Category:Southern gospel performers
Performers of Southern Gospel music
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Performers of Southern Gospel music
The following 135 pages are in this category, out of 135 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Southern Gospel – Southern gospel music is a genre of Christian music. Like other forms of music the creation, performance, significance and it is composed and performed for many purposes, ranging from aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, or as an entertainment product for the marketplace. Vaughan Music Publishing Company in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, the existence of the genre prior to 1910 is evident in the work of Charles Davis Tillman, who popularized The Old Time Religion, wrote Lifes Railway to Heaven and published 22 songbooks. Some of the roots can be found in the publishing work and normal schools of Aldine S. Kieffer. Over time, southern gospel came to be a musical form with groups singing traditional hymns, a capella songs, country, bluegrass, spirituals. Because it grew out of the traditions of white musicians from the American South. Convention songs typically have contrasting homophonic and contrapuntal sections, in the homophonic sections, the four parts sing the same words and rhythms. In the contrapuntal sections, each member has a unique lyric. These songs are called convention songs because various conventions were organized across the United States for the purpose of getting together regularly, Convention songs were employed by training centers like the Stamps-Baxter School Of Music as a way to teach quartet members how to concentrate on singing their own part. Examples of convention songs include Heavenly Parade, Im Living In Canaan Now, Give the World a Smile, Southern gospel is sometimes called quartet music by fans because of the originally all-male, tenor-lead-baritone-bass quartet makeup. Early quartets were typically either a cappella or accompanied only by piano or guitar, over time, full bands were added and even later, pre-recorded accompaniments were introduced. In the first decades of the century, southern gospel drew much of its creative energy from the holiness movement churches that arose throughout the south. On October 20,1927, The Stamps Quartet recorded its early hit Give The World A Smile for RCA Victor, the Stamps Quartet was heard on the radio throughout Texas and the South. A handful of groups were considered pioneers in southern gospel music for a series of firsts, Sumner also was instrumental in creating the National Quartet Convention, an annual music festival where many groups, both known and well known perform for a week. The Speer Family was known for bringing blended groups to mainstream popularity where both male and female performers toured together, the best known group of the 1950s and 1960s was Statesmen Quartet, which set the trend for broad appeal of the all male quartets that would develop years later. From the start of the genre, the predominant type of artist has been the male quartet, trios and duos have also been a vital element of southern gospel for most of the genres history. All-male trios also are very popular, groups such as Greater Vision and the Booth Brothers are immensely popular. Both have been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards, the genre also has a growing number of popular soloistsSouthern Gospel
2. The Arnolds – The Arnolds are a Southern Gospel trio and concert promotion company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The group consists of husband/wife Frank and Vicki Arnold and their success do in part the original members Franks sisters and brother. Jennie, Lahona, and little brother on drums Kenny and their first success came in the early eighties when they added their first pro band. Pianist Steve Snodgrass, Dennis Fast on Bass, Kenny on Drums and other members who came, the big success came with their album Pearly Gates. Six original songs written by Dennis Fast and recorded with help from Lari Goss in Nashville Tenn, many sacrifices from the family and members help put Frank on his way to the promoter when he stop in 2012. The group has found success with the singles on The Singing News Top 80 Chart. Some are When Nothing But A Miracle Will Do, Gods Still Faithful, and He Cradles YouThe Arnolds – The Arnolds
3. The Blackwood Brothers – For the Scottish publisher and printer, see Blackwood. The Blackwood Brothers are an American southern gospel quartet and they are nine-time Grammy Award-winning pioneers of the Christian music industry. The Blackwood Brothers Quartet were formed in 1934 in the midst of the Great Depression when preacher Roy Blackwood moved his family home to Choctaw County. His brothers, Doyle Blackwood and 15-year-old James Blackwood, already had experience singing with Vardaman Ray. After adding Roys 13-year-old son, R. W. Blackwood, to sing baritone, by 1940, they were affiliated with Stamps-Baxter to sell songbooks and were appearing on 50, 000-watt radio station KMA in Shenandoah, Iowa. Doyle left in 1942 and was replaced by Don Smith, after Doyle left, The Quartet relocated to Memphis, Tennessee in 1950. The move proved to be successful for the group as they began to appear on television station WMCT in coming years. After the move, Roy left and was replaced with Calvin Newton, who was replaced with Cat Freeman, in 1951, Alden Toney and Don Smith left and were replaced with Dan Huskey and Bill Lyles. In 1952, Dan Huskey left and was replaced by Bill Shaw, the excitement was short lived, however when a plane crash took the lives of R. W. Blackwood, Bill Lyles, and Johnny Ogburn, a local friend of the Blackwood Brothers. The survivors, James Blackwood, Bill Shaw, and Jackie Marshall soldiered on, R. W. s little brother Cecil Blackwood took over as baritone and J. D. Sumner replaced Bill Lyles at the bass position, according to Ken Berryhill, their producer, it was at about this point in their career that they first crossed paths with the young Elvis Presley, with whom they became friends. But they had to him from joining them. The Blackwood Brothers were, in fact, Presleys favorite gospel group led them to form an enduring friendship. The group is also the founders of the National Quartet Convention, with Sumner also contributed to the group as a songwriter, the Blackwood Brothers were also setting new standards in the studio. Their RCA Victor recordings from time period are now prized collectors items. The lineup with Bill Shaw, James, Cecil, and J. D. Sumner is considered the classic version of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, a replica of the bus can be seen at the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The Blackwood Brothers formed a partnership with the Statesmen Quartet to tour as a team in the 1950s and this dominance lasted for about a decade until the rise of gospel television shows in the late 1960s began to give competing groups wider exposure. The Stateswood team also started independent record label Skylite Records, at one time, the Skyline roster included The Blackwood Brothers, J. DThe Blackwood Brothers – A replica of The Blackwood Brothers' tour bus at the SGMA Museum.
