Almost 20 years to the day after three New Albany teens formed a Southern Gospel group, Paid in Full are set hold an anniversary concert this Saturday at Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Lance Moore, Bradley Littlejohn, and Jeff Crews, accompanied by Julia Littlejohn on the piano, made their first concert appearance as Paid in Full on Aug. 4, 1991 at New Albany First Baptist Church. Soon after, the group began to perform around North Mississippi. The group recorded its first project, “Only the Best,” in 1992 and performed a farewell concert at New Albany High School Auditorium in 1993 as Crews and Littlejohn headed to Mississippi College.
The trio didn’t stay apart very long and, after they reunited, met Gospel music legend and Elvis Presley’s favorite singer, Jake Hess, in 1996 with their recording called “A New Start.”
Over the next 11 years, Moore, Littlejohn and Crews made many appearances on Gaither Homecoming and produced several hit singles with producers Bill Gaither, Michael Sykes and Woody Wright. Jeff Crews left the group in 2007 and was replaced by Brock White, just before the group traveled to Scotland for a performance.
“The group continues to travel nationally and internationally with return trips to Canada and Scotland and record music,” Moore said. “After 20 years, we are having a great time serving the Lord and pursuing each opportunity He makes possible.”
Paid In Full’s 20th homecoming concert will be on the anniversary weekend of their first performance.
The concert will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, at the Hillcrest Baptist Church. Special guests Jeff Crews, Woody Wright, Julia Littlejohn, Brian Eads and live band and the Hillcrest Choir and Orchestra. will join the group.
The concert is free, with a love offering to be taken.
Details are available at www.paidinfull.net.