GlennMark brings music to Lancaster

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2013 concert series promises family entertainment

By Michele Roberts

There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a dream come true, especially when it offers many different benefits to a community and brings joy to all involved.

That’s exactly what happened with GlennMark Promotions, a dream shared by three friends that came to life in 2005. Since that time, the shared dream of bringing top Southern Gospel artists to Lancaster became a reality, with nearly 20,000 people attending the concerts that have been held to date.

“Many of these people have come from out of town,” said Dennis Nichols, local tax preparer and one of the three friends that came up with the idea. “In fact, close to 150 different cities from South Carolina and North Carolina are represented in the database of concert attendees that we maintain. There have also been people in attendance at these concerts that have come from as far away as Washington, Wisconsin, Alabama, Florida and even Wales. Fifteen different states are represented in our database of visitors.”

This is good for the local economy, as out-of-town tourists utilize local businesses such as gas stations, restaurants and hotels, Nichols said. Then there is the matter of the concerts themselves, which feature Grammy award-winning artists, some of whom have won Dove awards for excellence in Christian music, he said.

“The 2013 Concert Series is bringing four family groups to Lancaster,” he said. “The Issacs, who will be here for the second time; The Hoppers, who will be making their fourth appearance; Karen Peck and New River, who have had three Grammy nominations and won two Dove awards, will be coming for the first time; and The McKameys will return to bring their special type of “mountain gospel music” from the hills of Tennessee.”

Nichols said he is very thankful to the many local businesses that purchase ads in the concert program books.

“These concerts would not be possible without their support,” he said. “These businesses provide a way for ticket prices to remain at the very reasonable level of $15 for general admission and $25 for artist circle tickets.

Another big thank you goes to Second Baptist Church in Lancaster for allowing the concerts to be held in their spacious facility.”

Nichols said the dream came about because the three friends who had the idea for GlennMark Promotions wondered why they had to travel to see concerts like this.

“They would go to other cities to hear these artists live and wondered why they couldn’t just as easily come to Lancaster,” he said. “So they prayed about it, and discussed it with their wives, and here we are now.”

The 2013 Concert Series will kick off with The Issacs on Feb. 22, followed by The Hoppers on April 19. Karen Peck and New River will come to town on Aug. 9, followed by The McKameys on Oct. 4. The series comes to a close on Nov. 1 with the annual Free Fan Appreciation Concert.

“This concert always features local favorites King’s Cause, The Heritage Quartet and a special guest,” Nichols said. “Tickets are required for the other four concerts, but this one is free. This night is a way for GlennMark to say thank you to the people who have supported them through the years by attending the concerts.”

Tickets are available in various locations in Lancaster and Rock Hill, Nichols said, as well as online at www.glennmarkpromotions.com. They can also be purchased by phone by calling the GlennMark office at (803) 283-9988.