Walnut Cove, NC -- From the hills of Virginia and the mill towns of North Carolina, and across the nation, Tony and Heather (Berry) Mabe are musical favorites in many venues and churches. Now, they have released a new album, Jesus Folk. It is their first project since leaving an award-winning career in bluegrass music to follow a call to Christian ministry.
“We are so excited, says Heather, We hope our music and ministry will bless every listener!”
Heather, the lead singer and guitarist, is a two-time “Daughters of Bluegrass” award recipient from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and a three-time nominee for the “Female Vocalist of the Year” award given by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.
After feeling the call of God on their lives, Heather and Husband Tony recommitted their lives to Christ through Exodus Ministries – a Christian mentoring organization in King, North Carolina.
The album contains 13 songs that include bluegrass and southern gospel favorites as well as an original written by Heather, and original interpretations of contemporary Christian songs. It was produced by the group with the help of bassist Rob Strupe. Tony and Heather’s many Facebook and Youtube fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the album.
“Everyone that has listened to it is raving about it;” says Strupe, “They have always loved the sound and soul that Tony and Heather bring to their music and no one has been disappointed with this new project!”
The album is available as a CD as well as a digital download exclusively on their website (tonyandheather.org), as well as wherever Tony and Heather are performing.
Heather is a two-time “Daughters of Bluegrass” award winner from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and a three-time nominee for Female Vocalist of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America.
Tony and Heather, rising stars on the bluegrass scene obeyed the Lord and left what many thought was a promising professional career in country and bluegrass music. Some likened Heather’s potential to that of Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, and Maybelle Carter.