Guy Penrod to join Inspirations

guy2This morning, the Inspirations Quartet of Bryson City, NC announced the addition of multi-Grammy and Dove Award-winning artist Guy Penrod as their new lead singer. Penrod, who left the Gaither Vocal Band last year after over a decade with the group, had been at work on a solo recording; he will be doing some solo dates on days the Inspirations are not booked.

“His voice and contagious joy will be a blessing to our audiences,” said Inspirations pianist and manager Martin Cook, who added that Penrod graciously agreed to cut his hair in accordance with the group’s code of conduct. “And his passion for the Lord and for the Word of God will make him a welcome addition to the Inspirations family.”

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When I posted that Guy Penrod was leaving the Gaither Vocal Band, you asked if it was April 1. Today it really is April 1.

I was serious then, but today…yes, I’m kidding.

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  1. That was just terrible! I screamed when I saw that headline!

    Great April Fool’s Day gag, however, Daniel! πŸ™‚

  2. You did? Cool! πŸ™‚

  3. Brilliant snafu, Daniel.

  4. You almost had me convinced…. ’til you got to the part where he agreed to cut his hair!!!

  5. Immediately I said to myself, “I don’t think so.” LOL

  6. pj – Wow, if I could get you that far, I must be pretty persuasive! πŸ˜€

  7. Daniel,

    You really had me . . . for at least 10 seconds. That was a great April fool’s gag! Best I’ve seen in years!

  8. Thanks!

  9. Fortunately, I saw the other post and comments first, so it took my brain one, or at the most two, seconds to process it!

    I don’t think I could rearrange those SG-programmed brain cells to take that one in. πŸ˜†

  10. Awesome! Had me going for a second. I’ve been sending people here all day to look at it. =)

  11. Daniel, you almost gave me a heart attack!!!!!!! I should’ve known!!

  12. Daniel I have to tell you, I opened this read it and laughed. Then I showed it to Jess and she started goin WHAT! ARE YOU KIDDING???? DID HE CUT HIS HAIR??? WHO DID THEY GET RID OF???? Thanks for the laugh… Best April fools I have seen in a while lol.

  13. Did you just copy his face & neck on that suit… trimming the hair? I don’t think I’ve ever seen the man in a normal/traditional suit.

  14. Awesome photoshop. Definitely better than the one of the new Vocal Band when first announced.

  15. I’ll be honest…you had me.

  16. Good one, Daniel…you never cease to amaze and/or impress me.

  17. My mouth fell open when I saw that headline! Great joke!

  18. I got so upset when I first read that! (I didn’t finish reading it at first…) I called my mom in to read it, and she said, “Casey. Finish reading the email!” πŸ™‚ That was soooo bad, yet sooo good! πŸ™‚ That was a good one…

  19. Hilarious!

  20. Daniel, that was great! I will admit you had me too, for several seconds! Really funny!

  21. lol! Nice photoshop job btw. πŸ˜‰

  22. Someone should send Guy the pic.

  23. I shrieked when I first saw this posting!!! I haven’t been had on a good April Fool’s in a while…………my hat’s off to you! πŸ˜€

  24. #14 and #21 – Actually, I can’t take credit for the Photoshop. An anonymous Photoshopper, better than me, turned Guy into an Inspiration! πŸ˜›

  25. Gulp!

  26. I’m just glad I read about his appearance in Branson before I moused over here! I may have fainted!!!! Personally, I like the photo…great job….

  27. Guy would be gorgeous even if he was bald!!!! πŸ™‚

  28. That was a good one! :))

  29. Honestly, i was really upset when i frist read that, and my mouth fell open when i saw the headlines.sorry about that!!!

  30. Honestly, i was really upset when i frist read that, sorry about that!!!

  31. I really sorry about that,Daniel!!


  33. I do not like it about Guy cutting his hair . That was the best thing about him in my opinion. I hope that this did not happen, but I will keep on being a fan no matter what.

