"Berachah Valley brings to their performances a true spirit of fun and tradition along with inspiration that reaches out beyond the music. We love having them on the World's Original Wheeling Jamboree USA!" - D. Heath / Exec. Dir, Wheeling Jamboree, Inc.
Berachah Valley...(the original founding group) was created in the spring of 2005 when a few friends came together searching for a place to play traditional bluegrass, gospel, and traditional renditions of current favorites. Audiences quickly see the result is a uniquely smooth combination of musicianship and female vocal harmonies influenced by the recordings of The Issacs', The Forbes Family, Emmylou Harris, The Whites, Seldom Scene, Longview, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, The Bluegrass Cardinals, and others.
The name for the band is found in its theme Bible verse, II Chronicles 20:26. The players will testify that the clearly evident camaraderie seen on stage is the natural fruit of the great blessing of good friendships and shared faith.
Berachah Valley has had the good fortune to travel to Indiana, Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio to perform at many bluegrass festivals, bluegrass and gospel venues, radio programs, TV programs, and community events.
This is Berachah Valley:
Berachah Valley is known for their powerful female trio harmony. Formerly from "The New Coon Creek Girls' Rosie Davis plays banjo and guitar and provides much vocal support, to help create the pleasing effect of musical harmony. She is a vocalist and instrumentalist -extraordinare! She is an unlimited talent!
Cathy Baker plays rhythm guitar, sings lead and harmony and is one of the founding members, along with Michelle Edester who continues to blossom with her command of the mandolin. Michelle also provides consistent harmony and is very versatile vocally.
Rosie, Cathy and Michelle take a sophisticated approach to harmony and together produce tight vocal harmonies for bluegrass, gospel, country, popular music and other genres.
They are multi-talented vocalists, whose clear sounding, natural voices reach audience members time after time.
Merrell Boggs also shares his talent on the banjo and dojo. He has also penned many of the songs which are shared with audiences. Many of Merrell's songs are featured on Berachah Valley's current projects: "Mountain Memories" and "One Cross". Check out our music at
Mike Elliott brings much musical experience from his years spent in Nashville, TN and generates much enthusiasm with his explosive lead guitar breaks. Mike is extremely diverse, plays many instruments exceptionally well. His experience in bluegrass, county, gospel and classical music brings an outstanding element to Berachah Valley.
On the bass is Larry Collins, who plays with much pathos with every movement and motion. During a performance, Larry seems to perceive complex themes, musical contour, and subtle nuances. His use of the bow during several songs is second to none.
Larry along with Merrell and Mike bring versatility to Berachah Valley when they align themselves vocally for some outstanding male harmony.
Providing much experience and support on the dobro is Willis Baker. His life experience and achievements is notable in the Miami Valley arena. Along with the talent he brings to the band, he provides far more spiritually. His character is a quality for which God has made provision and for which every Christian should strive.
Berachah is a term in The Bible which means 'blessing'. We desire to be a blessing via our music.
The group has played at various venues in and around southwestern Ohio. Berachah Valley routinely plays theme festivals, fairs, radio programs, regional TV programs, regional events, private parties, reunions and churches. Berachah Valley has been given the opportunity to perform with the entertainers and/or 'open for' the following bands: Blue Highway, Paul Williams and The Victory Trio, Rhonda Vincent, Daily and Vincent, The Moron Brothers, Continental Divide, Pine Mountain Railroad, Don Rigsby, Lost and Found, Newfound Road, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers, Larry Sparks.
The following is a list of festivals/events that Berachah Valley has had the opportunity to perform:
2012 Schedule: Partial listing.....
- Rangeline Bluegrass Festival with Daily & Vincent, Doyle Lawson, Joe Mullins, Paul Williams
- Miami County Fall Festival with Lonesome River Band, Newfound Road, Joe Mullins
- Central Ohio Bluegrass Festival with Goldwing
- Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Bluegrass Festival
- The Richwood Opry-Kentucky
- Little Grantsville Jamboree-Indiana
- The Wheeling Jamboree-Wheeling, West Va
- Red Barn Radio-Lexington,KY
- Old Mill Bluegrass Festival-West Liberty, KY
- Performing Arts Series-Troy, Ohio
- Miami County Fair-Ohio
- POCF Bluegrass Festival
- Miami University-Ohio
- Streets of Gold Gospel Event-Penn
- Farm Fest
- The Tipp Roller Mill
- Fort Rowdy Festival
- Buckeye Valley Opry
- Red Lantern Barn
- Clifton Opry House
- BRD House Music
- WCNW Radio Interview
- The Coming Together Center
- Tunes In The Trees Festival
- ABH Hide-a-Way
- 34th Annual Old Tyme Music Festival
- Red Spurlock Event
2011 Schedule: Partial listing......
2010 Schedule: Partial listing......
- IBMA Showcase-Nashville, Tennessee
- The Richwood Opry, Walton, Kentucky-opened for Newfound Road
- Rangeline Bluegrass Festival, Covington, Ohio-opend for Doyle Lawsonn & Quicksilver/Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
- Harvest-Fall Festival, Troy Ohio-opened for Newfound Road
- Bluegrass Festival-George Rogers State Park, Springfield, Ohio with Larry Sparks, Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers
- Old Mill Bluegrass Festival-West Liberty, Kentucky with Rhonda Vincent and Rage
- Woodsong Pre Show-Lexington, Kentucky
- Wheeling Jamboree, Wheeling, West Virginia
- Buckeye Valley Opry, Hebron, Ohio
- Little Grantville Jamboree, Bedford, Indiana
- The Hatchery Opry, Nashville, Tennessee
- Miami County Fair, Troy, Ohio
- POCF Bluegrass Festival, Michigan
The band has also taken a little time to record compact discs filled with their trademark harmonies. These recordings include their most requested songs as well as band member favorites. These CD's are available by direct contact with the band or at our live appearances. See the contact information below.
