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Gaither Vocal Band - I Am A Promise 2011 English Christian Album

Gaither Vocal Band - I Am A Promise 2011 English Christian AlbumGaither Vocal Band - I Am A Promise 2011 English Christian Album
I Am A Promise is the latest American Christian Southern Gospel Children Songs released by American Christian Southern Gospel Vocal band Gaither Vocal Band. This album was released on August 9, 2011 and released under the label Gaither Music Group.


Album Details ::

Album :: I Am A Promise

Artist :: Gaither Vocal Band

Release Date :: August 9, 2011

Genre :: Southern Gospel, Children Songs

Label :: Gaither Music Group

Producer :: Bill Gaither, Ben Isaacs

Location :: Nashville, TN, USA



Gaither Vocal Band - I Am A Promise 2011 Biography and historyGaither Vocal Band - I Am A Promise 2011 Biography and history
History ::
The Gaither Vocal Band was formed in the early 1980s on the spur of the moment, backstage before a Bill Gaither Trio concert. Just four guys—Gaither and Gary McSpadden of the trio, and Steve Green and Lee Young, who were backup singers— singing quartet standards around a piano. Then, they decided to take it on stage singing, “Your First Day in Heaven.” The audience loved it.

Their debut album, the self titled The New Gaither Vocal Band, debuted in 1981.

Lee Young left the group 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 became new, but dropped the "new" part of their name. Due to baritone becoming high for Bill and lead becoming high for Gary McSpadden, Bill Gaither dropped to the lowest part (Bill stated they never called it bass at the time as it wasn't a true bass part). McSpadden was moved down to baritone and Michael English was hired as the new 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 too 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. Their Gospel roots project Homecoming in 1991, caused most Southern Gospel fans to welcome the Vocal Band with open arms. Jim Murray left and was replaced by Terry Franklin. The album Southern Classics was released in 1993 with the hit I Bowed On My Knees.

Later Michael English left to focus solely on his ever growing solo career. He was replaced by Buddy Mullins, who agreed to sing with the group while concurrently remaining with his family group, Mullins & Co., which later became Sunday Drive. Despite being only a temporary fill-in, Mullins did record the album "Testify" with the group, in place of Michael English, who had initially planned to record that album with the group. Terry Franklin soon left and was replaced by yet another Imperials alumnus, Jonathan Pierce (formerly known by his first and last name Jonathan Hildreth instead of his first and middle name as he has been known since he began recording). Strengthened by the popularity of the Homecoming video series, the Vocal Band added Guy Penrod at lead, freeing Mullins to concentrate solely on his family group. After Pierce's departure, Gaither hired David Phelps at tenor. After Lowry's departure, Imperials alumnus Russ Taff sang baritone for a couple of years. When Taff returned to solo work, Marshall Hall was his replacement. Wes Hampton succeeded Phelps in 2005.

During the 1990s and into the first few years of the 21st century, the Gaither Vocal Band mastered the art of mixing classic southern gospel with country and Inspirational styles. This gave the group a broad fan base that reached beyond the typical domain of Southern Gospel.

The group has had two number one songs on the Singing News chart. "Yes, I Know" held the top position from July to October 1997, as did "I Will Go On" in November 2006. Other popular tunes by the Gaither Vocal Band include "Temporary Home," "Let Freedom Ring," "Count On Me," "The Baptism Of Jesse Taylor," and "When Jesus Says It's Enough." The group routinely performs classic Southern Gospel songs including many written by Bill and Gloria Gaither like "He Touched Me", "I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary", and "Sinner Saved By Grace."

Recent times ::
In July 2008, the vocal band recorded a reunion DVD at the Gaither Studios—The Gaither Vocal Band Reunion, Volumes 1 and 2. It was released on CD format in January 2009. All of the former members were there except for Jonathan Pierce, Terry Franklin, and Lemuel Miller. The two CDs debuted in the top two positions on Billboard’s Contemporary Christian album chart, marking not only the Gaither Vocal Band's first No. 1 on the Christian album chart, but also their first No. 1 debut on that chart as well. The DVDs of the same title debuted in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions on the Music Video charts as well.

In January 2009, Marshall Hall and Guy Penrod (starting a solo career) left the Gaither Vocal Band. Gaither brought back some members of the past, namely Michael English as lead vocal, Mark Lowry as baritone and David Phelps as high tenor, joining Wes Hampton, whom Gaither described as occupying that "sweet spot" between tenor and lead. The first album by this five-member version was Reunited released in September 2009. It was also the first album of the vocal band ever to feature only songs written by Bill and Gloria Gaither.

