The Old Paths, one of the top groups in Southern Gospel, will be appearing at DaySpring Missionary Baptist Church in Ward on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m.

"We are sure looking forward to coming. This will be our first-ever appearance in the state of Arkansas. We are excited to share our music and ministry in that area," Doug Roark said in a recent phone interview.

DaySpring Missionary Baptist Church is located on the corner of Markham and Church Streets. Formerly known as First Landmark Missionary Baptist, the church has brought some of the top names in gospel music to the area over the past two years.

"It is a wonderful thing to have churches support gospel music," Roark commented. "Music is a form of ministry. We are honored to be a part of this concert series there in Ward."

Last year, The Old Paths were named the New Quartet of the Year in the Southern Gospel music by Singing News Magazine.

"It’s an amazing honor to win that award," Roark stated. "We’ve been traveling together for 10 years, but we were so delighted to have been named the New Quartet of the Year."

Aside from Roark, The Old Paths consist of Jeremy Peace, Tim Rackley and Daniel Ashmore. For the past two years, they have been one of the most played groups on Southern Gospel radio.

"We’ve been so blessed," Roark noted. "We’ve been fortunate to record some wonderful songs with great messages. Southern Gospel radio has been good to us."

In 2012, The Old Paths topped the charts with "Battle Stand."

"It’s a song about taking a sound as Christians," he commented. "This is about taking a stand here on earth. One day, we will all take a stand in of the Lord."

The Old Paths followed the success of that with another number one radio hit, "God’s Great."

"We can all testify on how God has been great to us," Roark said. "He created the whole universe and holds it in place. Yet, He still cares about our smallest needs. He is indeed a great God."

Recently, The Old Paths released the album, "These Truths." The project has already produced a big radio favorite, "Long Live the King."

"This might be our song that gets the biggest crowd reaction," Roark stated. "It is absolutely one of the best songs we’ve ever recorded. It says it all. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. We serve an awesome God."

Based near Atlanta, The Old Paths are on their way to great heights in the field of Southern Gospel music. Don’t miss this talented group at DaySpring Missionary Baptist Church in Ward on May 2. There is no admission for the concert, but a love offering will be accepted. For more information, call 501-628-1838 or 501-850-2056.

Beebe native Charles Haymes is a member of the Country Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. Email him at