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How Blessed We Are

May 10, 2010

Written by Priscilla Booth (Mom)

“And whose wife are you?” is the most frequently asked question I receive from those of you who call the Booth Brothers’ office.  I proudly say, “I’m Ronnie and Michael’s mother.”  It can’t get any better than to be able to work for your sons and be a part of an organization that you know is being used of God to touch lives for eternity.  

I was working for an insurance company when an opening came up in the Booth Brothers’ office.  I decided I would rather work for my boys than an insurance company so I left that job.  That was almost seven years ago.  What a joy it has been all these years seeing what God has done through the Booth Brothers and how they have grown since I have been with them.   

I especially love reading all the emails you send to the office.  I don’t get to see many of their concerts but I read your emails how God is using them to minister to your needs.  I try to answer every email, unless I get too far behind, but I always make a copy of every email and send it to the bus for the guys to read as they travel down the road.  I want them to know how many people are writing them but mostly how God is using their songs and words to meet a specific need in your lives.   

I can’t miss this opportunity to tell you a few things about my boys that I’m sure they would never tell you.  Ronnie was four years old when his sister, Melissa, was born.  So he was our only child for those four years.  He loved music from the very start.  Since his dad was singing with the Toney Brothers in Michigan when he was born, he was always around music.  He would ride “Bubbles” (his rocking horse) and hold Andy (his rag doll under his arm) and listen to his daddy’s records for hours.  At age 2-1/2 his dad joined the Rebels Quartet and we moved to Tampa, Florida.  When I would take him to one of their concerts, he would stand on the pew, us my lipstick or a pen as a microphone, and sing along with his dad (with the same movements he has today).  Everyone was watching him instead of the group so I always had to sit in the back row.  He not only listened to the recordings, but learned to sing all the songs too.  At age five he sang The Night Before Easter on the Rebels’ TV program that aired on about 20 stations.   

There are six years between Ronnie and Michael.  Believe it or not, Michael was very timid and shy when he was little.  He never attempted to sing in school like his sister Melissa and Ronnie.  He loved music too but it was playing drums.  He would use pots and pans, wooden spoons, or anything he could find to make up a drum set.  When he was in junior high, he started playing drums in the school band.  He and his dad repainted a used drum set and he was off and running playing drums.  Over the years he perfected his love for the drums receiving the Louise Armstrong Jazz Scholarship when he graduated from high school.  He was never interested in singing until one day when he was 17 he came to his dad and asked if they could start a group.  He believed he could minister to people better by singing than playing the drums.  Since he never tried to sing, we didn’t know if he could even sing.  His dad could hear something good in his voice, but he definitely did not know how to sing parts.  It was a long process of singing one note at a time until he began to hear his part.  I have never seen a more persistent person than Michael was for the first several years he sang.  He would push himself to do more and more even though he was scared to death.  He once said, “I have to catch up to Ronnie and Dad because they’ve been singing so long.”  Hearing him today you would never know what a struggle he had learning to sing.  

 Our family has gone through some rough years as most of you know.  I would never want to go through those years again, but Ronnie and I are so thankful for the strength and wisdom God has shown us.  He will provide no matter what life puts in front of you.  He WILL be with you and He WILL restore your joy in his own time.  The Booth Brothers are living proof of His promises.  I will never forget where we came from and how God brought us to this point in our lives.  How blessed we are to have three wonderful children, two wonderful daughter-in-laws (Vicki & Kim), one wonderful son-in-law (Eddie Sims) who have such a heart to serve our Lord Jesus Christ, and an extra  bonus of eight wonderful grandsons.

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Spring Newsletter

April 6, 2010

Greetings!

Well, we don’t know about you but we’re very glad to be bidding Old Man Winter farewell for another year. Spring is around the corner and little tell-tale signs are appearing everywhere. The bitterly cold days are becoming fewer, the sun is beginning to peek out of the clouds a little more often and the birds are beginning to sing. You can almost feel the anticipation amongst all of God’s beautiful creation.

Spring is bringing many exciting things our way too. The new year has gotten off to a great start although we did have some challenges with snow and ice this year. We apologize to any of you that had tickets for the original dates and couldn’t make it to our rescheduled concerts.

We also just finished up the Singing At Sea Cruise for another year and we had a great time. On Tuesday night we held a meet & greet for all our friends that traveled with us. We sang a little, gave out some special thank you gifts and just had a relaxed and personable time; Gerald Wolfe and Scott Fowler snuck in during our time with our friends and we pulled both groups up on the stage and sang a song with them too. The final night of the cruise we performed a Jubilee concert with Greater Vision and Legacy Five; we have such a great time with these two groups!! The weather was a little chilly in the Bahamas but we still had a lot of fun! If you are making plans to go next year be sure to register early. This cruise always sells out very quickly; and make sure to list the Booth Brothers as your host group. We’ve added some pictures from the cruise to the website so be sure to visit our photo galleries!

