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The Stewarts are a southern gospel
group based in Lincoln, Maine, who have been playing together in
their local assembly, the Full Gospel Tabernacle, since 1993 and
recording since 2000.
On March 19th, 2005, The Stewarts
recorded their 4th CD entitled The Stewarts Live.
This project was a live recording done at the Full Gospel
Tabernacle in Lincoln, Maine. This CD contains 15 tracks
with 4 original songs by group members.
On October 19th, 2002 The Stewarts
recorded their 3rd CD entitled I'm Gonna Praise Him.
This project was also a live recording done at the Full Gospel
Tabernacle in Lincoln, Maine. The CD
contains 16 tracks with 8 original songs.
In May of 2001 The Stewarts released
their second CD, It's About Time. This follow-up
project has 12 songs, seven of which have been written by group
In April of 2000 they released their debut
southern gospel music CD, The Best Thing I Ever Had.
Seven of the ten songs on the CD are original material.
"Sometimes, we go through a valley
and there appears no end in sight. Surrounded by turmoil and
difficult situations, we feel like there is no point in going
on. It was a time such as this that God gave me the words to our
title song The Best Thing I Ever Had," expresses
songwriter, Tony Stewart. The group's hope and desire is that
these songs uplift, encourage, and minister to the listener's
spirit. "It is a blessing to share the songs that we feel
God has laid upon our hearts."
Besides the lyrical aspects of the
songs, the musical arrangements are also the handiwork of group
members. The group practiced and worked together to move their
arrangements beyond simple chord patterns, creating musical
compositions that carve an original style. It was important to
the group that the sound of the CD reflects the live sound of
the band, both musically and vocally.
These original songs, from all CDs,
are the personal trials, desires, and testimonies of group
Since the release of the CDs, the
Stewarts have been playing concerts around the state of Maine
and Canada, making appearances in Robbinston, Eastport, Waldoboro, Fairfield,
Newport, Woodland, Pittsfield, Orrington, South Orland, Carmel,
Madison, Danforth, Calais, Winterport,
Bangor, Lee, Lincoln, Chester, Centerville, NB,
and St. John, NB.
The Stewarts have also been featured on
Bangor's Christian radio station, WHCF 88.5, as
part of their programming that spotlights local artists and
Worship 95.3 out of Augusta. Three newspapers, the
Bangor Daily News, the Lincoln News, and the Katahdin
Times, have published articles written by Carline Smart
about the Stewarts. The Stewarts have also appeared in the
Full Gospel Tabernacle /
Tony Stewart is the group's manager, lead singer, and
songwriter. Besides being one of the church's drummers, Tony is
the assistant pastor at Full Gospel Tabernacle, teaches Sunday
School, and leads the
praise and worship portion of service. He is an avid southern
gospel music enthusiast. His wife Pennie is
the "Boss" of the group and keeps things together. She
is also actively involved at church as the Sunday school
secretary and treasurer and heads up the arts and craft portion
of Camp Can Do. Tony and Pennie's talented son, Anthony,
is also actively involved with church, playing electric
guitar both for services and for the group's concerts and cd's.
Andrea (Stewart) Jarvis is the group's keyboardist,
songwriter, vocalist, and composes and arranges most of the
group's music. Andrea is the full-time keyboardist at Full
Gospel Tabernacle and a Sunday school teacher. Andrea, like
Tony, grew up listening to southern gospel music and is a big
fan of groups like the Hemphills, the Hinsons, and the Gaithers.
Andrea started piano lessons at age six and has had a long-time
dream of playing in a gospel group. Andrea's husband, Michael
Jarvis, Jr., plays the drums for the band and the church.
Like her sister, Anita Stewart McCafferty, also plays
the piano and has been doing so since the age of seven. In
addition to playing the acoustic piano, Anita also sings with
the group and plays accordion. She is involved in the church as a Sunday school
teacher and secretary. Her husband, Mark McCafferty,
plays guitar both for the group and in church and is a song
writer. He, too, is involved as a Sunday school teacher.
The only group members who are not related
are friends of the family, Jeremy Dill, the group's bass
player and his wife, Jose Dill, who adds vocals for
The Stewarts on special songs. Jeremy and Jose, like the rest of the group, have grown up in the
church and have given their musical talent to the work of the Lord.
Jeremy is both a songwriter and a singer as well.
Brother and Sister Stewart have
pastored the Full Gospel Tabernacle for the past 37 years.
In addition to anointed preaching, praying, and singing, the
couple have also helped institute many community evangelizing
events, such as Camp Can Do, Sunday Morning breakfasts, and the
Annual Fall, Spring, and Homecoming concerts. They have
passed on their love for the work of God and Southern gospel
music to their children, Tony, Anita, and Andrea.
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Church is located
at 14-16 Fleming St. Lincoln, Maine 04457 and pastored by Rev.
Jack Stewart, who can be reached at