4. Anthony Burger – Anthony John Burger was an American pianist and singer, most closely associated with Southern gospel music. Anthony Burger was born in Cleveland, Tennessee to Richard and Jean Burger, at age eight months, he was using a baby walker and fell into a heating duct on the floor of his house. He suffered third degree burns on his hands, face and, after suffering the burns, Burgers doctor told his parents he was very likely to not be able to move his hands in the future. At the age of five, he was accepted at the Cadek Conservatory, a child prodigy, Burger was playing classical piano repertoire within a few years. Burger graduated from Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, burger’s first recording, Anthony Burger At The Lowrey Organ, was released in 1975 when he was 14 years old. He recorded with The Celestials on their album Ole Fashion Gospel in 1976 and he joined the Kingsmen Quartet at age sixteen and remained with them until 1992. During that time, Burger recorded nineteen projects with the group and was voted the Favorite Pianist in the Singing News Fan Awards for a ten years. The award was renamed the Anthony Burger Award for several years after that, during this period, Burger presented the award to the winner each year, but was ineligible to receive it. In 1992, Burger left the Kingsmen Quartet to pursue a career as a solo pianist and he joined the Gaither Homecoming Tour the following year and was featured on more than 65 Homecoming videos. Burger continued to release solo recordings and headline concerts. Adding more variety to his schedule, Burger formed an impromptu sideline group with Ivan Parker, Burger was known throughout his career to tell of how God healed his hands and playing the piano was his way of praising God. During the course of his career, Anthony teamed up with gospel Sax-Man Dan Traxler, with over 100 tracks to their credit, Dan and Anthony were two musicians who really understood each other. Over the course of his career, Mr. Burger released a number of piano folios, the Hazelton Brothers piano company honored Mr. Burger just after the turn of the century when they began offering an “Anthony Burger Signature” model. Then in late 2005, Steinway & Sons announced that Mr. Burger was being added to their roster of endorsing artists. On February 22,2006, at the age of 44, Burger died of a heart attack while performing aboard the MS Zuiderdam. According to eyewitnesses, Burger was accompanying Bill and Gloria Gaither and Guy Penrod when fans in the audience noticed Burger had ceased moving, several fellow artists carried him backstage, where the cruise ships emergency response team performed CPR for about 45 minutes, to no availAnthony Burger – Anthony Burger
5. The Chuck Wagon Gang – The Chuck Wagon Gang is a Country gospel musical group, formed in 1935 by D. P. Carter and son Jim and daughters Rose and Anna. The group got their first radio break as sponsored singers for Bewley Flour in 1936, at one point they were Columbias number one selling group with excess of over 39 million in record sales. The Chuck Wagon Gang has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the group has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian Institutions classic American recordings. The group was founded in 1935 broadcasting from radio station KFYO in Lubbock, Texas, by the late 1970s, the group was still touring but felt a lack of support from the label they had recorded for during the previous forty-one years. Columbia had stopped servicing their songs to radio, thus airplay had become non-existent, roy and Ruth Ellen Carter talked about it. They asked each other the question, What can we do to rebuild what Daddy started and that became the aim, not to make money, but to truly dedicate themselves to rebuilding the group to the strongest position it had enjoyed in years past. It was at this point starting in 1979 that they began recording for Copperfield Records for several years, CD Cover Move Up To Heaven The Glory Land Way Joy Bells Ringing in My Soul That Old Time Religion Gods Gentle People Prayers in Song All Praise the LordThe Chuck Wagon Gang – Chuck Wagon Gang performing at the 2008 Christian Music Hall of Fame Awards
6. Patsy Cline – Patsy Cline was an American country music singer. Part of the late 1950s/early 1960s Nashville sound, Cline successfully crossed over to pop music and was one of the most influential, successful and she died at the age of 30 in a multiple-fatality crash of the private plane of her manager, Randy Hughes. Cline was known for her tone, emotionally expressive and bold contralto voice. Along with Kitty Wells, she helped pave the way for women as performers in the genre. Books, movies, documentaries, articles and stage plays document her life, millions of her records have sold since her death. She won awards and accolades, causing many to view her as an icon at the level of Jim Reeves, Johnny Cash, in 1973, ten years after her death, she became the first female solo artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1999, she was voted number 11 on VH1s special, The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll, by members, according to her 1973 Country Music Hall of Fame plaque, Her heritage of timeless recordings is testimony to her artistic capacity. She was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8,1932, in Winchester, Virginia and she was the eldest child of seamstress Hilda Virginia and blacksmith Samuel Lawrence Hensley. She soon had a brother and sister, Samuel Jr. They were known in the family as Ginny, John, the family moved often before finally settling in Winchester, Virginia, when Patsy was eight. Sam Hensley deserted his family in 1947, but the home was reportedly happy nonetheless. Cline was introduced to music at an age, singing in church with her mother. She liked stars such as Kay Starr, Jo Stafford, Hank Williams, Judy Garland, self-taught, she could not read music. When Patsy was thirteen, she was hospitalized with a throat infection, the fever affected my throat and when I recovered I had this booming voice like Kate Smith. After watching performers through the window at the radio station, she asked WINC disc jockey. Her performance in 1947 was well received, and she was asked back and this led to appearances at local nightclubs, wearing fringed Western outfits her mother made from Patsys designs. Cline performed in variety and talent shows in the Winchester and Tri-State areas, along with this and increasing local radio appearances on local radio, she gained a large following. In 1954 Jimmy Dean, already a young star, heard of herPatsy Cline – Patsy Cline at 4 Star Records in March 1957
