travel, as a couple

of churches in Iowa are wanting the Downings to minister to them as well?

 

Thank you so much for playing their music, exposing us to such

beautiful music -this side of Heaven-.


Could you possibly play either the Shadow or Master's Hand songs on

 this Resurrection Sunday?

 

Sincerely,

The James

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Dear 99.5 FM Radio:

My family had a very tough week, last week, as we lost a very close
loved one.  The funeral was in Iowa, so we had a long drive ahead
of us.  We were all dreading the trip, as we kept thinking about the
awful loss we had.  We brought the Downing Family's CD's with us
and we never felt so comforted by "The Master's Hand" and many
of their other songs.
 
The words were very powerful, telling us about His
never-ending love, His ultimate sacrifice, and the assurance that
our loved one is resting under "The Shadow of His Wings" today.
 
We shared their music with our family in Iowa, and they will be buying
the Downing's music as well.  Do you know if they travel, as a couple
of churches in Iowa are wanting the Downings to minister to them as well?
 
Thank you so much for playing their music, exposing us to such
beautiful music -this side of Heaven-.

Could you possibly play either the Shadow or Master's Hand songs on
 this Resurrection Sunday?
 
Sincerely,
The James

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Dear 99.5 Southern Gospel Show:

I am a single mom that is very concerned about the influence of music on my two children.  All three of us listened to your shows this last Sunday morning and were truly encouraged with the music you both played.  We were especially impressed with a group that I had not heard before.  The Downing family had some beautiful music.  Even my kids thought they were great.  How can I get some more information about them?  How can I impress upon you to play more of their music?
 
Both of your shows stands for what's right about this country.  We really need to be hearing that today when our country is falling apart both economically and morally.  Please continue your mission to bring all of us great music.  Even in very tough financial times for us, I would be willing to support both of your programs and sponsors, in addition to the Downings.
 
Again, keep on playing that great gospel music and send the Downings a message to keep singing and playing, not stopping like some groups I know about, but stay "In The Shadow of His Wings".
 
Sincerely,
A. Simon

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Dear Big Country 99.5FM:

I listen to your show all of the time and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy
listening to the Downing family.  You've played several of their songs and each
one of them have a very important message. 
 
My grandchildren do not have many role-models today, but this family really
has what our young people need.  I would think that most of your listeners are
about my age (58) or older and not as many young people are moved by the
good old gospel music that you play each week.
 
I've been to the Downing's website, bought both of their CD's and are going to
be inviting them to play at our church.  Seeing their pictures and testimonies, I
know that the young people will be drawn to them.  We are so close to losing
this young generation today, however, groups like the Downings can slow, maybe even reverse the damage that this dark world is having on our youth.
 
Please continue to play the Downing's music as they inspire not only my wife and I, but our children and grandchildren as well.  Take a look at the little 4-year old that is playing the fiddle in their group.  I wish we had a thousand more of her.
 
We love your show and have steered many more folks to listen, especially with
groups like the Downings.
 
Thank you again for playing the best music this side of heaven,
 

S. Washington

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Dear Downing Family:

For Christmas our son gave us one of your CD's.  Previously, he had given us another.  Such talent your family has!  The instruments, the vocals and the results are wonderful.  May God give you continued success as you proclaim His Word in music.  It warms my heart.  

Sincerely,    C.Daniels     Los Angeles, CA..  

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We enjoyed your music so very much.  The talent of playing the stringed instruments and harmony of beautiful voices is a true gift from God.   We received such a blessing.   Watching the teamwork and the love of family is very inspiring.   We hope to get to see you again when you are up this way.   I bought one of each of your CDs and one of the newest for our brother-in-law.   We enjoy them tremendously.  

Jerry and Linda Abercrombie,  Southwest City, MO

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Dear Downings:

I appreciate your family and the powerful message that was conveyed at our company Christmas banquet.  The Christians are more out-numbered every year in our company and we hardly ever have a chance to share Christ.  HOWEVER,  after your performance, a giant wave of encouragement hit our company and many people who had no interest in us, our family, or our God, began asking questions about  our Savior!  Your family's testimony and beautiful music opened up more opportunities for "us Christians" to share the gospel than ever before.  Thank you again and please keep up the "music with a light" within this ever-darkening world.

An anonymous, but very grateful company employee.

