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This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalms 118:24


The Shannons Videos on YouTube:


After much encouragement from a lot of fans, several videos of The Shannons, are now on YouTube for your viewing.  Click on the links below.


Main YouTube page:  The Shannons


Have a Country Christmas

Fountain of Youth

Go Rest High On That Mountain

He’s Everything to Me

Way Down Deep  

Feel That Feeling  

Jesus and John Wayne  

He Saw It All  

Damascus Road  

I’m Going Home

Mercy Walked IN

He's On My Side

Heaven's Tour

Don't Sit in my Pew

I Cast My Bread Upon The Water

I'll Be Home With Bells On


* The Shannons would like to thank everyone who has viewed thier videos on YouTube.



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History of the song, “Amazing Grace”.


Englishman John Newton (Born 1725, died 1807) wrote hundreds of hymns, but Amazing Grace is probably the most recognized song through out the world. It was written in the later part of 1772 and it first appeared in print in Newton’s Olney Hymns in 1779, but was believed he had initially written it for a sermon he’d preach on New Year’s Day 1773. He left behind sermon notes, which corresponds to the flow of the lyrics


John Newton’s biggest influence in his life was his Mother.  She was a Godly person and although she was in fragile health, she devoted herself to the nurturing of his soul. 

She would have him memorize Bible passages and hymns. She died when he was seven years old, he later said, “He remembered her tearful prayers for him”.


After his Mother’s death, he alternated between boarding schools and the high seas.

While he was with the British Navy, he deserted and was later captured.

According to history, he was on many voyages, saw many dangers and toils. He later recalled that on the night of March 9, 1748, he was awakening by a brutal storm that had descended too suddenly for the crew to foresee. The next day on March 10, 1748 in great distress he cried out to the Lord.  He later wrote, “The Lord came from on high and delivered me out of deep waters”.


He saw many years of slow spiritual growth but, in the end he became one of the most powerful evangelical preachers in British History.

What a lot of people may not know, that the most famous hymn of all wasn’t originally titled “Amazing Grace”, but was actually called “Faith’s Review and Expectation”. It was based on Newton’s study of 1 Chronicles 17:16-17, a prayer of King David in which he marvels at God’s choosing him and his house.


When John Newton wrote the song, he would have never guessed that it would be so popular.  It is a favorite for both Christian and non-Christian supporters, in part because many assumed it to be his testimony about his own conversion while on his slave ship.


Amazing Grace as we know it today has four verses, but according to history he wrote several other verses also. Below are the extra verses that have been noted in history.

It sums it all up as “Divine Grace”. Thank you, Mr. John Newton for writing the song, “Amazing Grace”! It was, is and always be the No. 1 song of all time.

Source:  British Archives



John Newton


Amazing Grace: 

(Author, John Newton)


Amazing grace! How sweet the sound,

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found,

Was blind, but now I see


“Twas grace that taught! my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved!

How precious did that grace appear,

The hour I first believed!


 Thro’ many dangers! toils and snares,

I have already come!

“tis grace has brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.


The Lord has promised! good to me,

His word my hope secures!

He will my shield and portion be,

As long as life endures.


Yes, when this flesh! and heart shall fail,

And mortal life shall cease!

I shall possess, within the veil,

A life of joy and peace.


The earth shall soon! dissolve like snow,

The sun forbear to shine!

But God, who called me here below,

Will be forever mine.


When we’ve been there! ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun!

We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise,

Than when we first begun.


Shout, shout for glory,

Shout, shout a loud;

Brother, Sister, mourner,

All shout glory hallelujah.



Shannons NQC 2013



Chris, Stacey, Shawn, Wilma and James


“The Shannons” A Prayer, A Dream, Faith and Determination


The Shannons, a Southern Gospel family based out of Muncie, Indiana have been singing Gospel music for over 35 years, and still going strong. The members are James, Wilma, their two sons Shawn and Chris, and their daughter-in-law Stacey.


With one Guitar, a prayer, a dream, and a lot of faith and determination, deifying the Nay-Sayers, who said, “It wouldn’t last” James and Wilma stepped out with a prayer in their heart, and started singing as a duet. In the late seventies, they were joined by their oldest son Shawn, who started playing bass guitar and singing. He is now the manager of the group.


By the mid eighties, their youngest son Chris joined in singing some, and playing the bass guitar. Shawn started playing the piano at that point. Their daughter-in-law, Stacey, joined the group in 2000. She sings, plays the keyboard, and has been known to do instrumentals playing her violin on occasions.  The newest member, Lexiana Faith Shannon, will be on stage in no time, if history is any indication of what is to come?


What you notice first about The Shannons is the heart-felt sincerity they have for each other, and the happiness they make you feel when you are around them. Their hearts are definitely filled with a lot of love, and that speaks volumes, as to why so many fans across the nation come out to hear them sing. The messages in their songs are joyful, strong and very heart-touching. You can see why they are so loved by their fans?


In 2006, when recording one their projects, a CD entitled “From the Heart” The Shannons record producer in Nashville Tennessee at the time, Eddie Crook, made a quote inside the liner which stated, The Shannons epitomize the term “Family Group” led by James and Wilma, they are blessing people everywhere with their sincere, spirit-filled singing.


However, The Shannons will be the first to tell you, that life hasn’t been a bed of roses, just like everyone else; they have had their share of troubles and trials. The Shannons said, “We’ve had to come through a lot of adversities on this journey, but we never let it get us down, we kept pressing on, because we knew God was leading us in the right direction.”


The Shannons have traveled all over the country including Canada, singing and ministering in Churches, Auditoriums, Festivals, Fairs and etc. To date, The Shannons have recorded 14 Albums, 4 DVD’s, and writes most of the songs they record, and many of their songs have been recorded by other Gospel artists.


The Shannons have had several national releases, which made many of the Gospel Music Charts. “Sanctified (Written by James and Wilma), Daddy, Nicodemus, He’s Everything To Me, Feel That Feeling, Trading My Cross For A Crown, Heaven’s Tour, (All written by James and Shawn), and Way Down Deep. The “Seeker” made it to number 4 on the Radio Active Air-Play back in September 2008. Their current single, “He’s On My Side” has been released to Radio stations, and is doing very well.


Wilma in her own right has gained much national notoriety, not only for her singing, but for her Cook Books. She has received honors from several Women’s Christian Organizations, Cook Books of America, Traditional Southern Cooking, and has been given the “Woman of Faith” award twice. Wilma has authored 12 Cook Books, including “A Doggy-Delight Cook Book” and “A Heart-Healthy Cookbook”.  Many of her recipes have been featured both in local and national newspapers, and magazines.


One of her friends, a DJ from Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Dan Dixon, gave her the nickname “Cook Book Lady” and it stuck. Now when The Shannons are in concert, usually before the night is over, someone will ask her, if she’s the Cook Book Lady, they hear about on the radio.


The Shannons are actively involved in many charity organizations including, The American Heart Association, where Wilma is an active Advocate, Go Red for Women, The American Cancer Society, The American Diabetes Association, The American Stroke Association, and many others.


When The Shannons were asked, what does their ministry mean to them, or how they would like to be remembered?  They replied by saying, “All we want is to be a light to the world, and if just one person sees Jesus in us, and comes to know him, then we have been successful.”


For more information on The Shannons, check out their website www.theshannons.com


Source: National Gospel 2011



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