ASHE COUNTY — Award-winning Ashe County traditional mountain gospel singer Rob Miller recently headed back into the recording studio to record his latest song, “Beulah Land, I Now Am Home.”
Miller was born in Ashe County and was originally influenced by Walter Graham, a Baptist song leader, deacon and music teacher, who was his next door neighbor when he was young.
By the time Miller was 16, he was leading his church’s choir and began writing gospel songs when he was 23. Miller became the lead singer with The Messengers Trio and also sang with the Gospel Four Quartet of Ashe County as the soprano lead in the four-part harmony ensemble.
The Gospel Four appeared live on WCYB-TV in Bristol, Tennessee, and were also featured on the West Jefferson radio station, 580 WKSK AM. The Arthur Smith Talent Search later recognized the Gospel Four Quartet as an outstanding gospel group. Miller also performed with the Lamplighter’s Quartet of Pennington Gap, Virginia.
Miller recently celebrated a career milestone with Kangaroo Express in Boone when he was presented his 30-year certificate from the company’s district manager. He began his employment there in May of 1985.
“With all the success from my employment and the rewards I have received from my writing and singing gospel songs, I feel so fortunate and blessed,” Miller said.
Miller released a gospel CD in memory of his younger sister, Marla Miller Bare who passed many years ago. He has been featured in newspapers throughout North Carolina and appeared on The Mountain Television Network out of Boone twice.
According to Miller, his most recent song recording was placed on a mini-master copy which he hopes to distribute to radio stations in North Carolina and Virginia.
Miller previously released his debut album “I Just Want to Thank You Lord, Everyday” in 2013. The CD contained 18 selections including three original compositions written by Miller.
According to Miller, he plans to retire from Kangaroo Express as early as next year and begin traveling to perform his music.
For more information about Miller or his performance availability, call 336-977-3588.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.