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Dear Downing Family,

Both of your CDs have been getting a lot of air time on our church's radio station, WLVF 90.3 FM in Haines City, FL at  www.gospel903.com.. My wife and I have both of your CDs and wish we you had more. I am on staff at Landmark Baptist College, which is a ministry of Landmark Baptist Church. What a great encouragement your music is to so many here in Central Florida. Mrs. Herring, the lady who runs our bookstore, says she doesn't listen to anything but your CDs. Last month your CD, 'The Writing's On The Wall' was our Good Morning show's CD of the month and this month your CD, 'On The Other Side' is the CD of the month for the Heading Home show in the afternoon. Thank you for being such a great blessing to so many!

His Kingdom First,
Bryan Gentry 

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Note to Silver Dollar City:

Was visiting the park today with my family, and sat through a performance by Pure Heart. They had said something about the Downing's being there but we didn't see them on the schedule. We had heard them during the southern gospel festival and loved them. Do they play again during this festival? If so, do you know when, so we can come back and hear them. Thank you for having these wonderful groups at your park. With all of the bad stuff going on in this world today, groups like the Downings, help us to forget and focus what's more important... faith, family, and our freedom.

Tim and Laura Thomas

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Just wanted to tell you how much your music blessed our hearts while on our trip to Branson.  God has truly blessed your family w/talent and a servants spirit that proceeds your music.  Thank you for your work and labor of love.  We thoroughly enjoyed visiting w/your family that evening at Taco Bell there in Branson.  We will continue to follow your ministry via the web.  Please pray for us as we raise our children for the Lord.  My heart's desire is that they will too sing and play for the glory of the Lord.  Take care and may God bless y'all richly.

Joel & Jenniffer Smith

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We sent a note to the management of Silver Dollar City, telling them how much we enjoyed the Southen Gospel Festival and your family!  Even though there were many great groups there, The Downing's have a very clear and strong message that is "bundled up" within outstanding Bluegrass-style music.  Some bluegrass music gets on your nerves after a while, but your bluegrass gospel music can be played a thousand times, and it still sounds as fresh as the first time you hear it!  We're looking forward to keeping track of you in the future.

In Him,     Jeff & Shirley Norris

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The Downing Family:

We really enjoyed your music at the festival over Labor Day weekend and appreciate the strong Christian, family message that your group sends out.  This year @ Silver Dollar City, we got another "dose" of the Downing's great harmonys and a family testimony that this country really needs to see and hear.  Your 3-year old grand-daughter was charming.  It is obvious that she will steal the show very soon.  Thanks for talking to us back at your CD table.  We could tell that your heart is driven by this minitry.  Please don't stop, as we'll be praying for you and your family to launch your ministry forward in a big way (His Way).  

Thanks again,     Tereasa and Mike Wilson

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Downings:
My husband and I attended the Southern Gospel festival @ Silver Dollar City and heard you for the first time.  We bought both of your CD's and was wondering when you were making another one?  On the way back home, we heard you on KTTS Radio in Springfield, MO, doing an acapella song, then again closer to home on a radio station in Ada, Oklahoma.  We love your music.  Are you going to be back at SDC anytime soon?  We brought our Sunday School class this time of about 30 people and had a great time.  Keep up the great work!

D&G Tackoby 

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Dear Downings:

We just heard that you were nominated for 2007 SPGMA's Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year!  What a honor and so deserved.  Your family has truly blessed us with your music and testimony.  We saw you play at Silver Dollar City and you were the best group there.  We especially loved "little Ashley".  In a world of turmoil and turbulance, your family brings a peace and calm to everyone that hears you.  We want to have you come to a Three-Church Gospel Festival in OKC yet this year.  About 1,500 to 2,000 people will be there and will be blessed just as the two bus loads of folks that heard you at SDC.  We'll be contacting you.

Sincerely,  Debra B.

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SDC:

Just a quick note to tell you how much we enjoyed the southern gospel picnic festival. Great groups.. Ascension Quartet, The Downings, Easter Brothers.

D.Bowman

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Dear Silver Dollar City:

We really enjoyed the music this last weekend at the Gospel festival. Karen Peck, Daily & Vincent and The Downing's were our favorites. Thank you so much for your attention to faith and family. We sat through the Downing's shows for three days and they were delightful. Karen Peck and New River, along with Daily and Vincent were very good as well. Any plans on someday maybe using the Opry House and have these three groups do a combined concert? Each of them have a different kind of spin on Gospel music and all of them would bring the crowds in. We're coming back again this coming weekend to enjoy your park again. Thanks again for bringing this great music experience to me and my family.

