The distinguished Gaither Vocal Band will be perform at the Crown Complex Theatre Saturday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m.
Singing quartet-based gospel music since the ’50s, Grammy Awardwinning Bill Gaither and his family have long been a powerful force in the music industry. Their successes have earned them the opportunity to hold yearly tours around the world and to perform at esteemed venues like Carnegie Hall. The band has also created hits that topped the Billboard charts. While performing at the Crown, the band will be on its “Better Together Tour.”
The group will release an all-new studio recording, “We Have This Moment,” Oct. 13. It will be released on the band’s website, www.gaither.com, as well as aired on numerous television stations.
The band includes the group’s founder Bill Gaither, Adam Crabb, Reggie Smith, Wes Hampton and Todd Suttles. The tour will feature guests including gospel singers Kevin Williams, Charlotte Ritchie and Gene McDonald.
Gaither is the group’s primary songwriter and producer, along with his wife, Gloria Gaither. He has written over 700 songs, including “Let’s Just Praise the Lord,” “Something Beautiful,” “It Is Finished” and “The King Is Coming.” Gaither and his wife have won eight Grammy Awards. Gaither believes gospel music is much more than music; it gives him the ability to spread the message of Jesus Christ to others around the world.
Band member Adam Crabb is no stranger to music. Whether in the studio or performing live, he has been learning and perfecting his craft for most of his life. He is a member of the Crabb Family, which is a Grammy-nominated and Dove-nominated southern gospel group. He is now a lead singer for the Gaither Vocal Band, which was one of his life-long dreams. He believes gospel music is his calling in life.
Reggie Smith is another singer and producer for the band. He has performed all over the world in places like Carnegie Hall and at the Super Bowl. He has also, along with his wife, recorded music for “The Lion King” soundtrack. He and his wife started their careers singing as backup singers in Tennessee but have been singing as a duet with the Gaithers for 18 years.
After completing college, Wes Hampton was asked by Gaither to be a part of the Vocal Band in 2005. He sings tenor in the group. Hampton was already experienced in the music world, and Gaither noticed that he brought his heart and passion to the group. These qualities Hampton brought to the table helped the Vocal Band win a Grammy with its song “Lovin’ Life.”
Todd Suttles sings baritone with the Gaither Vocal Band. Suttles left the group he was originally in, Settles Connection, and joined the Vocal Band in 2014. Not only is he skilled in vocals, but he has an educational background from Vanderbilt University.
PHOTO: The Gaither Vocal Band is set to perform at the Crown Oct. 14.