Matthew Holt to be Gaither Homcoming Tour pianist?
Is former Perrys pianist Matthew Holt the next pianist for the Gaither Homecoming Tour? That’s what this video, posted by YouTube user Alice Holt Starnes (hat tip, Josh) indicates:
There is no official word yet, but he is at least filling in. He would be a surprising choice, perhaps, since (to the best of my knowledge) he has done little work with the Homecoming core team in the past. Yet he would be every bit as much a wise choice, and here’s why: Not only is he among the best pianists to debut on the Southern Gospel circuit within the past decade, he is also one of the most diverse. Some pianists excel at classical technique, others (like Gordon Mote) excel at country/Studio session piano technique, while yet others (like the Hayes sisters) are masters of convention-style playing. While perhaps the convention-style playing is what Holt is best known for, thanks to his years on the road with the Perrys, his proficiency in each area makes him the Anthony Burger of his generation. For a Homecoming pianist, that’s not a bad thing at all!