The McKameys Reflect on Touring, their New Live Album & What's Ahead

The McKameys

Last spring, legacy Southern Gospel artist The McKameys announced they'd no longer be touring full time, and released The Crown, an album that continued to bring their message of faithfulness and the power of the Gospel to the world. In the fall, the National Quartet Convention paused to honor the group that's released 54 albums over the course of their career and has the most #1 hits in Southern Gospel history.

Thousands of fans and industry peers filled the LeConte Centre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to celebrate The McKameys' more than 60 years of singing. Now, fans of the group can relive that special afternoon with LIVE Like No Other, a CD and DVD featuring live music as well as behind the scenes interviews with The McKameys, to be released July 17LIVE Like No Other is now available for pre-order, save and add.

Q: How are you all doing during this season of Covid 19 lockdowns? 

We are all doing good. We have all been very careful about getting out much, so we are all doing well!

Q: Last year, you made the decision to no longer tour full-time. How and why did you come to this decision? 

"I think age caused us to begin thinking it was time", Peg stated. "The full-time touring schedule was beginning to take it's toil on some of us, and we felt like this is what would be best at this time". Ruben stated, "When it got hard to get on and off the bus, I felt like it was time". We had several discussions about the decision, and we felt this was the right time.

Q: After touring for so many years, can you tell us some of your favorite memories?

We have lots of road memories. Some funny, some sad, but overall we have lots of memories from the road. The best memories are those involving our friends who we have met on this journey. We have been blessed with great songs, a sweet journey traveling as a family, meeting sweet people, going to some great places and seeing some places we never heard of, but our greatest memories are of seeing God use us and the message in our songs, night after night. Seeing how God worked using us for HIS glory!

Q: When and where was this album recorded?

This album/DVD was recorded back in October 2019 at The National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Q: With 54 albums, how did you manage to narrow down your songs for this album?

We knew we wanted to do some new songs and some of our most requested songs. We began praying about what songs we felt needed to be sung for this time. What we felt the people would need to hear from The McKameys. This was done every night before our concerts. We tried to follow God's direction.

Q: What are some special features on this DVD?

This DVD not only has an hour-long live concert, but it has interviews with each group member, that allows people to see each of our hearts!

Q: Will you still be releasing new music in the near future?

We don't really know the answer to that. We will see where God directs our path. The Psalmist tells us to "wait on the Lord", and we are praying for God's direction and we will follow Him!

Q: What words of encouragement do you have for our readers during this time of pandemic?

God is still God on the Mountain and God in the Valley. He is still on the throne and still in control. This pandemic did not surprise Him; however, we must determine to continue in what He has called us to do, relying on Him to help us get our message out in spite of the circumstances we are in! Keep looking to HIM! 

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