This is a 'mini'
history of my experiences with Genelle, working in ministry
with her over the years. I've added a little about her
from my point of view as a person too. I feel like I'm
best qualified to write her 'bio' since I know her better
than anyone in this world and I love her more than anyone
else in this world!
My wife was saved when
she was 27, shortly after I came to the Lord. If ever
there was a complete change in a person, that was Genelle.
I had a brand new woman in my life when she gave her
heart to Jesus! Our road had been rough up until then
and we were the least likely candidates for conversion.
But God, in His mercy and love, sought us out, called
us, and gave us the faith to believe and receive His
Later, we became members
of a Christian Singing Group called, "The Witnesses."
It was headed up by Jerry Schnedler, my cousin, also
a preacher. He's gone home to be with the Lord now,
but he had a profound effect on our lives as we traveled
and ministered for years in an old Blue Bird School
Bus we had fixed up to haul our equipment and the six
members and families. We toured all around Oklahoma
and surrounding states.
I played the bass guitar
and Genelle sang lead and harmony with the trio. Those
were the 'growing years' and the love of the Lord and
Gospel singing became deeply ingrained in Genelle's
heart. Our kids, Christy and Shannon were growing up
too and part of their 'growing up' was traveling with
us. They got geography and social studies lessons in
'real time.' There were kids from the other members'
families too and they were all the 'Blue Bird Bus Kids!'
We held revivals in just
about every kind of church that would open the door
for us and even in city parks. We had many a 'supper
on the ground' provided by some great Christian folks,
and that was a treat for me 'cause I love to eat!
Those years saw Genelle
develop and refine her vocal skills that were a God-given
talent, and the ability to relate to people. People
are touched by what she has to say because of her honest,
sincere and heartfelt manner. She does everything with
great passion and she's very expressive. There's never
any doubt about how she feels about things. Genelle
always gave her testimony during each concert. It came
from her heart when she shared about what God had done
in her life. Things like deliverance from drugs and
alcohol, physical healings, and the love she now had
for the Lord. She won and is still winning over her
audiences with her candid and open expression of her
victory in Jesus and her unashamed proclamation of His
love and mercy for lost sinners and His Power to change
Genelle has such a smooth
and clear vocal style and she sings from her heart.
I can tell you she believes what she sings.
Eventually she attended
Hank Thompson's Country School of Music at Rogers State
College and was a member of several performing groups
there, including "Diamonds in the Rough" with
Darrel Magee, the former head of the School of Music.
One highlight of Genelle's
ministry was when she met and became a member of the
late "Leon McAuliffe's All Christian Band' and
they held concerts in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.
She had the privilege of singing on Leon's last recording,
which was also his first Gospel project, done just 2
years before he went home to be with the Lord.
For those of you who aren't
acquainted with Leon, he was the steel guitar player
for Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. Leon always said
he appreciated Genelle's smooth voice and they did some
duets and solos on his album. She did some back up vocals
for him as well. She had some fun experiences while
with Leon; once he arranged for her to be part of a
trio that sang backup for Wanda Jackson in a Tulsa,
OK concert. She also got to meet and record with some
of the members of the old Texas Playboys like Eldon
Shamblin, who became our friend as well, and tuned Genelle's
piano while he told us stories of the old days with
the band. Of course, Leon was a great one for reminiscing
too. We learned a lot from those legendary men of music.
And it was an honor working with them. The Lord has
sent many gifted and respected people across Genelle's
path to work with her, nurture her and enrich our lives
in the process. We've been so blessed, not with fame
and fortune, but with the opportunity to help lead others
to the Lord and encourage and bless them by the gifts
she so lovingly embraces with all her heart.
While a member of the Great
Plains Gospel Music Assoc., she was nominated for "Female
Vocalist of the Year." She's still recording so
watch for her latest albums which you'll find on the
music pages as they're released.
To date, Genelle has won
many honors in Gospel Music. She was among the top 10
Finalists for the Country Gospel Connection's Artist
I can't resist 'name dropping' ..... (forgive me - I'm
a proud husband!)
