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Caitlyn and the Martins
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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