Gaither Vocal Band recording children’s project

Back in the 70s and 80s, the Bill Gaither Trio did several projects for children. Every Gaither Vocal Band project, though, has been for adults—until now.

When the Bill Gaither Trio was recording children’s projects, Bill and Gloria had young children of their own. Now that the grandchildren have come along, their thoughts seem to have turned again to the genre of children’s songs. Via a tweet from Mark Lowry, we find that the GVB is in the studio, with Ben Isaacs as producer, working on a project for children.

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  1. Now that is surprising. I know Wes did some.

  2. They’ve actually been working on it for a while now. I dunno if Ben is actually producing the whole thing because before the New Year, Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) had been producing a few tracks for the project as well.

    • Very interesting. Of course, tweets from Mark or anyone else can’t explore the subtleties of a project – he just referenced Ben as the producer and that was that.

  3. This is a cute idea. I’ll be interested to see what they come up with. 😛

  4. Very true. I’ll pick this up when it comes out but I really hope they’re working on a new adult project that is a cross between Greatly Blessed and Reunited. GB was good but it lacked super strong face melters, which with a powerhouse GVB is slightly inexcusable IMHO.

    • Agreed on all points.

      “He’s Alive” is really the only song where they used the strength/power of five voices to full effect.

      • After that _Reunited_ CD they did, I was very glad they didn’t go overboard with ballads on _Greatly Blessed_.

    • They do have a cool sound when they all sing together—even I have to admit that.

      • They did do that bit on “Please Forgive Me” too.

      • Ah yes, I forgot that part. It does utilize the voices in a different way – I had the “wall of sound” in mind. But that turnaround and the “He’s Alive” chorus would have to be the two vocal highlights of the CD.

      • Never did get into “PFM,” but that was one heck of a breakdown!

    • I’d rather have one that’s a cross between God Is Good and Southern Classics. 🙂

  5. Wes Hampton gave a little more information about the children’s CD in his last blog post (Nov. 2).

    “We are also in the process of getting together two new GVB recordings, one of which is a Vocal Band children’s album. All songs will be songs that we’ve grown up singing, so I’m thinking parents and kids will enjoy listening to this together.”

  6. This should be a very “fun” project. Can’t wait to see the creativity in full force of these 5 and all their brilliance!

  7. Daniel, I’m agree with you. But even He’s Alive feels slightly phoned in from DP. He originally recorded it on his Journey to grace cd and absolutely owned it (keyed higher and nailed it through the stratosphere). I know he’s older but I also know he can still get it done better than any singer (tenor or otherwise) in any genre. Just expect more because he has shown us more. Anyhow, just my two cents. I expected with Wes and Mike underneath him, there would be more sonic explosions.

  8. NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

    Horrible idea!

    • But please david… tell us what you really think. We’re all waiting! 😉

  9. Daniel, slightly ot but did you do a review of Greatly Blessed?

    • I believe he did not.

    • No, I didn’t.

      (a) If someone sends me a review copy, and I’ve agreed to review a project, those are the reviews I must write.

      (b) If someone sends me an unsolicited review copy, and hasn’t checked with me prior to sending it, those I sometimes write.

      (c) If I buy a CD – and I bought Greatly Blessed – I write a review if I’m blown away. If I thought it was blah or decidedly underwhelming, then I don’t review it.

      I’d been hoping for more from Greatly Blessed, so (c) applies.

      • I wasn’t expecting or hoping for any more than it delivered, and parts of it were a pleasant surprise.