Listen To The Amazing Sounds of The Isaacs on Oct 1 at Dosey Doe
THE WOODLANDS, TX - We sat down with Lily Isaacs, matriarch of the amazing gospel/bluegrass/folk/country band, The Isaacs to talk about their humble beginnings, their bright future as well as their October 1st concert at Dosey Doe Big Barn. The Grammy award winning, and recent Grand Ole Opry inductees have been performing for decades to millions of people and have brought their unique Americana sound and God-given talent to listeners the world over. Check out their latest song “The American Face” below:
Lily Isaacs was born in Munich, Germany to parents that were Polish, Jewish Holocaust survivors. Both of her parents were taken from Poland during World War II and sent to concentration camps in Germany. They suffered unimaginable atrocities during this time and Lily’s birth was seen as a miracle in and of itself. There were many times where her parents could see God working in their lives. In the video below, Lily talks about her mom and how she was miraculously saved from the gas chambers by the actions of her friend. After World War II ended, various organizations helped relocate displaced Jews. Lily and her parents ended up coming to the United States via Ellis Island when Lily was 9 years old and lived out her childhood in New York. When Lily was older, she dreamed of performing in theatre. She formed a duo folk singing group and started singing in coffee shops in Greenwich Village. She eventually signed a contract with Columbia records. Greenwich Village wasn’t just a place to showcase her talent. It is also where she met her husband. Joe was with a bluegrass band from Kentucky. She married Joe at the age of 22 and moved to Ohio.
You can view Lily’s full story the video below:
About a year after moving to Ohio for Joe’s work, tragedy struck with Joe’s brother dying in a car accident at the age of 27. This terrible event impacted Lily and Joe’s lives in a way that brought them to their knees and to God. This conversion changed their lives forever. Lily mentioned that it was hard in their initial Christian walk. She came from a Jewish background and her decision to become a Christian was not something that was well received at first.
After becoming Christians Joe and Lily began building a reputation and following with their music. She said that at first, they were not able to make singing a full-time career. It was more of a weekend pursuit, but even with just the weekends and singing at various churches, they made a name for themselves and even produced their first album in 1971. Their kids, Ben, Sonya and Becky were also a part of their group. Over the next few years, their band, The Isaacs skyrocketed to even greater success. Ben is their production and engineering genius. He has won several awards due to his work on not only family music, but also with producing music for other well-known artists. Becky and Sonya are the song-writers in the family. 80% of what they sing on tour is what they have written themselves. They have toured with Bill Gaither and have played on multiple continents.
The Isaacs will be in concert at Dosey Doe Big Barn on October 1st. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear some of the best music around with some of the most talented entertainers. They will be playing a mixture of songs from the past years. They will also have merchandise on sale at the concert.
We listed their background in more detail below:
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About The Issacs
Lily Isaacs is a vocalist and matriarch of the group. She was born in Germany after World War II to two Polish Jewish Holocaust survivors and moved to the United States when she was 2 years old. She grew up in the Bronx, NY studying theatre and performing on Off Broadway and in 1968 recorded a folk album on Columbia Records with her friend as 'Lily and Maria.' She became a Christian in 1971 when a death in the family brought her and patriarch Joe Isaacs to church for the first time. Soon after, they began singing Christian music and laid the foundation upon which the Isaacs ministry has been built. Also a 30 year breast cancer survivor, she was the inspiration for a hit country song called I'm Gonna Love You Through It, co written by Sonya and Jimmy Yeary, recorded by Martina McBride. Lily's testimony has been an inspiration to people around the world, so much that she has written an autobiography about her life's story. Her love for Jesus has brought her through every chapter of her life and she loves to sing and share about His love.
Ben Isaacs is the bass player and vocalist for the Isaacs. He and his wife Mindy have three children: Jacob, Kyra and Cameron. He spends much of his time off the road in the studio producing not only The Isaacs, but also many well known artists including, The Gaither Vocal Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Karen Peck, and Cherryholmes to name a few. He has been nominated for over six Grammys and has been voted Producer of the Year several times in the Absolutely Gospel Awards. He also has produced several Dove award winning albums. He has played bass and sang on numerous artists projects including Don Williams, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Trace Adkins, Doyle Lawson, JD Crowe and Paul Williams. He has been voted Male Vocalist of the Year and Musician of the Year in several prominent award shows. Ben accepted Christ as a young boy and has always had a heart for ministry and helping people.
