The Arenos will be the spotlight performers at Gospel Night, Friday, Apr. 10, during this year’s Railroad Days Festival. They are comprised of Jonathan Areno, Penny Peveto and Nathan Areno. “Our main objective is to share the love of Jesus through our music and lives”. They have diverse musical backgrounds and have been influenced by many people and artists through the years.
Jonathan has been singing and playing music for many years. He was the lead singer and mandolin player of a group called The Areno Boys. They traveled for over 30 years spreading God’s love through song. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with the likes of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, Marty Stuart and others. Jonathan currently sings lead and harmony vocals. He also plays the mandolin for The Arenos. Jonathan states “It is my desire to be a light in a dark world and offer a message of hope to someone who is lost”.
Penny began singing and playing the piano at five years old. She is a very talented musician, vocalist and has a warm personality. Her musical influences include Kim Hopper, the Martins, and the Crabb Family. Her story of God’s healing power is amazing and she is always willing to give her testimony of how he can make the impossible possible. She plays piano and sings lead and harmony parts with The Arenos. Penny says “God is my strength and I want to show others how he is faithful through the good times and bad”.
Nathan began traveling to music venues with his dad and grandfather at a young age. His musical influences include Jerry Sullivan, Jason Crabb, Carl Jackson, D’Ryan Green and many others. He sings lead, harmony and plays guitar, and fiddle for The Arenos. In addition to these things, he also writes many of the songs for The Arenos. He has been blessed to play music and write with many great musicians and song writers. Nathan says” I am thankful God has given me the ability to share a message of life and faith through song.”
Throughout the last ten years, The Arenos have had thirteen top 80 songs, four top 40 songs and three Christian Country #1 hits. They have also been fortunate to play many different venues including Dollywood and Silver Dollar City.