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Gaither Vocal Band

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The group was formed in 1980 on the spur of the moment before a concert with the song “First Day In Heaven” with Bill Gaither & Gary McSpadden of the Bill Gaither Trio, and Steve Green & Lee Young of the backup singers.

Lee Young was dismissed 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.

At this point the “New Gaither Vocal Band’ dropped the “new” part of their name. Bill Gaither dropped to the lowest part (although they didn’t call it Bass at the time), Gary McSpadden was moved down to baritone and Michael English was hired as lead singer. 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 left. He was replaced by Imperials alumnus, Jim Murray. They cut one album (Wings) before Gary McSpadden left to devote more time to his solo career. Mark Lowry was tapped to replace him. Although Lowry admittedly didn’t have the natural ear for the baritone part, or the experience, he added a great voice along with his comedy and soon made their sound more smooth. First planned to perhaps be their final album, their gospel roots project Homecoming, in 1991, caused most Southern Gospel fans to welcome the Vocal Band with open arms.

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  • CarolMcCormack

    The ministry of the Gaither Vocal Band is a continual blessing in my life.

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • charpezt

    ANYBODY got a copy of the Gaither Trio's L-I-F-E they would be willing to share? I raised my kids with this and would love to do the same with my grands (newborn to age 6)...please help.

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Pazort

    Hai Gaither Vocal Band. I'am Elvis, from Wamen, Papua - Indonesia I like to sing Alpha and Omega again and again. And i like to sing it with my friends in Cruch. Because since i heard that, i wanna be like Gaither Vocal Band. Praise and Worship The Lord. So, i want you send me Alpha and Omega Instrumen. Just that. If cant, its ok... I know, i cant sing it better than Gaither Vocal..., but i miss to praise The Lord with your song. Thank you for Gaither Vocal Band

    31 Aug 2010 Reply
  • grannyjerita40

    Everytime I hear One of the homecoming dvd's or the Vocal Band sing I feel the presence of God all around me Thank You and Thank God for all of your Talets., May God Continue to Bless all of You. Jerita Abshire from Kaplan Louisiana

    27 Jul 2010 Reply
  • rzer1

    I have followed the Gaither Vocal Band since it first started. I love your music. Thank you for your witness to so many people.

    9 Feb 2010 Reply
  • musdan77

    There have been a lot great things happening recently. First was the Grammy Award win, then the GVB reunion (the only negative thing I would say about it is that Jonathan Pierce was not there), then the DVDs from the reunion debuted on the Billboard chart at #1 & 2, and now 3 of the best of the former members come back to the group! (It's a good thing the group was named the Gaither Vocal Band in stead of the Gaither Quartet) :)

    21 Feb 2009 Reply
  • JehCD_606

    Great harmonies...GVB always has interesting and rich sounds!

    29 Jul 2008 Reply