Their father, Lamar Eason, was a deacon in the church and sang with several other men in a quartet. Occassionally on Saturday evening or Sunday nights the family would all gather at one of the homes of a fellow church memebers. There the men would gather around the piano and sing that good 'ole gospel quartet music ... music with shaped notes!
It is from this upbringing and their love of the Lord that they found their love of singing. For years Pat and Jeanie would sing together, from special music on Sundays, sitting together in the church choir, and then eventually in the gospel music ministry. As the years passed Jeanie's son Jason Francis became more active in the church's youth choir.
In 1986, Jason was scheduled by his music minister, Kenny Robison, to audition with the Continental Singers and Orchestra. Much to Jason's suprise, he was invited to tour with The Continentals the following year. In the summer of 1987, at age 15, Jason left for tour. Touring with this international group was a privilege; however, such travels come with a price tag! The family decided to begin singing concerts and sharing with others the opportunity that Jason had been given. Together as a family, Pat, Jeanie, Jason, and a dear family friend Thomas Dymke (Trippy) formed a quartet and begin to sing together and unanimously agreed to identify themselves as "The Easlons", honouring their family that rooted them in their faith. Through these concerts the funds were raised for Jason to go on the road ministering the Gospel throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.
Upon Jason's return from tour he, along with the famly, felt that God was calling them to continue their ministry. Being lead by their calling The Easlons, now joined by Amy Francis (Jeanie's daughter / Jason's sister), continued their ministry through the mid 90s. Due to relocation of the members for work/career, going off to college, and life transitions the group became less active toward the end of the decade only doing spot dates, and one night concerts. However, their love for singing and ministering the gospel continued in their local churches.
Today, The Easlons are back ministering the gospel through song. Our group has changed and our sound may be different, but our roots for Southern Gospel / Country Gospel is still strong. On March 16, 2014, after a long battle with liver disease, Jeanie Easlon Francis entered into Heaven and is now singing with the the angels. We are saddened by her physical absense; however, we rejoice in knowing that she is celebrating with Jesus and walking the streets of gold. The Easlons will continue to minister, as we have been called to do, until we breath our last breathe. We are excited to see the journey God in store. We will continue to gladly wear the name Easlon and proudly continue the legacy in honour and memory to Jeanie.
The Easlons are excited to be "back in the saddle" and look forward to ministering and worshipping with you! See you soon!
The Easlons' roots to Southern Gospel and Christian Country music are deeply rooted from their upbringing. Pat recalls singing in Memorial Baptist Church in Waco, Texas where their family were members for years. Along with her brother Grady Lamar Easlon and sister Jeanie Easlon Francis, founding member of The Easlons, she remembers their early years of singing in the church. Pat remembers ... "They would have to put some kind of box, or stack hymnals behind the pulpit for me to stand on when we would sing".
THE EASLONS TODAY
Today The Easlons find themselves in a new chapter of their ministry. Our new, upbeat Country Gospel sound is taking us into the next step on their journey in the Gospel Music Ministry. Now a duo, our sounds and harmonies have changed, although you find a familiar sound that is reminiscent of The Easlons in the 80s/90s. Pat and Jason are excited about being a duo! There is nothing like singing with family and we love the harmonies that a quartet can bring.
Along with their Contemporary Christian Country sound, The Easlons have a passion for praise and worship. Singing hymns of praise has always been in our souls and we find just as much depth in the new contemporary praise and worship tunes being written today.
MEET PAT EASLON CAMPBELL
Pat was born and raised in Waco, Texas. She attended McLennan Community College in Waco where she studied Music. Pat is happily marrired to her husband of 38 years, Tom Campbell, The Easlon's manager. They adopted 5 beautiful children, Amanda, Justin, Cody, Brooklyn, and Gracie. They live in Sachse, Texas. Through the years, Pat and Tom have served in their church home's Youth Ministry and Children's Ministry. Pat has always been a part of her church choir and membe of the Worship Team. She stated, "I'm not sure where the Lord is leading us, but we are willing to follow him wherever he leads. We're taking it one day at a time. My desire is to serve the Lord by sharing the Gospel with the lost and ministering to his church through music."
MEET JASON PAUL FRANCIS
Jason P. Francis has been in private practice in Waco and Temple, Texas since 1999. He has studied at University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas A&M Central Texas, Baylor University, and NorthCentral University, obtaining both his undergraduate degree and Master's degree in Psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Jason continued his post-graduate studies at the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, obtaining his certification in clinical hypnosis, as well as the Ellis Institute in New York City, receiving his certification in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. Jason has also completed his Certification in Advanced Graduate Studies Degree in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine at NorthCentral University. As a therapist that specializes in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine, his interests lie in the area of mind/body/spirit connectivity and how our physiology, spirituality, and psychology are all interconnected. His practice began primarily in pediatric psychology; however, with his post-graduate degree in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine his patient population has increased to seeing many adults and working closely with the medical community. Jason has taught as a lecturer in the Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Residency program at Texas A&M Health Science Center in Temple, Texas. He has also served as an adjunct faculty at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Texas A&M Central Texas, Tarlten State University Central Texas, and guest lecturer at Baylor University. Jason, along with friend and fellow therapist Jeanne Williams, co-founded the 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization Therapy CenterStage Productions. The goal of Therapy Center Stage is to bring the spotlight to mental health through the healing powers of the creative and expressive arts.
As his mother recalls, his music career began at age 3 when he was found playing the "meow mix" commercial theme song by ear on his grandparents' piano. Soon after, he began taking piano lessons and performed his first recital at age 6 playing Beethoven's Fur Elise. He went on to study piano through out his school years and into his college career as a piano performance major. While at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Jason also studied vocal performance and organ performance, declaring a triple primary in his musical studies. He now continues his studies with his vocal coach and dear friend Carol Meyer Willingham, a classically trained Opera Singer with an extensive Opera career, most notably as a principal soprano for nine consecutive years at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, with whom he performs frequently. Jason has had the opportunity to perform all over the world as a singer with the Continental Singers and Orchestra, his family's ministry, and his solo career. His career has taken him to some of the finest venues including concert halls, churches, cathedrals, and auditoriums through out more than 40 of the United States in such cities as Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York. His travels have also led him throughout Western Europe and the United Kingdom including performances in London, Liverpool, Glascow, and Belfast. Jason has also been signed to the Christian record label Redemption World Records and tours with his solo ministry as well. Jason resides in Belton, Texas with his wife, Michelle and their two daughters Chloe and Bryn. "