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BILL GAITHER, GAITHER VOCAL BAND AND GAITHER HOMECOMING CELEBRATION WILL RETURN

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on April 3, 2018 – 10:00 am -

BILL GAITHER, GAITHER VOCAL BAND AND GAITHER HOMECOMING CELEBRATION WILL RETURN

BILL GAITHER, GAITHER VOCAL BAND AND GAITHER HOMECOMING CELEBRATION WILL RETURN

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.  – Today, NQC organizers announced exciting additions to the 2018 schedule.

The legendary Bill Gaither will once again bring the Gaither Vocal Band and the Gaither Homecoming Celebration to the annual event, held in Pigeon Forge, TN from September 23-29, 2018 at the LeConte Center. Always a crowd favorite, the Gaither Vocal Band will perform during the nightly concert on Thursday evening and the Gaither Homecoming Celebration will be presented during a special showcase on Thursday afternoon.
Organizers also announced a very special appearance by Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. Dr. Jeffress will speak at NQC during the afternoon on Wednesday. This marks the first appearance of Dr. Jeffress at NQC.
More than 40,000 people are expected to enjoy NQC in 2018. NQC – the National Quartet Convention – was founded in 1957 by gospel music legend and former backup vocalist for Elvis Presley, J.D. Sumner who co-produced the event with James Blackwood. The annual convention was moved in later years to Nashville, TN and then to Louisville, KY where it was held for 20 years.
All schedule and admission information is available at www.NQConline.com.

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All-new Recording from GRAMMY® Award Winner GUY PENROD Offers Blessed Assurance Through Timeless Songs

Written by Staff on February 26, 2018 – 1:16 pm -

GUY PENROD release Blessed Assurance

GUY PENROD release Blessed Assurance

Acclaimed Male Vocalist Captures Some of His Favorite Hymns on New Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—February 26th, 2018—GRAMMY® and GMA DOVE Award-winning recording artist Guy Penrod has just recorded an all-new collection of hymns entitled Blessed Assurance (Gaither Music Group/Servant Records). Produced by Penrod and Jonathan Crone, the audio recording, which released on Friday, features some of the most popular hymns of the church—classics that are also some of Penrod’s personal favorites.

“It’s with great excitement that I release my second album of hymns, Blessed Assurance,” stated Penrod. “These are 12 more of my favorite hymns that express valuable truths about God’s love and care for us. These musical arrangements were designed to invite listeners to sing along to these timeless lyrics of eternal hope, and I hope they will do just that and find refreshing and strength from these ageless hymns, just as I have.”

Blessed Assurance, Penrod’s seventh solo recording, contains “There Is Power in the Blood,” “The Love of God,” “In the Sweet By and By,” “I Surrender All,” “In the Garden,” the title song and more, all of which showcase Penrod’s signature personality; unmistakable, rich tones; and country-influenced style.

That style can be seen on TV as the recording is being advertised as part of a television special currently running on DISH TV, DirecTV, RFD-TV, Gaither Television Network, TBN, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It is airing in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV. The new CD is being promoted via social media and will be positioned in retail/e-tail outlets everywhere in addition to the Gaither consumer catalog, and it will be featured on the “HOMECOMING Weekly” program on Sirius XM.

GUY PENROD TO BE FEATURED AT INAUGURAL CELEBRATION

Guy Penrod

Singing hymns is not new for Penrod, whose CD and DVD LIVE Hymns & Worship (Gaither Music Group/Servant Records) claimed the No. 1 position on the Southern Gospel chart as well as the No. 2 position on the Contemporary Christian Music chart the week of its release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The DVD landed at No. 1 on the Christian Music Video chart and at No. 1 on the Billboard Music Video chart. His Hymns recording (Gaither Music Group/ Servant Records) debuted at #1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Southern Gospel retail chart and became the top-selling southern gospel album of the year.

Blessed Assurance is distributed by Capitol Christian Music Distribution and Universal Music. It is available now at retail and digital outlets worldwide including iTunes, Amazon, www.gaither.com and www.guypenrod.com.

For a preview of the songs from Blessed Assurance visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsE3cKFUEvc

For further information regarding Penrod visit www.guypenrod.com, connect at facebook.com/GuyPenrod or follow Guy on Twitter: @GuyPenrod.

