The Hoppers are a Southern Gospel group from North Carolina. The Hoppers are a family ensemble which first began performing together in 1957. 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. Current members include Claude Hopper (bass), Connie Hopper (alto), Dean Hopper (lead), Kim Hopper (soprano), Mike Hopper.
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.”
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 have released “Something’s Happening” to retail this past August. Kim Hopper has released two noteworthy solo projects, “Imagine” under the Spring Hill Label, and most recently (August 2008) “I Just Wanted You To Know” with Canaan Records.
Booking information can be found on their website http://thehoppers.com/.
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