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Gaither Homecoming
Gaither Homecoming
is the name applied to a series of videos, music recordings and concerts, which are organized, promoted and usually presented by Christian music
Christian music
songwriter and impresario Bill Gaither. To date, the Gaither Homecoming
Gaither Homecoming
title is applied to more than 60 videos, dozens of music recordings, and an annual concert tour that drew more than half a million fans in 2004 (the most recent year for which statistics are available).

Contents

1 Beginnings 2 Format 3 Concert
Concert
series 4 Television
Television
series 5 Cruises 6 Videography 7 Featured artists 8 References 9 External links

Beginnings[edit] On February 19, 1991, the Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
had just wrapped up a recording session in a Nashville, Tennessee, working on an album called Homecoming, which featured many of the great voices of southern gospel music: The Speers, the Gatlins, Jake Hess, The Cathedrals, Howard & Vestal Goodman, Buck Rambo, Eva Mae Lefevre, James Blackwood, Hovie Lister, Jim Hill, and J.D. Sumner & The Stamps. After the session, the artists stayed around to chat, swap stories and sing old standards around the piano. The impromptu session was recorded on video and later published. The recording was so well received that Gaither began a series of professionally produced videos with larger gatherings of gospel musicians. Format[edit] The format for almost all of the videos in the series is very similar. A studio set or concert stage is home to a group of several dozen singers, with the front row featuring artists with longstanding and legendary careers in Southern Gospel music. They would be joined by younger artists, some of them up-and-coming acts in the Gaither Music Group publishing stable. Gaither would lead the group in several songs, with soloists and groups featured in additional songs. Comments by veteran singers, who would reminisce about their careers, are a staple of the series. In later videos, the inevitability of death found its way into the videos, as segments remembering artists who had died since the previous taping were featured. Most videos also have accompanying CDs which can be purchased in a set or separately. The videos and CDs regularly top sales charts, even many years after the series' inception and after the death of many favorite artists. The most recent videos, Gaither Homecoming
Gaither Homecoming
Tour: Live From Toronto and Canadian Homecoming, were first and third, respectively, on Billboard's music video chart, and the companion CDs also hit the CCM charts. [1] More recently, the 2007 recording of "How Great Thou Art" was nominated for a Dove Award. Concert
Concert
series[edit] In 1996, the video series gave birth to a concert tour, with a format similar to the videos but usually performed "in the round" in arenas. The concert dates are normally on Fridays and Saturdays, usually in separate cities. In 2004, the Gaither Homecoming
Gaither Homecoming
concert tour ranked 16th in Pollstar rankings of all tours, beating out pop music heavyweights such as Elton John, Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac
and Rod Stewart.[1] Television
Television
series[edit] The video series is repackaged into a series of hour-long or half-hour-long television shows. They can be found on the following Christian or family-oriented cable/satellite channels. (There is also an Internet TV channel – gaither.tv) In the U.S.

Christian Television
Television
Network (CTN) public television (titled Classic Gospel) RFD-TV TBN (titled Precious Memories) TCT Total Living Network (TLN) TNN

In Canada

CTS Grace TV Miracle Channel VisionTV

Cruises[edit] The Gaither Homecoming
Gaither Homecoming
series has branched out into twice-yearly cruises. One cruise normally sails to Alaska
Alaska
in September, and the other to tropical ports in February. It was on one of these cruises, in 2006, where regular pianist Anthony Burger, a longtime favorite of the Homecoming series, collapsed on-stage as a result of a heart attack while accompanying Gaither, his wife Gloria and the rest of the Homecoming Friends. In 2009, for the first time, a Homecoming cruise was recorded for DVD/CD releases. Alaskan Cruise Homecoming and Majesty were released in January 2011. Videography[edit]