Blessed Assurance CD Song Listing:

1. Blessed Assurance

2. Before the Throne of God Above

3. There Is Power in the Blood

4. The Love of God

5. In the Sweet By and By

6. Standing in the Need of Prayer

7. I Surrender All

8. My Jesus, I Love Thee

9. In the Garden

10. Draw Me Nearer

11. Day by Day

12. I Will Sing of My Redeemer

(Produced by Guy Penrod and Jonathan Crone)

ABOUT GUY PENROD

Guy Penrod is one of the most acclaimed male vocalists in Christian music. Known for his country styling and 14-year tenure with the Gaither Vocal Band, Penrod’s music has been applauded in the gospel as well as country formats. He has appeared on stages ranging from “The Grand Ole Opry” and The Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall and has made numerous appearances on country recordings.

A vocal powerhouse, Penrod travels throughout the U.S. and abroad in addition to making multiple media appearances including RFD-TV’s top-rated “Larry’s Country Diner” and one of North America’s most popular Christian television programs “100 Huntley Street.” He hosts DayStar Television’s Emmy Award-winning “Gospel Music Showcase” program.

Penrod’s Hymns recording (Gaither Music Group/ Servant Records) debuted at #1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Southern Gospel retail chart and became the top-selling southern gospel album of 2012. His DVD The Best of Guy Penrod is certified platinum by the RIAA. In 2011 he became a Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, and he was inducted alongside the Gaither Vocal Band into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Country and Gospel Music Icons the Gaither Vocal Band, The Gatlin Brothers and The Oak Ridge Boys Join Together for All-new CD and DVD Recordings

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 9, 2018 – 4:11 pm -

Country and Gospel Music Icons the Gaither Vocal Band, The Gatlin Brothers and The Oak Ridge Boys Join Together for All-new CD and DVD Recordings

Country and Gospel Music Icons the Gaither Vocal Band, The Gatlin Brothers and The Oak Ridge Boys Join Together for All-new CD and DVD Recordings

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—January 9th–Country and gospel music icons the Gaither Vocal Band, The Gatlin Brothers and The Oak Ridge Boys recently joined together for a special LIVE recording of classic hits and timeless gospel favorites.  The three GRAMMY®, CMA, ACM and GMA DOVE Award-winning artists reflected on their gospel music roots and influences, performed some of their most popular songs and combined harmonies for numerous once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. 

The event resulted in two CD and DVD collections entitled Country Roots and Gospel Favorites and A Few Good Men, hosted by ASCAP Songwriter of the Century Bill Gaither.  The sing-along was recorded at Gaither Music Group’s Studio C, known as the setting for many Gaither HOMECOMING video tapings over the past three decades.   
In addition to popular songs from three of the most recognized groups in country and gospel music, the DVDs feature a visit inside the Gaither Hall of Honor with Gaither, Larry Gatlin and Oak Ridge Boy Joe Bonsall.  These music legends–members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame and The Grand Ole Opry–reminisced about their longtime friendships, shared memories from all-night singings at the legendary Stamps Music School and discussed the importance of gospel music in their lives throughout their careers. 
“It was a dream come true!” stated Bill Gaither.  “The three groups – The Oak Ridge Boys, The Gatlins and the Gaither Vocal Band–what a reunion and what a happening…”
“Bill and I have been talking about doing a special with these three groups for a long time,” stated Oak Ridge Boy Duane Allen.  “It all finally came together—three groups with roots in gospel music, singing separately and together, on some of the great gospel songs and on each other’s hit songs.  It was a full day of singing and sharing how God has blessed all of us in special ways.”
Full of emotion and camaraderie, these recordings highlight The Oaks Ridge Boys’ unmistakable four-part harmony, the compelling arrangements of the Gaither Vocal Band and the soothing family blends of The Gatlin Brothers.  Fans will enjoy inspiring stories, anecdotes and hits such as “He Touched Me,” “Thank God for Kids,” “All the Gold in California,” “Loving God, Loving Each Other,” “Elvira,” “I’d Rather Have Jesus,” “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You),” “Chain Breaker” and more.  The three groups are each touring nationally in 2018.
To enjoy a promotional video from the taping sessions, visit:
Country Roots and Gospel Favorites and A Few Good Men will premiere as a TV special on RFD-TV on January 18th, January 20th, January 25th and January 27th.  The special will also air on a large number of networks including PBS, DirecTV, Dish TV, AT&T U-verse, TBN, GaitherTV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. In Canada it will air on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, CTS and Hope TV.
The releases will be promoted via RFD-TV’s web properties and social media, RFD-TV Magazine, the Gaither Spring Catalog, the Gaither Music Group web site, label and artist social media campaigns, the Gaither TV YouTube page and SIRIUS XM’s enLighten Channel.
The DVD and CD recordings are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music and will be available on January 26th, throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and Gaither.com.  It is currently available for pre-sale at Amazon.com, Christianbook.com, LifeWay.com and Gaither.com.  
The top-selling Gaither HOMECOMING Series, known worldwide for its TV specials and arena tours, has become a household name among gospel music lovers since its early days when the concerts featured such legendary artists as Jake Hess, Vestal and Howard Goodman, George Younce, Glen Payne, Dottie Rambo, Hovie Lister and many more gospel music mainstays.
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Bill Gaither is still Giving the World a Smile

