If we were doing a series on the most influential individuals in Southern Gospel music, Bill Gaither would most likely be ranked #1. Bill, along with wife Gloria became a house hold name in the Gospel Music industry in the early 1960’s as their compositions began getting recorded by the biggest artists of that era.
Today, they are heralded as the greatest songwriting duo in Gospel Music history. After having success with the Bill Gaither Trio, Gaither decided to go back to his first love, quartet singing, and in 1981 the Gaither Vocal Band was born.
That first group was composed of Steve Green (tenor), Gary McSpadden (lead), Gaither (baritone) and Lee Young (bass). The group would go on to employ some of the biggest voices in Southern Gospel music.
- While the music the GVB was releasing in the 1980’s was cutting edge and fresh, it was the group’s return to more traditional Southern Gospel music in the 1990’s that had the greatest influence. Assembling and honoring legends with the release of the first Homecoming videos in the 1990’s also had a major impact on the industry.
- In addition to the members already listed, the GVB had the following voices spend time with the group: Michael English, Terry Franklin, Marshall Hall, Wes Hampton, Larnelle Harris, Mark Lowry, Jon Mohr, Buddy Mullins, Jim Murray, Guy Penrod, David Phelps, Jonathan Pierce and Russ Taff.
- The Gaither Vocal Band remain one of the biggest selling recording artists in Southern Gospel music.
- Hit Songs: “Alpha And Omega”, “Better Day”, “Build An Ark”, “Can’t Stop Talking About Him”, “Daystar”, “Difference Is In Me”, “Few Good Men”, “Give It Away”, “Glorious Freedom”, “God Is Good”, “Greatly Blessed Highly Favored”, “He Came Down To My Level”, “He’s Watching Me”, “I Shall Wear A Crown”, “I Will Go On”, “I’m Gonna Sing”, “Knowing You’ll Be There”, “Let Freedom Ring”, “Passin The Faith Along”, “Peace Of The Rock”, “Picture Of Grace”, “Rasslin Jacob”, “Singing With The Saints”, “Tell Me”, “There Is A Mountain”, “When Jesus Says It’s Enough” and “Yes I Know”.
- Best Album: Greatly Blessed (2010)
Here is a YouTube clip, published by GaitherVEVO, of the group performing their current hit; “Glorious Freedom”. Enjoy!