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Gaither returns to NQC

Written by Staff on April 10, 2017 – 6:30 pm -

Gaither Vocal Band by Justin Gilmore

Gaither Vocal Band by Justin Gilmore

International Gospel Music Icon Returns to Gospel Music’s Largest Annual Event

Gaither Vocal Band and Homecoming Sing-Along Appearances Headline NQC’s All-Star 60th Anniversary Celebration

Pigeon Forge, TN (April 6, 2017) – Clarke Beasley – Executive Vice President, NQC – took the stage during the NQC Spring Break Event at First Baptist Sevierville, TN to make a special announcement that Bill Gaither would be returning to NQC 2017. The 60th Anniversary of NQC – Gospel music’s largest annual event – will feature appearances by the Gaither Vocal Band and the Homecoming Sing-Along on Thursday. The appearances mark a return for Gaither after a 3 year absence at the convention.

“The entire NQC Board is thrilled that we are able to present Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band at the 60th Anniversary celebration of the NQC,” stated Beasley. “Our participants and attendees are overjoyed at Bill’s return.”

Bill Gaither shared, “I am excited to be back at NQC this year with the Gaither Vocal Band celebrating NQC’s 60th Anniversary and we are looking forward to the Homecoming Sing-along on Thursday afternoon with all our friends.”

The 60th anniversary celebration of the National Quartet Convention will be heldSeptember 24-30, 2017 in Pigeon Forge, TN at the LeConte Center. An all-star lineup of the best in gospel music will delight fans during the week with performances including GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Grammy award winner Jason Crabb, and award-winning artists such as Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Kingdom Heirs, Whisnants, Joseph Habedank, the Jim Brady Trio, Mark Trammell Quartet, the Collingsworth Family, Tribute Quartet, The Erwins, Karen Peck & New River and so many more.

In addition to the evening concerts, many other events and activities await thousands of gospel music fans throughout the week including the Singing News Fan Awards, Dr. David Jeremiah’s keynote address, Gerald Wolfe’s Gospel Music Hymn Sing and more.

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What Love Looks Like: Featuring Morgan Easter from Jeff and Sheri Easter

Written by Staff on March 23, 2017 – 1:57 pm -

Morgan Easter

Morgan Easter

By: Fayth D. Lore

She is a woman full of personality, Jesus and talent. With her contagious smile and confident voice, she walks on stages all across the country with her parents right by her side. Kraft Macaroni and Fruity Pebbles pull the highest rankings in her favorite food category. And, her favorite fur baby is her cat, Alfie. This month’s featured artist is a keeper for sure. I’m pleased to get to share with you about Ms. Morgan Easter, as she shares with us what love looks like.

 After six Dove Awards, two career GRAMMY nominations and multiple other accolades, I believe Jeff and Sheri Easter could say that: “Over and over, again and again, God has been faithful.” Both Jeff and Sheri came from a rich heritage of Gospel Music. Thankfully, for us, they have passed on their love for God and music to their three children.

Morgan Easter with parents Jeff and Sheri Easter

Morgan Easter with parents Jeff and Sheri Easter

Morgan is their middle child, and the eldest sister. Jeff and Sheri began their singing career in 1988, just a short time after their marriage. Morgan said that her first time on the road was at 10 days old. Morgan explains, “I’ve always traveled with them and don’t know anything different.” However, she didn’t begin traveling full time in the ministry until her teenage years.

“I did attend public school all 12 years. Our school system, where all of my family has graduated from, worked so well with us. They said as long as I kept my grades up I could travel. It was definitely challenging at times, especially the last few years, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It gave me a taste of a normal life and because of it I have many lifelong friends that I cherish deeply.
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Layke Jones of Jim Brady Trio: Making An Impact

Written by Staff on February 12, 2017 – 10:41 am -

Layke Jones of the Jim Brady Trio

Jim Brady Trio

By Craig Harris

Rejection kept a door closed for Layke Jones. However, it also eventually led to an entryway for the aspiring performer. “My sophomore year of college, when Mark Lowry left, I auditioned for the (Gaither) Vocal Band,” Jones explains. “Being a (former) educator, he (Bill Gaither) said, ‘I can’t in good faith take you out of college.’”

After graduating from Anderson (Ind.) University, Jones landed his current position as a vocalist with the Jim Brady Trio in June. “He’s the reason I have this job,” Jones says of Gaither’s involvement. “He’s backed it hard.

“A guy with a Rolodex his size, I’m not sure why he would give me the time of day. It’s a God thing.”

