The Goodwins have been spreading the gospel
of Jesus Christ through song since 1982.
They are West Virginia’s only current,
consecutively charting, Professional
Southern Gospel group. The current group
members are John Goodwin (Baritone
vocals/Bass Guitar), daughter, Martha Drake
(Lead vocals / songwriter / piano), Martha's
6 year old daughter, Katie Drake (Vocals),
Ron Hamilton (Bass Vocals), Brandon Drake
(Drums/Guitar), Martha's husband, Alfred
Drake, the group's sound technician &
Kristina Locher (Alto vocals), who travels
on a part time basis with the group.
The father - daughter duo began singing
together in 1974 when Martha was just 4
years old. They started with nothing more
than an acoustic guitar. Through the years
they added other members to their family
group which included John's father &
brother. In 1982 John gave his life to the
Lord. Later that same year, John was
instrumental in leading his father, brother
& daughter, Martha to the Lord. It was then
that the ordinary family group was
transformed into The Goodwins that audiences
After the death of baritone singer, Brian
Ketron, in 2000, The Goodwins temporarily
ended their traveling. The current group was
reformed in 2008 & The Goodwins returned to
the road, ready for many years to come!
They have themselves written numerous songs
that have been on the national charts & were
featured in an article in Singing News
Magazine in August, 1997. The Goodwins
previous charting singles include: "That's
My Boy", "Amen Corner", "The Walk" & more
recently "24/7" (Number 26, Gospel Music
Times Top 40 Chart - Feb 2009) Their next
single, "Jesus Died Like A Man" gave the
group their first number 1 song when it
DEBUTED at number 1 on The Gospel Music
Times Top 100 chart (the industry's ONLY
100% FAN voted chart - May 30, 2009) &
remained there for FOUR consecutive weeks!
In August 2009, the song debuted on the
Christian Voice Magazine's Top 100 chart &
climbed to #number 55 on that chart for
March 2010. Their next single, “Heart Of The
King” came in on the Christian Voice Top 100
Chart at #53 for December, 2010. Their most
recent single, “Revival Medley” gave the
group their second #1 song when it climbed
to that position on the Southern Gospel
Times Top 40 for two consecutive weeks.
(11/27/10 & 12/4/10).
Over the years, The Goodwins have shared the
stage with such artists as The Freemans, The
Singing Cookes, The Paynes (Mike Payne), The
Kingsmen, Gold City, John Lanier, The Nelons
etc. They have performed in such venues as
Heritage USA (PTL Club) and have shared
services with such speakers as
internationally known minister, Jack Van
Martha is an accomplished songwriter with
many recorded songs to her credit. She is
credited with such songs as, "That's My Boy"
(recorded by The Wilburns and more recently
Cheryl Paige Edelmann), "Amen Corner", "The
Walk", "24/7", "Jesus Died Like A Man" &
many, many others. Some of today's most
popular artists have recorded her songs.
Martha recently signed a songwriting and
publishing agreement with Timber Wind
Publishing, managed by nationally acclaimed
Gospel songwriter, Mike Payne.
Their most recent projects to date include:
"He Gave Up Heaven" (1997, Eddie Crook Co),
"The Walk" (1999, Eddie Crook Co) & their
latest MorningStar Signature project,
"Reflections". This project contains all
original material penned by Martha.
The Goodwins goals are to see souls saved &
to see Christians uplifted. The Goodwins
share songs, testimonies, laughter & tears
with every congregation. They bring an
energy to every performance that comes from
a true love of what they do and the Savior
that called them to do it. Their dynamic
vocal ability combined with their unique
songs assure a performance which brings
something for every one!
For booking information, contact Torchlight
Talent at (304) 539-4717. For radio
inquiries, contact Pathlight Promotions &
Media Group at (304 ) 989-3926.
The Goodwins Latest Single Still Gaining Ground
The Goodwins latest single is still catching the
attention of radio & fans across the country.
The Goodwins Television - TGTV
Introducing The Goodwins Television, or TGTV for short!
This is a new feature that will highlight life on the
road with The Goodwins. Martha has been uploading
all sorts of video clips so there's no telling what may
wind up on there.
here to see TGTV!
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