NASHVILLE, Tenn.â€”For Guy Penrod, one of gospel musicâ€™s best-loved vocalists, 2011 marked a year filled with unforgettable milestones.Â Led by the continued multi-genre success of his 2010 solo debut, Breathe Deep, Penrodâ€™s visibility and acclaim experienced new heights within both the Christian and Country Music arenas.
Penrod is ending the year on a high note, having made his debut solo appearance on The Grand Ole Opry last month. As part of the Opryâ€™s special Veteranâ€™s Day show, the award-winning vocalist performed his current mainstream country single, â€œMore Power To Ya,â€ and â€œBreathe Deep,â€ on the historic stage of Nashvilleâ€™s Ryman Auditorium.
In addition, other unforgettable moments for Guy Penrod in 2011 include:
Induction into the Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame
Dove Award Nominations for Country Album of the Year and Country Recorded Song of the Year (â€œAre You The Oneâ€)
ICM Award Nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year
80 concert performances across the US
Numerous dates in Europe and Canada
â€œ2011 will go down as a year that my family and I will not soon forget,â€ said Penrod.Â â€œWhether it was learning about the Dove and ICM nominations; hearing our songs played on both Christian and Country radio; or stepping foot on the Opry stage, those are all moments to remember.Â However, none of that tops the support and love I felt from those we sang to across the country.Â It is my prayer we were able to, in turn, provide them with encouragement and hope for their own journeys.â€
Penrodâ€™s acclaimed 2010 Servant Records/Gaither Music Group solo debut, Breathe Deep, continues to be a benchmark for country recordings within the Christian marketplace.Â Breathe Deep has sold more than 75,000 units to date, and has yielded successful singles in both mainstream country and southern gospel radio formats.
During his 14 years with the GRAMMYÂ® and Dove Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band, Penrod performed before more than 5 million people on Bill & Gloria Gaitherâ€™s Homecoming Tours and was featured on Gaither television specials airing on multiple networks.Â The Gaither Homecoming series and The Gaither Vocal Band sold more than 20 million CDs and DVDs while Penrod was a member.Â Prior to joining the Vocal Band, Penrod was a highly sought-after studio singer in Nashville and appeared for three years on TNNâ€™s popular â€œMusic City Tonightâ€ as a vocalist in the house band.
Penrod is looking forward to a full touring schedule in 2012, including performances at churches, theatres and special events throughout the country, as well as a European tour next summer.Â For a complete tour schedule and additional information, visit www.guypenrod.com.