Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 9, 2014

Brian Free and Assurance to play the Palace Feb. 14


CROSSVILLE — Brian Free is one of the most recognizable Southern gospel tenor of his generation. Since 1982, he has been at the forefront of southern gospel music, first joining Gold City Quartet and then moving on to form his own group, Assurance.

While Brian Free and Assurance (BFA) have enjoyed tremendous success, their first priority has and always will be their families. Brian and his wife, Pam, currently reside in Winston, GA. Their youngest son, Bryce, is attending Belmont University in Nashville, while his oldest son, Ricky, and wife, Kelly, and their son, Jude, reside in Franklin. Ricky traveled with the group, playing drums for nine years, but he is now a full-time studio musician, producer and writer.

Bill Shivers (lead), along with his wife, Michelle, and daughters, Brittany and Sara-Elizabeth, currently reside in Temple, GA.

Mike Rogers (baritone) currently resides in Saundersville, GA, with his wife, Bekki, and their daughter, Coraline. Jeremy Lile (bass) currently resides in Maryville, along with his wife, Nikki, and their son, Logan.

Southern gospel music has always been Free's first love, and fans have responded to his music by honoring him and the group with awards such as Favorite Male Singer, Favorite Tenor (record of eight times), Favorite Young Artist (twice), Favorite Horizon Group, Favorite Album (4 God So Loved), and most recently, they received a Dove Awards for Southern Gospel Recorded Song, “Long As I Got King Jesus.”

Those accolades show the great response to BFA’s music, how God has used them and how he will continue to use them. While the guys all come from different backgrounds, they all agree on one thing, and that is to use their God-given abilities to take the message of Jesus Christ to everyone they can.

Brian Free and Assurance has achieved many honors in southern gospel music, including appearances on "Prime Time Country" (TNN), "Hee Haw" (CBS), The "Today Show" (NBC), 27 of the "Gaither Video" series, as well as Free hosting the hit show "Four" on GMC.

You can see Brian Free and Assurance Friday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre, Crossville. For tickets or more information, call 484-6133 or buy tickets online at