Matthew Holt becomes Gaither Homecoming Tour pianist

For the last year or two, former Perrys pianist Matthew Holt has played selected weekends with the Perrys, in addition to his position teaching at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. It is in that light that it’s particularly worth noting that the rumors (which we discussed here) that Holt will be the new Homecoming Tour pianist have been confirmed by Perrys manager Bill Bailey. Early this morning, he posted a comment on this site, here, with the news:

Matthew Holt is now “officially” the Gaithers’ piano player. The Perry’s are so proud of him and for him.

Bill Gaither is known for sometimes reaching outside the ranks of Southern Gospel for his major hires. It is nice to see someone who has paid his dues in the genre work his way up in the genre till he reaches this point. Congratulations, Matthew!

Here’s an early video of Matthew with the Gaithers:


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  1. Holt seems like a class act. He has always come across as very unassuming and relatively humble. He has improved consistently since his start with the Perrys. He understands the role of a Southern Gospel music pianist. This is well-deserved.

    • Agreed on all counts. 🙂

  2. I saw Matthew Holt at the Frederick State Fair in Maryland last week. He was fantastic in backing up the Gaither Vocal Band. Was this his first public performance with the Vocal Band?

    • No, it wasn’t; he’s been performing with them since July or August.

  3. Matt played for our church some in Paris, first church of the Nazarene when he was about 13, very good then Tn that is.

    • Very cool – and since I believe I recall hearing that he started to learn to play somewhere around age three, he would have already had ten years of experience under his belt! 🙂