1991: Homecoming 1992: A Praise Gathering 1992: Reunion 1993: Turn Your Radio On 1993: Old Friends 1994: A Christmas Homecoming 1994: Landmark 1994: Precious Memories 1995: All Day Singin' with Dinner on the Ground 1995: The Sweetest Song I Know 1995: Revival 1995: Holy Ground 1995: Ryman Gospel Reunion 1996: When All God's Singers Get Home 1996: Sunday Meetin' Time 1996: Sing Your Blues Away 1996: Moments To Remember 1996: Something Beautiful 1996: Homecoming Texas Style 1996: Joy To The World 1996: Joy in the Camp 1997: Back Home Again in Indiana 1997: Feelin' At Home 1997: This Is My Story 1997: Special
Special
Homecoming Moments (certified platinum) 1998: Gaither Homecoming
Gaither Homecoming
Celebration (recorded live on New Year's; released in January 2012) 1998: Singin' With The Saints 1998: Down By The Tabernacle 1998: Rivers Of Joy 1998: Hawaiian Homecoming 1998: Marching To Zion 1998: Atlanta
Atlanta
Homecoming (at the Georgia Dome) 1998: All Day Singin' At The Dome (Atlanta) 1999: Singin' In My Soul 1999: Kennedy Center Homecoming 1999: So Glad! 1999: Sweet, Sweet Spirit 1999: Mountain Homecoming (Blue Ridge Mountains) 1999: I'll Meet You on the Mountain 2000: Good News 2000: Memphis Homecoming 2000: Oh, My Glory! 2000: Harmony in the Heartland 2000: Irish Homecoming (in Belfast) 2000: Whispering Hope 2000: Christmas in the Country 2001: Christmas... A Time for Joy 2001: What a Time! 2001: London Homecoming 2001: A Billy Graham
Billy Graham
Music Homecoming, Volumes 1 & 2 2001: Journey to the Sky (certified gold) 2001: Passin' the Faith Along (certified gold) 2002: Freedom Band 2002: I'll Fly Away 2002: New Orleans Homecoming 2002: God Bless America (at Carnegie Hall) 2002: Let Freedom Ring (at Carnegie Hall) 2003: Going Home (certified platinum) 2003: Heaven [2] 2003: Australian Homecoming 2003: Red Rocks Homecoming 2003: Rocky Mountain Homecoming 2003: A Gospel Bluegrass Homecoming, Volumes 1 & 2 2004: Build a Bridge (at The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas) 2004: Dottie Rambo with Homecoming Friends 2004: We Will Stand (at The Potter's House) 2004: Tribute To Howard & Vestal Goodman 2004: Tribute to Jake Hess 2005: Church In The Wildwood (certified platinum) 2005: Hymns (certified platinum) 2005: Israel Homecoming (certified platinum) 2005: Jerusalem Homecoming (certified platinum) 2005: A Tribute to George Younce 2006: Canadian Homecoming (certified gold) 2006: Live from Toronto (certified gold) 2006: Christmas in South Africa 2006: Homecoming Christmas – Live From South Africa 2007: South African Homecoming 2007: Love Can Turn The World – Live From South Africa 2007: Amazing Grace (certified gold) 2007: How Great Thou Art (certified gold) 2008: A Campfire Homecoming 2008: Homecoming Picnic 2008: Rock of Ages 2008: Country Bluegrass Homecoming, Volumes 1 & 2 2009: Nashville Homecoming (at the Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
stage) 2009: Joy in My Heart 2010: Giving Thanks 2010: Count Your Blessings 2011: Alaskan Homecoming (cruise) 2011: Majesty (Alaskan cruise) 2011: Tent Revival Homecoming (at the Billy Graham
Billy Graham
Library) 2011: The Old Rugged Cross (at the Billy Graham
Billy Graham
Library) 2012: Pure and Simple 2013: Women of Homecoming, Volumes 1 & 2 2016: Circuit Rider 2017: Give the World a Smile 2017: Sweeter as the Days Go By

Featured artists[edit] An asterisk (*) indicates that the artist is deceased. Numbers indicate how many videos the artist has appeared in as a featured performer.

