Southern Country Gospel
Vivian was raised in the small town of Eddy, TX. She attended the Eddy Baptist Church during her youth and teen years. She accepted Christ at the age of 15 during a revival that was held in her home church.
Vivian was first handed a guitar at the age of 5 or 6 when her Dad placed his old Sears & Roebuck Silvertone archtop guitar in her hands and allowed her to gently strum the strings under his watchful eyes. She grew up watching her grandmother play piano for various churches around the Waco are and watching her play piano and guitar at home. Her love for music was in her from her earliest memories.
Vivian is self-taught on the guitar and enjoys playing rhythm to a variety of songs. She was influenced in her early years by her musical family members as well as artists like Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and all the old time country artists of the 50’s and 60’s.
At one time, Vivian stopped playing music all together in order to be a wife, mother, and help earn a living to support her family. There was no music to speak of in her life until after her children were grown and living on their own. That’s when a friend suggest she purchase a guitar and get back into her first love. She played local venues and many small jam sessions for a few years until a series of tragedies brought about her return to her faith and desire to serve God through her music.
She first met band leader, Randy York and his wife Dena through the church they were all attending at the time. Randy invited her to join him and another individual on the stage one Sunday morning to help with the worship music. Afterward, Randy invited her to become a permanent member of Branded Cross. She gladly accepted his invitation to serve the Lord through music ministry.