Rogers featured in Jet

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Local gospel group Tim Rogers & the Fellas has been receiving widespread attention in the music business for some time, but the singers were recently recognized in a way that makes them feel especially blessed.

The four Blytheville natives won a BET Stella award for traditional gospel in January, and while in Nashville for the event, met representatives from Jet, Essence, and other national magazines. As a result, they were featured in April's edition of Jet, in a list of eight gospel groups that the magazine said were "guaranteed to be the genre's headliners in 2013."

The list features Tim Rogers & the Fellas' new album "Real," the Stella award winner which features a single penned by R. Kelly, titled "Number One Friend." The description of the group reads, "tastefully updating a classic quartet sound, the collective from Blytheville, AR has received nods from such gospel industry legends as The Williams Brothers. These small-town crooners were born for the big stage."

The group is currently on the road, but Tim Rogers's sister, Hazel Mays, spoke with the CN about the mention.

"Tim didn't actually know when he met the representatives from Jet that they would feature him," she said. "So he just considers it a blessing ... he's excited about bringing the Stella awards back to Blytheville and happy to have Blytheville printed in the April Jet."

Tim Rogers & The Fellas is made up of Rogers and his three nephews, Brien, Troy, and Terry Rogers. The four have been singing together for six years and all still live in Blytheville. Their next upcoming project is a live video, which will be filmed in Jackson, Miss.

sharris@blythevillecourier.com