SONYA ISAACS YEARY
Sonya Isaacs Yeary is the mandolin player and vocalist for the Isaacs. She is married to singer/songwriter Jimmy Yeary and they have two sons, Ayden & Gatlyn. After her solo adventure with country label Lyric Street Records, she began writing songs professionally and has had songs recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Leann Rimes, Martina McBride, Vince Gill and many more. Many gospel artists have also recorded songs she and Becky have written. , and she has won several Doves for her songs. She also enjoys singing background vocals for such artists as, Reba, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Trisha Yearwood, VInce Gill to name a few. Many kids will recognize her as a background singer for Miley Cyrus in the Hannah Montana movie and on soundtrack performances on Disney Films Geppetto and My Neighbor Totoro. IBMA, SGMA, CCMA have nominated Sonya for Female Vocalist many years running and she has won various awards in all these genres. Sonya believed on Christ at 6 years old. She has dedicated her life to spreading the gospel and shining God's light wherever she goes.
BECKY ISAACS BOWMAN
Becky Isaacs Bowman is the guitar player and vocalist for the Isaacs. She is married to singer/musician/minister John Bowman. They have two children Levi and Jakobi. Becky started writing songs as a teenager and has written songs that many artists have recorded. Her first number one song was Stand Still and she has since had charting songs recorded by many artists. Some other songs you may recognize written by Sonya and Becky are Heroes, winning Bluegrass Song of the Year from the Dove Awards, and Waiting in the Water, Your Cries Have Awoken The Master, and a Miracle Today. She has sang background vocals on a variety of artists projects including, Paul Simon, Alabama, Dolly Parton, Don Williams, Merle Haggard, Trace Adkins, Russ Taff, and Jason Crabb, to name a few. She has been nominated and awarded Female Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year in several awards programs. Becky has a passion for the Lord and loves to minister through song and testimony.
Levi Bowman is the son of John and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. He is the latest member to join The Isaacs playing guitar and singing. He just released a new solo album titled 'Find Yourself'. Levi has traveled on the bus with his family assisting in various positions. He has a heart to serve the Lord and has recently announced his calling to preach the Gospel.
About Dosey Doe
This 165 year old historical structure has been saved for its current purpose. Originally built as a tobacco barn in Kentucky, the 300-600 year old growth oak and birch massive beams are the foundation not only for a beautiful room for also for great acoustics. It is a place where memories are made. No need to run from restaurant to music hall, as here you have it all.
Their entrees are 'cooked from scratch' based on the season, special offerings of purveyors with the type of music of the night in mind. Their task is to offer a meal that would be the reason in and of itself to visit Dosey Doe. The presentation is note worthy and the creations are featured in several Cook Books from Canada to Texas.
Nationally recognized artists from around the world dominate the calendar here: from Jerry Jeff Walker to The Rippingtons, Dave Mason to Lee Roy Parnell, Clint Black to Bela Fleck, Leon Russell to Spyro Gyra, Steve Wariner to Hayes Carll, Roger Creager to Mel Tillis, Manhattan Transfer to Gallagher... up very close and personal. Most artists will stay to have photos taken and give autographs after the show. Many very rarely do it anywhere but here and almost everyone says it is one of their favorite rooms to play.
'I have played them all, big and small, but I have never played a place that sounds as good as Dosey Doe!' - Gary P Nunn
'I will gladly tell anyone that Carnegie Hall cannot compete with Dosey Doe,' - Michael Martin Murphy
'One of my all time top 5 places to have played,' - Marcia Ball
Come early and enjoy the room. Filled with Americana artifacts from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, there is plenty to see. Your hands touching the hand-hewn 2000 lb barn beams, your eyes filled with art, artifacts, signage from a simpler time, your taste buds excited from salad to dessert, and music so pure - up close and personal... all designed to 'Take You Away' and create a memory you will keep.
The BIG BARN is home to great causes such as RETT and SWING FOR A CURE; benefits where proceeds go to help children's illnesses. The BIG BARN is available for large wedding receptions, corporate functions, birthdays and anniversary parties.
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