J.Wilson

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My husband and I were just in Branson this past weekend to hear you sing at the Southern Gospel Festival.  He made the comment that it would be great if you did a CD of just hymns.  We love your music and really enjoyed the show.  We hope to catch you again somewhere close to home.  We live in Inola.  Thanks for sharing the Gospel with others.

J.Stacy

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Dear Silver Dollar City:

Several couples went with us to visit SDC for the first time, wanting to see the Downing family play. We heard them at the Tulsa Southern Gospel Sing earlier this year and they mentioned to everyone that they were playing at the southern gospel festival. They are awesome! We stayed for three days, listening to them over and over. We bought both of their CD's and have been playing them again and again, only hearing more messages of hope and encouragement then any other group we heard at your park. Are the Downing's coming back again this year? What about next year? We have shared their music with our friends and are planning on coming back to SDC this weekend to hear more quality groups. Please keep in touch with the Downing's as they have so much to offer everyone. We know that you have a lot of other wonderful groups at the park, many, very big names, however, after hearing them and then the Downing's, we're now a permenent fan of the Downings. Thank you so much for having them play at your festival. Can you place us on your email list to let us know when you will have them again? Thank you again very much,

D.T.

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I just wanted to tell you how much your music blessed our hearts while on our trip to Branson.  God has truly blessed your family w/ talent and a servants spirit that proceeds your music.  Thank you for your work and labor of love.  We thoroughly enjoyed visiting w/ your family that evening at Taco Bell there in Branson.  (I can’t believe we were eating there considering that is about all we have back home.  HA!)  We will continue to follow your ministry via the web.  Please pray for us as we raise our children for the Lord.   My heart’s desire is that they will too sing and play for the glory of the Lord. 

JSmith and family

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To Silver Dollar City:

We just returned home with three church buses full of people that saw The Downing Family perform this last weekend. They were fantastic! They played at our church earlier this year and handed out your brochures. We all wanted to hear them again and was not disappointed. Their harmonies and testimony as a family to our children was an inspiration!. Can you tell us when they might be performing at SDC again?

Sincerely, J.N.

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Dear Downing Family,

I have the pleasure of serving as the Station Manager of WLVF Gospel 90.3 FM in Haines City, Florida.  Our format is primarily Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Gospel Music.  Another one of my duties here at the radio station is hosting the afternoon drive time show.  On the "Headin' Home Show" we focus on playing Bluegrass Gospel.  Another DJ here at the station suggested that I visit your website. I did so just moments ago and was able to listen to most of the samples of the songs on your latest CD.  I was truly blessed by what I heard and I believe that our listeners would love to hear your music.  Therefore I would like to use the songs from your two CDs listed on your website for airplay on our station.  We would love you to listen to our station as your schedule allows at  www.gospel903.com.

Every month our live drive-time shows feature a "CD of the month," and
just two days ago one of the morning DJs brought in their personal copy
of your latest CD to inform me that he wanted to feature it as June's
"CD of the month."   "The Good Morning Show" airs every weekday from 7
a.m.-9:30 a.m., and beginning next Monday "The Downing Family" will be
aired on Gospel 90.3 FM and www.gospel903.com.

In  Christ,  L.Cruz

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We just finished playing both of the Downing family's CD and what a great sound they have.  We are truly thankful that you had them back this year.

This time we came with six other couples in a church van, as we told them about the Downings.  We especially loved the family's newest band member.  I think she was three or four.  The Downings really illustrate a good example of a family ministry.
Because of the Downings, we will forever be coming to the Gospel Sing.
Sincerely,
DT
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We were so excited to see The Downing Family again.  We have followed them around different places, always seeing the crowds love them and their message.  What a wonderful family testimony they have.  I know you told me last year, that you try to only have these groups play only once a year, however, if you have some openings later in the year, could you have them back?

My wife and I brought two other couples to hear the Downing's, along with our kids, who loved seeing the younger folks singing and playing.  We especially loved "little Ashley".  What a blessing she will be.  We also heard that you were going to maybe start something like this in Oklahoma City.  That would be wonderful since we live there.  The drive from OKC to Tulsa was well worth the trip just to hear the Downings.  Thank you again for having them and thank you for your wonderful ministry.

Aaron and family

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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

I'm at work right now and have the Downing's CD playing.  They are truly inspirational. I've had several folks at work want to hear them, and I want to hear them again.
 
Do you know how to contact them?  Singing News Magazine was supposed to have contacted them, but I haven't seen anything yet.  I know they said something about playing at Silver Dollar City, but they don't have anything posted as yet because it's a little too early.
 
