Cockman Family returns Dec. 19

The Cockman Family, one of the most popular acts in the Mooresville Concerts series, will return to the stage at the Charles Mack Citizen Center for a gospel Christmas concert at 4 p.m. next Sunday.

The concert will be in Joe V. Knox Auditorium at the citizen center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and free children younger than 10. The public is invited to a free "Meet the Artists" reception afterward.

Tickets are on sale at the Mack Center or the Mooresville Recreation Department office, 418 Carpenter Ave.. Or call 704-662-3334. Join the concert series e-mail list at

The Cockmans play and sing original bluegrass gospel songs and original arrangements of old gospel songs. As their family continues to grow, the Cockmans are writing more of their own music in a style all their own.

The band includes John Cockman Sr., guitar; Caroline Cockman Fisher, lead vocals; John Cockman Jr., fiddle and vocals; Billy Cockman, banjo, guitar and vocals; David Cockman, bass fiddle and vocals; and Ben Cockman, mandolin, guitar, Dobro and vocals.

The four brothers, sister and their father were featured in the hour-long PBS program "Maker of the Stars: A Cockman Family Christmas," which aired nationally on American Public Television as well as on the UNC-TV network.