The simple desire to encourage others to experience God's love and power was the driving force behind the ministry of Marty & Patti Elmore when it began in 1987, and that desire remains their focus today. As two people who have experienced many of life's most distressing situations, they are able to testify to the sufficiency of God's grace for every moment. This is reflected in their writing, leading Timothy Yap of hallels.com to say, "Marty & Patti Elmore's new album "Hand in Hand" does not just offer us tutorials in the faith, It also treks with us hand in hand through the labyrinths of life's most dire and complicated moments offering to us piquant encouragements from scripture and leading us always to the Savior." Hallels went on to include Hand in Hand in their list of eight favorite Roots/Folk Christian album releases of 2015.
Hailing from West Plains, Missouri, the Elmores have seen God open doors of opportunity to provide an ever-expanding circle of churches and venues in which to share their music and ministry. Always excited to see where the Lord will send them next, they simply desire to be useful to the One they serve, and an encouragement to hurting people who need to hear the Good News!
The Elmores' music has been described as progressive southern gospel, roots/folk, even inspirational to middle-of-the-road. Not concerned with labeling, Marty & Patti simply desire to sing songs with a strong, clear, Gospel message. In addition to their original songs, the Elmores draw upon other writers and the great hymns of the church in their musical presentation. Their concerts include the use of both custom soundtracks and piano, guitar, & bass guitar.
For the past 26 years, the Elmores have enjoyed the producing talents of multiple Dove Award-Winner Roger Talley, of the Horizon Records recording artists, The Talleys. Additionally, Talley's publishing company, Life Source Music/BMI, holds numerous Elmore compositions in its catalog, to include their best-known songs, "When Grace Stepped Forth" and "Don't Look at The Water". The Elmores' songs have been recorded by several national and regional artists, including The Kingsmen, Hope's Call, New Journey, Joani Tabor, Cindy Sites, the Cumberland Boys, the Heritage Boys, and David & Darlene Gourley, to name a few. Additionally, they have been privileged to share the stage in an opening capacity with such artists as The Florida Boys, The Martins, Jeff & Sherry Easter, The Lesters, The Wilburns, The Freedom Quartet, and New Journey.