A standing-room-only crowd was wowed at the Christmas concert given by the Annie Moses Band at First Baptist Church of Thomson on Dec. 15.
It marked the family band's fourth appearance at the church in recent years.
"They really brought out the Christmas spirit," said Dr. James Ramsey, church pastor. "They are a very talented group of musicians. They provided a real blessing with their ministry, and we were pleased to have them at our church, again."
The Rev. David J. Walker, who serves as the church's education and family ministries pastor, shared those sentiments.
"I enjoyed the Annie Moses concert because it was so different than any concert I can remember having attended in the past," said the Rev. Walker. "The fusion of different genres of music was wonderful. My children sat mesmerized, and that doesn't happen often. I always appreciate an opportunity to broaden my family's cultural experience and the Annie Moses Band provided that opportunity."
The Rev. Walker said he also appreciated the personal environment that the concert created.
"In large arenas, musical artists can seem far off and detached," he said. "This was a more personal experience -- great music from wonderfully genuine people. When it comes to con-certs, it doesn't get better than that."
Many of those who attended the concert said they not only enjoyed it but also that it left them with a renewed appreciation of the true meaning of Christmas.
One of those was Don Powers, Thomson city administrator and a deacon at the church.
"I thought it was great," Mr. Powers said.
"They put on just a wonderful concert. We're glad they came back to Thomson."
At one point during the concert, Annie Wolaver, the lead vocalist and violinist, chose the First United Methodist Church pastor, the Rev. John Barnes, and his wife, Cathy, to join them onstage.
Miss Wolaver's mother, Robin, joined them to sing.
The band is named in memory and honor of Robin Wolaver's grandmother Annie.
After the concert, members of the Annie Moses Band, including the eight-member Wolaver family and their two other band members, greeted many members of the audience.
They also sold their music.