7. Jimmie Davis – James Houston Jimmie Davis was a singer and songwriter of both sacred and popular songs who served for two nonconsecutive terms from 1944–48 and from 1960–64 as the governor of his native Louisiana. Davis was a popular country music and gospel singer from the 1930s into the 1960s. He was inducted into six halls of fame, including the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Davis was born to a couple, the former Sarah Elizabeth Works and Samuel Jones Davis. The family was so poor that young Jimmie did not have a bed in which to sleep until he was nine years old. Davis was not sure of his date of birth, according to the New York Times, Various newspaper, according to the Los Angeles Times, Davis was not sure exactly how old he was, noting only that he was born around the turn of the last century. The birth date listed on his Country Music Hall of Fame plaque is September 11,1902, however, the 1900 US Census attests to his being born in September 1899. He graduated from Beech Springs High School and the New Orleans campus of Soule Business College, Davis received his bachelors degree in history from the Baptist-affiliated Louisiana College in Pineville in Rapides Parish. He received a degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. His 1927 masters thesis, which examines the intelligence levels of different races, is titled Comparative Intelligence of Whites, Blacks, during the late 1920s, Davis taught history for a year at the former Dodd College for Girls in Shreveport. The college president, Monroe E. Dodd, who was also the pastor of the large First Baptist Church of Shreveport, Davis became a commercially successful singer of rural music before he entered politics. His early work was in the style of country music luminary Jimmie Rodgers. Some of these records included slide guitar accompaniment by black bluesman Oscar Buddy Woods, during his first run for governor, opponents reprinted the lyrics of some of these songs in order to undermine Daviss campaign. In one case, anti-Davis forces played some records over a sound system only to give up after the crowds started dancing, ignoring the double-entendre lyrics. Until the end of his life, Davis never denied or repudiated those records, in 1999, You Are My Sunshine was honored with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and the Recording Industry Association of America named it one of the Songs of the Century. You Are My Sunshine was ranked in 2003 as No.73 on CMTs 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music, until his death, Davis insisted that he wrote the song. In any case, it forever be associated with him. Virginia Shehee, the Shreveport businesswoman, philanthropist, and state senator, Davis became the popular singing governor of Louisiana who often performed during his campaign stopsJimmie Davis – Davis in 1962
8. Tennessee Ernie Ford – Ernest Jennings Ford, known professionally as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Western, pop, and gospel musical genres. Noted for his rich voice and down-home humor, he is remembered for his hit recordings of The Shotgun Boogie. Born in Bristol, Tennessee to Maud and Clarence Thomas Ford, Ford began his radio career as an announcer at WOPI-AM in Bristol. In 1939, the young left the station to study classical singing at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Ohio. As First Lieutenant, he served in the United States Army Air Corps in World War II as the bombardier on a B-29 Superfortress flying missions over Japan and he was also a bombing instructor at George Air Force Base, located in Victorville, California. After the war, Ford worked at stations in San Bernardino and Pasadena. At KFXM in San Bernardino, Ford was hired as a radio announcer and he was assigned to host an early morning country music disc jockey program, Bar Nothin Ranch Time. To differentiate himself, he created the personality of Tennessee Ernie and he became popular in the area and was soon hired away by Pasadenas KXLA radio. At KXLA, Ford continued doing the show and also joined the cast of Cliffie Stones popular live KXLA country show Dinner Bell Roundup as a vocalist while still doing the early morning broadcast. Cliffie Stone, a talent scout for Capitol Records, brought him to the attention of the label. In 1949, while doing his morning show, he signed a contract with Capitol. He became a local TV star as the star of Stones popular Southern California Hometown Jamboree show, radiOzark produced 260 15-minute episodes of The Tennessee Ernie Show on transcription disks for national radio syndication. He released almost 50 country singles through the early 1950s, several of which made the charts, ill Never Be Free, a duet pairing Ford with Capitol Records pop singer Kay Starr, became a huge country and pop crossover hit in 1950. A duet with Ella Mae Morse, False Hearted Girl was a top seller for the Capitol Country and Hillbilly division, Ford eventually ended his KXLA morning show and in the early 1950s, moved on from Hometown Jamboree. He took over from band-leader Kay Kyser as host of the TV version of NBC quiz show Kollege of Musical Knowledge when it returned briefly in 1954 after a four-year hiatus. He became a name in the U. S. largely as a result of his portrayal in 1954 of the country bumpkin, Cousin Ernie on three episodes of I Love Lucy. In 1955, Ford recorded Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier with Farewell to the Mountains on side B. The songs authorship has been claimed by both Travis and George S. Davis, although Travis is recognized as the author on the recording itself, by BMITennessee Ernie Ford – Tennessee Ernie Ford