Written by Staff on January 3, 2018 – 4:42 am -

Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band

Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band

Bill Gaither is having more fun than ever as the Gaither Vocal Band embraces change, releases “We Have This Moment” 

By Craig Harris

Bill Gaither seems to be loosening the reigns … and at the same time, he’s smelling the roses. The 81-year-old gospel music icon admits that he’s currently having more fun than he’s ever had.

 

Bill Gaither“I’m having the most fun I’ve ever had in my whole life, not only on stage, but coming home and eating with the sweet lady (his wife Gloria) I’ve lived with for more than 54 years,” Gaither shares. “I’m singing with some of the greatest guys I’ve ever sung with. I love life.

 

“I encourage young artists all the time … I say, ‘if the lights shine brighter on stage than they do at home, you’re in bad trouble’ … but these are great days.”

 

Oct. 13 was one of those days as the Gaither Vocal Band unveiled its latest CD, “We Have This Moment.” Former Gaither Homecoming Tour pianist Gordon Mote produced the project.

 

Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band

“We had another change in personnel last spring with Reggie Smith (joining the group after the departure of tenor David Phelps), who is no stranger to our field,” Gaither points out. “He’s been around a long time with us. I’ve said this 100 times … you don’t replace anybody. We’ve had some of the best singers in our industry I feel … Marshall Hall, David Phelps, Michael English, Russ Taff, Mark Lowry, Larnelle Harris … those are incredible singers. But this is one of the best blends we’ve ever had.

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Gospel Music Hall of Fame Members the Gaither Vocal Band Awarded Two 2017 GMA DOVE Awards

Written by Staff on October 21, 2017 – 6:20 am -

Gospel Music Hall of Fame Members the Gaither Vocal Band Awarded Two 2017 GMA DOVE Awards

Gospel Music Hall of Fame Members
the Gaither Vocal Band Awarded Two
2017 GMA DOVE Awards

GRAMMY® Award-winning Quintet Garners Wins for Southern Gospel Artist of the Year and Southern Gospel Song of the Year

Legendary Group Gives Rousing Performance at This Year’s GMA DOVE Awards Ceremony

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—October 20th, 2016—The Gaither Vocal Band was honored with two wins at the 48th Annual GMA DOVE Awards, announced on Tuesday at ceremonies hosted by the Gospel Music Association and held in Nashville, Tennessee, on the Lipscomb University campus. The quintet–Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, Todd Suttles, Adam Crabb and Reggie Smith—took home this year’s honors for Southern Gospel Artist of the Year and Southern Gospel Song of the Year for “Better Together,” which was written by Gaither, Reba Rambo-McGuire, Dony McGuire and Chip Davis.

“We have heard it said that our strength lies in our diversity,” stated Gaither about the song. “But I’ve come to believe that our strength lies in coming together in spite of our differences. I still believe that there is more that unites us than divides us, and I believe the songs on this recording celebrate the things that bring us together.”

Better Together (Gaither Music Group), which brought together the production talents of Ben Isaacs (Jimmy Fortune, The Oak Ridge Boys), David Phelps and Gaither, debuted street week at #1 on the Southern Gospel chart and at #9 on the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The recording, also nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY® Award for Best Roots Gospel Album, features the top-charting radio single “Working on a Building.” The GVB has garnered six GRAMMY® nominations, two GRAMMY® Awards and 19 GMA DOVE Awards to date.

