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Hoppers

Best-known for their hit recording of "Shoutin' Time," the family Southern gospel group the Hoppers formed all the way back in the '70s, performed at the Ronald Reagan religious inaugural ceremony in 1981, but didn't find their greatest popular success until the '90s. Formed by Claude Hopper, along with his wife Connie in their native North Carolina, the Hoppers began to hit their stride as a family performing unit in 1981, when their oldest son and drummer, Dean, became a frequent lead vocalist. Meanwhile, their youngest son, Mike, became the new drummer at the tender age of 13, and the Hoppers won two consecutive Mixed Vocal Group awards at the Southern Gospel Music Awards in 1982-1983. In 1988, Dean married singer Kim Greene, who had previously performed for ten years in her own family gospel group, the Greenes; she officially joined the Hoppers in 1989 and became perhaps their most recognizable voice. In 1990, the Hoppers scored their first major hit single with "Here I Am," touching off a long string of successes that also included "Milk and Honey," "Mention My Name," "Anchor to the Power of the Cross," "Heavenly Sunrise," "That's Him," and "Yes I Am." In the midst of that string in 1996, Mike Hopper's new wife Denice joined the group as a pianist. While the Hoppers were already enjoying success on the traditional gospel circuit, their 1998 recording of the traditional number "Shoutin' Time" took their career to a whole new level; performed on a video documentation of that year's Gaither Homecoming Tour, the song became a smash hit. Riding its momentum, the Hoppers dominated the Southern Gospel Music Awards (especially the mixed-group categories) for several years afterwards.

The Hoppers continued to perform on the Gaither Homecoming Tour; Claude and Dean both serving on the board of directors for the North Carolina Gospel Music Hall of Fame, while Mike has dabbled in acting with an appearance on the TV show Touched By an Angel. In 2000, the Hoppers signed a new record deal with Spring Hill, debuting with the album Power; compilations of their early-'90s work for Sonlite (two volumes of Timepieces) and the late-'90s years on Homeland (Shoutin' Time: Best of the Hoppers) are available for newcomers to catch up. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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cstanleyzimm e r
The Hoppers are real joy to hear and see as they praise the Lord.
It is such a blessing to hear this family sing to the Lord. Keep sending the message.
excellent harmony, Sing it out!
kareen45
very nice
I LOVE TO HEAR THE HOPPERS ESPECIALLY KIM .
shouting time
Needed in church !!!!!
chc0711
We just came back from the Great Fan Festival that the Hoppers put on in Visalia California.. . . It was fabulous, check it out. Claude Hopper sang a song that isn't even completed yet about his life and I can't wait until the track is completed.
I love listening to them esspecially when I am down or feeling alone. They make it sound like god is there with them. Thank you for the great music.
The hoppers are down to earth people.who have been touched by god .and give to all those that they intertain so very much.
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bethklahre
the song that Kim sings " well done " in memory of her brother has got to be at the top of my list and my family and I have been personal friends with the Hoppers for about 35 years, one of the best all time groups
I love the way they sing, they sing with passion and their music means a lot to me, forever settled is top for me. Thanks Hoppers.
Shoutin Time is one of the best songs ever!
Love this group
Loving the Lord and serving the Lord is what it is all about I believe this famiels does. Famiely groups has always been great together. I haven't got a favored, but they are one of the favored groups.
I love this group
wofforddonna
I love this song such blessing.
The Gathers along with the Hoppers have become my favored groups
janethandy2
my favorite gospel group.
me and my husband love the hoppers, they love the lord, and that is awsome, amen
arilewo
I love how the four hamonise and still maintain their individual uniqueness. God bless you for blessing me with your music.
garybeckner1
Bless you Kim for your incredible voice.
I have been looking all over for the lyrics to "Lord Don't Move That Mountain..ca n anyone help me? qtpa2t1952@y a h o o . c o m
one of my most favorite sngs is shoutin time in heaven
The Hoppers sing as a group and Kim Hopper also sings solo. She has a great voice.
the song jerusalem was ever so uplifting. I do enjoy all their songs.
i too love the song jerusalem!!!
i love the song jerusalem!
THEY ARE TOP OF THE LINE, AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED; THANK YOU FOR PANDORA;
they are my faviorte music group ever!!!

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