The Top Ten list read
1. Stella Parton
2. Martha Welch
3. Gayla Earlene
4. Glorya Wilson
5. Shirley Hayes
6. Loretta Withee
7. Dolly Parton
8. Genelle Tennant
9. Annette Carroll
10. Angela Baker
When Genelle saw the list
she giggled like a kid on Christmas Morning. She was
beside herself! After all ... "Her name was right
after Dolly Parton!" You'd have to know Genelle
to appreciate her 'little girl' ways and her humilty.
I've told her the Lord must have given her a big dose
of 'humble' when he made her, 'cuz He knew He was giving
her a terrific voice! The voting was done by fans so
I'm convinced she has the love and affection of many
who have heard her music.
When you hear Genelle sing
you'll know why I love to listen to her sing. She can
bring tears to my eyes and joy to my heart, even after
all these years of being married to her and hearing
her sing for literally hours on end in her music room.
I've awakened many times in the middle of the night
to find her with her headphones on, singing away into
the night. Her dedication to her gift and 'The Giver'
shows ... because I feel the anointing each time she
opens her mouth to sing! I'm sure you'll be blessed
by her voice and appreciate the songs she's chosen.
Genelle has had songs on
many charts in the past few years, some of them worldwide.
Many of her songs are currently being played in other
countries such as Australia, Norway, Sweden, Russia,
England, Bulgaria, France, Africa, and more since it's
hard to keep up with all the radio stations playing
her songs. A lot of the DJs in those countrys keep in
touch with her, sending her their playlists and friendly
messages about how the listeners love her singing. It
never goes to her head and that amazes me. I've told
her if I had a voice like hers I'd be parading down
main street singing my head off! I tend to take her
for granted in that area until something happens like
on a shopping trip in Dec. 2003. Our son and I were
at Toys R Us in Tulsa, OK during the Christmas season,
and we heard Genelle's voice over the store speakers,
singing 'Silent Night.' We went to the service desk
to ask where the music was coming from and were told
that one of the local radio stations was piping in music.
We stayed around and they played her entire Christmas
album. Well, if Genelle doesn't have a 'big head' mine's
big enough for both of us! Ha! I guess I don't need
to tell you I'm her biggest fan!
In addition to her singing
ministry, Genelle is a certified Bible Study teacher.
She feels called to speak and sing at conferences, seminars,
churches, and various other meetings. She's a gifted
teacher and sincerely longs to share her knowledge of
the Word with others. She puts a lot of study and research
into those Bible Studies and she'll be more than happy
to e-mail you the lessons if you'd like to subscribe
I'm very proud to be Genelle's
husband! She's one of the most giving and loving people
you'd ever want to know. She's compassionate, forgiving,
and wants to 'fix' everything that's not right. She's
a perfectionist and I'm just the opposite so we have
fun trying to work that out! In fact, the reason my
grammar in this bio is acceptable is that 'Miss Perfection'
is edtiting it for proper spelling and use of the English
We in the family tease
Genelle almost unmercifully because she has a great
sense of humor and can laugh at herself right along
with us and seems to enjoy it as much as we do. In short,
she's as much fun as a 'barrel of monkeys!' So, in case
you might think she's sophisticated and formal, think
again. She's exactly the opposite, although she's one
of the most intelligent persons I know. She married
me, didn't she?
Genelle loves her role
of housewife and mother. She still mends and sews, bakes
homemade bread, pies from scratch, prepares delicious
meals, and is one of a long line of great cooks. She
home schooled our youngest through 12 years of school.
He's still at home, having recently completed his high
school courses. She plants a garden every summer she
can. The past few years all these things have been harder
for her because of some pretty big health issues and
surgeries, but she still does wonders for all the challenges
she faces, and has made our home into a beautiful, peaceful,
and happy place to live.
I hope this has given you
some insight into the woman I'm married to, but .....
If you'd like to get
to know a little more about Genelle, CLICK
HERE to go to a set of pages called "Genelle's
Corner" that she wrote to introduce herself
And, don't miss her "Photos"
while you're here!
And, please sign her
guestbook so she'll know you've dropped by.
God bless you!
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