Simple Faith returns to the area bringing its style of Southern Gospel with an Irish accent for three concert dates this month.
“We’ve got people who like what we do. We’ve built up a relationship over the past few years,” said Paul Cairns, founding member and baritone for the group.
Simple Faith will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sharon Baptist Church in Appling; 7 p.m. Thursday at Christ Church Baptist in North Augusta; and at 7 p.m. Friday, at Martinez Baptist Church in Martinez.
Influenced by the likes of the Gaither Vocal Band and Eddie Haase and Signature Sound, Simple Faith began in 2003 as a quartet.
“I grew up on that music,” said Cairns of the gospel sound. “American groups would come over. I never thought we’d do what we’re doing.”
Original members of the group included Cairns’ brother, a cousin and a friend. The group has changed faces over the years with the departure of those three and the addition of Johnathan Welsh as bass and Dustin Black as tenor.
It was named the group of the year at the inaugural Northern Ireland Gospel Music Awards in 2014 as well as the winner of Southern Gospel Album of the Year for Go Tell The World and Best Original Gospel Song of the Year for He Can and He Will. The group’s newest recording is called The Heroic One.
When the trio visits a church, members bring more than just a song.
“We would bring a different mix of songs as part of what we do. We bring God’s word. It changes people’s lives. We’re not just a singing ministry,” he said. “We bring a testimony of God’s saving grace.”