9. Gaither Vocal Band – The 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 lineup will consist of Reggie Smith, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb, Todd Suttles, and Bill Gaither, beginning April 1,2017. Although the group started out recording contemporary Christian music in the 1980s, 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, Mark Lowry, Michael English, David Phelps, the band has released 29 albums, at least 19 of which have charted. The band has also released 10 DVDs, which many other Christian artists as well. The Gaither Vocal Band has been honored with 2 Grammys, and 17 Dove Awards, the Gaither Vocal Band is named after gospel legend and leader, Bill Gaither. 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. For example, their song, He Touched Me was covered by Elvis Presley, Presley won a Grammy for the album. Bill Gaither felt that his trio had reached its peak in the mid-1980s, the original Vocal Band was formed spontaneously, backstage of a Gaither Trio concert. It consisted of Bill Gaither and Gary McSpadden of the trio, the quartet sang Your First Day in Heaven on stage that night. Their debut album, the self-titled The New Gaither Vocal Band, debuted in 1981. According to the notes of the CD compilation, The Best of the GVB. According to Steve Green on the Gaither Vocal Band Reunion video, he came up with the name and convinced Gaither to use it because he, at the time, 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 was hired. This group cut the New Point Of View album before Mohr left, 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 had been more contemporary than its predecessors, the album with this version of the group 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 and this line up cut one album before Gary McSpadden left to start his solo careerGaither Vocal Band – Gaither Vocal Band, 2014
10. Bill Gaither (gospel singer) – William J. Bill Gaither is an American singer and songwriter of Southern gospel and Contemporary Christian music. He has written numerous popular Christian songs with his wife Gloria, he is known for performing as part of the Bill Gaither Trio. In the 1990s, his gained a resurgence, as popularity grew for the Gaither Homecoming series. Bill Gaither was born in Alexandria, Indiana in 1936 to George and he formed his first group the Bill Gaither Trio in 1956 while a college student at Anderson College, to which he had transferred after one year at Taylor University. He graduated from Anderson in 1959 with a major in English and he married the former Gloria Sickal in 1962. He tried for a few years to both a music career and his full-time teaching job, but he quit his teaching job in 1967. He recorded his breakthrough song He Touched Me in 1964, Gaither was influenced by southern gospel singers such as Jake Hess and Hovie Lister and by groups such as the Speers, the Statesmen, and the Happy Goodmans. His songs have been performed by Christian artists, country singers, Gloria Gaither often writes the lyrics while Bill writes the music, although composing is usually a collaborative project between the two. As of 2005, they had composed 600 songs and by 2012 that number had increased to over 700, since Gaither first began singing with the Bill Gaither Trio in the 1950s, he has constantly been performing. The Bill Gaither Trio originally consisted of Bill, his brother Danny Gaither, in about 1964 Bills wife, Gloria, took the place of Mary Ann. The trio sang traditional songs along with original compositions by the Gaithers that gave them a more contemporary feel. Gaither has a bass voice, and would often sing while playing piano with the Bill Gaither Trio. Gaither also runs a center called Gaither Family Resources. Included as part of the company is Live Bait Productions, which is a company run by Benjy Gaither. In the 1980s, Gaither was involved with Paragon Associates, which formed a partnership with Zondervan to buy Benson Records, in 1994, Gaither and entrepreneur Leland Boren founded the Brentwood, Tennessee-based Chapel Hill Music Group, which later changed its name to Spring Hill Music Group. It was created as part of the Gaither Music Company to handle in-house productions, Gaither has been a father figure to many younger performers in the Contemporary Christian music industry, while helping to prolong the careers of those who came before him. Mark Lowry, Michael W. Guy Penrod and Mark Lowry were the members of the Gaither Vocal Band with the longest tenure besides Bill Gaither himself, Guy Penrod was with the group from 1995–2008 and Mark Lowry from 1988-2001. Gaithers Homecoming tours, which started in 1991, brought together major stars of the gospel and CCM industryBill Gaither (gospel singer) – Gaither in Oslo, Norway on March 15, 2008
11. Vestal Goodman – Vestal Goodman was a singer who performed in the Southern gospel genre for more than half a century. She is known both as a performer and as a member of The Happy Goodman Family—which originated with her husband and his brothers. Goodman was the fourth of six children and she began singing in her home church. Her original intent was to study for the Metropolitan Opera, and she married Howard Goodman, a preacher nine years her senior, on November 7,1949. They had a son Rick, and a daughter Vicki and they pastored churches and sang for congregations across the country. Along with Howards two brothers Sam and Rusty, they known as The Happy Goodman Family, helping pave the way for Southern gospel music during the 1960s. With the formation of Word Records in the early 1960s, Vestal, in 1969, she won the first ever Female Vocalist of the Year Dove Award. As a natural step in her career, Vestal Goodman released her first solo album, Hallelujah. in 1971, from which came the well-known single, Itll All Be Over But the Shoutin. Lord I Wouldnt Take Nothin For My Journey Now, details her life in Southern gospel music, her heart problems, her subsequent bout with cancer and her struggle with prescription drug addiction. Goodman was honored by being named The Queen of Southern Gospel Music, which was proclaimed in an array of magazines, from Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, Time, People. She was also known for her trademark handkerchief, which she held in her hand during virtually every performance, comedian/singer Mark Lowry used to joke, The anointings in the hanky, during their Gaither Homecoming concert appearances. She and Howard worked with many musicians on the Gaither Homecoming music projects in the 1990s. Her autobiography was