LaBreeska Rogers Hemphill spent her life ministering through gospel music. LaBreeska made her debut in gospel music at the age of nine. She first sang on stage with her famous family, "The Happy Goodman's," in the city of Nashville, Tennessee. Her first stage appearance was at the Ryman Auditorium the original home of the Grand Ole Opry as well as the monthly Friday night Gospel singings. Deep Christian faith and values were a constant in LaBreeska's life thanks to her two spirit-filled grandmothers, Mama Goodman and Mama Rogers.
In the early 1950s, she traveled as a member of The Happy Goodman Family and later for twenty-five years with her immediate family, The Hemphills. The Hemphill family - LaBreeska, Joel, and their three children- received a total of eight Dove awards from the Gospel Music Association and numerous BMI Awards of Excellence.
Joel and LaBreeska Hemphill sang Gospel music over much of the United States and many foreign countries. Sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism of the State of Israel, in November of 2002 they performed numerous concerts throughout Israel including singing for the Israeli army on the Golan Heights. Their television appearances include, The Grand Ole Opry, Crook and Chase, The 700 Club, TBN and Gospel Country. They were regulars on the Gaither Homecoming videos and were also invited guest to the White House for a big Gospel singing when President Carter was in office.
In addition to LaBreeska Hemphill's successful music career she was the author of Three books "The Hemphills: Partners in Emotion - The Story of God's Grace in the Lives of Joel and LaBreeska Hemphill," "My Daddy Played The Guitar." and "Can Anything Good Come out of Bawcomville?” She also wrote Christian articles as seen in "Christian Voice Magazine" and "21st Century Reformation Online."
LaBreeska, wife - mother - singer - author - pastor's wife - and featured member of the Gaither Homecoming Videos, had wonderful words of encouragement and faith to share. She had a passion for God and for His Son our Lord Jesus. Don't miss LaBreeska Hemphill's articles of encouragement and faith in 21st Century Reformation.
Joel and LaBreeska Hemphill were married for 58 years. They made their home in Nashville, Tennessee.
Special thanks to the Hemphills for giving 21st Century Reformation permission to include some of their music for your enjoyment.
Books by LaBreeska Hemphill
The Hemphills: Partners In Emotion
The Story of God's Grace in the Lives of
Joel and LaBreeska Hemphill.
My Daddy Played The Guitar
These are stories from her life but the impact
will be life-changing for many. She says it
began when "Mother sang alto, and
My Daddy Played The Guitar."
Can Anything Good Come Out of Bawcomville?
This is a true story regarding the first eighteen years of a boy’s life, who lived and found love in a village in Northeast Louisiana. That boy is Joel Hemphill, and the village is Bawcomville. His life was honest and simple, yet rich with people, adventure, and the business of living. Such a strong foundation helped launch him into a successful life of ministry.