2018 Singing News Southern Gospel Bass of the Year Fan Award
Growing up on a farm in the small town of Battle Ground, Alabama, Eric Bennett learned the value of hard work. However, singing in area churches with his brothers and cousins also showed him the value of music in his life. “My mother used to take me to hear local gospel groups,” he says. ’Later, I heard the Kingsmen and the Cathedrals and decided that’s where I wanted to be.”. Over the next several years, Eric’s work ethic carried him through a series of careers, including Pastor of a Baptist church. But after two years in that position, he felt God calling him to resign - although he wasn’t exactly sure why at the time. Two weeks later, however, God’s Will was made clear when Eric was offered a job singing at Dollywood. He went on to perform for 12 seasons at the Pigeon Forge theme park. During that time he was nominated nearly every year for Singing News magazine’s fan award for Favorite Bass Singer. Eric has been voted Singing News Favorite Bass Singer several times since 2009.
Eric is excited to see where God leads them this year, as they travel full time for their music ministry. Eric and his high school sweetheart, Dana, have been married since 1985. The couple have two children, Erin and Zac, and 5 grandchildren, Avery, Chloe, Sadie, Bennett, and Gabby. The Bennett family has lived in Sevierville since 1991, with no plans to move. ’Why would a person ever want to leave the most beautiful place in the country and the best job anyone could ever have?”, says Eric.