“Chris spent 16 years with the group until he found himself ensnared in a major cocaine addiction,” said Will Nichols, producer of the free weekly show. “But God rescued his soul and his life and now he shares the Gospel of Jesus through his music.”
Since his conversion, McDaniel has shared the stage with many of todays greatest Christian singers, including David Phelps of the Gaither vocal band, Clay Crosse, Jars of Clay, Big Daddy Weave, Barlow Girl, Chris Rice, Natalie Grant, and Charles Billingsly. McDaniel currently serves as staff music evangelist at Oakwood Baptist Church in Chickamauga, Ga.
“There is no admission to the jubilee and the public is invited. It’s a casual, come-as-you-are event,” said Nichols. “And each week we give away some terrific door prizes. We pass the hat for the headliner and to help with expenses.”
Regulars on the jubilee include singer-songwriter Elmer Bramlett, “The Wild Man” Danny O’Boyle, Emily Varnell, and the Cowboy Church Band and Chorale. Nichols, known as The Gospel Gun, is the announcer and a crowd favorite.
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.