Darrell & Dawn met onstage…literally, performing in a stage production of the classic “Miracle On 34th St. Life would soon imitate art, and they were married in 2012. They reside in the small NW Georgia town of Taylorsville (pop 211) and are members of Spring Creek Baptist Church in Rome. They have been an active performing duo since 2013, taking their unique brand of Christian music to churches, charities, and organizations across the southeastern US.
About 130 times a year, the Ritchies strike out on the road with the aim of lifting up the Name of Christ so that men may be drawn to Him (John 12:32) through the use of their distinctive harmonies, authentic lyrics, and heartfelt testimony of God’s amazing grace and provision. “Wherever He may lead us” says Darrell. With an eclectic sound reminiscent of Nashville’s country-blues scene, the Ritchies have become one of the most unique and original artists in gospel music today.
DARRELL’S LIFE VERSE:
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Darrell, a native of Thomasville, NC and principle songwriter, began recording his unique brand of Christian music in 1989. His collection of original material led to the release of six faith-based albums: Stand and Believe (1992), No Turning Back (1993), Big Time (1995), New World Coming (1997), All Good Things… (2004), and Shelter (2013). A prolific lyricist, Darrell has even written songs inspired by, and dedicated to, each of his 3 children and 2 grandchildren. He formed his ministry thirty years ago, “as a reminder that God is faithful to his children, He hears us when we call on Him, and remains a never-ending help in time of need.”
Darrell is an avid muscle car enthusiast, he’s particularly fond of Camaros, and is on a first name basis with State Troopers across the south.
DAWN'S LIFE VERSE
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.
Originally from Fresno, California, Dawn, who served in the Army overseas in Afghanistan as a combat medic, is a former self-described “liberal heathen” who gave her heart to Christ in 2012. Today, she sees herself as “living proof that no one is out of His reach… that no heart is too far gone.”
She can also sing the entire score to WIZARD OF OZ in character, but that’s another story…