“It’s still surreal for me to think about being the recipient of a DOVE Award,” said Hampton. “What an honor to be recognized in such a special way. We are grateful!”

The Gospel Music Hall of Fame members’ enthusiasm was evident when they hit the stage during the soon-to-be televised broadcast to perform their new single, “Hallelujah Band,” the debut single from their new release, “We Have This Moment” (Gaither Music Group). The performance, which featured band musicians Matthew Holt, Kevin Williams, Greg Ritchie and Kevin Moore in addition to Crabb’s harmonica talents, ignited the audience. The song has been exciting online viewers for weeks on the Friends of Gaither Facebook Page as the LIVE performance recording of “Hallelujah Band” has received over 1.1 million views.

The Gaither Vocal Band is seen regularly on over 15 TV networks that carry the “Gaither Gospel Hour” weekly including PBS, RFD-TV, DIRECTV, TBN, The Heartland Network, Dish TV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT, TLN and GaitherTV (available on the internet, Roku TV, Sony TV, Google TV and the most recent version of Apple TV). They can be seen in Canada on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, Grace TV and CTS.

Gaither Vocal Band by Craig Harris.

Photo by Craig Harris.

Gaither Music Group’s recordings are exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and Universal Music and are available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and Gaither.com.

The Gaither brand of artists and products topped the BILLBOARD Year-End Chart of Music Video Sales Labels for 2000, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The 48th Annual GMA DOVE Award televised broadcast will air this Sunday night at 8 CST on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

For further information regarding the Gaither Vocal Band, please visit www.gaither.com or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gaithermusic or on Twitter: @gaithermusic
To see the GVB on tour visit http://bit.ly/2wbASOq

ABOUT THE GAITHER VOCAL BAND
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 19 GMA DOVE Awards, these Gospel Music Association 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, which has sold over three million DVDs and CDs, is currently comprised of Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, Todd Suttles, Adam Crabb and Reggie Smith.

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NQC HEADS FULL STEAM AHEAD INTO WEEKEND

Written by Staff on September 28, 2017 – 6:13 pm -

NQC photos by Craig Harris

NQC photos by Craig Harris

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 28, 2017) – It has been an exciting week already as NQC’s 60th anniversary celebration has been marked with moments of patriotism and unity underscored by a talented array of the best in Gospel music – and it’s only just begun!

Sunday began with a special “Welcome Concert” followed by a Monday night full of patriotism. The US Army Quartet performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and “God Bless The USA,” at the request of NQC VP, Clarke Beasley, which recieved  thunderous appplause from the crowd.
NQC photos by Craig Harris

NQC photos by Craig Harris

With the controversies surrounding the anthem, the NQC audience sent a clear message of support, patriotism, love of country and love of God. And, it wasn’t just the audience in attendance

NQC photos by Craig Harris

NQC photos by Craig Harris

that took note. The moment grabbed the attention from local and national media outlets including the Independent Journal ReviewFox News’ Todd StarnesWVLT and more.

The night continued to inspire with performances including a very special treat – the reunion of Squire Parsons and the Kingsmen Quartet, peforming hit after hit, including the iconic song, “Beulah Land.” The evening was hosted by Riley Harrison Clark and Lauren Talley.
NQC photos by Craig Harris

NQC photos by Craig Harris

Tuesday afternoon delievered a first: the SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Benefit Concert featuring the inductions of Troy Burns, Randy Shelnut, LaBreeska Hemphill, and Tony Greene; and performances from The Guardians, Jim Brady Trio, Hoppers, Kingdom Heirs, Karen Peck & New River, Second  Half Quartet, Triumphant Quartet and Tribute. The afternoon was hosted by SGMA Hall of Fame member, Dr. Jerry Goff.

NQC photos by Craig Harris

NQC photos by Craig Harris

Tuesday evening was hosted by Joseph Habedank and Katie Erwin, infusing a youthful joy and excitement into every moment during the night. There were performances from Jason Crabb, The Perrys, Jim Brady Trio, McKameys, Dixie Melody Boys, Talleys, and more.

