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Gaither Vocal Band Announces Changes

January 13, 2009 By: Aaron Category: Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Gaither Vocal Band, SG Artists, SG Industry News, SG Music

Several changes have come for the Gaither Vocal Band.

First off, Bill Gaither has announced that Guy Penrod has departed the group to pursue a solo ministry career.* If you have spent any time reading comments about Penrod’s hiatus from the group, you’ll know that many of us saw a departure coming. Thankfully, it is not from singing completely. I for one am excited to hear future efforts from Guy. I’ll also say that I appreciate the fact of his longevity with the group: 14 years is quite a remarkable feat nowadays. I wish Guy well in this new endeavor.

Secondly comes perhaps one of the biggest announcements in GVB history: the group has expanded from four to five members, with a great lineup of voices. Returning to the group are three of its most popular alumni as well. The new lineup is: David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Michael English, Mark Lowry, and Bill Gaither.

When I read the press release, I literally said “WHOA!” out loud. I’m very excited for this new group. It is absolutely great to see the three alumni returning. I wonder how Phelps and Hampton will handle the tenor part. Perhaps Bill has plans for two different tenor parts to give the group a very full-sounding upper range. For sure, the GVB’s next project will be one of the most anticipated release or 2009 or 2010.

I do wonder what Marshall Hall’s future plans are. His departure is very shocking to me, actually. He was one of the finest vocalists to come through the group. The press release did not mention very much about his departure, so I’m hoping another will be sent out announcing what he will be doing.

* – DBM points out that Penrod’s future plans consist of doing a family friendly Country music album. Therefore, it is more of a solo career instead of a ministry.

More David Phelps GVB Fill-in Stuff

October 22, 2008 By: Aaron Category: David Phelps, Gaither Vocal Band, SG Artists, SG History, SG Music

Just saw this video of the Phelps-Hampton-Hall-Gaither lineup singing “Let Freedom Ring”:

David Phelps With The GVB

October 19, 2008 By: Aaron Category: David Phelps, Gaither Vocal Band, SG Artists, SG Music

Saw this on Daniel Mount’s blog and figured I’d share. Here is the GVB at a recent concert singing “Alpha And Omega.”

Lineup is tenor David Phelps, lead Wes Hampton, baritone Marshall Hall, and bass Bill Gaither.