“New Day is an exciting young band from the Ocoee/Old Fort area,” said Will Nichols, producer of the weekly show. “The group is comprised of talented young people from age 9 to the late teens. They attend Beech Springs Baptist Church.”
The group features five members who share the name “Mcnelly” — and all are siblings or cousins. Ethan sings lead and baritone and plays guitar. Hannah sings lead and alto and plays fiddle. Chole sings lead and tenor and plays mandolin. Nathan sings bass and plays guitar. And, the youngest member of the group, 9-year-old Silas, plays bass guitar. Riley Peak helps round out the band on banjo with Joseph Flores keeping the rhythm on the drums. The groups leader, Danny Marshall, helps out on the bass.
“New Day offers up a wide range of music and is currently planning their first CD,” said Nichols. “Bad weather knocked us out of them coming back in the winter. Now, we’re pleased and excited to finally be able to feature them on the Jubilee.
“There is no admission to the event and the public is invited. It’s a casual, come-as-you-are evening,” said Nichols. “And each week we give away some terrific door prizes. We pass the hat for the band and to help with expenses.”
Regulars on the Jubilee include Southern Gospel singer Amy McAlister, singer-songwriter Elmer Bramlett, Emily Varnell, “The Wild Man,” Danny O’Boyle and the Cowboy Church Band and Chorale.
The Cowboy Gospel Jubilee is held at the Cleveland Cowboy Church in the Dockery Heights community between Blue Springs and Blackburn Roads. The address is 3040 Blythe Road.
The show features both gospel and moral secular music performed in a variety of genres.