Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven Slated to Perform June 15

The traditional gospel group often referred to as the “Gospel Temptations” is part of the new Blue Ridge Performing Arts Series. 

Ferrum, Va. (June 1, 2013) – Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers will perform at Ferrum College June 15, 2013 as part of the College’s new Blue Ridge Performing Arts Series. Patrons may enjoy dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by the show for $36 or just the show at 7:00 p.m. for $18.

Often referred to as the “Gospel Temptations,” Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven Gospel Singers are a traditional gospel singing group who have been performing, in one form or another, for more than 45 years. The family group now consisting of brothers, sisters and the next generation of grandsons and nephews, formed in 1968 in Wirtz, Va., with little beyond their vocals and a few beat up instruments. Today the group travels the United States sharing a rich history with listeners who hear a twist of southern, traditional, contemporary, hymnal and a capella music during performances that are emotionally and spiritually uplifting.

The singers include Larnell Starkey, lead vocals, Walter Starkey, baritone and lead guitar, Danny Starkey, first tenor, Tim Starkey, bass and percussion, Eric Starkey, second tenor and bass guitar, Travis Starkey and Ot Wells, both lead guitar, and Dar Alexander and Devan Reynolds, on keyboards.

In the storied tradition of the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre (BRDT), food, fellowship, and education will be featured in the College’s new Blue Ridge Performing Arts Series. The BRDT, which made its home at the College for more than 30 years, closed its doors at the end of the 2012 season when its founders Rex Stephenson and Jody Brown retired. 

The Series begins this summer in partnership with the Virginia Commission for the Arts and a variety of professional performers are booked throughout the next year. Following Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven, scheduled 2013 performances include Hello Stranger, featuring Dale Jett, on July 20; Barter Theatre’s production of “The Ghost in the Meadow” on Sept. 27; Rex Stephenson’s special one-man show celebrating the College’s Centennial on Oct. 6; and BRASS 5’s holiday show on Dec. 7.

Events already planned in 2014 include music and dance with the Celtibillies on Feb. 14, 2014; Barter Theatre’s production of “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell” on May 3, 2014; and a to-be-scheduled Roanoke Symphony Orchestra fundraiser featuring Bob Ravenscroft and David Wiley in spring 2014. Additional events, including performances by the College’s Theatre Arts department, will be added to the schedule as well. 

For all events except Stephenson’s show on Oct. 6, Blue Ridge Performing Arts Series patrons will have the option of enjoying a meal prior to each performance for an additional charge. Show-only tickets are also available. For a detailed performance schedule, reservations and additional information, visit or call (540) 230-6600.