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The Legendary Gaither Vocal Band Garners 2017 GRAMMY® Award Nomination

Written by Staff on December 7, 2016 – 11:52 am -

The Legendary Gaither Vocal Band Garners 2017 GRAMMY® Award Nomination

The Legendary Gaither Vocal Band Garners 2017 GRAMMY® Award Nomination

Better Together Recording Up for Best Roots Gospel Album
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—December 7th, 2016—Gospel music mainstays the Gaither Vocal Band (Gaither Music Group) garnered a 2017 GRAMMY® nod for Best Roots Gospel Album, according to yesterday’s announcement of nominations by The Recording Academy.
The Gospel Music Hall of Fame member quintet was honored for its recent all-new recording, Better Together, produced by group founder and bass singer Bill Gaither, group tenor David Phelps and Ben Isaacs (Jimmy Fortune, The Oak Ridge Boys). The title cut, penned by Gaither, along with Reba Rambo-McGuire, Dony McGuire and Chip Davis, is a timeless anthem that celebrates the power of unity in an age of divisiveness.
“At this time in the history of the world, we need each other more than ever,” stated Gaither after hearing about the nomination. “The Vocal Band has so enjoyed encouraging audiences with songs that remind us to watch each other’s backs and extend a helping hand to those around us. Together, we can change the atmosphere and make this world a better place.”
That message is reflected throughout the 12-song collection that breathes new life into gospel classics and American standards including “Working on a Building,” “Dig a Little Deeper,” “Didn’t It Rain,” “Led Out of Bondage” and more. The recording also features the group’s unique rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend,” a pop treasure previously performed by Carole King, James Taylor and others.
For over three decades Gaither has been bringing together some of the most well-respected gospel music vocalists, creating the benchmark tradition of the renowned Gaither Vocal Band. Members David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Todd Suttles, Adam Crabb and Gaither continue the group’s streak of award-winning line-ups, showcasing intricate vocal arrangements and intimate blends with this new release.
Creating unity with diverse talent has become a lifelong trademark for Gaither, who is a six-time GRAMMY® Award winner and a 41-time Gospel Music Association DOVE Award winner. He has hosted one of the largest concert tours in the Christian music industry for over two decades, joining the hands of artists, old and young, bridging generational gaps and varying musical preferences.
The Gaither Vocal Band is seen regularly on 17 different TV networks that carry the Gaither Gospel Hour weekly. Songs from Better Together are airing on PBS, RFD, TBN, DIRECTV, Gaither Television Network (DISH TV Channel 276), AT&T U-Verse, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT, TLN and GaitherTV (available on the internet, Roku TV, Sony TV and Google TV). The campaign is airing in Canada on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, Grace TV and CTS.
Better Together debuted at #1 on the Southern Gospel chart and at #9 on the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan. It is distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and
For further information regarding the Gaither Vocal Band, please visit or connect on Facebook at or on Twitter: @gaithermusic.


Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band

The 59th GRAMMY® Awards will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
The Gaither Vocal Band has been making music since the early 80s when four men gathered around a piano before a Bill Gaither Trio concert and began harmonizing on the quartet classic “Your First Day in Heaven.” More than a quarter century later, the list of men who have comprised the Gaither Vocal Band over the years reads like a “Who’s Who” among gospel music’s best-loved male voices.

One of the most lauded and award-winning groups in gospel music garnering six GRAMMY® nominations, two GRAMMY® Awards and 18 DOVE Awards, these Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame honorees continue to headline one of the largest tours in the field of Christian music annually; and their groundbreaking successes continue to raise the standard in male harmony. The group is comprised of Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Todd Suttles and Adam Crabb.

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WAAAY- Back Wednesday……

Written by scoopsnews on May 18, 2016 – 8:02 am -


It’s WAAAY-Back Wednesday……..


Bill Gaither wins first “Songwriter of the Year”

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Tweet of the Day!

Written by scoopsnews on May 12, 2016 – 12:34 pm -


Tweet of the Day!


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Throwback Thursday…..

Written by scoopsnews on May 5, 2016 – 9:10 am -


Throwback Thursday….

Today we honor those that paved the way!

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Jesus on Friendship……

Written by scoopsnews on April 25, 2016 – 3:33 pm -


Jesus on Friendship
John 15:12-15 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Mark Lowry posted on Facebook a little while ago:

Bill & Gloria are visiting over the next few days. We are having some great conversations. And Bill likes my piano.
Take a moment and thank God for precious friendships in your life today….

