Clinton, TN (Jan. 28, 2020) — Singing News would like to congratulate Eli Fortner and Alexia Lauren, who became engaged 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.”

We wish all the best for the happy couple!


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