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The Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
is an American southern gospel vocal group, named after its founder and leader Bill Gaither. On March 1, 2017, it was announced that the Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
lineup consisted of Reggie Smith, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb, Todd Suttles, and Bill Gaither, as of April 1. Although the group started out recording contemporary Christian music
Christian music
in the 1980s, it became known for southern gospel after the popularity of the Gaither Homecoming
Gaither Homecoming
videos.[1] The lineup of the band changes often, with artists leaving to work on solo careers, and new and old ones coming to replace them. Besides Bill Gaither, singers with the longest tenure in the band include Guy Penrod (1995–2008), Mark Lowry
Mark Lowry
(1988–2002, 2009–13), Michael English (1985–94, 2009–13), David Phelps (1998–2005, 2009–17) and Wes Hampton (2005–present). The band has released 29 albums (not including compilations), at least 19 of which have charted. The band has also released 10 DVDs, which feature many other Christian artists as well. The Gaither Vocal Band has been honored with two Grammys
Grammys
and 17 Dove Awards.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Beginnings 1.2 Widespread popularity 1.3 Reunion 1.4 The quintet

2 Members (past and present)

2.1 Line-ups 2.2 Timeline

3 Discography 4 Awards and nominations

4.1 Grammy Awards 4.2 GMA Dove Awards

5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Beginnings[edit] The Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
is named after gospel legend and leader Bill Gaither.[2] It was the successor-group of the Bill Gaither Trio. By the 1980s, Bill Gaither, along with wife Gloria Gaither, were both very successful songwriters.[3] For example, their song, "He Touched Me" was covered by Elvis Presley, after which he even named his album He Touched Me. Presley won a Grammy for the album.[4] Bill Gaither felt that his trio had reached its peak in the mid-1980s, but his desire to make another gospel hit kept the trio going.[2] The original Vocal Band (called the New Gaither Vocal Band) was formed spontaneously, backstage of a Gaither Trio concert. It consisted of Bill Gaither and Gary McSpadden
Gary McSpadden
of the trio, along with two of the trio's backup singers, Steve Green and Lee Young. The quartet sang "Your First Day in Heaven" on stage that night.[5] Their debut album, the self-titled The New Gaither Vocal Band, debuted in 1981. According to the liner notes of the CD compilation The Best of the GVB, the term "vocal band" was used instead of "quartet" because it did not limit Gaither in terms of sound or number of group members. According to Steve Green on the Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
Reunion video, he came up with the name and convinced Gaither to use it because he, at the time, did not want to be associated with "quartet music".[citation needed] Lee Young left the group in 1982, and Jon Mohr was hired as the new bass singer. They then recorded the album Passin' The Faith Along. Later, tenor Steve Green left and Larnelle Harris
Larnelle Harris
was hired. This group cut the New Point Of View album before Mohr left. Widespread popularity[edit] Michael English was hired as the new lead singer, so McSpadden was moved down to baritone, and Gaither dropped to the lowest part. At this point the group dropped the "new" part of their name. Although the previous album (New Point of View) had been more contemporary than its predecessors, the album with this version of the group (One X 1) took it even further. After this album, Larnelle left and was replaced by Lemuel Miller. The group did not record an album with Lemuel before he too left. He was replaced by Imperials alumnus, Jim Murray. This line up cut one album (Wings) before Gary McSpadden
Gary McSpadden
left to start his solo career. Mark Lowry
Mark Lowry
was convinced to replace him. Along with a great voice, Lowry added comedy to the mix. Their Gospel roots project Homecoming in 1991 caused most Southern Gospel fans to welcome the Vocal Band with open arms. Jim Murray left and was replaced by Terry Franklin. The album Southern Classics was released in 1993 with the hit "I Bowed On My Knees". Later Michael English left. He was replaced by Buddy Mullins. Mullins was only a temporary fill-in, but he was included on the album Testify. Terry Franklin soon left and was replaced by yet another Imperials alumnus, Jonathan Pierce (formerly known as Jonathan Hildreth, his first and last name—then changed to his first and middle name). Strengthened by the popularity of the Homecoming video series, the Vocal Band added Guy Penrod at lead. After Pierce's departure, Gaither hired David Phelps at tenor. After Lowry's departure, Imperials alumnus Russ Taff
Russ Taff
sang baritone for a couple of years. Marshall Hall was his replacement. Wes Hampton succeeded Phelps in 2005. The group has had three number one songs on the Singing News
Singing News
chart. "Yes, I Know" held the top position from July to October 1997, as did "I Will Go On" in November 2006. "Greatly Blessed" was their third number one single. The group has routinely performed classic Southern Gospel songs including many written by Bill and Gloria Gaither like "He Touched Me", "I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary", and "Sinner Saved By Grace." Reunion[edit] In July 2008, the vocal band recorded a reunion DVD at the Gaither Studios — The Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
Reunion, Volumes 1 and 2. Except for Jonathan Pierce, Terry Franklin, and Lemuel Miller, the rest of the former and present members appear and perform. The two CDs debuted in the top two positions on Billboard's Contemporary Christian Album chart, marking not only the Gaither Vocal Band's first No. 1 on the Christian Album chart, but also their first No. 1 debut on that chart as well. The DVDs of the same title debuted in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on the Music Video charts as well.[6] The quintet[edit] In January 2009, Marshall Hall and Guy Penrod left. Gaither brought back some former members: Michael English as lead vocal, Mark Lowry
Mark Lowry
as baritone and David Phelps as tenor. The first album by this five-member version was Reunited, released in September 2009. It was also the first album of the vocal band ever to feature only songs written by Bill and Gloria Gaither. A live album called Better Day was released in January 2010. In August 2010, they released the long-awaited album called Greatly Blessed, followed by I Am A Promise, a children's album, released in August 2011. Their most recent album was Pure & Simple, released in September 2012. In October 2013, it was announced that Mark Lowry
Mark Lowry
and Michael English would be leaving the group to devote more time to their solo careers.[7] English's departure was immediate whereas Lowry stayed on until they could find another baritone to replace him. Their last album as members, Hymns, was released in March 2014[8][9] and was nominated for a Grammy Award
Grammy Award
the following December.[10] After their departure, several guests filled-in until two new members could be found. In January 2014, it was announced that Adam Crabb (of The Crabb Family) would join the group as the fourth member and lead singer.[11] Todd Suttles joined the group as the baritone singer one month later.[12] Following their formation, the new quintet would go on to release a limited edition album, The New Edition, which could only be purchased at concert performances. In October 2014, the group released their first album together, entitled Sometimes it Takes a Mountain.[13] Five months later, that album was followed by a two-DVD live performance release and the release of their second album (a live performance album), Happy Rhythm.[14] Upon release, the DVDs debuted at the top of Billboard's Music Video chart (Sometimes it Takes a Mountain at #1 and Happy Rhythm at #2).[15] In August 2016, the group's album Better Together was released. In March 2017, it was announced that David Phelps would be leaving the group on April 1, and Reggie Smith would join the group as tenor. In October 2017, the new line-up would release their first studio album, entitled We Have This Moment. Members (past and present)[edit] Line-ups[edit]

