PARKERSBURG - A Parkersburg man whose ministry is performing gospel music in local nursing facilities has released his third album.
"Come Up" is a collection of 10 original songs written and performed by John Coss, who worked at O. Ames until the shovel plant closed. He is a custodian at Waverly Elementary School where he is retiring, at which time he will devote all his time to his ministry.
Coss has been performing gospel music for close to 20 years. A singer, guitarist and keyboard player, Coss said he once performed in local bars and clubs until his calling.
"God got a hold of me and took me out of there and put me in church," Coss said.
"Come Up" was produced by Sackcloth Studios in south Parkersburg.
Among the songs are the "Bell on Sunday Morning," of which the lyrics are titles of other old gospel songs, Coss said. No. 2 on the album is "Did you," which asks about being ready to accept Christ, he said.
John Coss worked at O. Ames until it closed and then went on to be a custodian at Waverly Elementary.
Coss plans to retire from Waverly and then focus all of his time on his ministry, which performs gospel music at local nursing facilities.
Coss has just released his third album titled "Come Up."
Coss wrote all of the songs and performed them with his band for the album.
"I wrote all the songs," he said.
Providing the back-up vocals on the "Come Up" album are Hannah Garrison, Kaleigh Davis and Morgan Didlake, students at VanDevender Middle School.
Other musicians are Jeff Wise on steel guitar and Ed Jackson on lead guitar. The album was recorded by Chip Minney at Sackcloth.
His first album, "Little Blue Church," was released in 2006. The second, "Do You Know Him," taken from a sermon, was released in 2008.
Six nursing facilities are in the ministry, Coss said. He performs at Carehaven in Belmont, Parkersburg Care and Rehabilitation in Parkersburg, Worthington Manor in Parkersburg, Ohio Valley Health Care, Cedar Grove and Eagle Pointe in north Parkersburg with the Pleasant View Baptist Church.
The CDs are available at six locations in the area: Bond's Drug Store in Lubeck and at the Mid-Ohio Valley Medical Center at the Grand Central Mall, the Christian Supply Center on Garfield Avenue, Stout's Pharmacy on Dudley Avenue and Mini Giant No. 2 at West Virginia 2 and 31. The CDs are also available on cdbaby.com where the songs can be downloaded for a fee.