Haunting and twangy gospel music from Rickman, TN.
The Coleman Looper Family is an acoustical (guitars, mandolin, bass, banjo & dobro) group with trio and quartet harmony vocals. The Group is on the road full time in the ministry for the Lord. They travel across the nation from coast to coast. Some say the group has a bluegrass sound, some southern and some country, but we like to call it Mountain Grass Gospel (seeing that we’re from the mountains and all). The group is based out of the small town Rickman, Tennessee.
Coleman [Looper] was born in Overton County (Pleasant Shade), TN. He was raised in a Christian family. By the age of 15, Coleman came to know Christ as his savior. By 1956, he started his own gospel group traveling to several churches. In 1957, Coleman married Marie Hoover and started a family. In 1964 he, and his brother (Oral) and niece (Brenda) came together and formed the well-known group, Looper Trio. Looper Trio released 14 gospel albums and traveled nation wide to county fairs, regional festivals, concerts, and churches. By this time Coleman and Marie’s family had bless-fully expanded with the birth of 6 children. The youngsters started showing various musical talents. They with their father felt led by the Lord to form their own family group, Coleman Looper & The Way Travelers. As the years rolled by, 8 albums were released. The family group traveled for years together across the nation sharing the gospel in song. During this time Coleman also became owner and operator of The Grand Ole Gospel Barn in Crossville, TN. Monthly singings occurred with well-known gospel groups. Coleman along with wife Marie had their own television show they hosted weekly at The Grand Ole Gospel Barn. The Gospel Barn operated for about 20 years. After many years traveling with their father some of the children left the family group and started families of their own. But Coleman continued on traveling as soloist with his sons in the band singing the good news of Christ. In 1982 he was featured at the Worlds Fair in Knoxville, TN. Also that same year Coleman was ordained a minister of the Gospel. He evangelized while also continuing his singing ministry. In the late 80’s early 90’s Coleman started Pastoring. He pastored for about 7 years and started the church, Love Freewill Baptist of Crossville, TN. By 1997, Coleman along with wife marie, youngest daughter Candace & son-n -law Jeremy Bear formed the current group known today as, The Coleman Looper Family. So far the group has released 4 different projects, has been on numerous Television Shows including TBN’s “Praise The Lord”, have done many Fairs, Concerts, Theaters, Festivals, Radio Station Interviews and music debuts including Solid Gospel Network, Concert Halls and Numerous Churches across the nation. Coleman has been on the road for the Lord for 50 years.Website (archived)