When Harvey and Opal Lester took their love of Gospel Music to the performance stage in 1925, it can probably be presumed that they could not envision their family’s unique vocals and singing style to still be raved about 87 years later, now being presented by their third, fourth and fifth generations. Their mission from nearly nine decades ago is intact….introducing Jesus Christ to others through dynamic music and personal ministry.
Whether you have followed the music of the Lesters for years or you’re just finding out about them for the very first time, you will be drawn to their memorable music and message for years to come. Simply put, they love music and they are more dynamic and excited than ever before in their long history.
Often dubbed “The First Family of St. Louis Gospel Music”, their signature sound is a blend of inspired arrangements and vocal artistry, led by longtime performer Brian Lester. Brian, who also serves as emcee and manager, has been singing with the family since he was four. His vibrant voice and easy rapport with audiences continue to make him a favorite.
Brian’s sister, Ginger Pitchers, is also a lifelong performer, having recorded for The Lesters when she was only two. Ginger’s smooth alto voice lends style to the group, as do her soul-filled renditions of new and classic gospel hits. She arranges all Lester vocals. In her words, she “Lesterizes” their songs.
As a fourth generation performer, Jonathan Lester brings a real baritone freshness to the group. Like his father, Brian, Jon was “born to sing,” performing at a very young age. But he remains inspired by the generations of Lesters who went before him and by the message of God’s eternal grace. Another fourth generation performer is Drummer/Music Director, Evan Pitchers. He is the son of Dan & Ginger Pitchers, and like everyone else before him, Evan began performing very young. Now as an accomplished musician, he is an inspiration and encourager to other young people to use their talents for the Lord.
Sound Tech for The Lesters is Dan Pitchers. He has been involved in the ministry for more than 25 years and always strives for the “best sound” possible at each venue.
“One of our highest priorities is to remain real and relevant, never losing sight of the Message, but always challenging ourselves to elevate the sound and quality of our music in order to better reach today’s generation,” Brian says. “As a result, we recently upgraded our equipment with a brand new sound reinforcement system by AV House of Worship*. This new system has greatly enhanced the overall experience of our concerts, and we couldn’t be more pleased. We hope many fans will soon have the opportunity to attend one of our concerts and experience it for themselves.”
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