Singing “El Shaddai” at The River Room
Singing “Sanctuary” at The River Room
John Thompson
Ed Shockly
Kevin Short
With over 30 years experience in composing, and producing John's music has sold in excess of 10 million units on commercially released albums and CDs. As a composer, his songs have been recorded internationally by a wide variety of artists including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Bill Gaither, Michael Card, the London Philharmonic, the Winans Phase II, Jessy Dixon, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, The Burrito Brothers, Bernadette Peters, Charlie Rich, and many others. He co-wrote the Gospel standards, El Shaddai and Sanctuary. The 1983 Grammy winning song "El Shaddai", was named one of the "Songs of the Century" by the RIAA, and the Gospel Song of the Decade (80's) by Billboard Magazine. It also won the Dove award for Song of the Year in 1982. He is a multiple Dove winner, including Song of the Year and Producer of the Year, and has received numerous Awards from BMI and ASCAP. John has produced over thirty major albums in the Country, Pop, and Gospel fields for artists such as Earl Scruggs, the Bill Gaither Trio, Doug Oldham, the Oak Ridge Boys, Roseanne Cash, Mel Tillis, Bonnie Bramlett, the Burrito Brothwers... including Don Francisco's, Christian classic, "He's Alive". Now residing in Sussex County, Delaware "Tender" writes the songs, plays the guitar and sings the high part for the Reminders.
Ed Shockley has been in the entertainment business his entire life; as a musician, singer, songwriter, and producer. After first establishing himself on the music scene in Delaware, In the 70's and 80's his band, Jack of Diamonds, was the most popular on the scene, and his song "Dodge City" is still an anthem to many music fans in the mid-Atlantic region. After moving to New York, he signed a major record and publishing deal with RCA. Back home, Ed has headlined the Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival and was recognized by the Delaware Celebration of Jazz Society as "The Ambassador of Music". Ed has recorded three CD's with his all original blue eyed soul band, "Vinyl Shockley." Now holding forth with The Reminders, "Gravel" explores and witnesses his more spiritual nature in his songwriting and performance.
"An American by birth and a Sussex Countian by the grace of God", Kevin has roots in many aspects of the entertainment industry. Kevin opened his first recording studio in 1989, and subsequently a full scale concert/theatrical production company, providing sound, lights and production services for events all over the Eastern United States. Kevin has produced recordings for RCA/BMG, Smithsonian Folkways, Sierra, and Rebel Records among many others. He is a voting member of the NARAS. His Gospel vocal credits include the 1990 release of "My Mother's Favorites" along with the late Anthony Burger, and the critically acclaimed 2001 release of "Little Is Much" featuring the Jordanaires and the Fairfield Four. Playing bass and singing for The Reminders, "Loud's" powerful, vocal talent expresses the spirituality of their original music.
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