Claude Hopper (October 8, 1937 - )
Claude Hopper began his singing career as the baritone singer for the original Hopper Brothers in 1957. Connie Shelton joined the group the following year, and she and Claude were married in 1961. They have two sons, Dean and Michael Hopper, who have also traveled with the group as lead singer and drummer/bass singer respectively since the 1980s.
In addition to appearing on stage, Hopper is active behind the scenes in the Southern Gospel industry. He operates a music publishing company and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Quartet Convention. He is a driving force behind the Great Western Fan Festival held annually in Fresno, California.
Hopper is also on the board of directors of First Bank in Mayodan, North Carolina. He is a founding member of the North Carolina Gospel Music Hall Of Fame.
SGMA Hall Of Fame (2014)