The History of The Hinson Family

A Name. A Legacy. A Calling
1967 – 1988
December of 1967
The Hinson Legacy Begins
The Original Hinsons were a prominent southern gospel group. Consisting of siblings Ronny, Yvonne, Kenny and Larry, they first sang together in 1967 after being asked to sing during revival services at a small church in Freedom, California. Though they had never sung together as a unit, they soon found themselves a popular favorite in churches and concert appearances along the west coast of the United States. Initially, they were known as The Singing Hinson Family. However, as time and their popularity progressed they became known simply as The Hinsons. Later, they were known as The Original Hinsons.

1970
The Lighthouse
Perhaps one of the most recorded gospel songs to ever have been recorded…“The Lighthouse“ was written in 1970 in the downstairs bathroom of a church then called “The Pentecostal Tabernacle.“ We had been rehearsing songs that Saturday evening and found the necessity to have new material to stage. Ronny disappeared for several minutes, only to return to the church sanctuary brandishing a long fluttering piece of toilet paper. After some collaboration with Kenny The world famous song “The Lighthouse.“ was born. It was first recorded the next year by The Happy Goodman Family and then by The Hinsons. Songs of Calvary and Journey Music, (then owned by Rusty Goodman,) co-published the song. Elvis recorded it soon thereafter…“ The Lighthouse quickly became a huge hit in southern gospel and remains one of the most recorded songs in all of southern Gospel. From 1973 till 1980 The Hinsons were the co-hosts of the popular television show “The Gospel Singing Jubilee.“ For over a year, the Hinsons maintained at least four songs in the monthly top ten of southern gospel music. Although the Hinsons were an extremely popular touring group, they were considered radical for their concert style, which was far more ministry oriented than most of the more established professional groups. Always innovators, the group recorded several albums in the 1980’s that changed the face of their industry with an eclectic mix of songs and styles ranging from traditional southern gospel, contemporary Christian, and what would soon become known as Country gospel.
1973 – 1980 | The Hinsons would go on Television Syndication
Gospel Singing Jubilee
From 1973 till 1980 The Hinsons were the co-hosts of the popular television show “The Gospel Singing Jubilee.“ For over a year, the Hinsons maintained at least four songs in the monthly top ten of southern gospel music. Although the Hinsons were an extremely popular touring group, they were considered radical for their concert style, which was far more ministry oriented than most of the more established professional groups. Always innovators, the group recorded several albums in the 1980’s that changed the face of their industry with an eclectic mix of songs and styles ranging from traditional southern gospel, contemporary Christian, and what would soon become known as Country gospel.
1974 – 1988
The Golden Years
In 1974, Sister Yvonne left the road and was replaced for six years by two time Queen of Gospel Music recipient Chris Hawkins. In 1981 Chris left the group to start a full time ministry with her husband Darrell which became The Freemans. Just as Yvonne re-joined the group, Larry left the group to travel the country as an evangelist with his wife Jana and two young children until 1986 when he and his wife became pastors of a church in Little Rock AR. He was replaced by their nephew, Eric Hinson. In late 1984, Ronny “Bo“ Hinson Jr replaced Eric until 1988, where the group announced their departure from gospel music touring.
1992 – 1995
1992
One More Hallelujah
After many conversations and phone calls with his younger brother Larry, Larry approached their record producer at Calvary Music Group and suggested a reunion project involving the original members. The original group reunited for the thirteen city “One More Hallelujah“ tour. The album “One More Hallelujah“ featured the songs “Joy Comes In The Morning, I’ll Never Be Over The Hill, Joy Comes In The Morning, and I’ve Been To Heaven.

July 27, 1995
The Passing of Kenny Hinson
During the family’s much hyped “One More Hallelujah“ tour in 1993…lead singer, Kenny, went through a series of health concerns that would ultimately become diagnosed with Kidney Cancer later that same year. The cancer would eventually cause his untimely death at the young age of 41. He was survived by his wife, Deborah, and his two children…Amanda (15 ) and Weston (12). Kenny was laid to rest on July 31, 1995 in Hendersonville, TN.
2008 – PRESENT
August of 2008
A New Era Begins
In 2008 Weston Hinson (son of Kenny Hinson) started the group Weston Hinson & By Faith and in 2009 they recorded their debut album Home With You Tonight. featuring songs as Healed Perfect, Let Go Of The Rope. Later they changed the name to Weston and Christy Hinson and recorded their 2nd album called Lets Have Some Church, with songs as Let’s Have Some Church, I Get To Go, On The Other Side Of This, as well as the world famous song The Lighthouse, which featured Larry Hinson. In 2013, they were joined by Jordyn Honea. Later that year, they recorded their 3rd album Christmas Like It Was. In 2014, they changed the name to The Hinson Family then recorded their 4th album Tribute To The Original Hinsons with such songs as Burdens are Lifted Away, Joy Comes in The Morning, Never Be Over The Hill, and the world Famous Call Me Gone, among many more. They would release their 5th album in 2016 simply entitled “Hymns.“ On September 29, The Hinson Family released their much anticipated 6th album entitled “The Light Just Came On“ and the sky seems to be the limit with this incarnation of the Hinson Family as they display even more variety of talent and musical prowess.
Members.
Weston Hinson
Christy Hinson
Jordy Honea

Follow us