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The Needhams

Southern gospel homecoming set for Needhams at Batavia First Methodist

By Jazmyne Boozer


Joyce and Bob Spamer fell in love with the soulful sounds of southern gospel music over a decade ago. In an effort to share that love with others, they embarked on booking concerts for their fellow Western New Yorkers.

Through their foundation, Southern Gospel New York, the Spamers seek out Southern gospel talent from all over the South and invite them north for concerts.

Now, the pair is hosting a concert featuring the hometown southern gospel band, the Needhams.

With over two decades under their belts touring and singing together, the Needhams will return to their hometown of Batavia to perform a homecoming concert.

The band has written and recorded seven albums, including their latest: "Legacy."

This album features 10 new songs and commemorates the group's 25th anniversary.

The Needhams is a family band. Formed by Sr. David Needham, the band is comprised of Dave Needham (his son), Diane Needham (his daughter), and her husband Steve Mummert.

Being big fans of the storytelling and talent of the band, the Spamers wanted to ensure that the Needhams felt loved and honored by their hometown.

“We wanted to make it big this year because they’re celebrating their anniversary in singing. The dad, Dave Sr. has been singing for 60 years, he started the Needhams,” Joyce Spamer said. “It’s encouraging. They need the encouragement to know that people are excited about what they do. They are putting us on the map.”

The family gravitated to gospel, Bob Spamer said, and to music's personal meanings.

“We’ve always loved gospel music. There’s a message in the music,” Spamer said. “These gospel songs tell a story. A lot of people write from the experiences they’ve had.”

All who wish to attend the event on May 26 are invited to go to Batavia First Methodist Church at 8221 Lewiston Road, Batavia. The concert begins at 7 p.m. No tickets are required, however, a love offering will be taken to help support the ministry of the Needhams.

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Southern Gospel group The Needhams perform at Batavia Assembly of God

By Billie Owens

The Needhams, a well-known Christian music group from this area, will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, at the Batavia Assembly of God.

The Southern Gospel group started in Le Roy and is now based in Nashville.

The whole family will enjoy this special concert! A free will offering is welcome for WNY Gospel Concerts.

The church is located at at 24 N. Spruce St. in Batavia.

For more information, contact  or call 762-9151.

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