Group founders and sisters Elaine Robinson and Brenda Denney have been singing Gospel music for as long as they can remember. As children, they would go to bed listening to a stack of records placed on the record player. They would fall asleep listening to the music of The Happy Goodmans, The Rambos, Lanny Wolfe Trio, Bill Gaither and many, many more. Gospel music runs deep in their roots, and once it’s in your bones – there’s no turning back.
The two sisters sang with their family group – The Singing Greens for most of their life before embarking on a new musical journey. The sisters derived the name 2nd Generation from the fact that they are now the second generation in their family to carry on in full-time music ministry.
Randy Barnes joined 2nd G in 2013. Randy is a retired Texas State Trooper, and he has traveled with several Quartets over the last several years. Randy and his wife Linda have been married 34 years and make their home in Cabot AR. From the moment the 2nd G sisters met Randy, and heard him share his heart for ministry they knew it was a God fit. You will love the harmony that this trio brings. The harmonies are so tight that many think Randy is family.
In 2008, 2nd Generation ministered at a church, and in that service, the pastor spoke about living with an extravagant faith – a faith that would indeed move mountains.
“We were immediately struck with a feeling that 2nd Generation was called to be a ministry that experienced a faith like that,” recalled Brenda. “Once we started believing with a supernatural faith – God really started opening doors and taking us down paths that we never dreamed.”
One of those paths was taking the ministry on the road fulltime – a dream that all three singers have had but never knew how it would be fulfilled.
“We just couldn’t believe how fast God was marching us towards a full-time ministry,” remarked Elaine. “We just had to trust God that He knew what was best for us!”
That faith has paid off exceptionally well for the popular trio. The group has managed to land several charting songs – including Singing News Top 80 and AbsolutelyGospel.com Top 40 hits like “Feel the Joy,” “I See a City,” “I’ll Not Fear the Crossing,” "Hanging On A Nail", "One More River" and “The Blood Covered It All.”
In 2013 the trio landed anomination for "Female Group of the Year" in the AGM Music Awards and in 2009, the trio landed a nomination for Fan Favorite Artist of the Year in the SGN Music Awards – one of Southern Gospel’s premier awards programs. In addition, this ministry-minded outfit was awarded their very first Diamond Award in 2010 – the Sunrise Award – which honors new and developing artists in the Southern Gospel field.
“We were so excited when they called our name as the winner,” mentioned Elaine. “It was another testament that we are on the right path. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us!”
2nd Generation has appeared at churches, State Fairs, The National Quartet Convention, Singing in the Sun, Gatlinburg Gathering, Trinity Broadcasting Network, Silver Dollar City, Branson Gospel Music Revival, AGM Music Fest, and many other events.
Regardless of the setting their priority is to minister, not just sing a song. Their mission is that one life is changed as they leave a 2nd Generation concert because of a word spoken or a song that is sung. They want people to want more of God in their lives.
God continues to amaze that group as they travel in full-time ministry. After all, isn’t it amazing what a little faith can do?