released in 1999, and she was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in 2004. The Happy Goodmans group was inducted into the GMA Hall of Fame in 1998, Howard Goodman died on November 30,2002, after the couple made a farewell recording and singing tour dubbed The Final Stand. Vestal Goodman died at the age 74 of complications from influenza while on Christmas vacation in Florida with her family and she died in the ambulance on the way to Celebration Hospital in Celebration, Florida. Her son Rick said it was appropriate for her death that it would happen in a place called Celebration. Worthington Music Group and Goodman Family Ministries partnered to release a collection of recordings from the family archive entitled Unsurpassed Masters Vol.1 in 2008, the critically acclaimed album gives listeners a behind the scenes glimpse into ministry of Howard and Vestal Goodman. Vestal Freeman Goodman Find A Grave Memorial Official WebsiteVestal Goodman – Goodman in 2001
12. Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is a Southern gospel quartet founded in 2002 by Ernie Haase, former Cathedral Quartet tenor, and Garry Jones, former Gold City pianist. In 2015, it consists of Dustin Doyle, Devin McGlamery, Paul Harkey, as of June 2015 when Doug Anderson departed the group, Ernie Haase is the only member from the groups inception, the lineup of the band has changed several times. The band has released 23 albums and 9 DVDs, which feature other Christian artists, the Cathedral Quartet announced their farewell tour in 1999. Lead singer Glen Payne died on October 15,1999 before the end of the tour, upon request of Glen Payne, the remaining members finished the tour with pianist Roger Bennett performing Paynes vocals. Following the tour Bennett and baritone Scott Fowler formed Legacy Five while Ernie Haase continued his solo career, former Cathedrals bass George Younce and Jake Hess, along with Bill Gaither formed The Old Friends Quartet with Ernie Haase, Wesley Pritchard, and Garry Jones. The Old Friends Quartet disbanded after two years on the road, as Hess and Younces ill health prevented them from doing much traveling. Haase, along with Jones, continued singing and wished to create a quartet with a modern image and attitude. Haase and Jones, together with lead singer Shane Dunlap, baritone Doug Anderson and they recorded three albums, Stand by Me released in April 2002, followed by Building a Bridge in 2003. They participated in their first live concert at Reardon Auditorium, in Anderson, Indiana, later Shane Dunlap left Signature Sound to start a solo career after release of their third album Glory to His Name in 2003. Wesley Pritchard took Dunlaps position while the group searched for a full-time lead, Jones and Haase dissolved their business relationship after the first year and Roy Webb was chosen as pianist. Later, they found Ryan Seaton and hired him as the new lead singer, haases father-in-law George Younce became co-owner of the quartet and helped the group have an affiliation with the Gaither Music Group. They released their album, The Ground is Level, followed by Great Love in 2004. In 2004, the changed its name to Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. They released their album in October 2005. They signed with the Gaither Music Group and became regular performers with the Gaither Homecoming tours, in May 2007, pianist Roy Webb left the band to be with his father, who was dying of cancer. On May 29,2007, it was announced that Webb had resigned from the group, later, it was announced that Gordon Mote would be the groups piano player during their Get Away Jordan summer tour supporting their album Get Away, Jordan released in January 2007. Singer and producer Bill Gaither eventually began scheduling a series of concerts with only Signature Sound. Due in part to the popularity of these concerts, the two decided to record a single album together, entitled Together, which debuted in October 2007Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – EH&SS in Concert in Apeldoorn (2010)
13. The Jordanaires – The Jordanaires were an American vocal quartet that formed as a gospel group in 1948. They are known for providing vocals for Elvis Presley, in live appearances. The group has worked in the recording studio, on stage. In 1948, Matt and Jack left to become full-time preachers and were replaced by Bob Hubbard, also a minister, and bass singer Culley Holt, after three years Money was replaced as pianist by Gordon Stoker. At that time, they formed the new group as the Melodizing Matthews, in Springfield, Missouri and this starting lineup lasted until 1949, at that time, Bob Hubbard was drafted and was replaced by Hoyt Hawkins. Later that year, Monty and Bill Matthews left, Hawkins switched to baritone, and new lead Neal Matthews was recruited. Don Bruce came in as a new first tenor, however, the group narrowed to a quartet, with Stoker taking over as first tenor. They became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1949 and they recorded for Capitol Records in the early 1950s, and began providing vocal accompaniment behind solo singers in Nashville, Tennessee. The lineup changed again in 1954, with Culley Holt leaving, the quartet became well known in the southern gospel realm, and what made them stand out from other quartets of that time was how they would bring spirituals to a predominantly white audience. While continuing to turn out albums of their own, the group become better known for the signature background harmonies they have provided on dozens of secular records. Jarrett remained until 1958, at time, he was replaced by Ray Walker. October 31954 a teenage Elvis Presley made the drive from Memphis to Nashville to make his one, debuting his high-energy brand of rockabilly with Blue Moon of Kentucky it was his first live performance on national radio broadcast. He had just recorded his first record at Sun studios, Thats All Right just a few weeks prior, an afternoon in 1955, the Jordanaires played a show in Memphis with Eddy Arnold to publicize their new syndicated TV series, Eddy Arnold Time. He was on Sun Records at that time, on January 10,1956, Presley recorded his first session for RCA with guitarist Scotty Moore, bassist Bill Black, and drummer D. J. Fontana. I Got a Woman, Heartbreak Hotel, and Money Honey were recorded, Presley asked his new label RCA Victor if the Jordanaires could appear on the recordings. The next day Gordon Stoker was called by Chet Atkins to do a session with a new singer named Elvis. RCA had also just signed the Speer Family, Atkins asked Stoker to sing with Ben and Brock Speer so he could use them. The recording session for Im Counting on You and I Was the One was the first session Presley did with vocal background, by April 1956, Heartbreak Hotel was No.1The Jordanaires – The Jordanaires with Elvis, 1957
