[caption id="attachment_25767" align="alignnone" width="695"]<img class=" wp-image-25767" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/03\/squire-parsons.jpg" alt="" width="695" height="540" \/> Squire Parsons[\/caption]\r\n<h1>Squire Parsons, well-known native West Virginia gospel singer and writer of numerous gospel music songs, will present a pre-Easter celebration concert at Greenbrier Valley Church of the Nazarene in Fairlea on Friday, Apr. 7, at 6:30 p.m.<\/h1>\r\nParsons was born in Newton, WV, and was introduced to music by his father, who was minister of music at the family\u2019s church. He has served as an interim music director, church soloist, elementary school music teacher and high school band director. In 1975, he became the baritone singer for the Kingsmen Quartet, after which he went into solo ministry in 1979.\r\n\r\nSince 1978, he has been nominated by the Singing News readers as \u201cFavorite Baritone,\u201d \u201cFavorite Gospel Songwriter\u201d and \u201cFavorite Gospel Singer.\u201d He has been honored numerous times as \u201cFavorite Gospel Songwriter\u201d and in 1988 was named \u201cFavorite Southern Gospel Male Singer.\u201d\r\n\r\nParsons has also received a nomination for a Dove Award for male vocalist and songwriter. In 1990 he was presented the Marvin Norcross Award, given for devotion to family, service to church, involvement in community affairs and contributions to the gospel music industry.\r\n\r\nIn addition to his ministry as a gospel singer, Parsons is also a songwriter. In 1981 his song, \u201cSweet Beulah Land,\u201d was voted \u201cFavorite Song of Year\u201d by Singing News.\r\n\r\nSome of the other gospel classics written by Parsons include \u201cMaster of the Sea,\u201d \u201cOh, What a Moment,\u201d \u201cThe Broken Rose,\u201d \u201cHe Came to Me,\u201d \u201cI Call It Home,\u201d \u201cI Sing Because,\u201d \u201cHello, Mama,\u201d \u201cI\u2019m Not Giving Up\u201d and \u201cI Go to The Rock.\u201d Numerous gospel recording artists and groups have recorded at least one of his songs.\r\n\r\nIn 1999, Parsons was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Association\u2019s Hall Of Fame in Pigeon Forge, TN. In 2013, he was one of several songwriters given the Harmony Honors Award by the Southern Gospel Music Guild for his contributions to gospel music as a songwriter.\r\n\r\nThe concert is free to the public. An offering for Parsons will be received to help with travel and other expenses.\r\n\r\nGreenbrier Valley Church of the Nazarene is located at Davis Stuart Road and Dawkins Drive, approximately one-half mile south of Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea. The Rev. Glen Thaxton is pastor. The church\u2019s web site is accessed at gvnazarene.org.