The Joyaires, 444 Dyllis Rd., Harriman, TN 37748
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Heritage\2: a: something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor: legacy inheritance b: tradition
Above is the definition from Webster’s dictionary of a word that is very important to the Joyaires! Each member of the group has a rich spiritual Christian heritage of which they are very thankful! The Joyaires consist of Debbie Peters, Ernie Peters, and Anna Brooks.
Ernie’s dad was a choir director and always sang in a group. He was a member of the Oneida Winsett Quartet, which was sponsored by the R.E. Winsett Music Company for many years. At the time of his death at age 76, he was traveling and singing in a bluegrass gospel group. Growing up, Ernie sang with his Dad and sisters as a family group. As a teenager, he sang in a quartet with three of his cousins.
In 1965 he met Debbie while singing at the church her father pastored. Debbie had grown up in church and sung with her Mother and sister (Sharon). Singing was a big part of her life even when not at church: there always seemed to be a crowd gathered around the piano at their house singing.
Ernie and Debbie were married in 1969 and not long after, her Mother quit singing with the girls and Ernie took her place. Sharon sung until 1993 when throat problems forced her to give it up.
Ernie and Debbie live in Harriman, Tennessee and are members of Batley Baptist Church in Clinton, Tennessee, where Ernie is a deacon and both are members of the choir.
The remaining member of the Joyaires is Anna Brooks. She and husband David Brooks Jr. live in Clinton, TN and are also members of Batley Baptist Church. Anna has a tremendous voice, is a member of the choir, and is a very accomplished pianist.
Today The Joyaires continue writing their own chapter in the legendary book of tradition by filling about 125 dates a year. Their real passion is singing in old time camp meetings and church jubilees. They continue to pray that God will open doors for more and more opportunities to witness for Him through their singing.
The mission statement of the Joyaires’ is Ephesians 6:6: Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servant of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.
Their motto, which can be found on all their printed material, is Nehemiah 8:10 …for the joy of the Lord is your strength.