My family truly loved their performance last Saturday night, especially the cute little grand-daughter.  Their music is filled with an encouraging, uplifting message that we all really need today.  Because "Man Cannot Live By Bread Alone" and With the "Master's Hand" "Holding On To Me", (three of their songs), how can we possibly fail?  We cannot.  We can't wait until we're "On The Other Side".
 
Well I apologize for getting carried away, but that's what this family's music does to our family, and we want to thank you again for having them.  You have a wonderful ministry and we are going to bring as many people with us next time.

Thank you again,

JN and family

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My wife and I saw your show at Sager Creek Arts Festival, and you all were such a blessing to us.  We had just learned that my sister had an incurable form of cancer and had asked God for some comfort during this bad time.  We were not planning on going to the concert, but went anyway.  Your songs flowed over both of us, reminding us just what a powerful God we serve!  We left your concert with an assurance that God was going to be with us through this ordeal.  We know now why you came to Siloam Springs, just for us! .  Thanks again ----- J. B.

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Favorite CD in my entire collection!
Always considered myself a Southern Gospel fan, but I just want to listen to this bluegrass CD over and over and over... ----- S. Yakley

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Dear Randy, Kathy, and Family,
I know you have told me for several years now that your family had made a CD and was touring to different churches,
 Silver Dollar City, and different festivals, but I had no idea that you were this good!!   People, if you like really good Blue Grass Music you have to get these CD's.  What a blessing it must be to have that much talent and the conviction to spread God's message.  What a ministry!!!  It really is special when someone sings and means it. Can't wait to see you perform  here in Tulsa.  Great Website Too!!!!     ----- D. Christian 

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If you long to sense the presence of God, you'll enjoy this wonderful family's music.  I've shared both of their CD's with many friends, and I believe it's made, and continues to make a difference in their lives.  I use it like a tract, to share, and encourage others with.  Prepare to be moved.   ------ The Davis's (God's Spirit Dwells Here - 1 Cor. 3:16)

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What a true Blessing this CD is!  If you enjoy great bluegrass music, an honest gospel message, and beautiful harmony, this is a must have.  The great sounds, harmony, and message will make you want to listen to it over and over again!  It is truly a pleasure and a blessing to me and I know it will be to you as well.  Highly recommended!  I can't wait until the next CD comes out.  ----- J. Edwards

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God Bless You All....
Please continue to bless the Lord with ya'lls talents..
     ------ M. Austin,

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Tight family harmonies, excellent recording quality, superb musicianship.  These guys sound like they mean what they are singing about.  This is not just another mediocre family album! ----- Nathanael

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I've just found the Downing Family by chance on cdbaby.com and WOW, what a treasure!  The instrumentation is top notch, and Jennifer and Angela's beautiful lead  and harmony vocals kept me riveted until the very last song.  I had to play it again and again.  If you love Bluegrass Gospel music, then this one is sure to please.       ------J.Adams

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My sister purchased this CD and played it for me.  I absolutely LOVE it!  I'm buying one for me and 2 more to share with some special friends.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift of superb music!     ------ J. Palm

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A friend of mine was at your show at Claremore and said that you guys were good. I missed it but would sure like to see you guys in the near future.    I played with the New Tradition for a number of years and its great to see that gospel is being represented well !!   Just wanted to send you guys a few lines and do some bragging on you !!    

By the way, Jennifer, what a great fiddle player, its not very common to find such a great woman thats rooted in Christ!!!   Thanks again for all your doing for gospel music!      ------ J. Clifton

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We're SO excited about your new album!  Can't WAIT to receive it!  When is it expected to release?  I'd like to be one of the FIRST to receive it... your family is SUCH a blessing to us.     ------ D. Jacobs

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Hope y'all are doing well.  Was excited to stumble on your website.  We're looking forward to again being blessed by the Downing Family's music, all the way up here in Kansas City!     ------ R. McGuire

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Brother Randy and family,

I just wanted to write you today to let you know how wonderful your ministry is to me. Other than the great hymns, it's so very rare that spiritual songs touch me as yours has. To me, most of todays "Christian music" lacks so much, namely the truth from God's word, and His blessings of the Holy Spirit's involvement in them.