NQC photos by Craig Harris

NQC photos by Craig Harris

Special clips celebrating the 60th Anniversary of NQC were shared through the evening, including vintage video of The Rambos and Blackwood Brothers. Scott Fowler took the entire time allotted to Legacy Five to highlight the amazing testimony of their new piano player Josh Townsend (JT). There wasn’t a dry eye in the building as Josh shared his incredible journey, ending with the song “God’s Been Good.” (See previously released video here.)

NQC photos by Craig Harris

Photos by Craig Harris

There was no time for slowing down as NQC hit mid-week. Wednesday brought a momentous Hoppers Brothers Reunion and the anticipated Singing New Fan Awards. Wednesday evening concerts included performances by Freedom Quartet, Jonathan Wilburn, Gold City, the Guardians, Kingdom Heis, Jeff & Sheri Easter, LeFevre Quartet, the Whisnants and many more with vintage NQC memories of the Imperials and the Speer Family.

NQC photos by Craig Harris

Photos by Craig Harris

Aaron Wilburn will lead the way with comedy and music as we journey into Thursday and excitment is in the air as Bill Gaither returns to NQC, bringing with him his Homecoming Friends and the Gaither Vocal Band.

NQC photos by Craig Harris

Photos by Craig Harris

This evening is sure to be a hit – with hosts Park Webb and Hannah Webb guiding us through the night of performances from the Gaither Vocal Band, an Inspirations Reunion, the Nelons, Isaacs, Greater Vision, GMA Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Legacy Five, the Mylon Hayes Family, Booth Brothers and so many more!

NQC 60th Anniversary photos may be accessed at Facebook.com/NQConline and may be downloaded for use. The event is being held at the LeCeonte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN until Saturday, September 30, 2017.
NQC was founded in 1957 by gospel music legend and former backup vocalist for Elvis Presley, J.D. Sumner who co-produced the event with James Blackwood. The annual convention was moved in later years to Nashville, TN and then to Louisville, KY where it was held for 20 years before moving to Pigeon Forge, TN recently.
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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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Gaither Vocal Band announces changes

Written by Staff on March 1, 2017 – 7:37 am -

Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016

Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016

Gaither.com announced the following changes this morning:

Gaither Vocal Band Personnel Changes    

Since the Gaither Vocal Band’s genesis in the early 1980s, the group has been a proverbial incubator of great talent.  Names like Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Mark Lowry, Guy Penrod and Michael English have become beloved favorites to listeners all over the world. Today, we announce a coming transition that continues the legacy of the Gaither Vocal Band, not only as a Grammy-winning vocal group but also a launching opportunity and nurturer of rising talent.

Throughout the past 20 years, David Phelps has become a defining influence in the Gaither Vocal Band.  His powerful tenor voice and gift for artfully communicating the heart of a song has won the hearts of listeners across the globe.  Because the demand on David’s time has exploded during recent years, he is departing from the Gaither Vocal Band to concentrate on his solo career full-time.

Gaither Music will release David’s newest recording, Hymnal, on March 22, and we are incredibly proud of what he is doing and will continue an ongoing relationship with him for years to come.  David will sing selections from that recording during our upcoming big events, including Texas Homecoming Spectacular, Family Fest in the Smokies, the 2017 Alaskan Homecoming Cruise, and undoubtedly many other gatherings in the future.

David reflects, “It has literally been a dream-come-true to be a part of the GVB.  I remember the first time I was standing behind Bill in the group as he began ‘There’s a line that’s been drawn though the ages…’ I knew I’d finally made it.  Now the journey that’s been filled with deep-conversations-over-morning-coffee, not-always-appropriate-belly-laughs, sad tears, happy tears, and always-great music has led us to a fork in the road.  I’ve been in school for 20 years.  It still shocks (and scares) Bill a little bit when I quote, word for word, something he said years ago.  I’ve been soaking it all in.  He is my teacher, mentor, friend, and a welcome critic.  We are family.  As things change and evolve over this transition, that will remain the same.  Lori and I are excited about the wonderful future that God has in store for all of us as we embark on this new chapter.  We are so grateful for the invaluable love and support of all our fans, friends and family!’

“David is a rare talent and we are so grateful for his presence in the Gaither Vocal Band for all these years,” Bill states. “We will continue to include him on the program for our special weekend events as he is available.”

