Shirley Simpson not a 'disappointment act'

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM.

The Gathering

Simpson believes The Gathering is a great concept and enjoys being part of it. David Seering is the worship team leader and Billy Gray of Billy Gray Ministries is the regular minister.

"In the beginning, my husband, Chuck, and I attended because we know Billy and admire him and support him, and we know David and have always admired and enjoyed him and his music," she said. "When I was asked to do a benefit performance for Billy Gray, I did Gracie Allen, which turned out to be a successful fundraiser for his work."

In one of her scenes in the Gracie Allen show, Simpson talks about how Gracie and George Allen were very successful in early vaudeville because they were known as a great "disappointment act."

"That didn’t mean their act was a disappointment,” Simpson said. “It meant that they would fill in for an act that couldn’t show up, maybe because of illness or car trouble, so the original act 'disappointed' the theatre and George and Gracie could be counted on to 'fill in'."

Soon after Simpson did that benefit for Billy Gray, she received a call from Jay Stone at The Gathering.

"Billy had a medical problem," she said. "Would I be the 'disappointment act' at The Gathering? I did it — loved it — and now try to fill in whenever they need me."

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