Guess the Baby Picture Contest (Part 6)

Do you know your favorite Southern Gospel singers well enough that you would recognize them anywhereβ€”even in pictures from when they were children?

Let’s find out. Can you name these three singers?

We’ve had great fun with episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. In case anyone was wondering: No, this won’t be a permanent site feature! There are enough pictures on hand for another post or two after this one. So enjoy the fun while it lasts!

UPDATE, 3:13 PM: We have a winner!

Singer 1 (Breana Crist)

Singer 2 (David Ragan)

Singer 3 (Jon Epley)

The first person to correctly name all three in a single post will win a copy of the Inspirations’ 2004 album What a Day.


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  1. There has been quite a few big “babies” here. πŸ˜‰

    • “Baby picture” is the generic term! πŸ™‚

  2. Can I get some hint on #1? #2 and 3 are very easy to me. But I can’t come up up with who #1 is.

    • Josh – it’s too early for hints! I generally don’t reveal a yes/no until there are ~30 comments, and I generally don’t give hints until about 50 incorrect guesses have been made for a particular entry! πŸ™‚

  3. Hint for #1: From studying the picture it would appear they could grow an impressive mullet if to.

  4. Edit: if THEY WANTED to. Sorry.

    • You will probably laugh, then, when the winner is correctly guessed and revealed! πŸ™‚

  5. 1. Morgan Easter
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jacob Kitson (go ACE!!!!)

    • Sorry – not all of the above are correct! πŸ™‚

      • 1. Taranda Greene
        2. David Ragan
        3. Jacob Kitson (go ACE!!!)

      • Sorry – not all of the above are correct. πŸ™‚

      • 1. Olivia Collingsworth
        2. David Ragan
        3. Jacob Kitson (go ACE!!!)

      • Olivia was (and is) a red-head. πŸ™‚

      • 1. Madison Easter
        2. David Ragan
        3. Jacob Kitson (go ACE!!!)

      • Madison? πŸ™‚

        No, not Madison Easter! πŸ™‚

      • Just going for a laugh on the Madison guess πŸ™‚

        1. Karlye Hopper
        2. David Ragan
        3. Jacob Kitson

      • Well, you certainly got at least one laugh, from North Carolina! πŸ™‚

        Sorry, #1 isn’t Karlye.

      • 1. Charlotte Richie
        2. David Ragan
        3. Jacob Kitson (go ACE!!!)

      • Sorry – not Charlotte Ritchie. But I could certainly see how someone would guess that!

      • 1. Amber Thompson
        2. David Ragan
        3. Jacob Kitson (go ACE!!!)

      • Sorry, not Amber! But – hint! – you’re in about the right era/age bracket.

      • 1. Katy Peach
        2. David Ragan
        3. Jacob Kitson (go ACE!!!)

      • Sorry – not Katy! πŸ™‚

      • 1. Kelly Bowling
        2. David Ragan
        3. Jacob Kitson (go ACE!!!)

      • Sorry, not Kelly!

      • Sorry, not Lauren. I thought someone already guessed that one.

      • 1. Lauren Talley
        2. David Ragan
        3. Jacob Kitson (go ACE!!!)

      • 1. Annie McRae
        2. David Ragan
        3. Jacob Kitson

      • Sorry, not Annie McRae (though, again, right age bracket / era)

      • 1. Courtney Collingsworth
        2. David Ragan
        3. Jacob Kitson

      • Sorry, not Courtney Collingsworth Metz (officially as of last Saturday)!

      • 1. Valarie Ruppe
        2. David Ragan
        3. Jacob Kitson

      • Sorry, not Valerie!

        I think that, by virtue of persistence, you stand a very good chance of bringing home the music on this one! πŸ™‚

      • Any hints? πŸ™‚

      • I actually gave a huge one a little earlier, and I gave another semi-significant one a little before that. πŸ™‚

      • Suzane Taylor
        David Ragan
        Jacob Kitson

      • Sorry, not Suzanne!

      • Leslie Taylor
        David Ragan
        Jacob Kitson

      • Sorry, not Leslie Taylor.

        This singer is presently with or with a group who is with a major label.

      • Has the correct last name been guessed for #1. I have an idea, but I still don’t want to interfere with someone who can win the CD I already have.

      • Amanda Crabb
        David Ragan
        Jacob Kitson

      • Sorry, not Amanda!

      • Chrysta Beene
        David Ragan
        Jacob Kitson

      • Breanna Crist
        David Ragan
        Jacob Kitson

      • Did you see my last two attempts?

      • Sorry – no, I had not. Neither your 11:56 comment nor your 12:11 comment gets all three correct.

      • Joseph Hadebank
        David Ragan
        Jacob Kitson

      • Ha! Sorry, but no!

