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Downings Plus - The Gospel Music Ministry of Chris & Marlene Downing

Nominated Group of the Year 2005 by the Country Gospel Music Guild
WINNERS - CGMG Group of the Year 2006

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A Note From Marlene...

Downings Plus started in the Year 2002 officially.  Chris and I played and sung at different functions before that, but we had to choose a name when we did our first CD.
Chris’ mother and step-father in Florida had prayed and prayed for us to get into the Gospel area. That is why we are in it now.  

The Lord answers prayers and in the year 2002, we visited them and they had everything ready for us to do our first CD.  We were very surprised.  While we were on this visit, we laid the vocals and music down.  They finished with the backup and the design of the CD later after we went home.
We had a year of Chris’ mother, Christy Oakley, having the return of cancer.  During this time, the Lord gave us seven of our songs that are on our CD.  Chris’ mother passed away November 6th, 2003.  This was a few months before we completed our second CD.  The last song on our album is “Angel In Heaven”.  This song was written after we found out that Christy had terminal cancer.  It wasn’t finished until after she passed away.  This song is on two compilations and sent to a lot of radio stations.  We feel this song is anointed.
Chris puts the music to our songs, and in 2004, he put the music to seven of our songs that the Lord gave me to write.  Chris had already put the music to the two that he had written.  In February, we started our new CD, “Rolling With The Spirit”.  We are very excited about this CD and we have had a good response. 
We have had our music played overseas.  We have had very good response.  Comstock Records in Arizona promoted the CD and did a very good job.
We have a gospel singing ministry.  We are singing in a lot of churches and we are serving our Lord daily.
Chris plays lead guitar and I play bass.  The band also includes Sonny Edwards-Do-Bro and Harmonica.
We have different people playing the keyboard and we enjoy each one.   They are all so talented.

Paul Lynn Cook is our bass singer.  He has been with us from the beginning and he has been a great asset.   He has a deep, deep bass voice. 
Chris sings lead to all of the songs on our first two CDs.  I sing backup and will be singing some lead in the future.  We have been blessed with good singers and musicians.  We all love the Lord and we are just working for Him.  We are writing more and more songs and will be doing another project soon.

Be sure to check our Discography page where you can listen to sound bites of our newest release, “Whispering To My Saviour” on our new CD "Get Down On Your Knees", as well as sound bites from our CD “Rolling With The Spirit”.
If you would like booking information, we can be reached at (903) 331-0515 or (903) 738-2004.  You can even contact us online by visiting our Contact page if you prefer.
Marlene Downing

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