The Inspirations (2)

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The Inspirations
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A professional Southern gospel quartet from Bryson City, North Carolina.

The quartet began in 1964 when Martin Cook, a teacher at Swain County High School, invited several young men to his home for evenings of singing. Later they began traveling around the area and singing at various venues.

They have been named "Favorite Quartet Of The Year" multiple times at the Singing News Fan Awards which is held in connection with the National Quartet Convention. In October 2012, at the Singing News Fan Awards held annually at Dollywood, Mike Holcomb was recipient of the Marvin Norcross-Templeton award. This award is a lifetime achievement award and is one of the most prestigious awards given in Southern Gospel.

Over the past four decades, The Inspirations have collected almost every major Gospel Music Award possible, including a gold plaque commemorating their selling a million records.

They have charted well over 60 hit songs, more than any other gospel group. The Inspirations have now recorded a combination of more than 60 projects, plus a number of studio and live videos. Their recordings can be found in Canada, Europe, Australia, and Africa. 'Inspirations' recordings have even been found in Taiwan and missionaries who have gone into the old Iron Curtain countries have brought stories back of finding their music.

The Inspirations were regular cast members of the historic "Gospel Singing Jubilee" television show which was aired nationally in the United States for many years and in 1970, the group then consisting of Archie, Ron, Eddie, Marlin and Martin, were the subject of a seven-minute documentary on CBS Television, anchored by current History Channel host, Roger Mudd.

They have been declared Kentucky Colonels, Arkansas Travelers, and they have had many special days set aside in their honor.

The quartet hosts three Annual Singing In The Smokies at the Inspiration Park. The singings are the week of July 4, Labor Day Weekend, and The Color Festival which is normally the third weekend in October. Inspiration Park is located between Bryson City, NC and Cherokee, NC. This event draws thousands of Southern Gospel fans from around the country and brings in some of the biggest names in Southern Gospel music.
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INSPIRATIONS IR-4003 The Inspirations (2) - Cool Water album art The Inspirations (2) Cool Water(LP, Album) Not On Label INSPIRATIONS IR-4003 US 1966 Sell This Version
IR 4048 The Inspirations (2) - What A Wonderful Time album art The Inspirations (2) What A Wonderful Time(LP) Inspirations Records IR 4048 USA & Canada 1967 Sell This Version
MV 4137 The Inspirations (2) - Jesus Is Coming Soon album art The Inspirations (2) Jesus Is Coming Soon(LP, Album) Mark V MV 4137 US 1968 Sell This Version
MV4379 The Inspirations (2) - The Next Step You Take album art The Inspirations (2) The Next Step You Take(LP) Mark V MV4379 US 1968 Sell This Version
MV-4557 The Inspirations (2) - Keep Your Eyes On Jesus album art The Inspirations (2) Keep Your Eyes On Jesus(LP) Mark V MV-4557 US 1970 Sell This Version
CAS-9704-LP The Inspirations (2) - Our Inspiration album art The Inspirations (2) Our Inspiration(LP, Album) Canaan Records CAS-9704-LP US 1971 Sell This Version
CAS-9725-LP The Inspirations (2) - We Shall Rise album art The Inspirations (2) We Shall Rise(LP) Canaan Records CAS-9725-LP US 1972 Sell This Version
CAS-9707-LP The Inspirations (2) - Wake Up In Glory album art The Inspirations (2) Wake Up In Glory(LP) Canaan Records CAS-9707-LP US 1972 Sell This Version
CAS-9718-LP The Inspirations (2) - Old Time Singin' album art The Inspirations (2) Old Time Singin'(LP) Canaan Records CAS-9718-LP 1972 Sell This Version
cas-9747-lp The Inspirations (2) - When I Wake Up To Sleep No More album art The Inspirations (2) When I Wake Up To Sleep No More(LP) Canaan Records cas-9747-lp USA & Canada 1973 Sell This Version
CAS-9740-LP The Inspirations (2) - The Inspirations Sing About Touring The City (Featuring The "Fa Sol La" Song) album art The Inspirations (2) The Inspirations Sing About Touring The City (Featuring The "Fa Sol La" Song)(LP, Album) Canaan Records CAS-9740-LP US 1973 Sell This Version
CAS-9758-LP The Inspirations (2) - More To Go To Heaven For album art The Inspirations (2) More To Go To Heaven For(LP) Canaan Records CAS-9758-LP US 1974 Sell This Version
The Inspirations (2) - Golden Street Parade album art The Inspirations (2) Golden Street Parade Canaan Records Canada 1975 Sell This Version
CAS-9769-LP The Inspirations (2) - I'm Taking A Flight album art The Inspirations (2) I'm Taking A Flight(LP) Canaan Records CAS-9769-LP US 1975 Sell This Version
CAS-9803-LP The Inspirations (2) - A Night Of Inspiration album art The Inspirations (2) A Night Of Inspiration(LP, Album) Canaan Records CAS-9803-LP US 1976 Sell This Version
CAS-9806 The Inspirations (2) - On Heaven's Bright Shore album art The Inspirations (2) On Heaven's Bright Shore(LP, Album) Canaan Records CAS-9806 US 1977 Sell This Version
CAS-9792 The Inspirations (2) - The Inspirations Live: 12th Anniversary Album album art The Inspirations (2) The Inspirations Live: 12th Anniversary Album(LP, Album) Canaan Records CAS-9792 US 1977 Sell This Version
CAS-9819 The Inspirations (2) - When I Get Home album art The Inspirations (2) When I Get Home(LP, Album) Canaan Records CAS-9819 US 1977 Sell This Version
CAS-9838 The Inspirations (2) - Looking For You album art The Inspirations (2) Looking For You(LP, Album) Canaan Records CAS-9838 US 1978 Sell This Version
CAS-9843 The Inspirations (2) - Have Something To Sing About album art The Inspirations (2) Have Something To Sing About(LP, Album) Canaan Records CAS-9843 US 1979 Sell This Version
The Inspirations (2) - Sing Me A Gospel Song album art The Inspirations (2) Sing Me A Gospel Song (Album) Inspirations Records US 1980 Sell This Version
INS-003-LP The Inspirations (2) - Singing In The Smokies (Second Helpin') album art The Inspirations (2) Singing In The Smokies (Second Helpin')(LP) Inspirations Records INS-003-LP US 1981 Sell This Version
CAS-9887 The Inspirations (2) - Someday album art The Inspirations (2) Someday(LP, Album) Canaan Records CAS-9887 USA & Canada 1982 Sell This Version
The Inspirations (2) - The Wonder Of Wonders album art The Inspirations (2) The Wonder Of Wonders (Album) Canaan Records USA & Canada 1983 Sell This Version
SPCN 7-01-990413-0 The Inspirations (2) - Twentieth Anniversary album art The Inspirations (2) Twentieth Anniversary(LP) Canaan Records SPCN 7-01-990413-0 1984 Sell This Version