Melissa and Jim Brady
Melissa and Jim Brady
WINONA LAKE – Gospel singer Michael Booth of the Booth Brothers, along with special guests Jim and Melissa Brady, will perform at Lakeland Christian Academy, 1093 S. CR 250E, Winona Lake, at 7 p.m. May 14.

Wende Roberts, director/promotor for the Northern Lakes Gospel Promotions, said the concert will be a night of encouragement, which is “what we need right now.” It will also be sharing the Gospel through song.

Booth’s introduction to music came through hearing his dad's southern gospel group "war stories," as well as listening to southern gospel music. When he was young, Booth became interested in playing the drums and would use his mother's pots and pans as a drum set. He continued to play drums throughout junior high and high school, winning trophies and being awarded a jazz scholarship to college upon his graduation from high school.

Singing came late for Booth compared to his brother, Ronnie. His first attempt to sing came in 1990 at the age of 19. Although he had plenty of confidence when he was playing drums on stage, singing on stage was a different story. Eventually, with lots of practice, his desire to minister through song overcame his fear and started him on the road to becoming the artful singer he is today, according to a news release from Northern Lakes Gospel Promotions.

Jim Brady has a long history of music and singing. He began singing when he was 5 with his mom and dad and seven brothers and sisters. They called themselves The Brady Family, but were affectionately known as “The Christian Brady Bunch.” He was raised in Houston, Texas.

When Jim was 16, he started writing songs and has since written over 100 songs. Many in the industry have recorded his songs including Ivan Parker, Lordsong, The Whisnants, Gold City, The Talleys, Legacy Five and The Booth Brothers. SoGospelNews awarded Jim Songwriter Of The Year for 2006.

For almost 10 years, Jim sang with The Shulers. The trio was comprised of Jack Shuler (Melissa’s dad), Melissa Shuler Brady and Jim. During that time, The Shulers were nominated for Horizon Group of The Year (Singing News Fan Awards) and New Artist of the Year (SGMA). Several of their songs reached the top 20 and top 40 on the gospel charts. The Shulers were best known for their family harmony and original songs written by Jim and Melissa Brady.

As a member of The Booth Brothers, Jim brought a wonderful baritone blend as well as songwriting skills and bass and acoustic guitar talents that were a welcomed addition, stated the release.

Melissa‘s enthusiasm for ministry, excitement about the Lord and genuine love for people has influenced hundreds of people around the world, according to the news release.

As a child, music played a very important part in Melissa’s life. As a young girl she traveled with her family in evangelistic ministry. She continued her musical ministry as a member of the Shulers. Melissa sang in the group for 10 years with her father, Jack Shuler, and husband, Jim Brady. During this time, the Shulers were nominated for several awards such as SGMA New Artist of the Year, Singing News Fan Award, Horizon Group of the Year, among others. This was a special time of ministry and growth for Melissa and a time that helped form her into the musician she is today, the release states.

Melissa is honored to have had her songs recorded by some of today’s top groups and soloists. which include the Booth Brothers, Ivan Parker, the Ruppes, the Whisnants, the Shulers and many others. Several of her songs have become top ten songs on the gospel music charts. Melissa has been blessed to teach at the Steve Hurst School of Music in Nashville, Tenn., for the last three years. She is quickly becoming one of the most requested teachers at the School, stated the release.

In the past few years, Melissa has performed on the Gaither Homecoming Concerts with her husband. She has also toured with the popular homecoming artist Lynda Randall.

Her ministry has taken her to 35 states, Europe, Mexico and Canada, where Melissa has witnessed the saving power of Jesus Christ change lives through her words and songs, according to the news release.

Roberts said Northern Lakes Gospel Promotions is excited to bring the Bradys in to perform, when there was a time when they were not able to do so. She also said Booth’s solo career has songs that have touched people.

Tickets are available at iTickets.com or by calling 800-965-9324. General admission is $25 and artist circle tickets are $35. Tickets bought at the door will be $5 more and will be cash only.

Roberts said any COVID requirements enacted at the time of the concert will be followed.

The doors will open for seating at 6 p.m. and The No Name Quartet will be sharing the preservice music, according to a news release from the news release.