Tag Archives: Wes Hampton

Review: Gaither Vocal Band – Christmas Collection

GaitherVocalBandIt’s interesting that in the Gaither Vocal Band’s many years of existence, they’ve only recorded two Christmas records up until now, making it three with the release of Christmas Collection. And while this record is really a blend of previously recorded tracks alongside six new tracks featuring the current group’s lineup, it still plays like a great listen, something the GVB is famous for.

Gaither Vocal Band’s “Christmas Collection” Rings in the Holidays at #1

GaitherVocalBandThe GRAMMY® Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band has just released a special Christmas Collection (Gaither Music Group) recording, which debuted at No. 1 on the Southern Gospel chart according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Review: Gaither Vocal Band – Happy Rhythm DVD

GaitherVocalBandFollowing hard after the great music found on the Gaither Vocal Band’s live concert DVD, Sometimes It Takes a Mountain, is Happy Rhythm. Filmed on the same night and serving as perhaps the second part of the whole concert experience, the DVD is another powerhouse of great music and heartwarming moments that new and old listeners alike will love.

Review: Gaither Vocal Band – Sometimes It Takes a Mountain DVD

GaitherVocalBandBill Gaither has a gift of finding some of the best untapped talent around and, for those who’ve yet to experience his latest incarnation of the Gaither Vocal Band, the release of Sometimes It Takes a Mountain is the perfect introduction to these great voices and personalities. Granted, the album by the same name boasts several of these songs but as is often the case, the live performance delivers that something extra that really makes these songs come to life, resulting in a truly powerful experience.

Concert Review: Gaither Vocal Band Homecoming Tour, Tampa, FL

Photo Credit: Gaither.com

Photo Credit: Gaither.com

I didn’t go to church on Sunday but, quite frankly, I wasn’t feeling too guilty about it. For, the night before, I’d spent a most powerful four hours at church worshipping amongst a crowd of thousands, led by one of Christian music’s most notable heavyweights, none other than Bill Gaither at the sold out Gaither Vocal Band Homecoming Tour in Tampa, FL. Featuring the Vocal Band, The Isaacs, The Nelons, Gene McDonald, Charlotte Ritchie, and a guest appearance from Gordon Mote, it was a night that those in attendance are bound to remember for a long, long time.

Review: Wes Hampton – Out On a Limb

WesHamptonWes Hampton is best known as one of the two amazing tenors that color the bright sounds of the Gaither Vocal Band, sharing that role alongside David Phelps. Yet, while Hampton flourishes within the group’s setting, he’s also been working at carving out a solo career, stepping out on his own with a little help from his friends and delivering albums like 2011’s A Man Like Me and his latest release, Out On a Limb.

Review: Nathan Stanley – Every Mile

NathanStanleyAt the age of 21, most artists are just getting their feet on the ground, working toward getting their voices heard and really getting their career on the move. But for an artist like Nathan Stanley, that path began long ago and, since the age of 2, he’s logged over 200 shows a year, moving from playing the spoons in his legendary grandfather’s band, Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, to stepping to the forefront and leading the group into a new generation. With several recordings under his belt, the artist’s latest takes a long and loving look at his faith, something the artist is devoted to living out through Every Mile.

Review: Gaither Vocal Band – Sometimes It Takes a Mountain

GaitherVocalBandIn the thirty-plus year career of the Gaither Vocal Band, the lineup has experienced multiple changes as members have moved on, others stepping in to fill their place. For some groups, those changes would have spelled disaster, a signature sound being broken. Yet, while the sound has shifted for the celebrated vocal group throughout the years, what has stayed the same is the group’s commitment to musical excellence and amazing harmonies. And that’s a line that continues to be held with the band’s 35th recording, Sometimes It Takes a Mountain.

Review: Gaither Vocal Band – Hymns

GaitherVocalBand2Five years ago something very special occurred within the Gaither Vocal Band. Faced with two openings due to the departure of Guy Penrod and Marshall Hall, Bill Gaither brought in a bit of nostalgia as he reunited former members Michael English, David Phelps, and Mark Lowry once more under the Gaither Vocal Band moniker. With Gaither and remaining tenor Wes Hampton staying on, this was a quintet bound to have some fun.

Concert Review: The Gaither Vocal Band

GaitherVocalBand2Over the years, the Gaither Vocal Band has undergone several personnel changes but, through it all, they’ve managed to continually come up with a dynamic sound. And as they headed into Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Florida, on February 8, 2014, Bill Gaither and company were set to keep that streak running, even as their lineup was shifting once again with the departure of Michael English and Mark Lowry at the end of 2013.