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1992 Treasured Gifts (Welcome Home Records): Farther Along; Peace In The Valley; His Eye Is On The Sparrow; Without Him; Until Then; Who Am I; Love Lifted Me; It Took A Miracle; Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus; Holy, Holy, Holy.

1995 Sheltered (White Field Music): Gettin' Ready Today; Mercy Called Me By Name; There's Just Something About My Praise; Sheltered In The Arms Of God; Only A Matter Of Mercy; Healing Hand Of God; Nothing's Too Big For My God; Broken Vessel; Bound For The Kingdom; I Must Tell Jesus.

1996 The Longer I Serve Him The Sweeter He Grows (Daywind Records): Let's All Go Down To The River; I'd Rather Have Jesus; Til The Storm Passes By; Written In Red; Thinking About Home; The Old Rugged Cross Made The Difference; The Longer I Serve Him; Little Is Much; My House Is Full; Holy Ground.

1997 Let's Talk (Daywind Records): Trust And Obey; Then I Remember; Let's Talk About What God Can Do; Someone Like Me; Precious Blood Of Jesus, Cover Me; Oh Me Of Little Faith; God Is Greater; I've Found Living Water; Get The Bride Ready; Downings Medley.

1999 Ocean Of Grace (White Field Music): Until We Fly Away; Climbing Jacob's Ladder; The Healer Is Here; It Took The Blood; Long And Winding Road; Run And Tell; No Stone Unturned; Doing What He Said; That's Why There's Grace; No Less Than Faithful.

2003 Tell Me Again Live (Scarlett Song Records): Gettin' Ready Today; He'll Deliver You Through; How Precious Are Your Thoughts; Precious Blood Of Jesus, Cover Me; This World Doesn't Own Me Any More; Sheltered In The Arms Of God; Scarlett's Story; Tell Me Again; Climbing Jacob's Ladder; Little Children; I've Got Confidence; You Give; Through The Blood.

2004 God Looking In (Scarlett Song Records): God Looking In; Come Out Of The Darkness; He Already Knew Me; Earth Has No Sorrow; Love Grows Here; Stay Close To Me; He's Working Through My Circumstances; Are You Tired; Bring Me Back; I Must Tell Jesus; Above All Else.

2007 Yuletide (Crossroads Records): Joy To The World; It Came Upon A Midnight Clear; Spirit Of Christmas; Sleigh Ride; The First Noel; Unspeakable Joy; Santa's Medley; I'll Be Home For Christmas; It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year; Silent Night.

2010 Traveling Light (Custom Records): Traveling Light; The Wesley Brothers; All Is Well; The Blessing Of No; The Secrects Of My Heart; I Didn't Come To This Valley To Stay; When I Leave It In Your Hands; The Earth Is Full Of The Glory Of The Lord; He Will Be; Take Heart; I Know You.

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Co-founder of southern/contemporary gospel band The Downings.

Virginia Ann Sanders b: 6/12/45) of Pittsboro, MS grew up on a cotton farm and had dreams of singing gospel music all over the world. Her family was very supportive of those dreams, making sure Ann had the best music teachers and singing schools in the area to go to. Ann listened to a variety of music as a girl, and was a fan of Patti Page and Rosemary Clooney in particular, but since her aspirations were in gospel, it was her interest in Ginger Smith Laxson, soprano and pianist for the Speer Family, that would ultimately pay off for her.

Right out of high school, Ann was hired to join the Speer Family, impressing them with her knowledge of all their songs. For five years, Ann travelled and sang with the Speers, quickly becoming one of the more popular singers in gospel music, especially with her renditions of "I Must Tell Jesus" and "On The Sunny Banks". Ann's talents were honed and sharpened by her time with the Speers.

Paul first saw Ann in a diner in Americus, GA…upon seeing her, he began to sing "There She Is, Miss America"…unsure if Paul was singing to her or not, Ann decided to give Paul some attention. Ann noticed Paul's smile as one so big, it appeared as if his head would hinge right off!

The two began seeing each other regularly. After six months, Paul ("the handsomest man I ever laid eyes on", said Ann) proposed to her by writing "Will You Marry Me" on a styrofoam Dairy Queen cup. She turned him down ("people don't go that fast where I come from" was her rationale)…but being the top salesman he was, Paul didn't give up…after a few more months, he proposed again…this time telling Ann that on the first proposal, he'd had a ring, but took it back and got a bigger one this time! This time, Ann said "yes", and soon, the couple became Mr. and Mrs. Paul Downing!

