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Brooks Crossing Brings Bluegrass and Gospel Sounds to Burnet Church

Bertram sisters Misty Richard-Crow and Brandi Richard-Brizendine make up part of the bluegrass-gospel band Brooks Crossing. The group is performing at 3 p.m. July 16 at First Christian Church in Burnet. Courtesy photo

BURNET — With Brooks Crossing performing a free concert at First Christian Church, congregation members are looking forward to actually sitting and enjoying the music, which is rare for some of them.

The Bertram-based group has played at the past four fall festivals hosted by the church.

“I’m usually working the fall festival, and I can hear the music in the background,” said Michele Darling, a church member and summer concert organizer. “I’m really looking forward to sitting down and listening to them.”

Brooks Crossing, an American country and bluegrass female gospel group featuring sisters Brandi Richard-Brizendine and Misty Richard-Crow, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16, at the church, 204 E. Graves St.

The group is known for its unique crossover style though its music is steeped in the country and bluegrass genres.

Brooks Crossing’s 2012 hit single “Planted on the Rock” had an international audience thanks to Christian radio, and the band was nominated as Bluegrass Artist of the Year by members of the International Country Gospel Music Association.

While the sisters write their own music, Darling said they also play traditional hymns. She noted Brooks Crossing does a beautiful job of understanding its audiences and playing songs that will uplift music lovers of any age.

“I like everything they do,” First Christian Church Pastor B.J. Tapley said. “They sing some of the really good old gospel hymns and some of the appropriate music for the kids and country songs.”

The daughters of Don and Linda Richard grew up in a musical family, which has created a strong bond, Darling said.

“It’s awesome,” she said. “Their husbands do the sound system, and their parents go to all their performances. It’s very much a family unit. It’s very inspirational. They call it a ministry. It’s a really good family environment with them.”

The concert is open to the public. A love offering will be taken after the show.

Call the church at (512) 756-2223 for more information.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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