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Congratulations Bill Gaither!

Written by scoopsnews on April 20, 2016 – 8:12 am -


From Friends of Gaither Music Facebook:

Bill Gaither News: The Tennessee General Assembly passed a joint resolution last week to recognize Bill Gaither for his many contributions to gospel music. Here’s an excerpt from the final bill which was passed and signed by TN governor, Bill Haslam.
“BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED NINTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, that we honor Bill Gaither for his many contributions to gospel music, salute his talent as a performing artist and songwriter, and recognize his singular contributions to gospel music.”

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Jason Crabb Hits “Home” with New Single

Written by Staff on April 19, 2016 – 4:00 pm -

Stirring Tune Resonates Strongly with Audiences and Radio

Jason Crabb

Jason Crabb









Nashville, TN (April 20, 2016) – Jason Crabb’s newest release to radio, “Home” – from his Provident/Sony release Whatever The Roadis resonating with listeners and programmers alike.
In early 2015, when the Grammy winner began recording the song, he had no way of knowing the significance it would soon hold in his life.
Spend just a few moments around Jason and you’re going to hear about his beloved grandmother, Billie Richardson. When the song was brought to Jason by his father, Gerald Crabb, he immediately knew he wanted to record it but only God knew the way the song would impact Jason’s life and in turn, the lives of so many others.
During the recording process, Jason’s grandmother, Billie, passed away, bringing a deeply personal meaning to “Home.” Jason explains: “The song opens up with ‘she just drew her last breath’ and I’m telling you – some nights I can’t even get through that line! I miss her so much. My Mamaw was the one I called when I got discouraged or had a problem – she’d tell me ‘Jase, when you get to the end of your rope, just tie a knot in it and hang on…and know that God’s hanging onto the other end.’ This song talks about the process of losing a loved one to heaven – and the fact that it makes us, here on earth, want to go home. I’m telling you now, I can’t wait to go ‘home’ and see all my loved ones – and I know she’ll be waiting for me there. I know it’s something everyone can relate to because every single night, I hear stories from the audience. This song is truly hitting ‘home’ with so many.”
Recently sent to radio, the song is also striking a chord with radio programmers. Here are just a few comments about the song:
“Jason Crabb’s new release, “Home” continues in line with the legacy of his hits. This song is the hope for all who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ.”
– Marty Minto, WSTS, Fairmont, NC

“Another masterpiece from the voice of Jason and the pen of Gerald. “HOME” should remind us of a place of peace, safety and comfort. The song “HOME” does just that. Even as our heart breaks as loved ones pass, we find comfort knowing that they’ve felt their last pain, God himself has wiped that last tear and the soul is enjoying unending rest…they are HOME.”
– Mark Hampton, WCNW, Fairfield, OH
“What a picturesque song from Gerald Crabb! Jason paints each image so  beautifully – that believers young and old can relate to the message of going ‘Home’. This could easily be one of his biggest songs.”
– Mike Farley, WAGO, Goldsboro, NC 

“The song “Home” by Jason Crabb captures ‎the joy at the end of the Christians journey…finally home, finally with family, finally forever…”Home” by Jason is a radio hit.”
– Tim Livingston, WGNZ, Dayton, OH 

“There have been many songs written and sung about Heaven over the years.  But none that has more potential to touch the heart than, “Home” by Jason Crabb.”
– Pam Hall, WEMM, Huntington, WV

The song, from Jason’s critically acclaimed project, Whatever The Road, is being serviced to radio by Jeff O’Neal with Heritage Communications and Rhonda Thompson with Rhonda Thompson Promotions.
About Jason Crabb:
In his career, Kentucky-born Jason Crabb has won a GRAMMY (in 2010 for Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Gospel Album, Jason Crabb) and 21 Dove Awards, both as a solo artist as well as with the Crabb Family. In 2012, the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards crowned Crabb as both Artist and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Since his first solo release in 2009, Jason Crabb has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious stages such as Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, the Brooklyn Tabernacle and Billy Graham’s final crusade in NYC. He has also shared the stage with artists such as Wynonna, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Sandi Patty, the Oak Ridge Boys and more. He has appeared on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice” (NBC) and alongside Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson.
Jason Crabb has been covered in such outlets as Associated Press, Huffington Post, Billboard, USA Today online, Fox News, Entertainment Tonight, Country Weekly, among others, and was named one of Nashville’s Most Beautiful People by Nashville Lifestyles Magazine. Jason Crabb is also a regular host on TBN (Trinity Broadcast Network.)

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