My niece, Caitlyn Watson, her family and
friends attended the recent Homecoming
concert in Ontario, California. She
was so excited to see all of her favorite
Homecoming artists performing live.
She was especially delighted to see her
musical heroes, the Martins. Caitlyn is a
member of a quintet that sings hymns in
the arrangements of the Martins. Caitlyn
(13), along with her brother, Callum
(14), sing with their friends, Amanda
(15), Melody (13) and Robby Decker
(12) in the Decker Watson Quintet. The
quintet began singing together in their
church’s children’s choir and have been
singing together since they were toddlers.
Because of the influence of the Gaither
Homecoming Series—which they grew up
listening to—the quintet enjoys singing
hymns arranged with tight harmonies.
They have dedicated their musical gifts to
God and enjoy singing at various churches
around southern California and beyond.
Most recently, the quintet, accompanied
by their parents, participated in a mission
trip to Choluteca, Honduras where they
helped to build an educational complex.
They also ministered in song on many
occasions while on the trip. To raise
money for their trip, they held a concert
which included many songs arranged by
the Martins. They also sang one of their
favorite songs, “Low Down the Chariot,”
recorded by the Gaither Vocal Band.
Caitlyn and her family have been blessed
by the music of the artists in the Gaither
Homecoming Series. Because of them, these children have learned many hymns
that will be passed on to the next generation.
We thank the Homecoming artists
for coming to Ontario. After the concert,
Caitlyn was thrilled to meet several of the
performers, but treasures her brief meeting
with the Martins. It was an evening
they will never forget. Maybe one day she
could join their friends and sing in the
Gaither Homecoming Series. Now that
would be a dream come true!
— Hester L. Griffin
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands