7-08-13 LuLu Roman kicks off Jubilee

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LuLu Roman

LuLu Roman (present day)

LuLu Roman will kick off the Rolling Acres Summer Gospel Jubilee July 17-20 at the Rolling Acres Gospel Music Park in New Creek.

The music begins 7 p.m. Wednesday, with the gospel sounds of LuLu Roman and the Coachman Quartet from Staunton, Va.

LuLu is best known as the most requested female cast member on the long running hit television Show “Hee Haw.”  The show ran from 1969-1993, and is now in reruns on the RFD-TV network. LuLu is also known for her accomplished and celebrated songwriting and singing.

LuLu has enjoyed many successes in her life but also more than her share of disappointments and hardships. She is best known for her sidesplitting humor and jovial disposition, but a lesser-known story lies behind those sparkling radiant eyes, which have often been filled, with tears, both of pain and of joy.

A native of Dallas, Texas, LuLu was born in a home for unwed mothers and placed in an orphan’s home shortly after birth. She was born with a thyroid dysfunction, and it would be in the orphan’s home that she first endured the pain of being unaccepted because of her weight.

Her weight made her the brunt of much name-calling and teasing and also prevented her from being adopted into a loving home. It was then she learned to use her sense of humor as a defense mechanism.

LuLu’s sense of humor later evolved into a highly successful career as an actress and comedienne. LuLu’s search for acceptance and happiness eventually led her to a drug addiction, which sent her down a spiral that nearly destroyed her life and career in 1971.

LuLu Roman (Hee Haw)

LuLu Roman (Hee Haw)

In 1973, a chance meeting with an old friend lead her to discover a newfound faith in the Lord and changed her life forever. It was in this revelation that she discovered she had a hidden talent in her voice. LuLu then began singing Gospel music and eventually introduced it to “Hee Haw.”

LuLu’s newfound career as a vocalist proved to be very successful. She is the recipient of a Dove award and has been nominated many times. She is also a member of the Country Gospel Music and Christian Music halls of fame. LuLu has also been honored with the JD Sumner Living Legend Award and named Favorite Crossover Artist by the Country Gospel Music Association. The TV Land network also awarded LuLu with their prestigious Entertainer’s Award.

To date, LuLu has recorded 21 albums and is still singing in churches, seminars, fairs, performing arts centers and anywhere she is welcomed to share her life story and music.

In addition to “Hee Haw,” LuLu has also been a guest star on such television programs as “The Love Boat” and “Touched By An Angel.” She is also an accomplished author, with her autobiography and her cookbook “Kitchen Komforts.”

Although she has been performing for over 40 years, LuLu continues to travel sharing her testimony, her humor and her music.

Continuing the tradition of good gospel music, Thursday at Rolling Acres features the Perfect Heart and Dominion Trio and Bradly at 7 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Heaveners, Choraliers and Pearl and The Mullett Family will bring their talents to the pavilion.

It’s a day full of events Saturday beginning with Bible study led by Don Everett at 10 a.m.; this will be followed by a fellowship meal at 1 p.m.

The concerts get under way at 6 p.m. showcasing The Lordsmen, Dominion Trio and Bradly and The Thorn Family.

Camping sites are offered with electric and water hook-ups along with a concession stand. For camping or general information call 304-788-5866.

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