Jubilee Christmas Tour coming to Tri-Cities next week

By Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldNovember 29, 2013 

The Jubilee Christmas Tour makes a stop Wednesday in the Tri-Cities and features three trios of singers who strive to bring the spiritual meaning of Christmas to life.

"We have a lot of fun with this show," said Gerald Wolfe of the group Greater Vision, in a telephone interview. "There's lots of comedy, and we're very good at poking fun at each other during the show too."

The Booth Brothers and Legacy Five are the other trios on the tour, which Wolfe promises will evoke fond memories of Christmas past.

Wolfe, 50, remembers the first time he sang on the radio. He was 3 years old and the song was Wait for an Answer.

"I grew up in the small town of Morristown, Tenn., in the Smoky Mountains, and my mom was the pianist in our church," he said. "So it was natural that I started singing in the church choir as a small boy. In fact, it was my mom's idea to have me sing on the radio because she played piano for the station from time to time."

Wolfe also learned to play the piano and studied music at Ashbury College in Canada before joining the Navy. When his tour was over, he got a call from a member of the group Cathedral Quartet, who was looking for a keyboard player.

Two years later, Wolfe struck out on a solo career for a while before forming Greater Vision with Mark Trammell and Chris Allman in 1990.

How the trio got its name is a funny story, Wolfe said.

"I wrote a song once titled Greater Vision for a national writing contest, and it was the only hit I ever had," he said. "I didn't even like the song that much, but it seemed to fit as a name for our group."

They sing mostly gospel but the Jubilee Christmas Tour show will include everything from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to Silent Night, he said.

"I love light jazz and pop music sung by Tony Bennett and Michael Buble, too, but gospel music is what I love to sing the most," Wolfe said. "It keeps me motivated, and I see the effect it has on other people and I know I'm doing the right thing."

Though Wolfe has a strong relationship with God, he still likes to hop on his Harley Davidson motorcycle when time allows and chase the wind.

"I used to ride a Honda (which are much quieter vehicles) but a friend of mine talked me into a Harley a while back," he said. "I never liked the loud noises the Harleys are known for, but my friend said there was a good reason the bikes are loud and it's not what you might think."

Harleys are loud so they are easily heard by car drivers who might not always notice a motorcycle rider with a quieter engine, he explained.

He said the Tri-City show includes about 35 songs, and the three trios will take turns singing individually as well as together.

Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium at Faith Assembly Church, 1800 N. Road 72 in Pasco. Tickets cost $22 in advance or $25 at the door. Reserved seats are $30. All tickets are available at www.imconcerts.com or by calling 800-965-9324.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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