  34. Guy without long hair does not look like my gr-gr-grandfather Samuel Penrod.

  35. I saw that Guy is going bald. It would be a good thing to get rid of the thinning locks!

  36. i love this that guy penrod is going to be joining the Inspirations i love guys penrod.

  37. Umm, Shelby, it was an April Fool’s joke.

  38. Dayse rocha, Guy perond vc tem uma linda voz vou orar para que possa visitar nosso paΓ­s
    Vila Velha E.SANTO

  39. acho o Guy perond lindo quero com c
    erteza encontra-lo no céu bem que ele poderia vir ao Brasil nos visitar sou da igreja ADIVENTISTA do SÈTIMO DIA

  40. i only got to read this today,but hey, i was fooled….you should have seen my sad face

  41. Pastor Penrod probably made him do that back in the day.

  42. i have never been fooled like this before. a long time game that i had almost forgotten. I can’t imagine the Geither vocal band my favourite Guy Penrod missing!!!!!!!!i coulkd have gone there to protest
    Great one

  43. Does anybody want to break the news?

    • Nah!

  44. Wow, I found this story over two years later by doing a google image search for Guy Penrod… This picture was the second result! Of course the picture fooled me quicker than the story cause I saw it first πŸ™‚ 2.5 yrs later he’s not a member of the Inspirations, so I knew it was a joke.

  45. uhhh…..I would hope not! I think the Inspirations are one of the best groups left in SG…they would have to lower their standards to let him in the group and that would never happen – they are too good for him. The Bible says its a shame for a man to have long hair don’t understand why so many “Christians” like him

    • That was such a mean thing to say. I thought that Christians weren’t to be so sharp with the tongue.

      • I didn’t mean to come off as mean. Simply that The Inspirations have a VERY high standard. Even in their “rule book” it requires them to be clean shaven. To me the Gaithers are not as good as the Inspirations. I should not have said they are too good for him. Simpy stating their convictions are too conservative for him, and I don’t feel like his voice fits the quality of all inspiration singers.

  46. \I don’t know if Guy Penrod really cut his hair but when it comes to the Bible, a man has to cut his hair.
    Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have a long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have a long
    hair, it is glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering” Corinthians 11:14-15).
    So my question is, why does a man have long hair, if the Bible says it is not right for a man to have long hair.

    • Same thing could be said about women who cut their hair. Any women with short hair are in the same boat.

  47. If it is wrong for a man to have long hair, why did Jesus have long hair???

    • Jesus did not have long hair (however long/feminine hair may have been defined by the standards of the time). Certain European depictions of Jesus as an effeminate, long-haired individual, even beautiful by European standards, are completely inconsistent with the Biblical descriptions of Jesus’ appearance.

      • I don’t know, I always thought of Jesus as having kind of shaggy hair, after all he couldn’t have cut it very nicely could he?? The Romans had a nice short haircut but didn’t Jews let it grow out more? For one thing Romans would have had access to nicer cutting tools. I know Jesus wasn’t a Nazarite like Samson but I get the impression that long hair wouldn’t have been weird in the Jewish culture, not that that means beautiful of course! I mean he was traveling around all the time.

      • Out of curiosity though, how do you know from the Bible exactly how long Jesus’ hair was? ‘Cuz those are my ideas but I’m just guessing. πŸ™‚ You seemed to refer to Isaiah, but that just tells us he wasn’t a “golden boy” — that he had plain features.

      • As to the looking beautiful/handsome, Isaiah tells us that the Messiah would have “no form or comeliness.”

        As to the long hair, I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God, and that it is therefore infallibly accurate. An infallibly accurate book does not contradict itself. Having laid that foundation, in I Corinthians 11:14, Paul said, “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?”

        Paul would not have said that it is a shame unto men to have long hair if Jesus, whom we are to emulate, had long hair.

        And by the way, if they had figured out ways to cut fingernails and toenails (I’ve often wondered how!), figuring out a way to cut hair short would be a cinch! By at least ~AD 250 if not before, some cultures had even figured out for men to be clean-shaven.

