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The Hemmers of New Hartford use music to help uplift others


Ray Hemmer, Nancy Hemmer and their daughter Naomi Probert make up the music group Restored. The family said its main mission is to spread a message of faith through song.

Married 38 years, Ray and Nancy Hemmer each grew up singing and passed that love on to their three children.

"From an early age we could encourage the kids to sing. We were just always singing, and my husband would always sing in the car, and we'd be in harmony in the car. Music is a part of us," said Nancy Hemmer.

The family didn't form an official group until all their children were grown. After going through a divorce in the family, the Hemmers began singing on a more regular basis.

"So we sang as a way to comfort ourselves," said Nancy Hemmer.

Two years ago, the Hemmers noticed a need in New Hartford as the town continued to recover from the tornado and flood in 2008. The Hemmers began performing once a month at the New Hartford Community Center.

"It's not affiliated with any church. We just invite anybody from any faith to come," said Nancy Hemmer.

The Hemmers describe the music they sing as southern gospel. They believe this is what they were called to do to help others dealing with physical or spiritual burdens.

Ray Hemmer said changing people's lives is what keeps the family performing.

"A gentleman came up to me and said I'm changed. He said I came in different, and I've changed," said Ray Hemmer.

It's a commitment to helping people that makes daughter Naomi Probert proud.

"It's the best thing in the world to see them minister and encourage others. It encourages me," said Probert.

Family harmony, on and off the stage, spreading a message of love and faith.

The Hemmers are on a summer break right now, but they plan to resume performances at the New Hartford Community Center on the last Tuesday of the month in October.

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