Hope4.Life Three Day Festival for the 4th of July!

On July 4th, 5th, & 6th the Hope4. Life Foundation will be hosting a 3 day Family Lake Party at the Rodeway Inn in Toledo Bend. Now renovated and offering special rates for families who choose to come out in support of this Fundraising Benefit to raise the roof for the Foundation’s building in Hemphill.
The Rodeway Inn has 10 acres of Lake Front Property and promises to be a picturesque venue for this Independence Day event. Pony Rides, face painting, BBQ and more for families to do. They are still looking for vendors and you can call the Rodeway Inn directly to inquire about participating.

Doug Deforrest

However most exciting, is that we have just learned of some class act musicians making appearances on stage live. Doug Deforest will be performing. He is the 2019 Bass player of the year by the ACMA, and he also had four first round Grammy considerations including “Record of the year”, “Song of the year”, “Best album” and “Best country vocal performance” 2018. As well as four first round Grammy considerations including Country single, record of the year, best song, & best album. That’s just the last 2 years! In a five decade span (1977 to present) Doug Deforest has been a constant in the country music, gospel and pop business. Change is a must in the music business, and Deforest reinvents himself with every turn of the musical wheel. Artist, Television personality, Writer and Producer, Deforest moves from one to the other with ease as the situation presents itself.

Born in Missouri, brought up in the music business in Houston, Texas, and now calling Cherokee Village, Arkansas home, Deforest opened Lake Paradise Studio five years ago with a vision that artists could use the serene lakeside studio as a refuge from the day to day hustle of city life. In 2016 he was the Hall of Fame award winner for the George D. Hay society and currently records under the Label: voyage/Orchard/Sony.

Also booked to perform is Ken Reynolds who has been a professional guitarist for over 30 years.

Ken Reynolds

Born and raised in Texas City, Texas, Ken started his professional career at age 15 as a guitarist at the world famous Gilley’s Club in Pasadena, Texas. Ken was hired out of his music store job to “hit the road” with the “Jack Welch Show” for 4 years, touring the country, learning to become a real performer and doing recording session work at Adobe Studios in El Paso, Texas.Ken taught himself to be proficient on multiple instruments and became a “first adopter” of computer art and graphics programs as they related to music. Ever the performer, Ken also dabbled in acting in live shows produced at Disneyworld and Universal Studios in Florida.

After 15 years on the road, Ken moved back to Houston and immediately began showing up on stage around town as the featured guitarist with what seemed like virtually every major and minor act in the area.  In addition to thousands of local shows over the years, Ken has toured with Little Texas, Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager, Blake Weldon, Kevin Eagan, Russell Ray, Ryan Rossen, Ravyn Dixon, Jesse Roach and Bayou Roux.
These days, Ken somehow keeps an incredible schedule that includes 3 young children, weekly recording sessions, new artist development, songwriting, record production and a graphic arts business in addition to playing gigs at least 4 days a week. Ken was honored in 2016 as the recipient of the Guitar Player of the Year by the Texas Country Music Association.
Its 15.00 per car to attend this event for all 3 days and is shaping up to be a hot destination for families in the whole region as the community comes together in support of a local Non Profit.
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