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Ministry Spotlight - New Day

Gospel groups come along frequently, but seldom do they bring such rich history as New Day from Huntsville, Alabama.

Husband and wife, Doug and Karen Apple-Young, along with Karen's sister, Kimberly Apple and Susie Lanier have joined their voices to blend a sound that simply isn't found everyday.

Doug Young is certainly not a newcomer to the Gospel Music Industry.  Beginning his singing career in the Huntsville area in 1969 with Aaron Wilburn and singing with groups such as The Regents, New Speer Revival and Hovie Lister and the Statesmen, Doug brings years of experience and a sincere love of gospel music to the group.  From time to time, he fills in with Poet Voices and the Palmetto State Quartet.  Doug has performed on the Grand Ole Opry and he and Karen have appeared on several of the Gaither Homecoming Video's.

Karen Apple-Young comes to the group as a seasoned professional having performed with her family (The Ken Apple Family) until 1990 when she joined The Speer Family.  Not only is Karen one of the nicest people you will ever meet, she is one of the best soprano's to ever grace the stage of a gospel music concert.  She sang with The Speer's until 1997, shortly before their retirement.  For the past few years, Karen has performed with her family when time permits.

Kimberly Apple has performed with her family (The Ken Apple Family) her entire lifetime.  She brings those years of experience as a smooth alto singer as well as a tremendous background as a sound engineer to join forces with Doug, Karen and Susie in this exciting new endeavor.

One can't really mention Karen and Kimberly without looking at the rich history they received from their parents, Ken and Ernestine Apple.   Ken began playing piano for the Blackwood Brothers in the late 1940's but left to form a family group - beginning as a trio.  As children came along and matured they joined the group and have been known across the country for their rich family harmony traveling and telling the story of Jesus through gospel music.  Ken is the writer of such great gospel songs as No Longer a Stranger; Scars Are a Sign of Healing; When We Ask Why; Time Cannot Heal; There's Still Power in the Blood.  Though they are "semi-retired" Ken and Ernestine will be enjoying the music of New Day whenever possible.

The blending of Doug's smooth bass voice, Karen's high soprano, Susie's alto and Kimberly's mezzo-soprano, ensures New Day will soon become a household name.

Doug, Karen, Kimberly and Susie look forward to sharing the gospel in song across this great country.

With a rich history behind them and a bright future ahead - New Day is a group you don't want to miss.


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