- The Wheeling Jamboree, Wheeling, West Virginia
- The Osborne Brothers Festival, Hyden, Kentucky
- The Renfro Valley Bluegrass Festival, Renfro Valley, Kentucky
- The Old Mill Bluegrass Festival, West Liberty, Kentucky
- The Mountain Music Jamboree, Maggie Valley, North Carolina
- The 32nd Annual Old Time Music Festival, Waynesville, Ohio
- Pickin' On CF Bluegrass Festival, Milan, Michigan
- Indiana Jamboree, Bedford, Indiana
- The Famous Old Time Music Company, Wapakoneta, Ohio
- Salt River Bluegrass Festival-Midland, Michigan
- Old Mill Bluegrass Festival-West Liberty, Kentucky
- Morgan County Sorghum Festival-West Liberty, Kentucky
- Lebanon Opry House-Lebanon, Ohio
- Covington Bluegrass Festival-Covington, Ohio
- Harvest Time Restaurant-Connersville, Indiana
- Gospel Festival-Gratis, Ohio
- Pickin' In The Holler Festival-Middletown, Ohio
- Middletown Arts Festival-Middletown, Ohio
- Appalachian Mountain Festival-Waynesville Chamber of Commerce-Waynesville, Ohio
- Ole Tyme Music Festival-Caesar's Creek State Park, Pioneer Village- Harveysburg, Ohio
- Fairborn Policeman Benefit with DJ Joe Mullins, WBZI-Fairborn, Ohio
- Public Access CATV Channel 23 Gospel Hour
- Public TV Program- Betty's Bluegrass-New Carlisle, Ohio
- Hicey Park Autumn Festival-Harveysburg, Ohio
- Eastwood Park Music Festival-Dayton, Ohio
- Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Bluegrass Association Fish Fry -Dayton, Ohio
- Public TV Program-Gospel Thru Music-New Carlisle, Ohio
- Mansfield Bluegrass Festival-Mansfield, Ohio
- Harvest Ranch Music Event • Victoria's Country Inn
- The Stagecoach Inn
- Hunter Pizzeria
- Pennyroyal Pizza
- The Manchester Inn
- 1110 AM WGNZ is the radio station we played on countless times.
- An Evening of Bluegrass/Gospel Music Concert-Coming Together Center-Dayton, Ohio
- July 4th Celebration-Middletown, Ohio
- Summer of Sounds Concert Series- "The Best of Bluegrass"- Middletown, Ohio
- Rose Chapel Outdoor Singing-Dayton, Ohio
- The Caesar's Creek Beach Appalachian Music Festival-Waynesville, Ohio
- Sons of God Jam-Drexel, Ohio
- Perry's Monument-Bass Island, Put-In-Bay, Ohio
- Main Street Gospel Singing- Miamisburg, Ohio
- Lion's Club-Lynn, Indiana
- Masonic Lodge-Franklin, Ohio
- Clark Home Place-South Lebanon, Ohio
- TV Middletown-Middletown, Ohio
- Various churches, too many to list
The following are comments made by promoters/event organizers:
Berachah Valley has had the distinct pleasure of being invited to play the Main Street Arts and Music Festival for three consecutive years. Here is what their website had to say in review:
"Their bluegrass styling have drawn comparisons to such industry icons as The Whites and The Carter Family but make no mistake about it they are in a class of their own. This group of excellent musicians is fronted by three very talented female singers. Check'em out on the Road Apple Old Time Music Stage." -http://www.alphadawgrecords.com/MAMF/music.html
"It was indeed our pleasure to bring you to the City of Troy"....Troy-Hayner.
"Thank you for coming last night to The CTC. You did a fantastic job and everyone enjoyed it. " --Steve Cate-CTC promoter
"Berachah Valley-thank you for the blessing you gave us this year. We are looking forward to next year." --Marvin and Mabel Collins-Business Owners/Festival Organizers
"We are glad to have Berachah Valley this morning. Their name means "blessing." They are a blessing to us. --Pastor Mark Combs-Calvary Church, Kettering, Ohio
"There will be a press release in the Middletown Journal 'GO' section Friday this week about the artists. I submitted your picture as one to be included in the article. TV Middletown will also be filming that day. Thank you. See you at the show." --Robert Hoffman-Festival Organizer
"Berachah Valley-thank you for the outstanding and well received performance. There were many positive comments. Keep up with the good work." --Jim Porter, Eastview Baptist Church
"Thank you so much for sharing your music with folks at AMMF and for being flexible in your performance time." --John and Gwen Noftsger-Appalachian Music Event Organizers
We can be reached on the web at http://www.berachahvalley.com. For more information on booking, performance fees and recordings contact: Cathy Baker [firstname.lastname@example.org] or phone 937-477-6550 or 937-746-7902.
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