FBC choir at Gospel Music Festival

The First Baptist Church choir performs during the Gospel Music Festival.

The 25th annual Rockport Gospel Music Festival (RGMF) is the books, and organizers point to another successful event, the year after it was cancelled due to COVID-19. Festival promoter Gary Howard noted plans are already underway for the 26th RGMF, which will be held Jan. 6-8, 2023.

Artists from around the country made the 25th RGMF a memorable event.

The Crimson River Quartet, from Southern California, made its 22nd appearance. Manager Rick Moore, who recently moved to Rockport, said, “We were very happy to be back in Rockport after the year lost to COVID. This event is a highlight on our calendar and Rockport is a very special place for all of us. We always enjoy reconnecting with the local fans and the artists that come in for the event”

The McNeill’s, a family of 12 from Emory, TX, opened and closed the event with their unique brand of family harmony.

The Kinsmen from Arkansas sang for the second time at the RGMF, and have become crowd favorites.

The DeLawder Family from West Virginia entertained the crowd, not only with their music, but with Larry DeLawder’s spot-on hilarious impressions of Barney Fife.

A number of South Texas artists also performed, including Appointed by Grace from Brazoria, Patti and Patrick McLead from Rockport, Miles Pike from Jacksonville, the Rockport First Baptist Church Choir, and Rev. Patrick Henry from Aransas Pass.

Emcee Brian Arnold from Branson, MO kept the audience laughing, and the program running smoothly.

It is estimated that as many as 2,000 people attended some part of the two-day RGMF.

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