14. Gary McSpadden – Gary McSpadden is an American pastor, singer, songwriter, producer, television host and motivational speaker. He has musical roots in music and Southern gospel with The Statesmen, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Imperials, The Bill Gaither Trio. McSpaddens songs include Jesus Lord To Me”, “Hallelujah Praise The Lamb” and he has produced albums for numerous groups. In 1987, he co-hosted PTL Today after Jim Bakker resigned, McSpadden went on to produce television programs, including the Jubilee concert series filmed at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. He also produced and starred in several music shows in the Branson area during the 1990s and 2000s. Gary McSpadden was born to Boyd and Helen McSpadden, the family later moved to Lubbock, Texas where Garys father was pastor of Faith Temple. Gary grew up in a musical family and his mother and father were songwriters, and at least one of their songs, Heaven, became popular after it was recorded by George Beverly Shea and others. As a young boy, McSpadden sang in the church and was singing solos by the age of ten. In 1962, at the age of 18, McSpadden caught the attention of Hovie Lister, manager of The Statesmen, after five months, he was hired on with The Oak Ridge Quartet. During his time there, the changed their name to The Oak Ridge Boys. From 1964 to 1967, McSpadden sang with Jake Hess and the Imperials and it was during his time with them that The Imperials first started singing backup to Elvis Presley. In 1977, Mcspadden joined Bill And Gloria Gaither in The Bill Gaither Trio, during this time, he was a co-pastor for three years, but stepped down by 1980 to focus whole-heartedly on music. By 1981, the trio added an second group called The Gaither Vocal Band. McSpadden, Bill Gaither, Steve Green and Lee Young were the first members in the group, McSpadden began his solo career in 1979 with his album Higher Purpose. He sang with the Gaither Vocal Band until 1988 when he left to more time towards his solo career. McSpadden has recorded more than 30 albums,16 of them solo, in 1967, McSpadden left the music ministry to pastor a large non-denominational church with his father in Fort Worth, Texas. The father/son team worked together for 13 years, Today, he pastors Faith and Wisdom Church in Branson, Missouri, teaching faith, wisdom and obedience to the Bible. Gary McSpadden has been broadcasting on television for years, in 1976, he and his father Boyd McSpadden aired a series of programs in Fort Worth, Texas from the church they pastoredGary McSpadden – Gary McSpadden
15. The Oak Ridge Boys – The Oak Ridge Boys are an American country and gospel vocal quartet. The group was founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet and they became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s. Their name was changed to the Oak Ridge Boys in the early 1960s, and they remained a gospel group until the mid-1970s. The lineup which produced their most world-famous and most well-known country and crossover hits consists of Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, Golden and Allen joined the group in the mid-1960s, and Sterban and Bonsall joined in the early 1970s. Aside from a gap when Golden left the group and was replaced. The core group that would lead to the Oak Ridge Boys was a country group called Wally Fowler. They were requested to perform to staff members and their families restricted during World War II at the nuclear plant in nearby Oak Ridge. They were asked to sing there so often that eventually changed their name to the Oak Ridge Quartet. And because their most popular songs were gospel, Fowler decided to focus solely on southern gospel music, at the time, the quartet was made up of Wally Fowler, Lon Deacon Freeman, Curly Kinsey, and Johnny New. This group began recording in 1947, Wally Fowler And The Oak Ridge Quartet were members of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1940s. In 1957, Fowler sold the rights to the Oak Ridge Quartet name to group member Smitty Gatlin in exchange for forgiveness of a debt. As a result of personnel changes, the group lost its tenor, so they lowered their arrangements and had Gatlin sing tenor while the pianist, Tommy Fairchild. They recorded an album for Cadence Records, then in 1958 they hired Willie Wynn to sing the tenor part, at this point the group consisted of Fairchild at the piano, Wynn, Gatlin, baritone Ron Page, and bass Herman Harper. They recorded an album on the Checker Records label, one on Starday, in 1961, Gatlin changed the groups name to the Oak Ridge Boys because their producer, Bud Praeger, thought Oak Ridge Quartet sounded too old-fashioned for their contemporary sound. In 1962, Ron Page left, and the group hired Gary McSpadden as baritone with the understanding from Jake Hess that when he was ready to start a group and they recorded another album on Skylite, and then two groundbreaking albums on Warner Brothers. When Hess followed through on that promise, McSpadden quit to join a new group Hess was forming, jim Hammill was chosen to be his replacement. They made one album for Festival Records, one for Stateswood, Hammill did not get along with the rest of the group, and a fan named William Lee Golden felt that Hammill was hurting the group and asked the group if he could be Hammils replacement. After Hammils retirement from the group in 1964, Golden joined as baritone, the group recorded another album for Starday and another on Skylite in 1965The Oak Ridge Boys – The Oak Ridge Boys in 2007 (l–r: Bonsall, Allen, Golden, Sterban)