Aaron Wilburn (2001–) 3 Acoustix
Acoustix
(2007–) 2 Albertina Walker
Albertina Walker
(2004*) 2 Alicia Williamson (2000–) 10 Allen Asbury (2003–) 2 Allison Durham Speer (1999–) 8 Alvin Slaughter
Alvin Slaughter
(2004) Amber Nelon Thompson (2003–) 5 Amy Gaither-Hayes (1999–) 3 Amy Grant
Amy Grant
(2013) 2 Amy Lambert (1998–) 8 Amy Rouse (2001–) 3 Andraé Crouch
Andraé Crouch
(1999–2015*) 4 Angela Primm (2002–) 8 Ann Downing (1995–) 21 Anthony Burger
Anthony Burger
(1995–2006*) 16 Armond Morales (2002–) 2 Arnolds, The (2002) Avalon (2001–) 2 Babbie Mason (1995–) 10 Becky Isaacs Bowman (2004–) 10 Ben Isaacs (1998–) 4 Ben Speer (1992–2011*) 35 Benjy Gaither (2002–) 4 Beverly Crawford (2004) Billy Blackwood (1996) Bishops, The (1995–) 5 The Blackwood Brothers
The Blackwood Brothers
(2000–) 2 Bob Cain (1996–2000*) 10 Bonnie Keen (1999–) 7 The Booth Brothers (2002–) 13 Boots Randolph
Boots Randolph
(2004*) Brenda Lee
Brenda Lee
(2007) Brian Free & Assurance (2009) Brock Speer (1992–1999*) 5 Buck Rambo (1991, 2011*) 2 Buddy Greene (1996–) 28 Buddy Mullins (1995–) 11 Calvin Newton (1995–) 4 Carman (1998) Candy Hemphill Christmas (1995–) 17 The Cathedrals (1991–1999) 9 CeCe Winans (2001–) 2 Charles Johnson (1998) Charlotte Ritchie (1995–) 33 Cherryholmes
Cherryholmes
(2008–) 3 Chonda Pierce (1998–) 2 Chuck Wagon Gang, The (2011–) 2 Cissy Houston
Cissy Houston
(2004) Cliff Barrows (2001*) 3 Colet Selwyn (2015) Collingsworth Family, The (2008) 4 Connie Smith
Connie Smith
(2008) The Crabb Family (2001–) 6 Cynthia Clawson (1995–) 20 Dallas Holm (1995–) 3 Danny Funderburk (1999) Danny Gaither (1995–2000*) 4 Daryl Williams Trio (1998–) 2 Dave Ponder (2000) David Will (2008) David Phelps (1998–) 30 Dean Brown (1995) Debra Talley (1995–) 4 Delores Washington (2004) Destiny McGuire (2013) Dixie Melody Boys (1999) Don Francisco (2001) Donnie Sumner (1996–) 7 Dony McGuire (1994–) 2 Dorinda Clark-Cole (2004) Doris Akers
Doris Akers
(1994*) Dottie Rambo (1992–2008*) 5 Doug Oldham (1993–1999*) 6 Doug Young (1998) Dove Brothers (2000–) 2 Doyle Lawson
Doyle Lawson
and Quicksilver (1999–) 3 Earl Weatherford* (1992) Ed Enoch (1994–) 2 Eldridge Fox (1999*) Ernie Haase
Ernie Haase
(1996–) 9 Ernie Haase
Ernie Haase
& Signature Sound (2005–) 14 Eva Mae LeFevre (1991–2009*) 11 Evie (2000–) 4 Fairfield Four (1993) Faye Speer (1995–) 3 Florida Boys
Florida Boys
(1994–) 8 Franklin Graham
Franklin Graham
(2005) Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
(1991–) 55 Gary Koreiba (1999) Gary McSpadden (2009–) 3 Gatlin Brothers
Gatlin Brothers
(1991–) 6 Gayle Mayes West (2002–) 2 Gene McDonald (1998–) 22 George Beverly Shea
George Beverly Shea
(2001–2011*) 4 George Jones
George Jones
(2008*) 2 George Younce (1991–2005*) 24 Gerald Wolfe
Gerald Wolfe