Shortly after they were married, Paul (who as a salesman, was only home on weekends) noticed Ann was unhappy not singing at this time, and decided to do something about that! He asked his wife if she wanted to form a group…after another "yes", they bought a bus, and the Downings were born!

In 1978, the Downings disbanded for a time, and financial troubles and marital difficulties plagued Paul and Ann. The 80s were a trying decade for the two, as they tried to salvage their marriage and their individual lives.

But through counseling, and prayer…Paul and Ann persevered and saved their marriage, and their fortunes began to turn. It seemed they had come full circle, and were ready to set gospel music on fire as they had 20 years earlier. But this time, they had become involved in extramusical ministries…they began to counsel couples in trouble and also troubled youth…Paul and Ann began a women's retreat, which continues annually to this day under Ann's leadership.

But there was always music…they reformed a new Downings to do concerts, and Paul was helping Ann begin a solo music ministry of her own. They also began appearing on Bill Gaither's famous Homecoming projects. As the 90s dawned, it appeared Paul and Ann were poised to conquer gospel music as they had in the 70s.

But on Feb. 23, 1992, while preparing for a service in the Lexington, KY area, Paul Downing's heart stopped beating. At the age of 59, that resounding deep bass voice of Paul Downing was stilled. As was always the case (particularly since the late 80s) Ann was at his side. The man who wooed her with a Bert Parks song and a proposal on a Dairy Queen cup was now home with the savior they had sung about for so long together.

Stricken with grief, Ann continued to do what she did best…sing and minister to others. Musically, she has unveiled a heretofore untapped songwriting talent, and continues to sing on the Gaither projects and those of her own. And she continues ministering to women, seniors, and youth…continuing the legacy that she and Paul established together.

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Southern Gospel singer and songwriter Ann Downing was born Virginia Ann Sanders in Pittsboro, Mississippi on June 12, 1945. She showed an early interest in gospel music, which was encouraged by her family. Shortly after graduating from High School, Ann was hired to sing with the Speer Family, a group she stayed with for five years.

It was during this time that Ann met bass singer Paul Downing. The two eventually married and in 1969 formed the mixed group the Downings. Following the disbanding of the Downings in 1977, Ann discovered her talent for songwriting. She has penned hundreds of songs which have many recorded by many solo artists as well as groups.

Ann and Paul eventually decided to reform the Downings, but Paul passed away in 1992 before realizing that ambition. In spite of personal tragedy, Ann continues to sing, write songs, and speak to various groups about coping with life's issues. She also has appeared regularly on the Gaither Homecoming Series since that series began.

Awards

Singing News Fan Awards:
Favorite Female Singer (1973)

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Delivered Again
He Will Be
Peace
Stay Close To Me

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Co-founder of southern/contemporary gospel band The Downings.
Virginia Ann Sanders b: 6/12/45) of Pittsboro, MS grew up on a cotton farm and had dreams of singing gospel music all over the world. Her family was very supportive of those dreams, making sure Ann had the best music teachers and singing schools in the area to go to. Ann listened to a variety of music as a girl, and was a fan of Patti Page and Rosemary Clooney in particular, but since her aspirations were in gospel, it was her interest in Ginger Smith Laxson, soprano and pianist for the Speer Family, that would ultimately pay off for her.\\

Right out of high school, Ann was hired to join the Speer Family, impressing them with her knowledge of all their songs. For five years, Ann travelled and sang with the Speers, quickly becoming one of the more popular singers in gospel music, especially with her renditions of "I Must Tell Jesus" and "On The Sunny Banks". Ann's talents were honed and sharpened by her time with the Speers.\\

Paul first saw Ann in a diner in Americus, GA…upon seeing her, he began to sing "There She Is, Miss America"…unsure if Paul was singing to her or not, Ann decided to give Paul some attention. Ann noticed Paul's smile as one so big, it appeared as if his head would hinge right off!\\

The two began seeing each other regularly. After six months, Paul ("the handsomest man I ever laid eyes on", said Ann) proposed to her by writing "Will You Marry Me" on a styrofoam Dairy Queen cup. She turned him down ("people don't go that fast where I come from" was her rationale)…but being the top salesman he was, Paul didn't give up…after a few more months, he proposed again…this time telling Ann that on the first proposal, he'd had a ring, but took it back and got a bigger one this time! This time, Ann said "yes", and soon, the couple became Mr. and Mrs. Paul Downing!\\

