-article submitted to the Press
Everyone is invited to attend a special event at Centenary United Methodist Church at 7th and Georgia Streets in Louisiana on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
“The Lesters,” from St. Louis, often called “St. Louis’ First Family of Gospel Music,” have been sharing “the Word” through song for four generations. With more than a 90 year history and numerous albums behind them, the group proudly brings the third and fourth generation to the church sanctuary for a sound that is 100% “PURE LESTER.”
Their signature sound is a blend of inspired arrangements and vocal artistry, led by longtime performer Brian Lester. Brian, who also serves as emcee and manager, has been singing with the family since he was four. His vibrant voice and easy rapport with audiences ministers to young and old alike.
As a fourth generation performer, Jonathan Lester brings a real freshness to the group. Like his father Brian, Jon was “born to sing,” performing at a very young age. But he remains inspired by the generations of Lesters who went before him and by the message of God’s eternal grace.
The newest vocal addition to the Lesters is Jonathan’s wife, Bailee Lester. She has been inspired and influenced by listening to gospel music her entire life. Since a young child her family would attend concerts at Meramec Caverns to hear all the great gospel groups. Little did she realize that God was preparing her for something special; not only as a part of the family, but to “Sing For The Glory of God.”
“The Lesters” take pride in their family heritage, but consider God’s greater family as the real reason for their continued work. As they prayerfully pass their legacy to future generations, the Lesters hope to move others to a deeper level of spiritual commitment.
Preceding the concert will be a chili and soup supper served from 5–7 p.m. in the church’s annex. Sandwiches and pie will also be served. There is a charge for the meal but the concert is free, with a free-will offering being taken in the sanctuary for the Lester family’s appearance.