(1998–) 2 Geron Davis (1995–) Ginger Laxon (1998) Glen Payne (1991–1999*) 10 Glenn Dustin (2009) Gloria Gaither (1991–) 28 Gold City
Gold City
(1998–) 3 Gordon Mote (2007–) 11 Gordon Stoker (2006–) 2 Grascals
Grascals
(2008–) 2 Greater Vision (2000–) 4 Greenes, The (2002–) 2 Guy Penrod (1995–) 38 Hayes Family, The (1996–) 9 Henry Slaughter (1996) Hoppers, The (1998–) 21 Hovie Lister (1991–2002*) 8 Howard Goodman (1991–2002*) 17 The Isaacs (1996–) 40 Ivan Parker (1995–) 31 J. D. Sumner (1991–1998*) 18 Jack Toney (1996–2004*) 11 Jake Hess
Jake Hess
(1991–2004*) 38 James Blackwood (1991–2002*)10 Jamie Grace
Jamie Grace
(2013) 2 Jan Buckner (1998–) 2 Janet Paschal
Janet Paschal
(1996–) 25 Jason Crabb (2004–) 8 Jeanne Johnson (1996–) 18 Jeff Allen (2000–) 4 Jeff & Sheri Easter (1995–) 31 Jeff Easter (1995–) 7 Jeff Gibson (1994) Jeff Silvey (1998) Jessy Dixon (1996–2008*) 45 Jim Hamill (1998–) 4 Jim Hill (1991–) 7 Jim Murray (1991–) 6 Jimmy Blackwood (1995–) 5 Jimmy Dean
Jimmy Dean
(2009*) Jimmy Fortune
Jimmy Fortune
(2008–) 2 Joel Hemphill (1995–) 4 John Hall (1995–) 4 John Starnes (1995–) 7 Johnny Cook (1993*) 2 Johnny Minick (1996–) 10 Jon Mohr (2009–) 2 Jonathan Martin (1996–) 2 Jonathan Pierce (1996–) 3 Joni Eareckson Tada (2003) Joni Lamb (2008) Joy Gardner (1996–) 43 Joyce Martin (1996–) 5 Judy Martin Hess (2011, 2016) 2 Karen Apple (1998–) 2 Karen Peck (1995–) 10 Karen Peck and New River (1998–) 8 Karen Wheaton (1996–) 4 Katinas, The (1999–) 2 Kelly Bowling (2013) Kelly Nelon (1995–) 3 Ken Davis (1998–) 4 Ken Eubanks (1994) Kenny Bishop
Kenny Bishop
(1995) Kevin Spencer Family (1999) Kevin Williams (1999–) 7 Kim Collingsworth (2009) Kim Hopper (1998–) 23 Kingsmen Quartet (1998–) 2 Kirk Talley (1996–) 4 Kristyn Getty (2013) 2 Labreeska Hemphill (1998–2015*) 2 Ladye Love Smith (1998–) 28 Larnelle Harris
Larnelle Harris
(1995–) 19 Larry Ford (1992–) 25 Larry Gatlin
Larry Gatlin
(1991–) 5 Larry Sparks (2008–) 2 Lauren Talley (2000–) 6 Lee Young (2009) Legacy Five (2001–) 5 Les Beasley (1995–) 2 Lewis Family (1999–) 4 Lillie Knauls (1995–) 24 Lily Fern Weatherford (1992–) 5 Lisa Daggs (1998–) 5 LordSong (2005–) 2 Lulu Roman
Lulu Roman
(1998–) 4 Lynda Randle (1996–) 28 Mark Lowry
Mark Lowry
(1991–) 37 Mark Trammell (1999) Marshall Hall (2000–) 12 The Martins (1995–) 25 Marty Stuart
Marty Stuart
(2008–) 2 Mary Mary
Mary Mary
(2004) Mary Tom Speer Reid (1995–2014*) 11 Meadowlark Lemon
Meadowlark Lemon
(1999–*) 2 Mel Tunney (2002) Michael English (1991–) 16 Michael Sykes (2000–) 5 Michael Tait
Michael Tait
(2006) Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith
(2001) Mighty Clouds Of Joy (2004) Mike Allen (1998–) 21 Mike Bowling (2004) Mom Winans (2004) Mylon LeFevre (1992–) 3 Nancy Harmon (1996) Naomi Sego (1995*) Natalie Grant
Natalie Grant
