by Kim Jones
Bill Gaither's résumé reads like a novel. There was the founding of his first group, the Bill Gaither Trio, in 1956, while Bill was a college student. There was his first job as a high school English teacher in 1959. There was marriage to teaching colleague, (who eventually his songwriting partner), Gloria Sickal, in 1962. And there were the years of juggling teaching, writing, singing, recording and publishing, before the music demanded the couple's full-time attention in 1967.
Later came the publishing of more than 600 songs including hymnal standards like "Because He Lives," "The King Is Coming" and "Something Beautiful," recording of more than 100 albums; winning five Grammy Awards plus more than two dozen Dove Awards and nominations and earning the title of Gospel Music Association's "Songwriter of the Year" eight times. Bill and Gloria were also named ASCAP's Christian Songwriters of the Century.
Let's not forget the videos that document the musical homecomings of the legends of southern gospel; the following of 75 million viewers who watch The Gaither Gospel Hour and the Gaither Family Music Hour on TV or the founding of Gaither Music Company, which includes a record company, concert booking, television production, copyright management, retail store, recording studio and telemarketing department.
Within all of this, you will find a man dedicated to the success of others. Just ask Mark Lowry, Carman, Jonathan Pierce and the others who received career boosts while traveling with the Gaithers. Says Gaither; "I truly enjoy helping other people win."
Learn more about Bill Gaither by visiting his web site.
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