The Hyssongs will present a concert of gospel music Sunday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Littlefield Memorial Baptist Church, 1 Waldo Ave.

The Hyssongs are a well-known southern gospel music family who sing and travel extensively throughout the United States and Canada. Dell, Susan and Richard have appeared on television, radio and are Nashville recording artists. With family vocal harmony, lively energetic style, humor, brass instruments (trumpet and trombone) and a love for God, they encourage and uplift people wherever they appear.

Dell is ordained, has a master’s degree in ministry and served as a senior pastor for more than 25 years before being called into the family’s full-time music ministry. He has a deep, rich baritone voice which, along with his heart for ministry, quick wit and likeable style, encourages and motivates people wherever he goes.

Dell also is a contributing writer for the Christian Voice magazine, where his column “Joy for the Journey” can be read each month.

Susan sings alto for the trio. She studied sacred music in Bible college and also is a pianist and organist. Susan and Dell met in college and have been married for more than 30 years. In addition to her musical responsibilities, Susan enjoys meeting people and ministering to women. She also takes her turn behind the wheel of the trio’s diesel motor home.

Richard, a talented young man who had the privilege of singing in Carnegie Hall at age 15, sings tenor and plays trombone. Five years ago, he married Kelly Barron, who has become part of the ministry. Richard writes a monthly column for Gosple News titled “Southern Gospel Music: the Next Generation.”

The Hyssongs began their musical journey as a family trio when Richard was only 13 years old. In 2001, they followed God’s leading and stepped out by faith into full-time music ministry. They record on the Sanctuary label of the Chapel Valley Studio in Sharps Chapel, Tenn.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to