New Album Coming Soon!

If you have been to a Booth Brothers Concert recently, then you’ve probably heard some great new material that isn’t even available yet; songs such  “We Believe” and “I See Grace”. Well, we will be releasing our newest recording soon and we can’t wait to share it with you. The two songs mentioned above only scratch the surface of what will be included in this new album. 

We partnered with Christian music’s renowned producer, Lari Goss and together we have created a CD that we feel declares what the Booth Brothers believe and proclaim. We’ve pulled out all the stops – the songs, the orchestration, the vocals – everything about this project is top notch! Ronnie feels it may be the group’s best yet.  Stay tuned to our website and emails – we’ll let you know as soon as it is available.

Refresh and Renew – Orlando, FL

By now, you’ve proabably heard about our first annual Refresh & Renew Retreat to be held November 19-21, 2010 in Orlando, FL. We sent out an email blast two weeks ago and we are off to a fantastic start. The response has been great.

We would love to have you join us for a great weekend. We are planning three days of music, laughter and spiritual encouragement. All of this will take place in the beautiful Peabody Hotel in Orlando. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to get away, enjoy all that the retreat will offer, the beautiful Florida weather and a luxurious hotel for an affordable price.  The Peabody Hotel sits in the midst of many attractions, restaurants, shopping, golf and other entertainment. Consider making an entire vacation out of your trip.

Knowing that God’s Word says that a “merry heart doeth good like a medicine” weare> pleased to announce that Aaron Wilburn will be joining us on Friday night at the Peabody and Dennis Swanberg will be our special guest on Saturday night. Put all your burdens away for a few days and join us for music, laughter and some encouraging spiritual food from God’s Word.

Get more information at http://www.boothbrothers.com/events.asp.

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE WHEN MAKING YOUR TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS:

  • We know that this event falls close to Thanksgiving so be sure to book your airline reservations early to avoid paying premium holiday prices for your airfare.
  • Also, many of you have called the office asking what time the event will be over. We are planning to end the event no later than 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
  • The hotel also offers a shuttle service to and from the airport but there is a charge for this service.

Declaration Tour 2010

We’ve eased into the 2010 schedule but things are ramping up and life is about to get really busy.  Last year we did our very first west coast tour and we wanted to give our friends out west plenty of notice that we’re coming your way again this year. Some of these dates are ticketed events and may have VIP receptions and reserved seating so don’t wait too long to purchase your tickets as these tend to sell out first.

Get more information at http://www.boothbrothers.com/events.asp.
Mexican Riviera Cruise!

We have had a tremendous response so far to our announcement of the cruise to the MEXICAN RIVIERA! Cruise dates are October 23 through October 30, 2010. If you are considering the cruise as a vacation option do not delay in making your reservations!! There is still space but it’s getting limited.

Call Inspiration Cruises at (800) 247-1899 to make your reservation today.

Get more information at http://www.boothbrothers.com/events.asp

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Back from the Cruise!

February 28, 2010

Hello Friends!

Things have sure been interesting for us lately.  The guys have been busy on the road with a pretty hectic schedule and, in addition, have been in the studio putting the finishing touches on what just may be the best Booth Brothers project to date.

There was an unexpected free weekend when we were snowed in, yes, SNOWED IN! The guys had to cancel a whole weekend due to the extreme weather and, I admit, we took advantage of it, hibernating until the worst was over. We enjoyed lots of coffee, tea and hot chocolate, with some games and movies thrown in the mix.  It was a small blessing in the midst of the chaotic weather!

For those of you who suffered the consequences of the snow, rest assured, all of the concerts have been rescheduled and some have already been fulfilled.  That’s our guys, faithfully trudging on.

Last week was filled with sunny days on the Singing At Sea Cruise and boy, did we have a great time! As we pulled into the port, Austin, with nose to the window, kept repeating “Thehh’s my cwuise!”

Jonathan enjoyed some time at Camp Carnival and introduced himself to another boy there by saying “I’m a Booth Brother.” When, at first, the boy didn’t believe him, and said to Jonathan “Prove it!” Jonathan quickly showed his room key (that had his name on it) and proudly declared “See, I AM a Booth Brother!”

As for us girls, we relaxed as often as we could, attended a few concerts and shopped at every opportunity. (Yes, what the guys say about us at the concerts is true, we are very talented shoppers.)  In addition, I made sure to enjoy the molten lava cake as much as possible!

When we reached Nassau, we made sure to visit the local Starbucks.  Jim actually went THREE times! I have to tell you, when I introduced him to coffee, I had no idea he would like it so much! At the first of the year, I suggested that we have some sort of “Starbucks budget.”  Only time will tell if this idea is going work.  So far, not so good!

