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Coleman Looper Family: Bio



       The Coleman Looper Family is an acoustical (guitars, mandolin, bass, banjo & dobro) group with trio and quartet harmony vocals. The Group is on the road full time in the ministry for the Lord. They travel across the nation from coast to coast. Some say the group has a bluegrass sound, some southern and some country, but we like to call it Mountain Grass Gospel (seeing that we're from the mountains and all). The group is based out of the small town Rickman, Tennessee.


                             How it all started....


              Coleman was born in Overton County (Pleasant Shade), TN. He was raised in a Christian family. By the age of 15, Coleman came to know Christ as his savior. By 1956, he started his own gospel group traveling to several churches. In 1957, Coleman married Marie Hoover and started a family. In 1964 he, and his brother (Oral) and niece (Brenda) came together and formed the well-known group, Looper Trio. Looper Trio released 14 gospel albums and traveled nation wide to county fairs, regional festivals, concerts, and churches. By this time Coleman and Marie's family had bless-fully expanded with the birth of 6 children. The youngsters started showing  various musical talents. They with their father felt led by the Lord to form their own family group, Coleman Looper & The Way Travelers. As the years rolled by, 8 albums were released. The family group traveled for years together across the nation sharing the gospel in song. During this time Coleman also became owner and operator of The Grand Ole Gospel Barn in Crossville, TN. Monthly singings occurred with well-known gospel groups. Coleman along with wife Marie had their own television show they hosted weekly at The Grand Ole Gospel Barn. The Gospel Barn operated for about 20 years. After many years traveling with their father some of the children left the family group and started families of their own. But Coleman continued on traveling as soloist with his sons in the band singing the good news of  Christ. In 1982 he was featured at the Worlds Fair in Knoxville, TN. Also that same year Coleman was ordained a minister of the Gospel. He evangelized while also continuing his singing ministry. In the late 80's early 90's Coleman started Pastoring. He pastored for about 7 years and started the church, Love Freewill Baptist of Crossville, TN. By 1997, Coleman along with wife marie, youngest daughter Candace & son-n -law Jeremy Bear formed the current group known today as, The Coleman Looper Family. So far the group has released 4 different projects, has been on numerous Television Shows including TBN's "Praise The Lord", have done many Fairs, Concerts, Theaters, Festivals, Radio Station Interviews and music debuts including Solid Gospel Network, Concert Halls and Numerous Churches across the nation. Coleman has been on the road for the Lord for 50 years.

Coleman: Lead Vocalist,  Musician- Lead & Rythym Guitar,  Group Manager,  Minister & Songwriter


     Marie was also reared in a Christian home in Overton County (Sunk Cane), TN. She accepted Christ as Lord and savior at age 12. By 18 she and Coleman were married. For years she supported her husbands singing ministry while taking care of their 6 children. As the children grew up they started showing their talents in music they joined their father creating a family group (Coleman Looper & The Way Travelers). Marie hit the road full time with the kids and husband handling the booking arrangements, wardrobe, record sales and miscellaneous details for the group while still taking care of the younger ones in the background. When Coleman started the monthly and sometimes weekly singings at The Grand Ole Gospel Barn, Marie took care of all product sales and the kitchen with the concessions. She also co-hosted their weekly TV Broadcast "Coleman's  Sing Time". As years passed some of the kids grew up and moved from home and Coleman began pastoring. Marie found herself with a new special duty of being a pastors wife. She backed Coleman in the church for 7 years with weekly worship services, singings, camp meetings and revivals. During this time Marie started helping Coleman and youngest daughter Candy ministering in song wtih the family group traveling to other churches between their own services. By 1996 Marie and Coleman felt the Lord Calling them to the full time evangelistic ministry as the Coleman Looper Family. Marie and Coleman have been married for 49 years. They are the proud parents of  6 children (Cheryl Looper Dalton, Justin, Stanley Roy, Dan Jr., Chris & Candace Looper Bear) , 9 grand children (Ryan, Jeremy, Chris Jr., Tobi, Devon, Peyton, Eli, Troye Dalton & Colter Bear) and 2 great-grandchildren (Rylan & Haylin).


Marie: Vocalist, Co-Manager of the group & Product Manager


       Candy is the youngest child of Coleman and Marie. She was born in Rickman, TN. , by the age of 4 the moved to Crossville, TN. Although  home to her was on the road in the bus traveling with her family. Candy started singing (solo) on the stage by the age of  3. At the early age of  9 she accepted the Lord into her heart as her savior. Candy joined her father and brothers group, Coleman Looper & The Way Travelers at 12 years of age. During Candy's Sophomore year of college she met her future husband Jeremy Bear. Lucky for her, she came to find out the he was blessed with many musical talents. Therefore they joined her parents in the family group known today as the Coleman Looper Family. She and her husband Jeremy recently became the proud parents of a bouncing baby boy- Colter Jeremiah Hayston Bear!!!


Candace: Vocalist, Musician- Mandolin, Product Sales & Office Manager


     Jeremy is the husband of  Candace Looper Bear and father to Colter Bear. Jeremy was born in Giles County (Pulaski), TN. Jeremy is the oldest son of  Rev. Terry and Kathy Bear of  Dickson, TN. He was raised a PK (Preachers Kid) moving from city to city and church to church along with his family. Jeremy came to know the Lord at the age 18. He began playing  drums for a contemporary gospel group at several church functions and festivals where he met his soon to be wife Candace. Then not long after he joined the Loopers and began to minister with the family. In 2004, Jeremy announced his calling to preach the gospel. He now evangelizes along with the ministering of singing with the Coleman Looper  Family. Jeremy and  Candace will be celebrating their  13th wedding anniversary this year in October. 


Jeremy: Vocalist, Musician- Lead & Rythym Guitar, Audio Engineer, Song writer & Bus Driver

Stoney Buckner

Stoney's an Evangelist from Lexington, KY.


Stoney: Musician- Giutar & piano