Shortly after they were married, Paul (who as a salesman, was only home on weekends) noticed Ann was unhappy not singing at this time, and decided to do something about that! He asked his wife if she wanted to form a group…after another "yes", they bought a bus, and the Downings were born!\\

In 1978, the Downings disbanded for a time, and financial troubles and marital difficulties plagued Paul and Ann. The 80s were a trying decade for the two, as they tried to salvage their marriage and their individual lives.\\

But through counseling, and prayer…Paul and Ann persevered and saved their marriage, and their fortunes began to turn. It seemed they had come full circle, and were ready to set gospel music on fire as they had 20 years earlier. But this time, they had become involved in extramusical ministries…they began to counsel couples in trouble and also troubled youth…Paul and Ann began a women's retreat, which continues annually to this day under Ann's leadership.\\

But there was always music…they reformed a new Downings to do concerts, and Paul was helping Ann begin a solo music ministry of her own. They also began appearing on Bill Gaither's famous Homecoming projects. As the 90s dawned, it appeared Paul and Ann were poised to conquer gospel music as they had in the 70s.\\

But on Feb. 23, 1992, while preparing for a service in the Lexington, KY area, Paul Downing's heart stopped beating. At the age of 59, that resounding deep bass voice of Paul Downing was stilled. As was always the case (particularly since the late 80s) Ann was at his side. The man who wooed her with a Bert Parks song and a proposal on a Dairy Queen cup was now home with the savior they had sung about for so long together.
Stricken with grief, Ann continued to do what she did best…sing and minister to others. Musically, she has unveiled a heretofore untapped songwriting talent, and continues to sing on the Gaither projects and those of her own. And she continues ministering to women, seniors, and youth…continuing the legacy that she and Paul established together.\\

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Co-founder of southern/contemporary gospel band The Downings.

Virginia Ann Sanders b: 6/12/45) of Pittsboro, MS grew up on a cotton farm and had dreams of singing gospel music all over the world. Her family was very supportive of those dreams, making sure Ann had the best music teachers and singing schools in the area to go to. Ann listened to a variety of music as a girl, and was a fan of Patti Page and Rosemary Clooney in particular, but since her aspirations were in gospel, it was her interest in Ginger Smith Laxson, soprano and pianist for the Speer Family, that would ultimately pay off for her.

Right out of high school, Ann was hired to join the Speer Family, impressing them with her knowledge of all their songs. For five years, Ann travelled and sang with the Speers, quickly becoming one of the more popular singers in gospel music, especially with her renditions of "I Must Tell Jesus" and "On The Sunny Banks". Ann's talents were honed and sharpened by her time with the Speers.

Paul first saw Ann in a diner in Americus, GA…upon seeing her, he began to sing "There She Is, Miss America"…unsure if Paul was singing to her or not, Ann decided to give Paul some attention. Ann noticed Paul's smile as one so big, it appeared as if his head would hinge right off!

The two began seeing each other regularly. After six months, Paul ("the handsomest man I ever laid eyes on", said Ann) proposed to her by writing "Will You Marry Me" on a styrofoam Dairy Queen cup. She turned him down ("people don't go that fast where I come from" was her rationale)…but being the top salesman he was, Paul didn't give up…after a few more months, he proposed again…this time telling Ann that on the first proposal, he'd had a ring, but took it back and got a bigger one this time! This time, Ann said "yes", and soon, the couple became Mr. and Mrs. Paul Downing!

Shortly after they were married, Paul (who as a salesman, was only home on weekends) noticed Ann was unhappy not singing at this time, and decided to do something about that! He asked his wife if she wanted to form a group…after another "yes", they bought a bus, and the Downings were born!

In 1978, the Downings disbanded for a time, and financial troubles and marital difficulties plagued Paul and Ann. The 80s were a trying decade for the two, as they tried to salvage their marriage and their individual lives.

But through counseling, and prayer…Paul and Ann persevered and saved their marriage, and their fortunes began to turn. It seemed they had come full circle, and were ready to set gospel music on fire as they had 20 years earlier. But this time, they had become involved in extramusical ministries…they began to counsel couples in trouble and also troubled youth…Paul and Ann began a women's retreat, which continues annually to this day under Ann's leadership.

