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Connellsville area gospel groups releasing CDs

| Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Two local gospel trios with ties to the Calvary Assembly of God Church in Connellsville are releasing CDs soon.

Both groups will be appearing at the Connellsville church for a concert Sunday.

“New Journey” and “The Richters” will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church located at 1316 S. Pittsburgh St.

All three members of “The Richters” and one member of “New Journey” attend the church.

“Since we both have ties to Calvary Assembly we thought since we both are releasing CDs at the same time it would be nice to have a concert together. We are celebrating that God has allowed us to do these projects,” said Micki Richter of Connellsville.

Calvary Assembly's pastor, the Rev. Matthew Goldsberry, is happy to help the singers share their gifts with the community through the church.

“We are excited to host this unique night to help celebrate New Journey and The Richter's new CDs. Both groups are homegrown with lifelong ties to Calvary. We as a church are proud how God has open expanding doors of ministry for New Journey and The Richter's. It will be a night for both groups to highlight their music but also their Love for God and talents,” Goldsberry said.

Micki Richter, her husband Don Richter and his sister Janet Dellinger of Mill Run have been performing together as a vocal trio since about 2000.

“We're a mix of southern gospel and traditional,” Micki Richter said.

The group's new CD titled “Realm of Grace” is their fourth CD. Richter said the CD features 11 songs including “Joy Unspeakable,” the second verse of which inspired the CD title. The $10 CD will be available at the concert.

Michelle Tantlinger of Ligonier, her sister Melissa Tressler of Mt. Pleasant Township and Kelli Moore of Roaring Springs make up the New Journey trio. In the past, Tantlinger and Tressler had performed with their parents as “The Gospel Rays.” Moore, a former professional Gospel singer, performed with “Lordsong” which was nominated for a Dove Award in 2002.

“Although we just got together last year, between the three of us we have over 90 years experience performing gospel music,” Michelle Tantlinger said.

This is the first CD for the group which has been together for a little over a year. The self-titled CD features 12 songs.

“We are a more progressive or contemporary southern gospel,” Tantlinger said.

The new CD will be available at the concert or on the group's website newjourneyministry.com for $15.

The concert is free but a free will offering will be collected.

“We welcome everyone to come and we are happy to be able to share our music with them,” Micki Richter said.

Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.

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