Beginning April 1, Reggie Smith will become the newest member of the Gaither Vocal Band, joining Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles. Reggie is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis; and where he has also completed work toward his Master’s degree in vocal performance.  Reggie, along with his wife Ladye Love, has been a featured artist on the Gaither Homecoming stage for more than fifteen years. Reggie has performed in more than 25 countries and in such prestigious venues as the Super Bowl, New York’s famed Carnegie Hall, and the Kremlin in Moscow. His voice can be heard on countless recordings, including the original The Lion King movie soundtrack. Reggie is also an accomplished music producer who has worked with country music’s finest, including Josh Turner and Michael Martin Murphy.

Reggie is honored to join the ranks of the Gaither Vocal Band and states, “I consider this a great honor. Bill has been a great coach to me for many years, and I am thrilled to be able to work with these talented men who are already dear friends.”

Bill Gaither is ecstatic about the future, stating, “I love working with so many great singers, and I am thrilled about all that Reggie Smith brings to the Gaither Vocal Band.  His voice folds in beautifully with the other group members, as does his genuinely sweet spirit.  Great days are ahead!”

Visit Gaither.com for a complete list of tour dates, plus information on the latest releases featuring the Gaither Vocal Band, David Phelps, and the Gaither Homecoming family.

Watch EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES video of the GVB’s first photo shoot and rehearsal with Reggie here!

Left to right: Todd Suttles, Reggie Smith, Bill Gaither, Adam Crabb, Wes Hampton

 

 

 


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SGNScoops attends Gaither Christmas Homecoming

Written by Staff on December 10, 2016 – 3:28 pm -

Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016

Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016

The Gaither Christmas Homecoming Tour 2016 stopped in Nashville, TN at Lipscomb University on December 8th.

SGNScoops roving photojournalist, Craig Harris, was at the venue to capture every minute of excitement.

Many Gaither favorites were there including the Gaither Vocal Band, The Martins, The Isaacs, Buddy Greene, Landy and Joy Gardner and the Christ Church Choir, Russ Taff, Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald, Matthew Holt and Kevin Williams.

We hope you enjoy the many Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016faces of the Christmas Homecoming Tour 2016!

More About Bill Gaither

An avid fan of gospel quartets throughout his childhood, Bill founded his first group, The Bill Gaither Trio, in 1956, while he was a college student. He began teaching English in 1959 because his musical aspirations couldn’t support him full-time… yet. In 1962, Bill did one of the best things he has ever done. He married Gloria Sickal, who became the best writing partner Bill could have found anywhere. The couple spent the first five years of their married life juggling full-Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016time teaching jobs, writing, singing, recording and publishing until music became their full-time career in 1967.

The collaborations of Bill and Gloria have resulted in more than 700 popular gospel songs, including the hymnal standard “Because He Lives,” “The King Is Coming,” “Something Beautiful,” “He Touched Me,” “It Is Finished,” “There’s Something About That Name,” “Let’s Just Praise The Lord,” and “Loving God, Loving Each Other.” Bill and Gloria have collectively won eight Grammy Awards and more than a dozen nominations, and they have received more than two dozen Dove Awards from The Gospel Music Association, earning the title of Gospel Music Association’s “Songwriter of the Year” eight times.

After decades of unprecedented musical successes, Bill and Gloria still operate Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016their business from Bill’s hometown of Alexandria, Indiana, and they dwell in the same home in which they raised their family. They live a lifestyle focused on investing their resources into eternal things.

“Our calling is not just making music… but communicating the reality of Christ. That might mean birthing a song about Him or simply offering a cup of cold water to someone who needs it. Gloria and I have never claimed to have God figured out, but we do know that if He could use two imperfect people like us to communicate His Truth to the world, He can use everyone sitting in the audience, working on our staff or singing with us. If we have done anything right over the years, I hope we have built bridges where people could connect with God and with each other. Gaither Christmas Homecoming 2016That is what started us writing and what will keep us going for the rest of our lives.”  [From Gaither.com December 10, 2016. http://gaither.com/artists/bill-gaither]

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The Legendary Gaither Vocal Band Garners 2017 GRAMMY® Award Nomination

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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 www.gaither.com.
For further information regarding the Gaither Vocal Band, please visit www.gaither.com or connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gaithermusic 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.
ABOUT THE GAITHER VOCAL BAND
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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