We began in 1994 or early 1995 with a borrowed piano from Gospel Express and a sound system they gave us along with lots of encouragement. The original group consisted of Nancy Eason ~ vocals, Tracie Maphet ~ vocals, Lamar Eason ~ vocals and 6 string guitar, Joe Postell ~ piano and banjo, Lee Postell ~ rhythm guitar and Steve Voyles ~ lead guitar. Soon after starting, Glenn Jones joined us to operate the soundboard. After a few months Steve left, and Kenneth Fennell came onboard to play bass guitar. We played together for about a year. At that time, Joe, Lee and Kenneth left the group, went with Jeff Dodd, and Still Water Revival was born which later became Jordan River Band.
In 1996 we, (Nancy, Tracie and myself) regrouped with (Tracie's mom) Beverly Dale ~ vocals and 12 string guitar, (Tracie's dad) Garnett Dale on sound, Jerry Hunter ~ vocals and bass guitar and Gail Carter on piano. We played together until 2002. At that time, Tracie left the group. Not long after, Garnett and Beverly moved to Blue Ridge and also left the group.
In 2002 (Gail's daughter) Jennifer Holcomb started singing with us and (Jerry's wife) Nancy Hunter ran the sound. We continued until early 2006.
Now that the approximate timetable is covered, and a list of the ones who made One Accord what it was has been provided, there are a few things to be said.
First of all, we were blessed beyond measure and I have no doubt we were doing what the Lord called us to do. I do believe He touched us and used us. We could never forget the good friends who helped and supported us and the new friends we met at each place or the other groups we played with. We always went, praying to be used and to be a blessing, and hope we were. I know for sure we always were blessed by going. Most of the members of the group still stay in touch with one another, love one another and are a family.
I want to thank Bill Fields and Jeff Dodd, for going with us at different times and helping us get started when we had no musicians. I want to thank Gospel Express for their help and Lisa Carter, who whenever possible, was there to fill in when one of our vocalists couldn't make it.
All those years were a good time in life and something we will never forget.
Some people have wondered why we quit in 2006 and what we're doing now. So here's a quick run-down:
In 2006, my mother's health began to require 24 hour assistance. There was no way to do my part with mother and maintain our singing schedule. We stayed with her until she passed away April of 2008. We didn't know for sure if we would start back singing or not, but thought we would take some time for life to settle back down to normal. In December of 2008 our daughter and son-in-law were in a serious auto accident. The next few months were a blur until they were all home and doing okay. In March of 2009 Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer and received needed treatments over the next year. She is doing well now as the Lord has truly blessed and touched her. We praise Him everyday for His love and mercy and for keeping His hand upon her. And then, in January of 2010 I had a "senior moment" and crushed my left index finger. This put an end to my guitar playing. In the last couple of months, I have started trying to play a little again with my other fingers, but it is definitely a slow work in progress. I do need to say though, that Nancy and I never completely quit singing. We would still go with Jennifer (Holcomb) from time to time to sing at different churches. I played guitar at our church until I crushed my finger. Afterwards, we continued to sing at church except with no guitar and sometimes by ourselves, sometimes with our children, sometimes with our grand-children and sometimes with both.
I am so thankful and blessed that our children and grand-children are all Christians, are in church and love to sing and play gospel music. My daughter has learned to play guitar, but says she's not ready to go public. She is, but just doesn't know it yet! ;) She did go sing with Nancy and myself at another church not long ago. We all are practicing and singing together, having a good time and waiting to see what's next.
We never know what lies ahead for any of us. We all have our problems, disappointments, troubles, trials and things we don't understand. But I am sure of this, God is who He says He is and He will never leave us or forsake us. He has kept and blessed us through it all.
God Bless You Is Our Prayer
Taylor Lamar Eason Sr.
Nancy L. Eason