Back in February, when you and your family (and Mark too), came to our church to lead us in a very special time of songs of praise, I was very much changed (impressed by God's spirit) that evening. I can't really describe it other than to say, you know how it feels when God's presence manifests it's self, right? You know when you can't help but to say Amen, and Yes Father. When if it weren't for being a "traditional Baptist", my hand would have leaped straight out of my lap toward heaven (I might add how it does frequently when I listen to your music when not in a formal setting). And lastly, as it is as I write to you this very moment, it just makes tears of joy nearly overwhelm me.

Thank you Downing Family, I love you, and pray for you, thank you for making a difference in my life.  May God continue to bless you and all you do for Him, and in His name.     ------ Brother T. Davis

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Family;

I just got done listening (twice) to your new CD that I picked up after this mornings service. WHAT A BLESSING. This is a really great CD! I look forward to hearing you again. I wish you could play the whole album! I especially liked the last 5 songs along with Lead Me On. God had certainly richly blessed you and likewise you have passed it on and have blessed me with your music. I can’t wait for the next CD.     ------ D. Puskas

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Dear Downing Family,

As I write this, my wife and I are listening to your “on the other side” CD.  Thank you for such an incredible testimony and beautiful music.  We have five young children (9 down to 2) and desire to serve our Lord through music.    Although our oldest three children (girls) have played fiddle for about five years, we just started playing as a family a few months ago.  Our prayer and genuine heart is that all that we do is for Him and that any “accomplishment” on this journey, should the Lord bless our effort, be totally dedicated to Him.   We only recently became aware of your family.  You are already an incredible inspiration to us.  Thank you.

I recently left my career as a patent attorney to be more available for my young family, immerse ourselves in the music we love.   While we know very little about you, it seems that your family is a great model for our family (and others like ours) who desire to minister through bluegrass/gospel music.  I hope we can meet you sometime. 

Again, thank you for your ministry.  I told my wife, that your music somehow touched my heart and literally drew me to a state of humility before the Lord.  Your prayers are being answered in that regard! J  Warm regards,    ------ The Rolf Family

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I saw you perform last week at Silver Dollar City (four times).  What wonderful gospel music!  I bought your CD and played it all the way home.   Do you plan to record again soon and, if so, please put me on your emailing list for notification when the new CD is produced.  Again, your music is wonderful and soooo inspirational.      ------ E. Couch

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I heard your music on KBEZ Sunday Morning.  How strikingly beautiful it was.  I called the station to find out how to obtain a CD and Jerry Wallace was kind enough to help me.  Keep up the good work and I shall be watching (and listening) for any new albums.  Thanks!     ------ G. Callison

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We continue to hear from our customers, great things about The Downing Family's performance.  Your family has been one of the most talked about groups in the park. Your future is very bright and your family's testimony is very clear and strong.  So few families even exist today that carry that message.

Many folks have sent me notes regarding the "new sound" coming from the group. The harmonies are super.  We are looking forward to a long and exciting partnership ahead.     ------ Silver Dollar City

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The Downing Family,

Thank you for the marvelous way that you represented the Lord Jesus at the Southern Gospel Picnic.  You continue to be a blessing to us and many, many more.
 
Jennifer,  you were the only one we didn't really get to talk with.  We went to church in Branson and then came to try to catch you, but obviously we had forgotten you were done on Saturday.  Anyway, you are delightful in every way.  The Lord is surely pleased with the way that you respond to every one that aproaches you.  It is obvious that you truly do love people.  Thank you for the encouagement we always receive when in your presence. 
 
We love you all.  Let us know of anyway we can be of asistance to your ministry.

     ------ G. Pointenier

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We heard you all at Silver Dollar City, loved it, and are listening to your CD as I write.  Looking forward to hearing more from you.  When is your new CD coming out?  God bless.      ------ R. Smith

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Dear Downing Family,

Wow, what an opportunity for the Lord and lifetime experience!  With your voices you can go anywhere, I know that, and people that have heard you say the same thing, your voices are so unique and soothing to the soul.  
 

I can imagine it would be hard with a new baby coming to make such a commitment, but the Lord will bring everything together for your group.  Time is short, and God seems to explode in our lives with divine appointments that sometimes overwhelm us, but we know it's our calling for His glory.  Your group is just awesome!     ------ R. Parks!

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Dear Downing Family,

My children and I were so blessed by your music at Silver Dollar City this past Wed. and Thurs..  We had not heard of you before, but will surely be watching for you in the future.   Kathy, I spoke with you in the back by the sound room on Wed. morning and learned a little about your family. 

Just wanted you to know that we truly enjoyed your music and look forward to seeing you again.  I know you'll be a favorite with the folks at Silver Dollar City.     ------ S. Hill

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