      • Riley Clark
        David Ragan
        Jacob Kitson

      • No. πŸ™‚

        Keep in mind that I have not necessarily said you are correct as to #2 and #3. However, both #2 and #3 have been guessed here, whether or not it was you guessing them. πŸ™‚

      • Cody McVey
        David Ragan
        Jacob Kitson

        Trying to verify if #1 is a girl.

      • Not Cody. πŸ™‚

        Note the flowers and ruffles. πŸ™‚

  6. 1. Sheri Easter
    2. Colet Selwyn
    3. Jacob Kitson

    • Sorry, not all of the above are correct!

  7. #2 was the first one I’ve seen that I could look at and immediately know who it was. I don’t know the others, but #3 looks familiar.

    • Well, who do you think it is? Given that there have been multiple guesses, including by at least one person who was confident in his guess, someone clearly has guessed wrong! πŸ™‚

      Feel free to guess all three. You stand a running chance at getting this one! πŸ™‚

      • Eh, I’ve already got the CD you’re offering. I bet your #2 picture person already has it, too. πŸ™‚

      • I imagine you’re right. πŸ™‚

  8. 1. Morgan Easter
    2. Colet Selwyn
    3. Joe Kitson

    • Sorry, Josh – not all of the above are correct. πŸ™‚

  9. 1. TaRanda Greene
    2. Ivan Parker
    3. Jacob Kitson

    • Sorry, not all of the above are correct! (Just out of curiosity, were you serious with your guess on #2? πŸ™‚ )

  10. 1. Misty Freeman
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jacob Kitson

    • Sorry, J.C. – not all of the above are correct!

  11. 1.Morgan Easter
    2.David Ragan
    3.Jon Epley

    • I am very confident about #2 and 3!

      • I can see that on #3. #2 was apparent as soon as I saw him. LOL! What a great lead singer!!!

      • LOL about it being apparent, or about the fact that someone guessed it as Ivan Parker? πŸ™‚

      • Yeah the Ivan Parker guess was quite impressive!! LOL!

    • Sorry, not all of the above are correct!

      It has been tickling my funny bone this morning that *all three* original founding members of Statement of Faith were among the first five guessed for #3! πŸ™‚

  12. 1 Taranda Greene
    2 David Ragan
    3 Jon Epley

    • Sorry, not TaRanda, but I do have this sneaking suspicion that this contest will be over faster than any other installment! πŸ™‚

      • I’m trying to think of what member of the Inspirations #1 could be…

      • Ha! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  13. 1.lauren talley
    2.david ragan
    3.jon Epley

    • Sorry, Frank, not all of the above are correct!

  14. 1. Jackie Crist
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jon Epley

    • Sorry – not all of the above are correct!

  15. I’m very sure that #3 is mark tramell
    #1 is the blonde queen herself, kim hopper.
    As for #2, I haven’t the slightest idea!

    • Sorry, actually, none of your guesses are correct!

  16. 1 Sheryl Farris
    2 David Ragan
    3 Jon Epley

    • Sorry, Josh2, not all of your guesses are incorrect! But they’re not all correct, either!

  17. 1 Sheri Easter
    2 David Ragan
    3 Jon Epley

    FINAL ANSWER from me! lol

    • Sorry, not Sheri!

      At least one of the guesses above came incredibly close, so I have a distinct feeling that someone could get it within the next few guesses if they keep trying!

  18. 1 Morgan Easter
    2 David Ragan
    3 Jon Epley

    Maybe the last wasn’t my final answer.

    • I thought you (or someone) posted that combination above. Sorry, but not this combination!

    • I already guessed that. Sorry. I have no further ideas. But I will say I was the first to know #2 and 3. πŸ™‚

  19. 1, Connie Fortner
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jon Epley

    • Sorry, not Connie! Connie is a little older than this individual. πŸ™‚

  20. 1. Kim Hopper
    2. David Ragan
    3. I still think its Mark Trammell

    • Sorry, not Mark Trammell, as I said above. πŸ™‚ So not all of the above are correct.

  21. 1. Kim Hopper
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jon Epley

  22. 1. Charlotte Ritchie
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jon Epley

    • Sorry, hokiva; I’d confirmed that it wasn’t this particular lineup earlier in the discussion. πŸ™‚

  23. 1. Soyna Issacs
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jon Epley

  24. 1. Morgan Easter
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jacob Kitson

    • Sorry, not Morgan! I seem to think I had said no to this particular combination earlier.

  25. 1. Janet Paschal
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jon Epley

    • Sorry, not Janet. As I commented above, this particular one is in the era / approximate age bracket of Amber Nelon Thompson, Annie McRae, and Lauren Talley.

