Behind the Song: The Family of God

The Family of God is a song that I grew up singing in church and is ingrained on my heart and soul. At one church, we gathered together and held hands as we sang this song. Even four decades later from the toddler I was at the time, this song remains deep in my soul and heart. The Family of […]

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Behind the Song: Let’s Just Praise the Lord

This month we will be exploring popular praise hymns from the last few decades. Let’s Just Praise the Lord was written by Bill and Gloria Gaither. In their book Something Beautiful, Gloria shares that one evening at one of their concerts in 1972, the praise and applause moved from praising God to praising them. This led them to become very […]

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Behind the Song: I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

Ira Stanphill was an accomplished musician and minister. Ira served with 9 different organizations in the capacities of youth director, music director and pastor. He preached across America, and in 40 other countries. He wrote over 500 gospel songs, such as “Mansion Over The Hilltop”, “Jesus and Me”, “We’ll Talk It Over” and “Happiness is the Lord”. On April 23, […]

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Behind the Song: Mary, Did You Know

             Mary, Did You Know? is a popular Christmas song that was written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene.  The song originated from Lowry’s desire to ask Mary, “what was it like to raise God?” Mary Lowry is a popular comedienne that has also been a member of the Gaither Vocal Band off and on […]

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Behind the Song: Lovest Thou Me?

Lovest Thou Me? is another beautiful song by Bill and Gloria Gaither. This song is based on John 21. To provide a little background, Peter denied Jesus three times “before the rooster crows” on the night Jesus was crucified. Jesus had predicted this to Peter before he was arrested.  {John 18: 13-27} After Jesus was crucified and rose from the […]

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Behind the Song: The King is Coming

  Recently, I heard a sermon relating the first days of the church of Christ to the uncertainty of our future as Christians in this world.  The sermon ended by assuring us that although we live in an uncertain world today, one thing is for sure.  Jesus Christ will return again one day just the way he promised. When I […]

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Music Review: The Ball Brothers

If you watch the Gaither’s Homecoming Series, you may recognize the Ball Brothers.  For me their performance at church on Sunday was my introduction to this amazing group.   The group started out with four brothers.  As of this time two of the brothers, Stephen and Joshua,  have left the group to pursue other ministry opportunities.  The remaining two Ball brothers […]

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Behind the Story: He Touched Me

He Touched Me was the song that propelled Bill Gaither onto the national stage. Gaither had been writing songs for years, but nothing struck the chord with the American public the way He Touched Me did.  Gaither stated in an interview that he began writing in “1960” and this was “my fifty-fourth song.” Gaither was accompanying an “old preacher friend” […]

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Behind the Song Sunday: Because He Lives

  Because He Lives, was written by Bill and Gloria Gaither. The couple are still a popular Southern Gospel performers and songwriters of our day. The couple met while they were both teachers and were married in 1962. By the end of the 1960s, the Gaither’s had two daughters and were expecting their third child. They were traveling and singing […]

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Recommended Music

Suggested Musicians: Sandi Patty Ray Boltz Michael W. Smith Mercy Me Gaither Vocal Band Nichole Mullen Karen Peck & New River The Ball Brothers Chonda Pierce {Comedy}   Celtic Music: Celtic Thunder Celtic Woman Phil Coulter Caledon The High Kings Dougie MacLean Runrig Royal Scots Dragoon Guards   Oldie Favorites:  Bing Crosby Frank Sinatra Elvis Presley The Carpenters The Beach […]

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Music Biography

Leagh began playing the piano at 4 years old.  By the age of 10, she was accompanying her father.  They performed together until his death.  She has been a vocalist for over 15 years ago. Leagh has a Bachelor’s in Music from Lander University.  She has served local churches, worked in the local schools and daycares, taught private lessons, and […]

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