Part of the JOY! Series
The McKameys have been singing the gospel for almost four decades and although the composition of the group has undergone some change, the motive has remained the same...to honor Him who is worthy of all praise. The group began with Peg, Carol and another sister, Dora. Later, Ruben joined the group and a little later he joined the family by marrying Peg. In 1971, both Carol and Dora left the group to fulfill family obligations and they were replaced by Peg and Ruben's two daughters, Connie and Sheryl.
In September of 1984, the group had its first number one release "Who Put The Tears In The Eyes Of The Lamb" and shortly thereafter Sheryl decided to leave the group to fulfill her obligations as a mother and pastor's wife. It was at this time that Peg's sister, Carol Woodard, again joined the group. The vocalists have not changed since that time. Connie's husband and son, Roger and Eli Fortner play the guitars for the group. The group also uses digital tracks to enhance the value of their performance.
The McKameys have enjoyed tremendous success from the beginning but most of the national recognition has occurred within the last decade. The group has been honored with many nominations and awards including 14 number one songs and almost every single released has charted in the Singing News Top 40 Chart. (The group has had 2 additional number one songs in the US Gospel News chart.) In 1989, "God On The Mountain" was acclaimed Song of the Year by the Singing News Fan Awards. Peg McKamey Bean has been honored as the Favorite Female Vocalist by The Singing News Fan Awards for 7 years. The McKameys have won the hearts of Southern Gospel music lovers across the country.