In August 2010, they released the long-awaited album called Greatly Blessed. On February 18–19, 2011 they will be having a tour in South Africa.

Gaither Vocal Band - I Am A Promise 2011 Band membersGaither Vocal Band - I Am A Promise 2011 Band members
Band Members ::
1980–1982

(Under the Name "The New Gaither Vocal Band")

  • Steve Green - Tenor
  • Gary McSpadden - Lead
  • Bill Gaither - Baritone
  • Lee Young - Bass
  • The New Gaither Vocal Band (1981)
1982–1983
  • Steve Green - Tenor
  • Gary McSpadden - Lead
  • Bill Gaither - Baritone
  • Jon Mohr - Bass
  • Passin' the Faith Along (1982)
1983–1984
  • Larnelle Harris- Tenor
  • Gary McSpadden - Lead
  • Bill Gaither - Baritone
  • Jon Mohr - Bass
  • A New Point of View (1984)
1984–1987

(Under the Name "The Gaither Vocal Band")

  • Larnelle Harris - Tenor
  • Michael English - Lead
  • Gary McSpadden - Baritone
  • Bill Gaither - Bass
  • One X-1 (1986)
1987
  • Lemuel Miller - Tenor
  • Michael English - Lead
  • Gary McSpadden - Baritone
  • Bill Gaither - Bass
1987–1988
  • Jim Murray - Tenor
  • Michael English - Lead
  • Gary McSpadden - Baritone
  • Bill Gaither - Bass
  • Wings (1988)
1988–1992
  • Jim Murray - Tenor
  • Michael English - Lead
  • Mark Lowry - Baritone
  • Bill Gaither - Bass
  • A Few Good Men (1990)
  • Homecoming (1991)
1992–1994
  • Terry Franklin - Tenor
  • Michael English - Lead
  • Mark Lowry - Baritone
  • Bill Gaither - Bass
  • Peace of the Rock (1993)
  • Southern Classics (1993)
1994–1995
  • Jonathan Pierce - Tenor
  • Buddy Mullins - Lead
  • Mark Lowry - Baritone
  • Bill Gaither - Bass
  • Testify (1994)
1995–1997
  • Jonathan Pierce - Tenor
  • Guy Penrod - Lead
  • Mark Lowry - Baritone
  • Bill Gaither - Bass
  • Southern Classics, Vol. II (1995)
  • Lovin' God & Lovin' Each Other (1997)
1997–2001
  • David Phelps - Tenor
  • Guy Penrod - Lead
  • Mark Lowry - Baritone
  • Bill Gaither - Bass
  • Still the Greatest Story Ever Told (1998)
  • God is Good (1999)
  • I Do Believe (2000)
2001–2004
  • David Phelps - Tenor
  • Guy Penrod - Lead
  • Russ Taff - Baritone
  • Bill Gaither - Bass
  • Everything Good (2002)
  • A Capella (2003)
2004–2005
  • David Phelps - Tenor
  • Guy Penrod - Lead
  • Marshall Hall - Baritone
  • Bill Gaither - Bass
  • The Best of the GVB (2004)
2005–2009
  • David Phelps - Tenor (concerts only)
  • Wes Hampton - Tenor
  • Guy Penrod - Lead
  • Marshall Hall - Baritone
  • Mark Lowry - Baritone (concerts only)
  • Bill Gaither - Bass
  • Give It Away (2006)
  • Lovin' Life(2008)
  • Christmas Gaither Vocal Band Style (2008)
2009–Present
  • David Phelps - First Tenor
  • Wes Hampton - Second Tenor
  • Reggie Smith - Lead (concerts only)
  • Michael English - Lead
  • Mark Lowry - Baritone
  • Bill Gaither - Bass
  • Reunited (2009)
  • Better Day (2010)
  • Greatly Blessed (2010)
  • I Am A Promise (a children's project, set to be released in August 9, 2011)


Gaither Vocal Band - I Am A Promise 2011 Tracks and lyricsGaither Vocal Band - I Am A Promise 2011 Tracks and lyrics
Tracklisting ::

01. I Am A Promise
02. Attitude Of Gratitude
03. God Loves To Talk To Little Boys When They're Fishin'
04. I Wonder How It Felt
05. Jesus, I Heard You Had A Big House
06. Only A Boy Named David
07. You're Something Special
08. Jesus Hold My Hand
09. Jesus Loves Me
10. It's Incredible
11. God Can
12. Think On The Good Things
13. My Father's Angels


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