Greatly Blest is a dedicated group that “Loves the Lord”, are anointed vocalist and musicians, are ministry oriented, and carry on His mission in stunning “family harmony” with an easy listening style. As well as original music written by the group, Greatly Blest worships with a genre of well known Southern Gospel music, both Past and Present. Their smooth and tight harmony is in true good old Southern Gospel style. The versatility of Tina, Joyce and Edwin doesn’t allow them to classify themselves as singing a specific part. Tina and Joyce cover all of the upper ranges of Lead, Alto and Tenor depending upon the arrangement and Edwin covers the mid to low ranges of Lead, Alto, Tenor and even touches the edge of Bass on certain arrangements. Greatly Blest considers ourselves a regional Group, traveling the eastern United States at present, but is willing to travel any where the Lord provides the means and opportunity.
Tina, Joyce and Edwin are no strangers to Southern Gospel Music and are members of the “Artists Music Guild” (AMG). All three started as young adults and have played or sang with other Groups in the Past and performed on stage in a variety of venues. While with other groups the members of Greatly Blest have opened for other well known artists and continue to do so. Whether it be a worship service in a small local church or a concert in a much larger venue, Greatly Blest is equally comfortable, the main focus always remains to present Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and mainstay.
The members of Greatly Blest are related. Joyce and Edwin are husband and wife of 42 years of marriage. They were married in 1971. Tina is related to Edwin, they are 3rd cousins. Their Great Great Grandfathers were brothers, but that family harmony shines through. On occasion David Benton, & his wife Sherry, can be seen traveling with Greatly Blest running sound and helping dad load and unload equipment.
Greatly Blest in it’s formation, in 2011, decided that we would go back to the basics of Southern Gospel Music. Go back to the older songs mixed with some of the newer Gospel Music of our day and of course use the original songs that Tina, Joyce and Edwin have written, some of them dating back into the 1970′s. Many of the old quartets only had piano or piano and bass or maybe one acoustic guitar added to that. Just the basics. We wanted to go back to the basics and start there. Just family singing around the piano. Sometimes less is more, especially if God is in it.
From the smooth tight a cappella harmony of ”My Saviors Love” to the blues beat of ”Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now”, we are sure that once you hear this group Greatly Blest you will say that you have been “Greatly Blest”
Tina Godley: Vocalist / Keyboard
Joyce Benton: Vocalist / MC
Edwin Benton: Vocalist / Bass Guitar
The Cathedrals, The Happy Goodmans, Jeff & Sherri Easter, The Florida Boys, Dove Brothers, Stephen Hill, Woody Wright,The Booth Brothers and others
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 30 - 60 minutes
A sincere desire to see the kingdom of Christ expanded. Easy listening music with tight harmonies in a true Southern Gospel style.
The venue type certainly controls level of ministry this group can and will deliver. In the church setting it is all about worship but we can be just as comfortable in a concert setting.
Varies depending on type and length of service, but always consists of Southern Gospel favorites of the past mixed with originals and current Southern Gospel favorites
11-05-2014 — 2014 AMG Heritage Awards and Convention
07-25-2014 — Divine Gift Showcase
01-06-2014 — Sunset Park Bapt Church Wilmington, NC
Past Booked Dates:
11-30-2013 — Private Party
11-10-2013 — Stanley Total Living Center Stanley, NC
11-09-2013 — 2013 AMG Heritage Awards
11-08-2013 — 2013 AMG Heritage Awards
11-07-2013 — 2013 AMG Heritage Awards
11-03-2013 — Black River Free Will Baptist Andrews, SC
10-20-2013 — University Arms Apts Wilmington, NC
09-29-2013 — Bear Creek Baptist Church Hubert, NC
08-04-2013 — Sunset Park Bapt Church Wilmington, NC
07-28-2013 — Hatcher's Memorial Bapt Ch - Nokesville, VA
07-26-2013 — Oswego County Fairgrounds - Lacona, NY
06-30-2013 — University Place Apts - Wilmington, NC
06-15-2013 — Grace & Truth Baptist Church, Hickory, NC
05-19-2013 — Calvary Baptist Church Sylva, NC
05-19-2013 — Feilds of the Woods Murphy, NC
03-28-2013 — Sunset Park Bapt Church Wilmington, NC
2011: 2 gigs
2012: 13 gigs
2013: 15 gigs (so far)
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