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Ricky Skaggs To Make First Appearance at Ark Encounter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 3, 2022) – Iconic and legendary multi-award winner RICKY SKAGGS will make his debut performance at the ARK ENCOUNTER on August 12, 2022.

The appearance is a part of the 40 Days & Nights of Gospel Music Festival held at the Williamstown, KY attraction from August 2, 2022 – September 10, 2022. 

The annual event, south of Cincinnati, features over 120 concerts along with inspirational messages from sought-after speakers.

The concert is included with park admission. The event is sponsored by Christian Healthcare Ministries, Inspiration Cruises & Tours and Singing News Brands

Ricky is excited to appear at the 40 Days & 40 Nights Gospel Music Festival held at the Ark Encounter. “I remember many years ago when we all heard the news that the Ark was coming to Williamstown, KY, I was so excited and said to my family ‘we’re going up to see the Ark.’ But the business of traveling the roads, doing lots of concerts every year, it just got behind me, so I filed it away but kept it on my bucket list,” said Skaggs. “My kids are all grown up and gone and I still haven’t got to see the Ark until now! It’s gonna be the best of both worlds! On August 12, 2022 not only am I going to see the Ark, but I’m also gonna be performing at the Ark. Wow, thanks God!”

“We believe ‘40 Days & Nights’ will be our largest-attended music event to date, especially with the addition of such names as Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Jimmy Fortune and The Isaacs,” said Ray Flynn, president & CEO of Abraham Productions. “We expect many guests will come for more than one day, so the final attendance might end up being even higher than last year’s event.”  

Ken Ham, Ark Encounter CEO, says: “My wife and I love country and bluegrass music. We have attended the Grand Ole Opry many times, including when one of our favorite artists has been featured: Ricky Skaggs. We can’t wait to welcome him to The Ark Encounter!”

Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music, earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), along with six Hall of Fame inductions. Since he began playing music over 60 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. The Grand Ole Opry member also penned his first-ever autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler.” The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. As an in-demand musician, he is regularly on tour with his ace backing band, Kentucky Thunder. In 2020, Skaggs received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government.

For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visit rickyskaggs.com.

The annual festival kicked off last night, August 2, 2022, with a packed crowd. Additional artists during the event include Hoppers, Triumphant, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Isaacs, Legacy Five, Booth Brothers, Jason Crabb, Martins, Selah, Joseph Habedank, Whisnants, and a multitude of others.

For more information on the annual event, visit www.40daysofgospelmusic.com.

ABOUT ABRAHAM PRODUCTIONS, INC.:

Abraham Productions, Inc., headquartered in Wilmington, NC is led by President & Chief Executive Officer Ray Flynn and Vice Presidents Dean Hopper and Jeff Whisnant. Abraham Productions Board of Directors includes Ray Flynn, Dean Hopper, Jeff Whisnant, Bill Bailey, Brian Free, Karen Peck, Eric Bennett, David Sutton, Clayton Inman, and Scotty Inman. Abraham Productions produces Singing In The Sun at Myrtle Beach, SC, 40 Days & 40 Nights of Gospel Music at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, KY, the Crystal Caribbean Cruises, and other high-quality Christian music events and tours.

ABOUT SEA WALKER MEDIA:

SEA WALKER MEDIA CORPORATION headquarters are based in Gallatin, TN, just minutes from Nashville, and is led by President Ray Flynn, Chief Executive Officer Scott Godsey, and Vice President Danny Jones. SEA WALKER MEDIA encompasses, Singing News Magazine, Singing News Radio Network, Singing News Television, The Gospel Greats, TOP 20 Countdown, Front Porch Fellowship, and home of the Singing News Fan Awards.

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