1981–1982 (Under the name "The New Gaither Vocal Band")

1982–1983 1983–1985

Steve Green – tenor Gary McSpadden
Gary McSpadden
– lead Bill Gaither – baritone Lee Young – bass

Steve Green – tenor Gary McSpadden
Gary McSpadden
– lead Bill Gaither – baritone Jon Mohr – bass

Larnelle Harris
Larnelle Harris
– tenor Gary McSpadden
Gary McSpadden
– lead Bill Gaither – baritone Jon Mohr – bass

1985–1987 (Now under the name "The Gaither Vocal Band")

1987 1987–1988

Larnelle Harris
Larnelle Harris
– tenor Michael English – lead Gary McSpadden
Gary McSpadden
– baritone Bill Gaither – bass

Lemuel Miller – tenor Michael English – lead Gary McSpadden
Gary McSpadden
– baritone Bill Gaither – bass

Jim Murray – tenor Michael English – lead Gary McSpadden
Gary McSpadden
– baritone Bill Gaither – bass

1988–1992 1992–1993 1993–1994

Jim Murray – tenor Michael English – lead Mark Lowry
Mark Lowry
– baritone Bill Gaither – bass

Terry Franklin – tenor Michael English – lead Mark Lowry
Mark Lowry
– baritone Bill Gaither – bass

Terry Franklin – tenor Michael English – lead Mark Lowry
Mark Lowry
– baritone Bill Gaither – bass Anthony Burger
Anthony Burger
– piano

1994 1994–1995 1995–1998

Terry Franklin – tenor Buddy Mullins – lead Mark Lowry
Mark Lowry
– baritone Bill Gaither – bass Anthony Burger
Anthony Burger
– piano

Jonathan Pierce – tenor Buddy Mullins – lead Mark Lowry
Mark Lowry
– baritone Bill Gaither – bass Anthony Burger
Anthony Burger
– piano

Jonathan Pierce – tenor Guy Penrod – lead Mark Lowry
Mark Lowry
– baritone Bill Gaither – bass Anthony Burger
Anthony Burger
– piano

1998–2002 2002–2004 2004–2005

David Phelps – tenor Guy Penrod – lead Mark Lowry
Mark Lowry
– baritone Bill Gaither – bass Anthony Burger
Anthony Burger
– piano

David Phelps – tenor Guy Penrod – lead Russ Taff
Russ Taff
– baritone Bill Gaither – bass Anthony Burger
Anthony Burger
– piano

David Phelps – tenor Guy Penrod – lead Marshall Hall – baritone Bill Gaither – bass Anthony Burger
Anthony Burger
– piano

2005–2006 2006–2009 2009–2013

Wes Hampton – tenor Guy Penrod – lead Marshall Hall – baritone Bill Gaither – bass Anthony Burger
Anthony Burger
– piano

