You've Worn My Shoes
The Mathis trio began singing into hair brushes at an early age. Their first song to ever sing in parts was a Donnie Osmond song, "That's Why I Leave it all Up to You". After that they were hooked. Every time they got the opportunity they were practicing, and it didn't take long before churches were opening their doors for what was now considered a Southern Gospel trio. It was not really a surprise that the girls fell in love with gospel music. Their dads had sung in the Mathis Quartet for years, a quartet that still sings to this day; so now there was a Mathis Quartet and a Mathis Trio. During their high school years, while classmates were playing sports and attending school activities, the Mathis Trio was busy doing concerts, going to singing schools, and taking piano lessons. After graduation, the trio attended the Apostolic Faith Bible College. There they traveled and sang with the Bible College Choir and also did their own concerts. It was at this point in time that the Mathis Trio made their first album, Praising His Name. They spent one day in the studio, the only accompaniment being Karen on the piano and Kim on the bass, and everything was recorded on one track. Eventually the trio split up. Janis and Karen got married and started their families while Kim joined the corporate world. They lived apart from each other and always thought it would be nice to be able to sing together again. During the time that the trio was apart, they worked individually in churches using their gifts as needed. It proved to be a time of spiritual growth and personal maturity. The trio knows what it's like to be on the front lines of ministry, and they know what it's like to experience success and favor, as well as sorrow and loss. Later the trio found themselves once again living in their hometown, Hempstead, Texas, and decided to try singing again. Kim approached Janis and Karen and asked if they would be interested in making another recording. The answer was affirmative, and that began the Mathis Trio on the road to reorganization. The new album, You've Worn My Shoes, reflects their journey and is a compilation of their own life experiences. • The Mathis Trio is made up of sisters, Kim Mathis and Karen Mathis Hackett, and their cousin Janis Mathis Brening.