The ministry of the Jay Stone Singers began in the small North Carolina town of Hope Mills in October of 1976. Jay Stone, the group's founder, was serving as the choir director at his home church, Mount Carmel Pentecostal Holiness, in Fayetteville, NC, when he began to feel that God was directing him to take his ministry back on the road. Having been involved with various local Southern Gospel groups for most of his adult life; Jay was no stranger to this area of ministry, however, this time would be different because the group was made up of Jay, his wife Mary, their 14 year old son Jeff, their 11 year old daughter Sharona, and a few close friends.

In June of 1984 Bobby Carter joined the group to sing tenor and play the bass guitar. Bobby and Sharona were married in November of 1987. In January of 2010 Jay and Mary Stone decided it was time to retire from the road. They continue to support this ministry through their prayers, as well as managing the group business.

Today's group consists of Bobby and Sharona Carter and their children, Stone Carter, 24 and Emma Carter, 21. During the last 42 years of ministering through song, they have traveled in over 25 states, Canada, Mexico and Northern Ireland. This family group provides an exciting evangelistic ministry. Their desire is to witness to the lost, encourage the hurting and motivate others to grow the Kingdom of God. The close family harmonies are sure to please your ears, but the anointing and love of God will stir your soul.

Bobby Carter grew up listening to Southern Gospel Music. He is especially fond of great Quartet singing.  When he was 11 years old he began singing tenor with a popular local group called, The Young and United. He later played the bass guitar for, The Pioneers, a group that his dad sang with. Not long after High School, Bobby added his clear tenor vocals and solid bass playing to the Jay Stone Singers and the rest, as they say, is history.   A few years ago Bobby felt God calling him to do more, he felt the need to study and learn more about God's word and His character so that whether he is teaching or singing, he is always prepared to minister. Bobby is passionate about serving God. He wants everyone to know the love and forgiveness that comes from a personal relationship with Him. He has been positioned and re-positioned and is ready for all that God wants to do in him and through him and the Jay Stone Singers.

Sharona Stone Carter is the daughter of Jay and Mary Stone and an original member of the Jay Stone Singers. After high school she attended UNC Pembroke, where she earned her B.S. Degree in Music Education. Sharona has been a Music Educator for over 30 years. She currently teaches at a Private School in her hometown and also gives private instruction in piano and voice. For many years she has rehearsed and directed Church Choirs of all ages, worked with Praise and Worship Teams, and directed Adult, Teen and Children's musicals and dramas. Music ministry has been a central part of Sharona's life since she was a very young girl. She has a powerful voice and a matching desire to hear and obey God's voice.

Robert Stone Carter, known to everyone as Stone, is the son of Bobby and Sharona Carter. Stone made his first appearance on stage when he was just a few months old. He has been traveling and ministering with his family all of his life. Stone has a beautiful smooth voice and an innate ability to connect with and convey to his audience the message in a song. However, as good as he is at singing, his first love is playing the drums. Stone got his first drum set when he was 18 months old. When he was just a toddler he would sit on his uncle's knee and play, "I'll Fly Away", to the amazement of audiences everywhere. Today Stone is an accomplished drummer with skills that far exceed those of most drummers his age. Stone loves the Lord and nothing makes him happier than sharing the love of Christ through the gifts that God has given him.

When not on the road with JSS, Stone is a session and touring drummer.


Emma Elizabeth Carter is the daughter of Bobby and Sharona Carter.  Emma is a beautiful young woman with an equally beautiful voice. She is light and clear on the high notes with a warm, rich tone on the low notes. At the age of only four years old, Emma sang on her first recording. She is a gifted musician as well as singer. She plays the saxophone, flute, and guitar.

Emma is a Senior at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC where she is studying Psychology. After she finishes her undergraduate in Psychology she will apply to PA (Physicians Assistant) School.

Emma is very serious about her relationship with God. She has a heart for people and she strives to be the kind of example that will point others to Christ.