Thomas Shelton (gospel singer)

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Thomas Shelton, the great nephew of B.F. Shelton is a southern gospel musician currently living in Zanesville, Ohio. Shelton was born on April 28, 1958 in Richmond, Indiana to Winston and Nellie Shelton and was raised in a devout Christian home. He began performing as a Christian musician about 1977, when he was listed in "Who's Who in Musician America." In June 1977 Shelton became a member of the touring group General Delivery U.S.A. He later was the lead singer for the Gospelites group of Dobbins, California, and he was the tenor for the Watchmen. Shelton served two years with his wife in the Caribbean and South America. They were both cruise directors for New Creation World Wide Christian Cruises. Shelton also served as music director at three churches and as youth minister at two churches. [1]

Southern gospel music is a genre of Christian music. Its name comes from its origins in the Southeastern United States whose lyrics are written to express either personal or a communal faith regarding biblical teachings and Christian life, as well as to give a Christian alternative to mainstream secular music. Sometimes known as "quartet music" for its traditional "four men and a piano" set up, southern gospel has evolved over the years into a popular form of music across the United States and overseas, especially among baby boomers and those living in the Southern United States. Like other forms of music the creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of southern gospel varies according to culture and social context. It is composed and performed for many purposes, ranging from aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, or as an entertainment product for the marketplace.

Zanesville, Ohio City in Ohio, United States

Zanesville is a city in and the county seat of Muskingum County, Ohio, United States. It is located 52 miles (84 km) east of Columbus. The population was 25,487 as of the 2010 census.

Richmond, Indiana City in Indiana, United States

Richmond is a city in east central Indiana, United States, bordering on Ohio. It is the county seat of Wayne County, and in the 2010 census had a population of 36,812. Situated largely within Wayne Township, its area includes a non-contiguous portion in nearby Boston Township, where the Richmond Municipal Airport is located.

Shelton started Thomas Shelton Ministries and has performed as a soloist gospel singer since at least 1999. As a solo singer, he has toured in every U.S. state and eleven countries. He performs in about 150 concerts a year and has seven CDs for sale. [2]

Thomas Shelton is married to Shannon Shelton and they have three sons, Zackery, Curtis and Hunter. [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

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  1. Thomas Shelton Ministries website, ; "Thomas Shelton concert at First Christian," Glades County Democrat (Glades County, Florida), Feb. 10, 2010, p. 5; "Tom Shelton Returns," North Side News (Xenia, Ohio), Sept. 2010, p. 2; "Daytona Christian," Orlando Sentinel, Jan. 23, 1999, p. C1.
  2. Thomas Shelton Ministries website; "Thomas Shelton concert at First Christian," p. 5.
  3. Thomas Shelton Ministries website.
  4. "Thomas Shelton in concert at the Fourmile Christian Church," Nov 29, 2011, in Jackson County Daily (Youngstown, Ohio) online, at .
  5. "Church Calendar," April 12, 2008, Rome News-Tribune (Rome, Georgia), p. 7A.
  6. "Religious Services and Events," Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Jan. 22, 1994, p. 7E.
  7. "Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Thomas and Zack Shelton," March 4, 1024, on Blog Talk Radio.