(2002–) 3 Neil Pope (1998–) Nelons, The (1995–) 10 Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
(2008) Oak Ridge Boys
Oak Ridge Boys
(2002–) 5 Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet (2004) Peasall Sisters (2005) Perrys,The (2009) Pfeifers (2001) R. W. Blackwood, Jr. (2000) Ralph Stanley
Ralph Stanley
(2003–2008*) 4 Randy Owen (2007–) 2 Randy Phillips (1996) Randy Travis
Randy Travis
(2002–) 2 Ray Dean Reese (1996–) 3 Reba Rambo-McGuire (1994–) 3 Reggie Saddler Family (1998–) 4 Reggie Smith (1998–) 32 Rex Nelon
Rex Nelon
(1994–2001*) 16 Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (2008–) 2 Rick Evans (2008) Ricky Skaggs
Ricky Skaggs
(2001) Robbie Hiner (1996–) 4 Roger Bennett (1999*) Roger McDuff (1995–) 2 Roger Talley (1998) Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Milsap
(2010) Rosa Nell Speer (1996–2008*) 3 Rosie Rozell (1995*) Ruppes (1998–) 2 Russ Taff
Russ Taff
(1993–) 31 Sandi Patty
Sandi Patty
(1999–) 6 Sarah DeLane (2001–) 4 Selah (2005) Shane McConnell (2007–) 7 Sheri Easter (1995–) 11 Sherman Andrus (2002–) 2 Shirley Murdock (2004) Smokie Norful
Smokie Norful
(2004) Sonya Isaacs (1998–) 17 Speer Family
Speer Family
(1991–) 6 Squire Parsons (1993–) 18 Stamps Quartet (1991–) 6 Stan Whitmire
Stan Whitmire
(2004–) 2 Statesmen Quartet (1996–) 2 Statler Brothers (1990) Stephen Hill (1998–2012*) 30 Steve Green (2009) Steve "Rabbit" Easter (2008) Steve Weatherford (1993) Sue Dodge (1995–) 29 Suzanne Gaither–Jennings (1999) T.D. Jakes (2004–) 2 Talley Trio (2000–) 14 Tanya Goodman Sykes (1993–) 25 TaRanda Greene (2003–) 8 Taylor Mason (2002–) 3 Terri Gibbs (1996) Terry Blackwood (1996–) 32 Terry Bradshaw
Terry Bradshaw
(1996) Terry Franklin (1992) Terry McMillan
Terry McMillan
(1998–*) 2 Three Bridges (2008–) 2 Tim Lovelace (1997) Tim Parton (1996–) 3 Tim Pettigo (1995) Tim Riley (2000) Tramaine Hawkins (2004–) 2 Triumphant Quartet (2011) Vestal Goodman
Vestal Goodman
(1991–2003*) 38 Vince Gill
Vince Gill
(2008–) 2 Voices of Lee
Voices of Lee
(2006) Wally Varner (1992–1993*) 2 Walt Mills (1997) Wanda Vick (1999) Wes Hampton (2007–) 6 Wesley Pritchard (1996–) 38 Willie Wynn (1997–) 2 Wintley Phipps
Wintley Phipps
(2001–) 6 Woody Wright (1998–) 20 Zig Ziglar
Zig Ziglar
(2001*)

References[edit]

^ "Top40-charts.com". Top40-charts.com. Retrieved 2013-04-20.  ^ Bill Gaither: Heaven at AllMusic. Retrieved August 24, 2015.

External links[edit]

Gaither Homecoming's official web site

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Bill Gaither

Associated acts

Gloria Gaither Bill Gaither Trio Gaither Vocal Band Gaither Homecoming Danny Gaither

Companies

Benson Records Spring Hill Music Group

Discography

Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
discography

Books

Bibliography

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