On June 17th, the McKameys will be releasing their 50th recording aptly titled "50." "50" which contains a modest track list of 11 songs, finds the McKameys tackling new songs while revisiting some of their older songs. Though re-recorded, the older songs definitely bring back a sense of nostalgic gratitude for older fan. While the newer songs show the promise that the McKameys are by no means ready to just rest on the laurels and bask in just yesterday's glories.
It all started way back in 1954 in the home of a Christian minister where three of his daughters decided to sing in church one Sunday. Dora, Peg and Carol McKamey not only caused a stir in their home church, but soon they were attracting the attention of out of town evangelists. They began singing at revivals which really got the ball rolling. Despite several configurations in the group's makeup over the years, the McKameys became a tour de force in Southern Gospel music over last six decades. Not only they have mustered 16 number one records, they average over 150 touring dates a year.
We are privileged to be able to catch up with Peg for this exclusive Hallels' interview:
Hallels: Congratulations on the release of your 50th recording "50." How does it feel now that you are releasing your 50th album?
I feel grateful and highly favored of the Lord.
Hallels: With this album, did you approach this project any differently than your other albums?
We did 5 old songs and 5 new songs
Hallels: With so many albums, how do you keep track of what songs you have recorded? Do people ever request a song in a concert where you have forgotten the lyrics because it was recorded such a long time ago?
Yes! often we get these kind of requests.
Hallels: After picking songs for 50 years I am sure are an expert in picking songs. So, what makes a good song?
The message is priority, a good tune is also good.
Hallels: You have sung through various decades of Southern Gospel music. If you were to choose one decade to re-live your life and career again which would it be? And why?
Now, because we are closer home and I want to hear our Lord say, well done.
Hallels: Over the years, how has your faith in Jesus Christ changed or deepened?
I feel that my Faith has deepened because I have walked with my Saviour 60 years. I've hid His Word in my heart. I feel I know Him better now than ever.