Chuck Crain from Presley’s Branson and RFD TV will perform live in concert at the Tarkio Assembly of God Church Sunday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. The church is located at 101 N. 5th Street.
Chuck Crain joined the Presleys’ Country Jubilee Show in Branson, Missouri, in 1998. He sings tenor with the Southern Gospel Quartet, back up vocals for some of the other entertainers, and performs many behind the scenes duties.
Chuck began singing during his time in the Navy, performing with the Navy’s Blue Jacket Choir in San Diego, California. One Sunday morning, while stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, he saw four gentlemen on television standing around a piano singing Southern Gospel music — and he was hooked. After leaving the Navy in 1974, Chuck got a full time day job at Winn Dixie, and traveled on the weekends with a part-time gospel group.
In 1976, he joined his first full-time gospel group, the Mid-South Boys Quartet in Sheridan, Arkansas. That October he met a lovely lady, Sharon, and she became his wife in December. Chuck and Sharon have been married for 40+ years. They have 4 children and, as of now, 10 grandchildren.
In 1979, he joined the Blackwood’s, taking him all around the world, singing to millions of gospel music fans, performing on television programs such as the 700 Club, PTL, and Jimmy Swaggart, just to name a few. In 1990, the Blackwood’s came to Branson, Missouri, where Chuck left and formed his own group, The Heartland Quartet. That year they were nominated Horizon Group of the Year.
Two years later, Chuck left the group to stay home and work behind the scenes in several theaters, until he got a call from a friend of his asking if he would consider singing backup for Wayne Newton. Three weeks later he found himself on stage with Wayne Newton in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Branson, and the list goes on.
In December of 1997, Chuck talked to Gary and Steve Presley and was asked if he would like to help form a Southern Gospel Quartet for their show. He knew in his heart and his love for gospel music, he had to leave Wayne to do this.
Since February of 1998, Chuck has found his calling. Starting in March 2010, the Presleys have been on RFD TV with a half hour program (6:30 p.m.).