Gaither Vocal Band Biography

Gaither Vocal Band 2014
Gaither Vocal Band 2014. Gaither Music

Gaither Vocal Band Formed:

The Gaither Vocal Band technically formed in 1981, years after Bill Gaither had made his mark on the Southern Gospel world as a songwriter and founding member of the Bill Gaither Trio.

Gaither Vocal Band Members: 

  • Bill Gaither (bass)
  • Wes Hampton (tenor)
  • David Phelps (tenor) - also with GVB from 1997 - 2005
  • Adam Crabb (lead singer)
  • Todd Suttles (baritone)

Former Members: 

The GVB has been a veritable "who's who" of Southern Gospel over the years with some of the biggest names in the genre singing with the group.

  • Gary McSpadden (lead singer / baritone) 1981 - 1988
  • Steve Green (tenor) 1981 - 1983
  • Lee Young (bass) 1981 - 1982
  • John Mohr (bass) 1982 - 1985
  • Larnelle Harris (tenor) 1983 - 1987
  • Michael English (lead singer) 1985 - 1994 / 2009 - 2013
  • Lemuel Miller (tenor) 1987 - 1987
  • Jim Murray (tenor) 1987 - 1992
  • Mark Lowry (baritone) 1988 - 2001 / 2009 - 2013
  • Terry Franklin (tenor) 1992 - 1994
  • Jonathan Pierce (tenor) 1994 - 1997
  • Buddy Mullins (lead singer) 1994 - 1995
  • Guy Penrod (lead singer) 1995 - 2009
  • Russ Taff (baritone) 2001 - 2004
  • Marshall Hall (baritone) 2004 - 2009

Gaither Vocal Band Biography:

The Gaither Vocal Band had a very "off the cuff" start in 1981 backstage before a Gaither Vocal Trio concert. The four original members, Bill Gaither, Gary McSpadden, Steve Green and Lee Young, were having a little fun, harmonizing on the song "Your First Day in Heaven" while gathered around a piano. It sounded so amazing that Bill decided to take the group out from behind the curtain and they performed that very night.

The audience response let him know that it was time to make the trio much bigger and the New Gaither Vocal Band was formed. In 1985, the group took the "new" out of their name. Since then, the line-up has changed several times as artists come in for a season and then leave to pursue solo careers, but the passion and the excellence has remained the same.

Gaither Vocal Band Discography:

  • Christmas Collection, 2015
  • Happy Rhythm, 2015
  • Sometimes It Takes A Mountain, 2014
  • The New Edition, 2014
  • Hymns, 2014
  • Pure and Simple, 2012
  • I Am A Promise, 2011
  • Greatly Blessed, 2010
  • Reunited, 2009
  • Gaither Vocal Band Reunion - Volumes One & Two, 2009
  • Christmas Gaither Vocal Band Style, 2008
  • Lovin' Life, 2008
  • Together Signature Sound and Gaither Vocal Band, 2007
  • Give it Away, 2006
  • Best of the Gaither Vocal Band, 2004
  • A Cappella, 2003
  • Everything Good, 2002
  • I Do Believe, 2000
  • Classic Moments from the Gaither Vocal Band - Volume 1 & 2, 1999
  • God is Good, 1999
  • Still the Greatest Story Ever Told, 1998
  • Lovin' God & Lovin' Each Other, 1997
  • Back Home in Indiana, 1997
  • Southern Classics: Volume II, 1996
  • Can't Stop Talkin' About Him, 1995
  • Testify, 1994
  • King is Coming, 1994
  • Southern Classics, 1993
  • Peace of the Rock, 1993
  • Homecoming, 1991
  • A Few Good Men, 1990
  • The Best from the Beginning, 1989
  • Wings, 1988
  • One X 1, 1986
  • New Point of View, 1984
  • Passin' The Faith Along, 1983
  • The New Gaither Vocal Band, 1981

Gaither Vocal Band Starter Songs:

GVB Fun: