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The Hoppers are a family Southern Gospel group from North Carolina. They began performing together in 1957 as the Hopper Brothers and Connie. They appeared at the inauguration ceremony for Ronald Reagan in 1981. They won awards for Mixed Vocal Group at the Southern Gospel Music Awards in 1982 and 1983.
Kim Greene of The Greenes joined the group in 1989 after marrying vocalist and former drummer Dean Hopper the year before. Their first major hit at Christian radio was "Here I Am", in 1990; they would score many further hits, including "Milk and Honey," "Mention My Name," "Anchor to the Power of the Cross," "Heavenly Sunrise," "That's Him," and "Yes I Am."
Mike Hopper married Denice in 1996, who became the group's pianist. In 1998, their version of "Shoutin' Time" became their biggest hit, and the group performed with Bill and Gloria Gaither. They won several further Southern Gospel Music Awards in following years. In addition member Connie Hopper won the career Marvin Norcross Award in 1998. They also performed on the album Tribute To Dottie Rambo, which was a nominee for "Special Event Album of the Year" at the Dove Awards of 1999.
In recent years, the Hoppers have enjoyed great success with the edgier "Jerusalem" widening their audience to include contemporary and inspirational music fans.
The group has appeared on the Gaither Homecoming tour frequently, and Claude and Dean Hopper are members of the board of directors of the North Carolina Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Mike Hopper has appeared on the television program Touched by an Angel.
In 2007, the Hoppers signed to the shortly revived Canaan Record label. Their release, The Ride, was originally recorded independently, then re-released on the Canaan label. January 2009 brought the first recording under the Canaan umbrella titled, North America, Live!. With distribution under the Spring Hill Music Group label, the Hoppers released Something's Happening in 2010.
The Hoppers. (2011, September 25). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 23:33, September 29, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Hoppers&oldid=452384050