But there was always music…they reformed a new Downings to do concerts, and Paul was helping Ann begin a solo music ministry of her own. They also began appearing on Bill Gaither's famous Homecoming projects. As the 90s dawned, it appeared Paul and Ann were poised to conquer gospel music as they had in the 70s.

But on Feb. 23, 1992, while preparing for a service in the Lexington, KY area, Paul Downing's heart stopped beating. At the age of 59, that resounding deep bass voice of Paul Downing was stilled. As was always the case (particularly since the late 80s) Ann was at his side. The man who wooed her with a Bert Parks song and a proposal on a Dairy Queen cup was now home with the savior they had sung about for so long together.

Stricken with grief, Ann continued to do what she did best…sing and minister to others. Musically, she has unveiled a heretofore untapped songwriting talent, and continues to sing on the Gaither projects and those of her own. And she continues ministering to women, seniors, and youth…continuing the legacy that she and Paul established together.

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Virginia Ann (Sanders) Downing (June 12,1945-)

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Biography

Co-founder of southern/contemporary gospel band The Downings.
Virginia Ann Sanders b: 6/12/45) of Pittsboro, MS grew up on a cotton farm and had dreams of singing gospel music all over the world. Her family was very supportive of those dreams, making sure Ann had the best music teachers and singing schools in the area to go to. Ann listened to a variety of music as a girl, and was a fan of Patti Page and Rosemary Clooney in particular, but since her aspirations were in gospel, it was her interest in Ginger Smith Laxson, soprano and pianist for the Speer Family, that would ultimately pay off for her.\\

Right out of high school, Ann was hired to join the Speer Family, impressing them with her knowledge of all their songs. For five years, Ann travelled and sang with the Speers, quickly becoming one of the more popular singers in gospel music, especially with her renditions of "I Must Tell Jesus" and "On The Sunny Banks". Ann's talents were honed and sharpened by her time with the Speers.\\

Paul first saw Ann in a diner in Americus, GA…upon seeing her, he began to sing "There She Is, Miss America"…unsure if Paul was singing to her or not, Ann decided to give Paul some attention. Ann noticed Paul's smile as one so big, it appeared as if his head would hinge right off!\\

The two began seeing each other regularly. After six months, Paul ("the handsomest man I ever laid eyes on", said Ann) proposed to her by writing "Will You Marry Me" on a styrofoam Dairy Queen cup. She turned him down ("people don't go that fast where I come from" was her rationale)…but being the top salesman he was, Paul didn't give up…after a few more months, he proposed again…this time telling Ann that on the first proposal, he'd had a ring, but took it back and got a bigger one this time! This time, Ann said "yes", and soon, the couple became Mr. and Mrs. Paul Downing!\\

Shortly after they were married, Paul (who as a salesman, was only home on weekends) noticed Ann was unhappy not singing at this time, and decided to do something about that! He asked his wife if she wanted to form a group…after another "yes", they bought a bus, and the Downings were born!\\

In 1978, the Downings disbanded for a time, and financial troubles and marital difficulties plagued Paul and Ann. The 80s were a trying decade for the two, as they tried to salvage their marriage and their individual lives.\\

But through counseling, and prayer…Paul and Ann persevered and saved their marriage, and their fortunes began to turn. It seemed they had come full circle, and were ready to set gospel music on fire as they had 20 years earlier. But this time, they had become involved in extramusical ministries…they began to counsel couples in trouble and also troubled youth…Paul and Ann began a women's retreat, which continues annually to this day under Ann's leadership.\\

But there was always music…they reformed a new Downings to do concerts, and Paul was helping Ann begin a solo music ministry of her own. They also began appearing on Bill Gaither's famous Homecoming projects. As the 90s dawned, it appeared Paul and Ann were poised to conquer gospel music as they had in the 70s.\\

But on Feb. 23, 1992, while preparing for a service in the Lexington, KY area, Paul Downing's heart stopped beating. At the age of 59, that resounding deep bass voice of Paul Downing was stilled. As was always the case (particularly since the late 80s) Ann was at his side. The man who wooed her with a Bert Parks song and a proposal on a Dairy Queen cup was now home with the savior they had sung about for so long together.
Stricken with grief, Ann continued to do what she did best…sing and minister to others. Musically, she has unveiled a heretofore untapped songwriting talent, and continues to sing on the Gaither projects and those of her own. And she continues ministering to women, seniors, and youth…continuing the legacy that she and Paul established together.\\

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