      • Yeah I know that there were ways of cutting hair short, but it wouldn’t have been very neat at any rate. It might still have been what we call shaggy. πŸ™‚

        Obviously Jesus wouldn’t have been effeminate (yuk!) and it says he wasn’t outstandingly good-looking, but we dont in fact have a specific description of how long his hair was. That’s what I meant when I said the Bible doesn’t actually say one way or the other.

      • By whatever standard the Biblical culture would have used to say a man’s hair was long, it would be safe to say that, by that standard, Jesus’ hair was not long.

      • I agree Paul is definitly saying men’s hair should at least be very distinct from women’s hair (meaning also on the flip side that women shouldn’t have their hair all chopped off).

  48. Revelation 1:14 says ” His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow;…”
    It doesn’t say long, just “…white like wool…”.
    Of course, this is His glorified body. That doesn’t necessarily mean His hair was white when He was on earth.
    In the previous verse, John says that he saw “…one like unto the Son of man, …” If he recognized that it looked like Jesus, it’d make sense that his hair was the same legnth as it was when he was on earth. If it was short on earth, and long in John’s vision, would he have thought that the person he saw looked like Jesus?

    So, what exactly is the Biblical description of Jesus’ appearance?

    • Isn’t “Son of man” originally from Daniel? I think that’s what John means—he’s remembering Daniel’s description of his vision.

      • GVFAN,
        Here’s the long answer:
        The phrase “son of man” is used in the OT (Numbers, Job, Isaiah, for example) as a description of humanity. However, Daniel is the first book that records “Son of man” as a title for Jesus Christ. Daniel 7:13 says: “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

        “Son of man” was Jesus’ chosen title for Himself. In Matthew 16:13, we read “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”

        Daniel and John, of course, are agreeing that Jesus Himself is “The Son of man”. It’s just one of the many ways that Scripture testifies to it’s accuracy, because over the centuries, One Author gave the same account to varying writers.
        Amen: God IS the Son of Man, God in the flesh, Immanuel.

      • Right, that’s what I was referring to. πŸ™‚

  49. I think this is a debate that will never end. Not just among those of you discussing it in the here and now, but in general.

    There’s a phrase in DJM’s first reply that sums it all up for me: “defined by the standards of the time”. Standards of the time change, and that’s what makes it so difficult for me to judge someone like Guy for his chosen hair length.

    Looking at the verse in 1 Corinthians, which time’s standards are we going by? Do we even know what the standards of that time are for certain?

    • There actually are illustrations on various forms of media (from statues to items discovered in archaeological digs) that do survive from that era.

      And whatever the standards of the time, if Paul was speaking of longer hair for women than men, it would at a very minimum be safe to say that the mens’ hair was significantly shorter than the ladies’.

  50. I am just now reading this and I would have to say that I agree what your comments, Daniel. Also, we are not to go by the standards of time… we are to go by Gods standards no matter when He said it they are still His standards for us to live by. So even in 2012 it is against God’s standards for a man to hav long hair and a women to have short hair.
    By the way Daniel that was an awesome April Fools joke!

    • Thanks! I guess it was, because we’re coming up on the five-year mark since this post went up, and it is still getting comments!

    • But what constitutes long or short hair? Since there’s no reference to what the definition of long or short hair is, then there’s nothing to go by other than the standards of the time.

      • Yes and no. There is one objectively applicable standard, but it’s not in inches or centimeters or cubits or spans. The Bible calls for women’s hair to be long and men’s hair to be short. Therefore, men’s average hair length should, at a very minimum, be distinguishably shorter than women’s average hair length.

  51. When a mans hair grows past his natural hair line then it is too long.
    By the way Daniel, just a little on the more humorous side… I think it would be interesting to see if the anonymous photoshopper could take his beard and mustache off and see what he would look like then. That definitely would be interesting to see.


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