16. Janet Paschal – Janet Paschal is an inspirational Christian and southern gospel vocalist. She is often associated with Bill Gaithers Homecoming events, Janet Paschal, a native of Reidsville, North Carolina, was raised in a Christian and musically inclined family. Following high school graduation, Paschal was invited to become a member of the gospel group. The group changed its name to the Rex Nelon Singers after the last LeFevre retired from the group and she became a member of televangelist Jimmy Swaggart’s Crusade Team. Paschal began her career in 1989, releasing her first album entitled I Give You Jesus on Jimmy Swaggart’s ministry label. She released the album, Journey of Grace in 1994, and in 1997 released The Good Road, since then, Janet has received several awards, released seven more successful albums, and received Grammy nominations. Paschal was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and received 11 months of treatment, following a clean bill of health, Paschal recorded a new album of hymns titled, Sounds Like Sunday, benefiting breast cancer research. She has since released include a CD titled Treasure and a book titled Treasures of the Snow in 2012, the song is frequently performed by the United States Army Band and in a special video presentation at Los Angeles Forest Lawn Memorial Park. It became the song for the organization, Grief Share. Paschals single, Hide Me Sweet Rock of Ages, landed at the No.1 position on the August 2009 Singing News Top 80 Chart and she is the first full-time female soloist to have a No.1 song on the magazines charts. In 1999, Paschal married an airline pilot. They reside in North Carolina, in 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and received 12 months of treatment. As of July 2012, Paschal has been deemed cancer-free,1975, Experience The LeFevres 1976, Gospel Music U. S. A. Paschal has authored two books, in 1997, The Good Road, a collection of her own writings and reflections on life, based on the book of Jeremiah, in 2008, Official site Official Sounds Like Sunday CD SiteJanet Paschal – Janet Paschal
17. Sandi Patty – Sandra Faye Sandi Patty is an American Christian music singer, known for her wide vocal range and expressive flexibility which has led music critics to dub her The Voice. Patty was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, into a family of musicians, her father was a minister of music and she first performed at the age of two when she sang Jesus Loves Me for her church, Phoenix First Church of God. After graduating from Crawford High School in San Diego, she attended San Diego State University and Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, where she studied voice and conducting. While studying at Anderson University, she worked as a musician for area recording studios, singing background vocals and recording commercial jingles. Her reputation as a performer and studio singer grew during the late 1970s, Patty recorded her first album, For My Friends, an independent effort, that landed in the hands of executives at Singspiration. In 1979, she was signed to Singspiration. and released her first professional record, according to the FAQ section on her website, the name on her birth certificate is Sandra Patty. A printers error on the labeling listed her name as Sandi Patti, Pattys career expanded after she won her first two GMA Dove Awards in 1982 and began singing backup for Bill Gaither and the Bill Gaither Trio. She was invited to sing the anthem at the Indianapolis 500 in 1987–88, 1990–92. At the peak of her career, Pattys concerts were so heavily attended that she performed in often sold-out mainstream arenas, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, she averaged over 200 concerts a year, and supported a staff of over 30 that managed her career. In 1992, the news of Pattys divorce from manager John Helvering shocked the music industry. The reason for the split was later revealed to be infidelity which subsequently stalled her career in the mid 1990s, during her marriage, it was later reported that Patty had an extramarital affair with her back up singer, Don Peslis, who was also married at the time. Patty divorced Helvering in 1993 and married Peslis in August 1995, confronted with rumors of the affair just two weeks into her marriage with Peslis, Patty made a full confession to her church congregation. Amidst the trying time, Patty did receive support from a national figure - Charles Schulz and he referenced her in a comic strip, and Patty is quoted in a recent spiritual biography of Schulz as having been touched by the gesture. Patty will again host the extravaganza in December 2017, in 2000, Patty had a guest singing appearance at the end of a 7th Heaven episode. She appeared in the 2006 annual Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, a televised performance of Sandi Pattys Yuletide Special was filmed for syndication in 2006, with other performers—including the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the U. S. Air Force Reserve Band. In 2004, Patty was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, in May 2008, Patty released her 30th studio recording, Songs for the Journey, in which she covers classic hymns of the church and other modern gospel classics. 2008 also saw the release of five separate compilation recordings of past songs taken from previous albums, in 2009, Patty received two GMA Dove Award nominations, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Inspirational Album of the Year. Simply Sandi, an album, is the first solo project to be released on her own record labelSandi Patty – Patty in 2006
