The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 12, 2013

Joplin family making great musical strides in short time

JOPLIN, Mo. — In only their third year singing together, a Joplin family has made huge inroads in the gospel music industry and show little sign of slowing down. The Goulds, who did 30 concerts their first year and will likely triple that before 2013 comes to a close, will be in Branson on Sunday.

They will be singing in the main gazebo at Silver Dollar City at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Hitting the road again next month, they will make their first appearance at the National Quartet Convention, which is billed as the largest annual gospel music event, in the Regional Artist Showcase at Louisville, Ky.

Tim Gould, former lead singer for the Missourians, and daughters Kelsey, 18, and Christa, 12, make up the singing portion of the family, while Tim's wife, Deb, runs the sound and handles business affairs.

Just a couple of months ago the Goulds, singing at their their home church, Christ's Community United Methodist, opened before a packed house for the Isaacs, nationally acclaimed Southern Gospel and Bluegrass band out of Tennessee.

Besides the Isaacs, the Goulds have also played alongside such highly respected groups as the the Mark Trammell Quartet, the Kingsmen, the Blackwood Brothers and Lesters. Last month, the Joplin family released their second national single, "Love Beyond Measure."

A copy was mailed to almost 1,000 radio stations, including KNEO, 91.7 FM in Neosho, KVIS, 910 AM in Miami, Okla.; and KWFC, 89.1 FM in Springfield.

The Goulds recorded their first "big budget" album in the summer of 2012.

From this album they were able to release their first national radio single "God Cheers Us On."

In addition, the Goulds will release their Christmas album in October and are working on a hymns album, which will be released in January.

Both Kelsey, who will be a freshman this fall at Crowder College, and Christa, who will be a seventh grader at South Middle School, grew up watching their father sing.

They decided to approach him four years ago to see if they could join him.

Their father said he waited a year to make sure the girls were serious, and when they came back and asked again, he decided to give it a try.

It was a slow process at first with the girls and their dad singing a couple of songs at their home church.

Then they put together six songs for a Crosslines banquet and took a much bigger step forward by opening for the Mark Trammell Quartet at a Joplin concert.

They began traveling and doing concerts in February of 2011.

"God is truly expanding our ministry at a fantastic rate, and we are excited with what He is doing with our family," said Tim Gould. "We have heard some amazing stories of God's love and healing as well as stories of how our songs have touched people's lives. We have heard stories of how people were brought to tears of joy and happiness, as well as the stories where a song spoke deep to their hearts and delivered a message as only a song can do."

The Goulds still have bookings available for this year.

Anyone wishing to schedule them may call Duane Garren, scheduling coordinator, at 417-236-9090, visit the web site: www.thegouldfamily.org or send an email to gouldsmusic@gmail.com.

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