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,Â Gene McDonald, Matthew Holt and Kevin Williams.
We hope you enjoy the many faces 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 couldnâ€™t support him full-timeâ€¦ 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-time 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 â€œBecause He Lives,â€ â€œThe King Is Coming,â€ â€œSomething Beautiful,â€ â€œHe Touched Me,â€ â€œIt Is Finished,â€ â€œThereâ€™s Something About That Name,â€ â€œLetâ€™s Just Praise The Lord,â€ and â€œLoving God, Loving Each Other.â€ 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 Associationâ€™s â€œSongwriter of the Yearâ€ eight times.
After decades of unprecedented musical successes, Bill and Gloria still operate their business from Billâ€™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.
â€œOur calling is not just making musicâ€¦ 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. That is what started us writing and what will keep us going for the rest of our lives.â€ Â [From Gaither.com December 10, 2016.Â http://gaither.com/artists/bill-gaither]