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April 25, 2014

Red Roots gospel singing group returns to South Georgia

VALDOSTA — Red Roots is a gospel singing group of three identical, red-headed triplets, Nika, Nicole and Natalie Taylor. They return this weekend to South Georgia for two concerts.

Growing up in a Christian home, the church introduced the triplets to music.

By the age of 4, they performed with the church’s children’s choir. They refer to this period as their debut, singing “Be Near Me Lord Jesus.” They also asked their parents for musical instruments and lessons.

Nika played guitar, dueling with older brother, Mark. Natalie took piano at the age of 9. Nicole wanted drum lessons; mother Sherry Taylor tried discouraging Nicole but Nicole persisted — Nicole plays drums.

Though children, “our band was formed,” according to the sisters on theredroots.com website. “We all three would set up in our playroom and attempt to play the same song together. It was a lot harder than we thought, especially since we started out playing ‘Shout to the Lord.’ Unknowingly to us, my mom was praying, ‘Anoint them to sing for your glory, Lord.’ This prayer marked the beginning of our Red Roots.”

Since, the sisters have grown into a recording and touring bluegrass-country gospel act. The group’s first hit was the song “Red Roots.”

“Both our group name and song represent the core message and focus of our group that we are rooted in the blood of Christ,” the sisters note. “His sacrifice on the cross gave our lives meaning and hope. The song ‘Red Roots’ tells a story of a dad and his daughter going on a hunting trip looking for Sassafras trees. They need the red roots of the Sassafras trees to make red tea with. The dad uses the hunting trip to show his daughter how the red roots of the sassafras tree compare to the red roots of Jesus Christ. The song ‘Red Roots’ blends our earlier bluegrass and contemporary styles to form our new Christian Country sound.”

Red Roots is scheduled to play 10 a.m. Sunday, Naylor Baptist Church for the church’s homecoming service and dinner in the fellowship hall; Pastor Wesley Harrell.

The group also performs 6 p.m. Sunday, Fellowship Baptist Church, Cecil; Pastor Ike Jefferson.

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