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Developed in the Word and Will of God . . .

   The Inspirations are an enthusiastic, sincere, clean cut group of fundamental conservative Christian gentlemen with a strong desire and an objective to witness to a needful and sinful world through the medium of Gospel Music.

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IN THE BEGINNING
Ron, Jack, Martin
Archie, Troy

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Our First
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Our First

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No, We didn't really dress up to rehearse, just for B&W Album photos! LOL
From LP # 3
'JUST AS LONG AS
ETERNITY ROLLS'
 

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    They sincerely appreciate the many wonderful opportunities God has afforded them to present their gospel ministry to millions by means of TV, records, and personal appearances.

   
Since their beginning in the Spring of 1964 at Swain County High School in Bryson City, North Carolina, deep in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, The Inspirations have taken their stand for the good and the right and decent principles of living. The Inspirations have not become lax in their strong commitment to set high standards in their personal lives.

  
The Inspirations sincerity and dedication has blessed them with a great host of prayerful friends and supporters who continually show their love and appreciation for their Smoky Mountain style of Southern Gospel Quartet Singing. Each year, this is attested to by thousands of loyal gospel music lovers who attend the best known family oriented music festival in the world, the "SINGING IN THE SMOKIES" at Inspirations Park during the summer and fall months. 2006 marked the 40th Anniversary of this remarkable event.

 
Over the past four decades, The Inspirations have collected almost every major Gospel Music Award possible, including a gold plaque commemorating their selling a million records. They have been voted the #1 Gospel Music Quartet several times.

  
The Inspirations have been honored by civic clubs, fire departments, police departments, and various service organizations. They have been presented the keys to cities, made Kentucky Colonels, Arkansas Travelers, and they have had many special days set aside in their honor. Each member has collected numerous awards individually. One of their favorite awards came from the hometown Little League Baseball team they sponsor.

  
During the 1980's alone, they charted 60 hit songs, more than any other gospel group. The Inspirations have now recorded a combination of more than 60 LPs (if you are too young to know what LPs were, they were the 12 song Long Play 33 1/3 vinyl discs your parents grew up listening to! LOL) and Compact Discs; plus a number of studio and LIVE videos. These recordings can be found in Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa. Inspirations' recordings have even been found by a missionary in Taiwan and missionaries who have gone into the old Iron Curtain countries have brought stories back of finding their music.

  
The Inspirations are heard on radio stations around the world. In fact, they received an e-mail from Job Gathemia, a Gospel Music DJ in Nairobi, Kenya, who has been playing the Inspirations in that country since 1978.

  
They have also appeared on numerous television programs over their 45+ years, and were regular cast members of the historic "Gospel Singing Jubilee" television show which was aired nationally in the United States for many years. In 1999, Bill Gaither collected much of the footage from their performances on the Jubilee which has been edited into a Best of the Jubilee Video, featuring just The Inspirations.

  
 In 1970, the group then consisting of Archie, Ron, Eddie, Marlin and Martin, were the subject of a seven minute documentary on CBS Television, anchored by current History Channel host, Roger Mudd.

  Perhaps the most remarkable record The Inspirations have attained in their 45+ year history, is that there have been only 16 (sixteen) full-time members of the group since the group first hit the highways of America to sing.

  
The original INSPIRATIONS QUARTET consisted of Archie Watkins, tenor; Ronnie Hutchins, lead; Jack Laws, baritone, Troy Burns, bass/later lead; and Martin Cook on piano.

   
Since then, the following men have become part of the Inspirations Family:
Eddie Dietz, lead and baritone; Marlin Shubert, bass, Mike Holcomb, bass; Roger Fortner, all round musician, extraordinaire; Dale Jones, Mr. Steel, Myron Cook, upright bass; Chris Smith, baritone; Melton Campbell, baritone; Matt Dibler, lead; and the most recent additions to the fraternity are Dallas Rogers, Tenor; and David Ragan, Lead.

  
  From the sequential photos below, you can see that many of the guys have been with the group more than once, and who can say what the future may hold! Jack Campbell probably summed it up best when he penned the terrific song: 
"THE BEST IS YET TO COME!"

  
To sum it all up: In their songs, The Inspirations bring to you the eternal message of hope, joy, and the peace of mind and soul that is available through and by the Lord Jesus Christ, a calling for which they are most grateful.
 

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Archie, Ron, Troy
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Signing with
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Troy, Eddie Deitz
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A Poster from 1969
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Eddie, Archie
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A visit with
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Bob Terrell's
1st Inspirations
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What A Wonderful Time
The First 35 Years
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Troy, Ron
Archie, Martin
Eddie, Marlin & Jack
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Roger, Troy, Mike
Martin, Dale
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Roger, Mike, Eddie
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Martin & Archie
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Myron, Mike, Troy
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Archie, Ron, Myron
Eddie, Martin & Mike


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Archie, Eddie,
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Matt & Mike

 
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Mike, Melton, Matt
Archie, Martin, Myron
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Myron, Jack, Mike
Matt, Melton
Martin & Archie

Jack, David, Melton, Dallas
Mike, Martin, Archie
Myron

Myron, Dallas, Martin
David, Melton, Mike

Mike, Melton, Martin
Jodi, David, Myron

Martin, Myron, Luke
Mike, Jon, David
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Back Row:              Matt,           Melton                   Luke
Front Row: Myron,                    Martin ,                       Jon
Luke Vaught       Myron Cook
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