Gospel Group Marlon Pendergrass Powell, AL

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


The Premiers, a Southern Gospel quartet based in Rainsville, Alabama. Members of the group are (pictured L-R): Benji Willmon, Marlon Pendergrass, Eddie Lenz, Jack Clark, and David Clark. In 1986, Marlon Pendergrass organized a mixed quartet known as The Premiers. In 1996, the Premiers reorganized as a male quartet and have recently released their latest project, "Dedicated."

Source: Gospel Concert at First Baptist Church Meridianville



Cat Freeman Foundation Benefits From Premiers Outreach Ministry

- Jerry Kirksey

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

The Premiers recently held their annual homecoming concert at the Tom Bevill Lyceum on the campus of Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville, AL. Along with the Premiers, featured artists for the concert included the Squire Parsons Trio, the Hayes Family, the Harvesters, the Melodyaires, and Nat Cisco. The concert event, which was a near complete sellout for the venue, benefited the Cat Freeman Foundation and the Cat Freeman Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship program is an outreach ministry of the Premiers that annually provides scholarships to aspiring young artists to attend schools of gospel music such as the Alabama School of Gospel Music, the Steve Hurst School of Music Ministries, and the Stamps-Baxter School of Music, among others.

For 2003, nearly $10,000.00 in scholarships was awarded to more than fifty applicants. Since its inception in 1990, the scholarship fund has helped scores of aspiring artists.

In addition to their annual Homecoming, the Premiers also host the annual June Gospel Jubilee at the Dekalb County Schools Coliseum in Rainsville to support the scholarship program. "The great success of our 2003 Homecoming will significantly benefit the Foundation and put us in a better financial position to address the needs of our 2004 scholarship applicants," stated Marlon Pendergrass, manager of the Premiers and Director of the Cat Freeman Foundation. Pendergrass also said, "Our desire is to help educate and equip young gospel singers and musicians for a lifetime of service and ministry, and we're particularly committed to preserving the uniquely American art form of Southern Gospel Music for future generations by teaching this style of music to the young musicians of today."

To learn more about the Cat Freeman Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Premiers, or their annual concert events, visit them online at, or contact the Premiers office at 800-239-4169.

Source: Cat Freeman Foundation Benefits From Premiers Outreach Ministry | The Southern Gospel Music Magazine |





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