Bill Gaither Profile
Bill Gaither is an American Singer/Songwriter of Southern Gospel and contemporary Christian music. Together with his wife, they have written numerous popular Christian songs. Asides from this, he is popularly known as part of the Bill Gaither Trio and the Gaither Vocal Band.
Bill Gaither Age
Gaither was born on March 28, 1936, in Alexandria, Indiana, United States as William James Gaither. He is therefore 86 years old as of 2022.
Bill Gaither Height
Gaither stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Bill Gaither Family
Gaither was born and raised in Alexandria, Indiana, United States to his loving and caring parents Geroge Gaither and Lela Gaither. Then, he was raised alongside Mary Ann Gaither and Danny Gaither who he had formed a musical trio with. He, however, manages to keep more information regarding his family away from the limelight. We will update this information once more information is available to the public.
Bill Gaither Wife
Gaither is married to his wife, Gloria Gaither he tied the knot with in the year 1962. Together, the duo are proud parents to their three grown children, Amy Gaither, Benjy Gaither, and Suzanne Gaither. Together with his wife, they reside in Alexandria, Indiana, United States.
Bill Gaither’s Net Worth
Gaither has an estimated net worth of around $12 Million which he has earned through his successful career as a Singer/Songwriter.
Bill Gaither Education
Gaither attended Anderson University where he obtained a Major in English and a Minor in Music in the year 1959. After this, he went on to work as an English teacher. Later on, he earned a master’s degree from Ball State in the year 1961. He then went on to join fledging Gospel Music Association which was founded in the year 1964 and helped organize the first Dove Awards ceremony in 1969.
Bill Gaither Career/Songwriter
Gaither happens to be a singer and songwriter of Southern Gospel and contemporary Christain music. Back in the 1990s, his career gained a resurgence as the careers of other southern gospel artists. His popularity grew for the Gaither Homecoming series.
Together with his wife, they have written songs that include Because He Lives, Sinner Saved By Grace, The King Is Coming, He Touched Me, It Is Finished, and The Longer I Serve Him. Asides from this, they wrote songs such as Let’s Just Praise The Lord, The Longer I Serve Him, Jesus, There’s Something About That Name, Something Beautiful, and I’m Gonna Sing.
Asides from this, his songs were performed by Christian artists, David Crowder Band, The Imperials, The Speers and the Heritage Singers, Sandi Patty, The Cathedral Quartet, and Carman. His songs were also performed by country singers The Statler Brothers, and pop artists Elvis Presley.
One day a video of a man surreptitiously playing “Jesus, There’s Something About That Name” on a piano in his destroyed house was shared by many people after the Tornado outbreak of December 10th and 11th 2021. Her wife often writes the lyrics while Bill writes the music although composing is usually a collaborative project between the two. As of the year 2005, the duo had composed 600 songs and by the year 2012, that number had increased to over 700.
Bill Gaither Performer/Entrepreneurship and influence/Record labels
Later on. after graduating from high school, he took a job in 1955 at Worthington, Ohio’s radio station WRFD as a member of the station’s gospel quarter. After he first began singing with the Bill Gaither Trio in the 1950s, he has constantly been performing. This trio originally consisted of Bill, his brother Danny Gaither and his sister Mary Ann Gaither.
This trio sang traditional gospel songs along with original compositions by the Gaithers which gave them a more contemporary feel. He has a high bass voice or low baritone. Asides from this, he often sang while playing piano with the Bill Gaither Trio.
Asides from this, he founded Gaither music Company which includes television production, the functions of the record company, concert booking(Gaither Management Group), and a recording studio (Gaither Studios, formerly Pinebrook Studios). They also founded copyright management (Gaither Copyright Management), telemarketing for the Gaither organization resides, and a retail store. Asides from this, he ran the Gaither Family Resources retail center. Included as part of the company is Live Bait Productions, an animation company run by Benjy Gaither, one of Bill’s three children.
Back in the year the 1980s, he was involved with Paragon Associates which formed a partnership with Zonervan to buy Benson Records. This is now part of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Back in the year 1994, he and entrepreneur Leland Boren founded the Brentwood, Tennessee-based Chapel Hill Music Group. This later changed its name to Spring Hill Music Group. This was created as part of the Gaither Music Company to handle in-house productions. This includes the Gaither Homecoming series.
Bill Gaither Industry Influence
He has been a father figure and career booster to many younger performers in the Christian music industry. This was while helping to prolong the careers of those who came before him such as by producing Homecoming recordings and tours. These are some of the CCM artists who either got their start or become popular while touring with the Gaithers: Mark Lowry, Michael W. Smith, Don Francisco, Michael English, Cynthia Clawson, Carman, and Karla Worley. These are in addition to Jonathan Pierce, Sandi Patty, Amy Grant, and Steve Green.
Gaither also maintained the Gaither Vocal Band with a variety of singers through the years. These include Lee Young, Larnelle Harris, Lemuel Miller, Adam Crabb, Reggie Smith, Gary McSpadden, and Mark Lowry. Additionally, he maintained the Vocal band with Jon Mohr, Steve Green, Terry Franklin, Jonathan Pierce, Russ Taff, Wes Hampton, Buddy Mullins, Michael English, Guy Penrod, Marshall Hall, Todd Suttles, David Phelps, and Jim Murray. Hampton, Lowry, and Penrod were members of the Gaither Vocal Band with the longest tenure besides Bill Gaither himself.
Bill Gaither Tours
Penrod was part of the group between 1995 and 2008 whereas Lowry was part of the group between 1998 and 2001. On the other hand, Hampton was with the Gaither Vocal Band from the year 2005. Later on, in January 2009, an announcement was that LOwry and Phelps were rejoining the group. At the same time, the announcement was made that Penrod and Hall were leaving to pursue solo careers.
His homecoming tours began in the year 1991 and brought together major stars of the Southern Gospel and the CCM industry. This sparked a revival of the genre. These tours have sold more than 1.1 Million tickets across the world. These include notable venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. The Pollstar group listed the tour as selling more tickets in 2014 than Jessy Dixon, Russ Taff, Lynda Randle, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, and Elton John. The groups, Isaacs, and Hoppers were part of the performers of the tours.