- Jason Daquelente
- Contributing Writer
Gospel will permeate throughout the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex when it hosts Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band 6 p.m. April 2.
The group last visited in 2014, and it is coming back to grace students with its timeless classics.
The group has gone on many worldwide tours since forming in the early 1980s.
The Gaither Vocal Band started with four men sharing songs around a piano until Bill Gaither felt their voices should be showcased on a live stage.
The members of the Gaither Vocal Band come from many different backgrounds.
Gaither, a founder of this passionate group, came from his own separate band, the Bill Gaither Trio, in 1956 as a college student.
He taught English for eight years until music became his full-time career in 1967, according to his website.
Since then, he and his wife have collaborated on their gospel music and earned nominations for a dozen Grammy Awards, winning eight of them.
Other members include Wes Hampton, a former minister of worship for The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala.; Adam Crabb, a member of The Crabb Family, a famous southern gospel group; David Phelps, a singer who can reach more than three octaves; and Todd Suttles, a recent addition to the group after serving as a sports fitness director at Vanderbilt University.
Together, the group has won many awards and is “known around the world for their powerhouse vocals, innovative harmonies and life-altering message,” according to Gaither’s website.
They have graced many stages with their message of divinity, love, hope and redemption.
Jackie Montgomery, the director of marketing and group sales at for the KCAC, said students should attend the concert “to expose themselves to a different genre of music… [that] is uplifting and encouraging.”
Tickets are now available to see the Grammy Award-winning vocal group.
Prices for IUP students and staff are $20.50 with a valid I-Card at the KCAC box office.
Other prices may vary.
For more information on the upcoming event, visit kovalchickcomplex.com, or for further information on Bill Gaither and his group, visit gaither.com.