I experienced a sweet moment when a lady came to me to thank me for sharing Jim.  She reminded me that what we give to God here on earth will be given as crowns to us in heaven which we will then lay at our Savior’s feet.  I was blessed to the point of tears to be reminded that the days I’m without Jim are part of my service to the Lord!  Although circumstances don’t allow us to be at every concert, us wives are there in spirit, cheering and praising with our beloved Booth Brothers!

We Love You All!

Melissa

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UPDATE: “Blind Man Tour” Oklahoma Dates RESCHEDULED Due to Weather Conditions

January 28, 2010

The upcoming concert dates for The Booth Brothers’ “Blind Man Tour” in both CLINTON, OK and TULSA, OK are officially postponed due to the upcoming winter storm forecasted for the weekend. We regret having to make such a decision but feel it is necessary for the safety of all involved.

New Dates:

CLINTON, OK will now be scheduled for Sunday Feb. 28th and TULSA, OK will be schedule for Monday March 1st.

Tickets:

Advanced purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date. There is no need to have new tickets reprinted or mailed. For more information, please contact your local concert promoter or ticketing agency. Refunds will be made available for ticket holders not be able to attend the rescheduled dates.

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Making Memories

January 8, 2010

Written by Kim Booth

Happy New Year to all of you!!! The holidays have come and gone and although we had a sweet time with our children and family, honestly, I’m ready for life to get back to normal. It’s been wonderful having Ronnie at home for the last few weeks but I think he is ready to meet the New Year with his running shoes on.  The Booth Brothers have some very exciting things coming up in 2010 and you can feel the anticipation of the staff to get this new year going.

During the holidays Ronnie and I went to visit my family in Florida. We arrived on Christmas night and spent several days visiting with them.  One word of advice to any of you planning to visit Florida and do the whole theme park thing – never, never, ever go to Disney World during Christmas!!!!  If you want to test how strong your Christian testimony is and your love for total strangers then go at Christmas time – otherwise I would strongly advise you to steer clear of that place during any holiday. Ronnie and I were both raised in Florida and I’ve probably been to Disney World 50 times in my life but I have never seen that place like it was a few days ago!!!!  I’m not sure that words can adequately describe the chaos that was at that theme park that day!! And, to make matters worse it was freezing cold and windy.  Ladies, isn’t it interesting to observe our husbands when they are put in these situations?  My husband is one of the sweetest and most patient men on the planet but let me tell you – EVERYONE – even Ronnie Booth, has a limit. Because I know him so well, I could tell that he was not overjoyed with the situation – who could be??  I got this sense that my husband was a simmering pot of something getting ready to boil over at any minute although every time he said anything he said it with a smile.  For some reason this gave me the giggles…I think it was a nervous reaction to the angst of knowing I had pushed for us to do this wonderful “family thing” at Christmas time and that Ronnie was trying to be the sweet, patient and understanding husband.

After several hours of dealing with lines and masses of people we finally gave up on trying to “get our money’s  worth”  and decided to take a shuttle back to our hotel. At one point, while waiting for our bus, I realized that Ronnie wasn’t with us and I began searching the crowd for him.  I saw this faint figure off in the distance slowly pacing back and forth and realized that I recognized that gait…I think he was mumbling to himself too. Daniel, who also knows his father well, simply turned to me and said “uh-oh.”  

After waiting for over 45 minutes for our shuttle to arrive, we hauled our weary bodies onto what we thought was going to be a quiet ride back to our hotel.  WELL!  Have you ever taken a bus ride with at least 70 complete strangers???? Oh, the bus doesn’t hold 70 people you say???  It does if you’re all standing like dominoes and holding on to a little strap that dangles from a bar that goes the whole length of the bus; there was an interesting array of smells and odors in those close quarters too.  Believe me,  it’s not a wonderful experience to have 70 other people in your personal space as you hold on for dear life while the bus driver “hangs ten” on the corners! When you combine the 70 fellow passengers with a ride that rivaled Space Mountain it made for an interesting end to the entire nightmare of Disney. Finally, my ever-patient, ever-kind husband turned to me with a very serious look on his face and simply said, “This is it for me…” and somehow I have no doubt that he means it!!!  I think from now on, I’ll have to hold my previous memories of Disney more fondly since I don’t think we’ll be doing THAT tourist thing ever again!!!

