Gospel music fans know there's something captivating about the blending and swelling of sibling harmony.
When that is combined with pure talent and a servant's heart for people, you have the incomparable ministry of the Erwins.
They will be at Faith Community Baptist Church on state Hwy. 198, north of Malakoff for two services on June 23. They'll sing at the 10:45 worship service, then return for a concert at 6 p.m.
Pastor Dale Norris said he is excited to host the foursome.
"They're going to hear the most unique combination of voices that they ever heard. It's gospel music, so if you want to here some of the best, with great lyrics, I think you'll enjoy it."
The Erwins stay so busy, they normally have to be booked far in advance.
"I called them and they said they were full up for this year," Norris said.
The Erwins checked their schedule and found they would be in North Texas on the June 23 and could make the trip to the Cedar Creek area the following day.
"It's free," Norris said. "We're not charging anything. We will take up an offering."
The Erwins' biography tells of how they started singing as soon as they were able to talk. Back then, they appeared on 270 dates a year with their mother and father, who have been in full-time evangelism for 40 years. Three of the four siblings, Keith, 25, Kody, 24, and Kris, 22, performed as a trio until 2013, when the group announced that their little sister, Katie, now 18, would join the group full-time on stage, officially making them a Southern Gospel mixed group.
"Singing is all we know and all we want to do," Keith said. "It's our life and our joy to serve the Lord with the voices He has given us. We will gladly go through any door He chooses to open, no matter how big or small. We know the Lord doesn't need us, but He chooses to use us, and for that we are thankful."
The Erwins are from Edgewood. Their growing popularity was evident in May, when Katie was nominated for best young artist in the Singing News Fan Awards.
The Singing News Fan Awards are the Southern Gospel industry’s premiere fan-voted honors, with winners decided by the readers of Singing News. This year’s show is in September at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.