      • Oh. Gotcha!

  26. 1. Breana Crist 2. David Reagan 3. Jon Epley

    • That was my next guess too Brent! LOL!

    • Oops – I stand corrected! Somehow I did not get the email notification of this comment. Brent is actually the winner. Sorry, O!

  27. 1. Joyce Martin
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jacob Kitson

    • Sorry, not Joyce. Younger (I think) and newer on the scene (definitely) than the Martins.

  28. 1. Brooklyn Collingsworth
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jacob Kitson

    • Sorry, not Brooklyn Collingsworth Blair!

  29. 1- kim lord
    2- david ragan
    3- jacob kitson

    • Sorry, no – not all of the above are correct.

  30. or maybe

    1- heather day
    2- david ragan
    3- jacob kitson

  31. 1- Sony Elise πŸ˜‰ I know you said she’s in a group, just picking on Sony.
    2- David Ragan
    3- Jacob Kitson

  32. Ha! Sorry, but you’re right, not this group of three!

  33. 1- heather day
    2- david ragan
    3- jacob kitson

    • Sorry, Scott – not this combination!

  34. #1 Bill Gaither

  35. I will now offer a major hint: All three singers have been named somewhere in these first 118 comments – just not in the right order.

  36. 1. Heather Day
    2. David Ragan
    3. John Epley

    • No, not this combo. (It’s actually Jon Epley, which I assume is likely short for Jonathan, but I wouldn’t have counted that against you if you’d otherwise scored the winning guess. πŸ™‚ )

  37. heather day
    david ragan
    joe kitson

    • Sorry, O., but no!

      What do you want to go by for short? Olane? A First name?

      • “O” is fine

      • OK, O! Thanks!

  38. morgan easter
    david ragan
    jon eply

    • Sorry, but not this combination! Did you see my earlier question – what would you like to be called for short? Olane? OJ?

  39. 1. Lauren Talley
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jacob Kitson

    • Sorry, not Lauren. She was featured earlier in the series, at an age close enough to #1’s age that a comparison would show it’s not the same person. πŸ™‚

    • sorry, just saw this combo was used earlier.

      • No problem; things are getting a little crazy here at the end. The number of possible combinations is dwindling quickly!

  40. 1. Morgan Easter
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jon Epley

    • sorry, nevermind

      • I think that one might’ve been guessed before. πŸ˜‰ It’s not Morgan.

  41. breana crist
    david ragan
    jon epley

    • A victory fairly earned! Send us your address via the contact form, and the prize is yours!

      Good work!

      • Whew! What’s funny is that by the end my wife and 7 kids were offering up possibilities ranging from Devin McGlamery to Cody McVey to a young lady in a local family group that rolled her eyes every time her dad told a corny joke. Thanks for the challenge.

        “O”

      • Funny! πŸ™‚

      • My apologies, O; it has been observed that brent actually guessed correctly at 12:06. However, I did not get the notification of that comment. Nonetheless, I stand corrected; Brent was first.

  42. 1. Kim Lord
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jon Epley

  43. chrysta beene
    david ragan
    jon epley

    • Sorry – it was David and Jon, but not Chrysta!

  44. 1. Breana Crist
    2. David Ragan
    3. Jacob Kitson

    • Sorry, not this combination! But #1 and #2 were correct, and our winner correctly paired them with Jon Epley.

  45. taranda greene
    david ragan
    jon epley

    • Sorry, not this combination (but at least you won above!)

  46. We have a winner! O’s 3:03 post correctly identified the three individuals as Breana Crist, David Ragan, and Jon Epley!

  47. Hey Daniel. Didn’t “brent” guess that at 12:06? Because I was actually heading back to the site to put that in as my guess and I saw “brent” had already guessed it so I just posted a comment to his?

    • J.C.,

      Good catch it looks like Brent does have the correct answer first. Maybe I’ll get the next one.

      “O”

      • I stand corrected; apologies to everyone, O especially! I did not see that one (did not get the email notification).

        Brent, please send in your address via the contact form!

  48. Whew! Thankfully, it all worked out! brent already had the CD, so it’ll go to O after all. πŸ™‚

    • Great! Thanks Brent and Daniel, my kids will be thrilled. They love it when we get stuff in the mail, especially SG stuff.

      “O”

      • Brent deserves the thanks here. πŸ™‚

  49. Congrats, Brent & O!!

    I thought it was different how 2/3 of the people pictured are present members of the group in the prize.. :o)

    • Yeah, that was a special funny twist, an easter egg for anyone who was paying attention. Of course, it took 153 comments before anyone noticed… πŸ˜€

  50. Congrats!!

  51. Well, I think I blew it and I had a senior moment w/contest #5 and #6. Whatever!