As for the clean slate of a new year – the guys sang last week in Daytona Beach and Ronnie and I had a couple of hours drive from my parents’ home in Sebring to the concert. This gave us a little time to talk about the things we would like to accomplish in 2010.  I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions since I don’t seem to ever keep them but there are some things I would like to accomplish this year. Of course there are the typical things that I always try to do like being more organized, reading my Bible more, getting in shape…but one very specific thing that I want to improve upon is being more grateful for EVERYTHING in my life. EVERYTHING means simply EVERYTHING.  EVERYTHING means the little insignificant things as well as the obvious things…EVERYTHING even means the difficulties.  I know it sounds trite – but it’s through the difficulties that we, as Christians, learn more about how faithful our God is. It is through our difficulties that we learn that our God is sovereign and that He can be trusted. It is through difficulty that we learn how to walk confidently – knowing that all things are in His control and that He will NEVER leave us or forsake us.  In 2010 I pray that I will be more conscious of ALL He is doing in my life – in the good times and the difficult times – knowing for certain that He is doing a good work in me.

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Home Sweet Home

December 4, 2009

To show our appreciation for our family and friends, Melissa and I decided to host Thanksgiving this year. We had friends and family come from Florida, Maryland and Michigan, totaling 18 guests in all. It took some planning to put it all together and in spite of the fact that we had wall to wall people in our home, Melissa did an amazing job and everything went smoothly.

We are the typical big family, who all talk at the same time, so you can imagine how many conversations we had going on at once! Having grown up in a big family I’m used to the chaos and confusion that entails. Melissa, on the other hand, is an only child, so I was impressed at the way she kept her sanity through it all.

In addition to the traditional baked turkey, we had a fried turkey (thank you to my brother-in-law for his expertise), a ham, dressing, mashed potatoes (over 20 pounds!), green beans, corn, baked apples, cranberry sauce and more. Per my request, Mom made her pumpkin and pecan pies which were delicious! There was also, banana bread, cookies, fudge, cheesecake and more, all brought by the rest of the girls. Yes, we had quite the spread!

We enjoyed a great meal then, since we’ll all be in different places for Christmas, did a “Dirty Santa” gift exchange. Guess who ended up with the Cracker Barrel gift card? You got that right, me! (as if I don’t eat there enough) I tried to keep the gift card to iTunes that I originally had, but my nephew got the best of me and took it, without one bit of remorse. We laughed hysterically when my dad received a gift card to a day spa (that was a priceless moment!) He was thankful to eventually trade it for a gift card to Cracker Barrel. Melissa got a gift card to Borders and will enjoy adding to her book collection, although I have no idea where she plans to put the books she buys! My 8 year old niece, Annabeth, was thrilled with her “Toys-R-Us” gift card and was the first in the family to hit the stores on Friday.

After our gift exchange, we spread out all over the house. Some of us were in the living room watching football (Go Cowboys!!), some were upstairs watching movies and music videos (yes, Dad & Mom watched the latest Legacy Five and Booth Brothers videos), the rest were playing games and visiting. It was great fun and the evening eventually turned to a sweet time of relaxing and reflecting on how blessed we are to be with the ones we love. Today, as I look back on this past week, I realize that even in this crazy, fast paced life that we live, it’s so important to take the time to slow down and express our gratefulness for all we’ve been given. I’m reminded that life is a journey, not a destination, so let’s enjoy every minute of the trip!

I hope all of you have a blessed holiday season.

Jim Brady

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Recording, Writing, Inspiring…

November 3, 2009

Hello Everyone!

Life seems to stay busy but also very exciting for me these days. Along with being on the road, we have been in the studio working with the amazing Lari Goss. He is a multi-award winning producer who has worked with, The Cathedrals, The Gaither Vocal Band, Larnell Harris, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and many other artists.  We are having a blast recording and I think you all are gonna love the outcome.

I am continuing to write, every spare minute I have, and am excited to have songs coming out on new recordings by, The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Lauren Talley, Steve Ladd, Sisters and yes, The Booth Brothers.

Melissa and I enjoyed a wonderful concert in Davisburg, MI last week.  We were very blessed and encouraged by the support of many wonderful folks. Thanks so much to all who came out to spend the evening with us!

It’s always good to spend time with family and while in Michigan, I was able to spend a little time with my sister Brenda and her family.  We sang some old songs that we grew up singing in church. I also pulled out my guitar and sang some new songs I’ve been working on. It was a sweet time together!

A sold out concert at South Church in Lansing, MI was the highlight of this past weekend. That evening, a gentleman shared with me how he and his wife, of over 40 years, had been planning to come to the concert together, but that she passed away just 5 weeks ago.  He almost couldn’t bear to come without her, but said he came because he wanted to share with me how “Peace In The Shelter” has brought him the comfort and encouragement that he was desperately needing during this time. Wow!

Stories like that are why we keep climbing on the bus every weekend. Awards and having your songs do well on the charts are great blessings that sometimes come with what we do, but what’s most rewarding is knowing that the songs are touching hearts! So, thank you for coming to the concerts and sharing your stories, you are an encouragement to us!

Blessings to all!!

Jim