NASHVILLE, Tenn.â€”October 10th, 2014â€”GRAMMYÂ® Award-winning, Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame-honored quintet the Gaither Vocal Band is scheduled to release an all-new recording, available everywhere on October 14th. Â Sometimes It Takes a Mountain (Gaither Music Group), produced by award-winning group members Bill Gaither and David Phelps along with Ben Isaacs (Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs), is the debut release from the quintetâ€™s recently updated line-up which features Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles.
According to Gaither, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles, the groupâ€™s newest members, are not only fitting right into this classic group but adding their own vocal styles, giving the Gaither Vocal Band a fresh sound unlike any it has previously offered.
â€œThis recording is very special to me for a number of reasons,â€ describes Gaither. Â â€œThere is a mixture of vocal textures in this current group that the Vocal Band has never known before: Â the classical sound David Phelps brings to the group; the rich, new bass/baritone tones in Todd Suttlesâ€™ voice; those smooth, golden tones Wes Hampton brings to the mix; and the passionate, soulful sounds of Adam Crabbâ€¦then throw me in there, whatever that is! Â What can I say? Iâ€™m blessed. I feel fortunate to be on the same bus as these great singers.â€
These great singers are showcased on a recording written by some of gospel musicâ€™s most respected songwriters including Bill and Gloria Gaither, Mosie Lister, Michael W. Smith, Gerald Crabb, Thomas A. Dorsey and Reba Rambo-McGuire and Dony McGuire, among others.
â€œThere have been a lot of treatments of Mosie Listerâ€™s great old tune â€˜Happy Rhythm,â€™ but I am very partial to our 1950s â€˜Jerry Lee Lewis-styleâ€™ treatment,â€ explains Gaither.
That arrangement finds these vocal powerhouses combining traditional quartet harmonies with hints of â€œdoo-wop.â€ Gordon Mote, one of Music Rowâ€™s award-winning musicians, added some catchy, ivory-tickling to round out this â€œsing-alongâ€ number.
As Gaither Vocal Band listeners have come to expect, Sometimes It Takes a Mountain contains epic tunes including the bellowing â€œResurrection,â€ â€œThe Night Before Easter,â€ â€œWritten in Redâ€ and â€œWe Are Coming Home at Last,â€ which contains a Civil War-styled treatment that â€œmake it the new â€˜I Surrender All,â€™â€ according to Gaither.
Crabbâ€™s acclaimed vocals are highlighted on the recordingâ€™s first radio single, â€œSometimes It Takes a Mountain.â€ â€œ[This song] shakes the very foundation of all of us controlling types who think we have everything under control,â€ explains Gaither. Â â€œI believe this song has an important message to which many folks out there can relate.â€
The guys have some fun with songs like â€œJesus Gave Me Water,â€ â€œThatâ€™s When the Angels Rejoiceâ€ and â€œWhen Fear Comes Knocking,â€ all of which offer that signature blend and approach that has for years given this legendary group a â€œsound all their own.â€
That sound will be featured on a TV campaign which will air on PBS, Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. Â It will air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain
, exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution
, will be available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon
, where it is available now.
The Gaither Vocal Band will be on tour from now through the end of the year and will be a highlight of the Gaither Homecoming Christmas Tour
. Â A list of tour dates can be found at www.gaither.com
For further information regarding the Gaither Vocal Band and/or Sometimes It Takes a Mountain
, including a video preview with a sampling of music from the CD, visit www.gaither.com
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