Livin Forgivin

From left, Scott Evans, Michael Sandefur and Rex Crockett make up the new southern gospel trio Livin Forgivin.

A new southern gospel trio, Livin Forgivin, will be hosting two CD release concerts this weekend to celebrate their first album, “Love Like Rain.”

Vocalists Michael Sandefur of Sharpsville, Rex Crockett of Russiaville, and Scott Evans of Rushville, connected after performing together in The Minister’s Quartet, a men’s quartet based in Muncie.

“After about a year or so, Michael, Scott and I had come to the conclusion that it would be best if the three of us split off and reform the Livin Forgivin group and we did,” Crockett said. “We’ve been really successful with it.”

Sandefur and Crocket sang in the original Livin Forgivin with Debbie Hunt for several years before the group parted ways. The two then met Evans, a tenor, through the quartet, and they decided to reform the southern gospel trio.

After about six months of performing together, the group decided release an album. They signed with a record label, Chapel Valley Studios, near Nashville, Tennessee, and started recording the tracks to their first album, “Love Like Rain,” in late summer 2018.

While some of the 12 songs on the album will be familiar to people, Crockett said he wrote an original song called “When God Saved Me” and Sandefur wrote “Always There.”

“It’s got a little bit of everything on there — it goes from a country sound to some blues, so it’s really a nice turnaround for everything,” Crockett said. “What’s really unique about these songs is that we have lived how these songs go — there are ups and downs, hurts and pains and the saving grace of God — it’s all in there. That’s what makes this project so special for us.”

The first CD release celebration will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday at In His Image Church, located at 2940 E. 50 N. in Kokomo. The second celebration will start at 3 p.m. on Sunday at 201 N. Main St. in Rushville. Both events are free to attend, and cake, punch and drinks will be served.

Crockett said the whole group is extremely excited to share their work with the community during the celebrations.

“We’re a very spiritual group,” he said. “Without the support of the local community, our church and God, we wouldn’t stand a chance.”

For more information on Livin Forgivin and their upcoming performances, visit www.livinforgivin.com.

Haley Cawthon can be reached at haley.church@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @HaleyCawthon.

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