For the second time, Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena will host the legendary Gaither Vocal Band on Thursday, December 12, at 7 p.m. in Allen Arena. This Christmas concert will also feature The Martins, the Isaacs, Charlotte Ritchie, Angela Primm, Gene McDonald, Buddy Greene and Jeff Taylor.
The concert will be hosted by the Gaither Vocal Band, featuring Gospel Music Hall of Famer Bill Gaither and vocalists David Phelps, Mark Lowry, Wes Hampton and Michael English.
The Gaither Vocal Band started in the early 1980s with four guys singing around a piano backstage before a Bill Gaither Trio concert and an impromptu performance in front of an audience. Bill Gaither has been in the music industry for more than 40 years. He and his wife, Gloria, have won many Dove and Grammy awards for their duos prior to the creation of the Gaither Vocal Band. After the release of their first album, Homecoming, the Gaither Vocal Band released an average of more than one album per year. They have received six Grammy nominations, two Grammys for “Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album,” and more than 15 Dove Awards along with the Dove Lifetime Achievement award in 1994. In January 2009, the Gaither Vocal Band released a Reunion of Gaither Vocal Band alumni on DVD. It immediately shot to the top of Billboard Magazine’s Music Video charts for four consecutive weeks, and topped Christian and Southern Gospel audio charts.