Keeping Families Together
Great feature on
Bill Gaither at the American Profile website.
Helping others has become the cornerstone of Gaither's music ministry. He
schedules the Gaither Vocal Band's tour dates on Friday and Saturday nights so
the band's younger members can spend more weekday time with their families.
Often, Gaither travels overnight by bus so other band members can use the
company airplane and spend one more night at home. "It's a pretty good way of
keeping families together,” he says.
He uses his tours as a platform to launch the careers of other young Christian
singers, while his Homecoming videos, which feature an ensemble of gospel
greats, have provided much-needed income—as well as a feeling of appreciation—to
older, less active singers and performers. August 29th, 2006
And then, in the email, the small print - Offer Valid in US Only.
For the residents of all the other 200+ countries in the world it is $80, and
doesn't seem to include the CDs. (Or $40 in Canada).
Is there any other magazine in the US that charges international subscribers
four times what local residents must pay? No wonder Southern Gospel doesn't
spread outside the US.
August 16th, 2006
sort of people buy Gaither Homecoming DVDs?
I am an occasional buyer of books and music from Amazon.com, and every so often
receive an Amazon.com email recommending particular products the company
believes I will like, based on my previous purchases.
Last year I bought from Amazon.com the "Jerusalem" and "Israel Homecoming" DVDs.
This morning I received an email from Amazon.com:
We've noticed that customers who have purchased "Jerusalem" also purchased
"Demonic" on DVD. For this reason, you might like to know that "Demonic" will be
released on August 22, 2006 on DVD. You can pre-order yours at a savings of 10%
by following the link below.
And here's the Amazon.com description of "Demonic,"
which is apparently a horror movie:
Tom Savini ("Land of the Dead") leads a terrifying trip into the darkness of
desire…when five teens become stranded in a forest roamed by beautiful and
deadly creatures who seduce unsuspecting victims to their deaths.
Anyway, after I wrote it, I emailed all the artists who'd appeared at the Sydney
Opera House Gaither show to tell them of the article (and, by the way, got a
lovely reply from Janet Paschal). Well, I emailed all the artists except for the
Easters. I couldn't find their email address anywhere on their website.
I guess they don't want to hear from their fans, I thought.
Seems I was wrong. Read what they've posted on the
News page of their site.
On average, we get 3-5 song submissions a week, year round. Jeff & I always
personally listen to each of them. "Feelin' Alright, Doin' Okay" was pitched to
us over a year ago. It was such a fun song that we kept the demo in our car and
listened often as we ran errands around town, whether it was a quick run to the
store or a longer, more leisurely drive. When it came time to pick songs for our
new album, this one was a given. We chose it because of how it made us feel.
Like I've always said, if it moves us, it will move others. This one will make
Indiana Living Legends Spill the Beans
The annual Indiana
Living Legends gathering has heard that Gloria
Gaither has turned a John Steinbeck novel into a stage play. And the Indiana
governor has revealed which Bill Gaither song makes his wife cry. July 25th, 2006
It's not like my mom and I listen to all the same music, because, let's face
it, that would be sad. I'd sooner take a header into traffic than listen to the
Gaither Vocal Band white-bread gospel that Mom adores. July 22nd, 2006
Southern Gospel on Steroids
Ernie Haase tells the Grand Rapids Press
about his love for the "pure, old-fashioned quartet":
"But I wanted to have a translated version -- like the amplified version of
the Bible in today's language. In this MTV generation, people have to see it as
well as hear it," he said.
After 10 years as the tenor voice of the famed Cathedral Quartet -- and a stint
as a solo artist -- Haase crafted a new quartet with a hip look and some stage
choreography; yet with the old time, four-voice harmony which has remained
popular through the decades.
They demonstrate their combination with smart steps through peppy songs such as
"Trying To Get A Glimpse."
"That one's on steroids -- it's high octane," Haase said. July 21st, 2006