18. Elvis Presley – Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is referred to as the King of Rock and Roll. Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, and relocated to Memphis and his music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was a popularizer of rockabilly. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, Presleys first RCA single, Heartbreak Hotel, was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances. In November 1956, Presley made his debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service, in 1973, Presley featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of drug abuse severely damaged his health. Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century and he won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Presley was born on January 8,1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Love and Vernon Elvis Presley, Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his own birth. Thus, as a child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an especially close bond with his mother. The family attended an Assembly of God, where he found his musical inspiration. Although he was in conflict with the Pentecostal church in his later years, rev. Rex Humbard officiated at his funeral, as Presley had been an admirer of Humbards ministry. Presleys ancestry was primarily a Western European mix, including Scots-Irish, Scottish, German, gladyss great-great-grandmother, Morning Dove White, was possibly a Cherokee Native American. Gladys was regarded by relatives and friends as the dominant member of the small family, Vernon moved from one odd job to the next, evincing little ambition. The family often relied on help from neighbors and government food assistance, the Presleys survived the F5 tornado in the 1936 Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak. In 1938, they lost their home after Vernon was found guilty of kiting a check written by the landowner, Orville S. Bean and he was jailed for eight months, and Gladys and Elvis moved in with relativesElvis Presley – Presley in a publicity photograph for the 1957 film Jailhouse Rock
19. Arthur Rice – Arthur Rice is the lead singer for the Kingdom Heirs. He has been with the Kingdom Heirs since 1995 and he previously traveled with The Kingsmen and Squire Parsons. Married to Tammy Rice, they have 2 boys, Kaleb, the Kingdom Heirs have also been voted favorite group once during his tenure with the Kingsmen. Rice is a deacon at FBC Sevierville TN and current President of the Southern Gospel Music Association and a member of its Board of DirectorsArthur Rice – Arthur Rice
20. Lulu Roman – Lulu Roman is a comedian and singer. She is probably best known as a regular on the comedy-music show Hee Haw. Roman was born with a dysfunction in a home for unwed mothers. She attended W. W. Samuell High School in Dallas, during her stint on Hee Haw, she went through a bout of drug addiction, which resulted in her absence from the program for several seasons during the middle portion of its long run. She cleaned up and converted to Christianity, after which she began singing and this led to a career as a singer of Southern Gospel music, Roman has recorded several albums, although she never trained as a singer. In 1999 Lulu Roman was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame with fellow artists Andy Griffith, Barbara Mandrell, David L. Cook, Gary S. Paxton, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Snow and Jody Miller. Roman continues to perform music and stand-up comedy and also working with Compassion International. Her project Seven Times hit the two spot on the Cash Box chart in 2010. A new album of musical standards titled At Last was released on January 15,2013, the album, produced by Chris Barnes and Larry Ferguson for Homesick Entertainment, features duets with Dolly Parton, T. Graham Brown, Linda Davis, and George Jones, official Internet site, accessed April 21,2014Lulu Roman – Lulu performing in 2008
21. Charles Davis Tillman – Charles Davis Tillman —also known as Charlie D. Tillman, Charles Tillman, Charlie Tillman, and C. D. Tillman—was a popularizer of the gospel song. He had a knack for adopting material from sources and flowing it into the mix now known as southern gospel. In 1887 he focused his career more on his church and musical talents, singing first tenor in a male quartet. In 1889 Tillman was assisting his father with a tent meeting in Lexington, the elder Tillman lent the tent to an African American group for a singing meeting on a Sunday afternoon. It was then that young Tillman first heard the spiritual The Old Time Religion and then quickly scrawled the words, Tillman published the work to his largely white church market in 1891. Tillman was not first in publishing the song, an honor which goes to G. D, pike in his 1873 Jubilee Singers and Their Campaign for Twenty Thousand Dollars. As published by Tillman, the song contains verses not found in Pikes 1873 version and these possibly had accumulated in oral tradition or/and were augmented by lyrics crafted by Tillman. More critically, perhaps, Tillmans published version of the tune has a cadence which may have helped it gain wider currency. Tillmans emendations have characterized the song ever since, in the culture of all southerners irrespective of race, the refrain was worded by Georgia Baptist preacher M. E. Abbey. The combination became one of the most popular and frequently recorded songs of all time, on January 14,2012, Brad Paisley performed a 4/4 rendition as guest on Garrison Keillors Prairie Home Companion. Members of the Western Writers of America chose the song as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. Besides The Old Time Religion and Life’s Railway to Heaven the Cyber Hymnal lists other Tillman works, including My Mothers Bible as well as Ready and When I Get to the End of the Way. Wayne W. Daniel pays particular notice to Tillmans The Great Judgment Morning and he set it to music and published it in a songbook under the title The Judgment. Bearing the alternate title The Great Judgment Morning, the song subsequently was published extensively in southern gospel songbooks and it was written anonymously as Nomad by Rev. B. H. Shadduck, PhD, in the Salvation Armys War Cry publication in 1893. Notwithstanding the sentimentality, My Mothers Bible emerged in a number of generally stately hymnals, including the Broadman Hymnal edited by Baylus Benjamin McKinney and Christian Hymns. Ready to suffer grief or pain had a British author in the tradition of the Keswick Hymn-Book, Tillman first published the British lyrics with his tune in Tillmans Revival No.4 in Atlanta in 1903. The British lyrics are in five quatrains, Tillman moved the original first quatrain into the refrain of his version and altered the words to wed better to the repeated nature of a refrain. He printed the song with a reference to 2 Samuel 15,15, in conveying this background, William Jensen Reynolds observes that the Southern Baptist Hymnal Committee decided to name the tune TILLMANCharles Davis Tillman – Print of Tillman's photograph on the title page of Revival No. 2, published in 1896