Wes Hampton – tenor Guy Penrod – lead Marshall Hall – baritone Bill Gaither – bass Gordon Mote – piano

Wes Hampton – tenor David Phelps – tenor Michael English – lead Mark Lowry
Mark Lowry
– baritone Bill Gaither – bass Gordon Mote – piano

2014–2015 2015–2017 2017–present

Wes Hampton – tenor David Phelps – tenor Adam Crabb – lead Todd Suttles – baritone Bill Gaither – bass Gordon Mote – piano

Wes Hampton – tenor David Phelps – tenor Adam Crabb – lead Todd Suttles – baritone Bill Gaither – bass Matthew Holt – piano

Wes Hampton – tenor Reggie Smith – tenor Adam Crabb – lead Todd Suttles – baritone Bill Gaither – bass Matthew Holt – piano

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit] Main article: Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
discography Awards and nominations[edit] Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result

1991 Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album Homecoming Won

1994 Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album Southern Classics Nominated

1998 Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album Back Home in Indiana Nominated

2003 Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album Everything Good Nominated

2004 Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album A Cappella Nominated

2007 Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album Give It Away Nominated

2009 Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album Lovin' Life Won

2015 Best Roots Gospel Album Hymns Nominated

GMA Dove Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominated work Result

1992 Southern Gospel Album Homecoming Won

1994 Southern Gospel Album Southern Classics Won

1994 Southern Gospel Song "Satisfied" Won

1995 Southern Gospel Song "I Bowed on My Knees" Won

1999 Southern Gospel Album Still The Greatest Story Ever Told Won

1999 Southern Gospel Performance "I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary" Won

2009 Christmas Album Christmas Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
Style Nominated

2000 Southern Gospel Album God Is Good Won

2001 Southern Gospel Song "God Is Good All The Time" Won

2001 Southern Gospel Album I Do Believe Won

2002 Southern Gospel Song "He's Watching Me" Won

2003 Southern Gospel Song "More Than Ever" Nominated

2003 Country Album Everything Good Nominated

2007 Southern Gospel Song "Give It Away" Won

2007 Southern Gospel Album Give It Away Won

2009 Southern Gospel Album Lovin' Life Won

2010 Southern Gospel Album Reunited Won

2010 Southern Gospel Album Greatly Blessed Won

2010 Song of the Year "Greatly Blessed, Highly Favored" Nominated

2011 Southern Gospel Song "Better Day" Won

2013 Southern Gospel Performance "Glorious Freedom" Nominated

2013 Bluegrass Song "Come to Jesus" Nominated

2013 Southern Gospel Album Pure and Simple Won

References[edit]

^ "Gaither Vocal Band". Archived from the original on 21 September 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011.  ^ a b "August 28, 2009 ~ Gaither Gospel Singers Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly". PBS. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2012-08-13.  ^ "Bill Gaither – Biography, Albums, Streaming Links – AllMusic".  ^ Bush, John. "He Touched Me – Elvis Presley : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-08-13.  ^ "Gaither Vocal Band". United Singers International. Retrieved 16 May 2011.  ^ "The Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
Receives Early Valentines". The Judy Nelon Group. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011.  ^ Music, Gaither. "Announcing... Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
Personnel Changes".  ^ Music, Gaither. "Gaither Vocal Band: Hymns Preorder".  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-09. Retrieved 2014-03-04.  ^ Music, Gaither. "Grammy Nomination for GVB".  ^ "The Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
Welcomes Adam Crabb!". Retrieved January 10, 2014.  ^ Music, Gaither. "A New Era Begins For The Gaither Vocal Band".  ^ Music, Gaither. "New Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
CD Releasing this October!".  ^ Music, Gaither. "2 New Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
Releases!".  ^ Music, Gaither. "New DVDs Top Billboard at #1 & #2!". 

External links[edit]

Official website

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Gaither Vocal Band

Reggie Smith Wes Hampton Adam Crabb Todd Suttles Bill Gaither

Steve Green Gary McSpadden Lee Young Jon Mohr Larnelle Harris Michael English Lemuel Miller Jim Murray Mark Lowry Terry Franklin Buddy Mullins Jonathan Pierce Guy Penrod Russ Taff Marshall Hall David Phelps

Studio albums

The New Gaither Vocal Band Passin' The Faith Along New Point of View One X 1 Wings A Few Good Men Homecoming Peace of the Rock Southern Classics Testify Southern Classics Volume II Lovin' God & Lovin' Each Other Still the Greatest Story Ever Told God is Good I Do Believe Everything Good A Cappella Give It Away Together (with Ernie Haase & Signature Sound) Lovin’ Life Christmas Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
Style Gaither Vocal Band
Gaither Vocal Band
Reunion (Vol. 1 & 2) Reunited Greatly Blessed I Am A Promise Pure And Simple Hymns The New Edition Sometimes It Takes A Mountain Christmas Collection Better Together

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