WINNEBAGO, Illinois — Winnebago Evangelical Fellowship, 500 W. Washington St., Winnebago, Illinois, will host Chuck Crain from Presley’s Jubilee Show in Bronson, Missouri, at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 1.
Crain began singing during his time in the Navy, performing with the Navy’s Blue Jacket Choir in San Diego. One Sunday morning, while stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, he saw four gentlemen on television standing around a piano singing Southern Gospel music — and he was hooked.
After leaving the Navy in 1974, Crain got a full-time day job at Winn Dixie and traveled on the weekends with a part-time gospel group. In 1976, he joined his first full-time gospel group, the Mid-South Boys Quartet, in Sheridan, Arkansas. That October, he met a lovely lady, Sharon, and she became his wife in December. Chuck and Sharon have been married for 36 years. They have four children and, as of now, nine grandchildren.
In 1979, he joined the Blackwood’s, taking him all around the world singing to millions of gospel music fans. Performing on television programs such as the 700 Club, PTL and Jimmy Swaggart, just to name a few. In 1990, the Blackwood’s went to Branson, Missouri, where Chuck left and formed his own group, The Heartland Quartet. That year, they were nominated Horizon Group of the Year.
Two years later, Chuck left the group to stay home and work behind the scenes in several theaters until he got a call from a friend of his, asking if he would consider singing backup for Wayne Newton. Three weeks later, he found himself on stage with Wayne Newton in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Branson, and the list goes on.
In December 1996, Chuck talked to Gary and Steve Presley and was asked if he would like to help form a southern gospel quartet for the show. He knew in his heart and his love for gospel music he had to leave Wayne to do this.
Since 1997, thousands of fans later and hardly any miles, Chuck has found his calling. Many nights, people come and ask him if he still travels and sings. Chuck, and sometimes Sharon, travel during the off-season and occasionally during the season. Starting in March 2010, the Presleys have been on RFD TV with a half-hour program (6:30 p.m.).
Posted Jan. 29, 2015