Southern Gospel Music for the Glory of God


Rick and Retta 

Glorybound and the Kelleys

Glorybound is a Maine-based Southern Gospel singing group that was formed in the mid '80s. The group then included their daughter Dawn who started singing at an early age with sound tracks at “Gospel Music Nights” that were held every Friday night at different churches. About 10 years later, she expressed an interest in joining the group and became their lead singer.

Retta, Rick's wife of 47 years, is one of the original members of the group and began singing in churches at a young age with her aunts in a girl’s trio. She, then, started singing with an older gentleman by the name of Granville Furge, who also played the fiddle. Retta sings alto and is a vital part of the group. She is an ordained minister and does the talking for the group.

Rick is another original member of the group. He has played the accordion for many years but only started singing about 15 years ago when the group had to restructure because one of the singer had to leave the group due to illness.

In 2005, there was another change in the group. In May of that year, Dawn left the group to attend school, share in her own ministries, and follow the path God had ahead of her.

At that time, they thought that their ministry was over but the Lord supplied them with some wonderful new material. Two songwriters sent them about 30 new songs that had never been recorded. Also they sent studio sound tracks, lyrics, and full permission to use the songs. This included recording them with no royalties. They learned many of the songs and continued doing concerts since November 2005. Souls are being saved and they are being re-booked and as Rick says, "I guess the Lord is not done with us yet. We are going to keep on keeping on till He comes."

They have a growing and important prison ministry. Many are being reached and saved through the efforts of this special ministry.

Glorybound’s purpose is to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ, spread the Gospel, lift up the saints of God, and to help and encourage pastors. We travel up and down the east coast of the U. S. and into Canada praising our Lord through music and song.

Glorybound has appeared on radio, in churches of all denominations, nursing homes, veteran’s homes, children’s homes, prisons, as well as parks, fairs, camp meetings, wedding receptions, town celebrations, Gospel Jubilees, restaurants, flea markets, and international festivals. They go anywhere that God opens a door. They also work with the Reaching Truckers for Christ ministry in Maine and Transport for Christ in other states

For more than 20 years they have done 3-4 concert tours in the south. States they have ministered in are: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, and Eastern Canada.

The Kelleys have been key promoters of Southern Gospel Music in Maine and are seeing more and more people coming to know Jesus as their personal Savior through the Gospel that they are hearing in the words of the songs.

They have recorded Gospel albums with Tim Greene at The Loft recording studio in Boone, NC. Included on the albums are several original songs that have been written especially for them. Each and every song is chosen to minister. We feel that if a song ministers to us, then it will minister to others.

After going to the Greene’s Jubilee, the Lord put it upon their hearts to have a gospel jubilee in Maine. This Glorybound Gospel Jubilee was first held in Blue Hill and then in Ellsworth and for 14 years brought some of the best in Southern Gospel to Maine.

When Dawn left after her graduation from Husson College and being heavily involved in Ki Al Ph Ministry, she went to Boston to train to be a campus missionary and worked mentoring girls at MIT and Boston College. She has return to the area and was married about 2 years ago. Now her ministry is worship leader and keyboard player at Bangor Nazarene Church. Still ministering.