Gary Yoder (pictured), a singer from the Summit Mills Grace Brethren Church in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania (Matt McCoy, pastor) is featured in his local newspaper. Here is an excerpt. To read the entire story, click here.
Music is Gary Yoder’s heart and soul
By MADOLIN EDWARDS
Daily American Staff Writer
Monday, October 20, 2008 6:09 AM EDT
Gary Yoder of Meyersdale feels country and gospel music is the heart and soul of America. It sure is a large part of his life and has his heart and soul.
“My singing started when I was 13 and I sang for my grandmother’s birthday at the Summit Mills church,” he said.
“At age 16, my parents took me on a trip to Nashville, Tenn. While there, we visited the Old Ryman Theater, home of the Grand Old Opry for many years,” he added. “It was on the stage of the Ryman Theater while my parents were backstage, that I stood at the microphone looking out at an empty theater, closed my eyes and could see and hear people applauding and cheering for me. There at that moment, I made it my dream to one day perform at the Grand Old Opry. Well I’m a little older now, but would never pass up a chance to one day make my dream come true.”