Bio

 

LakeSide is an acoustical gospel group, located in Madisonville, TN. LakeSide is on the Sanctuary Label with Chapel Valley Studios. We desire to spread the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Our music provides a blend of Southern, Country, and Bluegrass Gospel music.  We compose our music in manner that it will touch the Youth just as much as the Adults.  We provide a mix of acoustical instrumentation along with smooth harmonies to present the good news of Jesus Christ to each audience!

LakeSide started playing in churches throughout East Tennessee in 1995. The group started out as a family group called the Gospel Bluegrass Boys. In 2007, because of some member changes, the group adopted the name “LakeSide.” LakeSide is a group of individuals committed to their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They desire to share their personal testimonies and songs to all who will listen. They love to tell others what the Lord has done for them and have a great time in doing it!!

“Our prayer is for the Lord’s will to be completed in each of our lives. We hope you are blessed through our testimonies and music. Please review our Schedule, Store and Latest Posts. Thank you for visiting our website and please sign up for our free music. We look forward to meeting you down the road!” – LakeSide

 

Greg Blankenship

Greg Blankenship

I play mandolin and sing lead/harmony vocals for LakeSide. I love to sing and play in this group because we all view it as a ministry to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have played bluegrass music since I was 10 years old with my brother and friends. My primary instrument has always been the mandolin, because no one else played it, but I do love the mandolin. I am married to my wonderful wife “Ann” and we have two children “Megan” and “Lucas”. My wife and I are members of Vonore Baptist Church. My family is great; they are the ones that truly sacrifice for me to participate in this ministry. I love the Lord and my family, and only hope that I will be able to continue the ministry provided by LakeSide. The sole purpose of this ministry is to spread the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ in song and in testimonies! Email: greg.blankenship@yahoo.com

Jackie Cummings

Jackie Cummings

I play bass and sing lead/ harmony vocals for LAKESIDE. This is the first gospel Bluegrass group I’ve played with. I’ve played music for over 20 years with various groups, from Nashville to Atlanta. I was 12 years of age when I gave my life to Jesus Christ, and things of the world lead me astray. But, in 2010 I was at a point in my life that something wasn’t right and one night Jesus changed the path I was on and turned me back to HIM. It is a great honor to share the same path of life with these guys of LakeSide, with their love for the Lord. I am 50 years young and have a Loving wife (Kim) of 11 years who shares the same passion for our Lord and Savior. We are from Tunnel Hill GA. and a tend Bethesda Baptist Church. Email: johnkimcummings@charter.net

Lucas Blankenship

Lucas Blankenship

I play the Cajun or as we call it “the Bluegrass Box” and sing lead/harmony vocals for LakeSide.  I love being part of a group where we can use our talents and try to provide inspiration to others.  Since My Dad has led LakeSide for over 26 years, it has been a part of my entire life. It is exciting to truly be part of the band, so I am trying to help in any area I can. I appreciate each one of the members and count it a blessing to be part of the group.  I want to be helpful to others and do what I can to bring the message of Jesus in song and music!  I was saved at age 13 and am a member of Vonore Baptist Church and play bass in the Youth Worship Team.  I hope with my testimony and songs, I can be an influence in someone accepting Christ.

John Robert Freels

John Robert Freels

I play banjo/guitar and sing lead/harmony vocals for LakeSide.  This is the first group I have ever been part of and I count it an honor to play with these awesome men of God!  I truly appreciate the opportunity to spread God’s word through song with these guys. I am a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Sunbright, TN and was saved at early age of 7.  I have played guitar since a very early age and started the banjo at 13.  Seems like many people love the banjo and it is a pleasure for me to be part of a group that can use my talents to up lift our Lord and Savior.  It has been a dream of mine to play for a gospel band for a long time.  I hope that my life and music can be a blessing to younger people, it is important to use your talents and abilities for God service.  I hope to continue to spread God’s Word through song and music.

Walt Williamson

Walt Williamson

I play lead & rhythm guitar, and sing lead/harmony vocals(particularly bass..) for LakeSide. Before I joined LakeSide I was like most other bluegrass guitar players, just playing for fun, but I didn’t have a reason/purpose for my life. Even though I was saved at an early age, I didn’t realize how music and playing could be truly used as a ministry until I met LakeSide. Now I am truly the blessed one, because I get to play and sing for God all the time! I live in Maryville, TN and just want to continue to play and sing for God and to show and tell people how wonderful God is, while pointing everyone to the Cross.