Two award-winning contemporary Christian music artists will be coming to Claremore to perform live at the Nazarene church.

Michael English and Russ Taff will be returning to the Claremore Nazarene Church for a Southern Gospel Concert performance on Sunday, Dec. 3.

“We’re so excited to be welcoming Michael and Russ back — they’ve been here before and put on an amazing, spirit-filled concert,” said Shirley Nickles, Claremore Church of the Nazarene. “It’s going to be a tremendous time of praise and worship.”

Michael English was originally a member of his family’s singing group, and later a member of the famed Gaither Vocal Band.

During his solo career, English recorded eight studio albums. His highest-charting solo single was "Your Love Amazes Me", which reached No. 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1996.

English is a multiple GMA Dove Award winner, having won New Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Praise and Worship Album of the Year (for Coram Deo, an honor which he shared with Michael Card, Charlie Peacock, Susan Ashton, and Out of the Gray), Inspirational Song of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, and Southern Gospel Song of the Year.

English has released more than a dozen solo and compilation albums, and multiple collaboration albums.

Russ Taff has sung a variety of musical styles throughout his career, including: pop rock, traditional southern gospel, contemporary country music, and rhythm and blues.

Taff first gained recognition as lead vocalist for The Imperials from 1977 to 1981, with one of his most-recognized vocal performances in the song “Praise the Lord.”

Like English, Taff also has been a member of the Gaither Vocal Band, and occasionally tours with Bill Gaither in the Gaither Homecoming concerts.

As a solo artist and songwriter, Taff is known for the 1980s anthem “We Will Stand.”

Taff has won GMA Dove Awards for both his group and solo work, including Male Group of the Year (with the Imperials), Song of the Year (“Praise the Lord”), Male Vocalist of the Year, Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year, Recorded Music Packaging of the Year, Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year, and Country Album of the Year.

In 1998, Taff was induced into the GMA’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame, along with all the original members of The Imperials.

“It’s truly going to be a tremendous time of blessing for everyone,” Nickles said. “We welcome everyone to come out and join us for this very special evening.”

Michael English and Russ Taff’s Southern Gospel Concert will be 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Claremore Church of the Nazarene.

Doors open at 5 p.m.

The concert itself will be free but a love offering will be taken up.

Claremore Church of the Nazarene is located at 1336 N. Dorothy, on the corner of Blue Starr and Dorothy Ave.

For more information, call 918-341-3043 or 918-260-4478, or follow the church on its Facebook page.

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