The McKameys' Eli Fortner and Alexia Lauren were engaged on Sunday, Jan. 26. The McKameys posted an online announcement about the engagement, saying simply, "BIG NEWS!!" Eli, the son of Roger & Connie Bean Fortner and grandson of Ruben & Peg McKamey Bean, played guitar and was a featured vocalist with The McKameys, who toured for nearly 40 years before their Nov. 2019 retirement.
On Sunday, Jan. 26, the 25-year-old proposed to Alexia Lauren atop Bluff Mountain in Ashe Country, North Carolina. Alexia, who hails from Waynesville, North Carolina, works as a makeup artist and esthetician. In a post on Sunday evening, Eli shared, "She's been my best and closest friend for 3 years. Today she said yes to marrying me."
The McKameys are a family group based out of Clinton, Tennessee, entering in their sixth decade of spreading God's message of love and hope through their music. There have been a few changes throughout the years after beginning as 3 sisters to the group now consisting of one of those original sisters, Peg McKamey Bean along with her husband, Ruben, their daughter Connie Fortner along with her husband, Roger Fortner, their son, Elijah Fortner; and Sheryl Farris, Peg and Ruben's younger daughter. The wonderful harmonies of this family along with great songs gives them a unique opportunity to share God's love as well as encourage the saints.
Whether they are performing one of their classics like "Right On Time", "I've Won", "Unspoken Request", "There Is Jesus", their signature song, "God On The Mountain" or a new release, there is an undeniable energy that carries them through each performance.