Gaither Vocal Band Announces Personnel Changes Posted: Wednesday March 1st, 2017
Since the Gaither Vocal Band's genesis in the early 1980s, the group
has been a proverbial incubator of great talent.
Names like Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Mark Lowry, Guy Penrod and Michael
English have become beloved favorites to listeners all over the world.
Today, we announce a coming transition that continues the legacy of the
Gaither Vocal Band, not only as a Grammy-winning vocal group but also a
launching opportunity and nurturer of rising talent.
Throughout the past 20 years, David Phelps has become a defining influence
in the Gaither Vocal Band. His powerful tenor voice and gift for artfully
communicating the heart of a song has won the hearts of listeners across
Because the demand on David's time has exploded during recent years, he
is departing from the Gaither Vocal Band to concentrate on his solo
Gaither Music will release David's newest recording, Hymnal, on March
22, and we are incredibly proud of what he is doing and will continue
an ongoing relationship with him for years to come.
David will sing selections from that recording during our upcoming big
events, including Texas Homecoming Spectacular, Family Fest in the Smokies,
the 2017 Alaskan Homecoming Cruise, and undoubtedly many other gatherings
in the future.
David reflects, "It has literally been a dream-come-true to be a part of
the GVB. I remember the first time I was standing behind Bill in the group
as he began 'There's a line that's been drawn though the ages...' I knew
I'd finally made it. Now the journey that's been filled with
not-always-appropriate-belly-laughs, sad tears, happy tears, and
always-great music has led us to a fork in the road. I've been in school
for 20 years. It still shocks (and scares) Bill a little bit when I quote,
word for word, something he said years ago. I've been soaking it all in. He
is my teacher, mentor, friend, and a welcome critic. We are family. As
things change and evolve over this transition, that will remain the same.
Lori and I are excited about the wonderful future that God has in store for
all of us as we embark on this new chapter. We are so grateful for the
invaluable love and support of all our fans, friends and family!"
"David is a rare talent and we are so grateful for his presence in the
Gaither Vocal Band for all these years," Bill states. "We will continue to
include him on the program for our special weekend events as he is
Beginning April 1, Reggie Smith will become the newest member of the
Gaither Vocal Band, joining Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb and
Reggie is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he graduated
with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis; and
where he has also completed work toward his Master's degree in vocal
performance. Reggie, along with his wife Ladye Love, has been a featured
artist on the Gaither Homecoming stage for more than fifteen years. Reggie
has performed in more than 25 countries and in such prestigious venues as
the Super Bowl, New York's famed Carnegie Hall, and the Kremlin in Moscow.
His voice can be heard on countless recordings, including the original The
Lion King movie soundtrack. Reggie is also an accomplished music producer
who has worked with country music's finest, including Josh Turner and
Michael Martin Murphy.
Reggie is honored to join the ranks of the Gaither Vocal Band and states,
"I consider this a great honor. Bill has been a great coach to me for many
years, and I am thrilled to be able to work with these talented men who are
already dear friends."
Bill Gaither is ecstatic about the future, stating, "I love working with so
many great singers, and I am thrilled about all that Reggie Smith brings to
the Gaither Vocal Band. His voice folds in beautifully with the other group
members, as does his genuinely sweet spirit. Great days are ahead!"
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO BELOW!
See behind-the-scenes footage & interviews from the first photo shoot
& rehearsal with Reggie Smith.