Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium welcomes The McKamey’s to Spartanburg for their Farewell Tour.
“We told you that we felt our journey would be slowing down this coming year and that we would be telling you more about this, so after much, much prayer we, The McKameys, have decided that at the end of November 2019 we will be retiring from full-time touring because we feel this is where God is leading at this time in our lives,” the family said in their announcement. “We will be continuing the traveling up until this time, Lord willing, allowing us time to see you all once again.”
A group that began as three sisters now has original member Peg McKamey Bean along with husband Ruben, their daughter Connie Fortner along with her husband, Roger Fortner, their son, Elijah Fortner; and Sheryl Farris, Peg and Ruben’s younger daughter. The family plays about 130 dates a year that will take them throughout the Southeast, including Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and elsewhere.
“We believe our message of Jesus Christ and what HE can do for you will still be carried on in our music for years to come, and with that being said we will be having a couple of surprises coming in our final year,” the family states. The group has been awarded several different Singing News Fan Awards through the years. Ruben and Peg are both recipients of The Marvin Norcross Award and Norcross/Templeton Award, respectively. In 2016, Peg McKamey Bean was inducted into The Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame.