The Edmond Sun

April 28, 2011

Crossings to host Gaither Homecoming


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Popular gospel voices including the Gaither Vocal Band, The Isaacs and talents such as David Phelps will be on hand for a Gaither Homecoming at an Edmond area church.

Hosted by Bill Gaither, the full evening of entertainment and meaningful music will begin at 6 p.m. on May 21 in the sanctuary of Crossings Community Church, 14600 N. Portland in Oklahoma City.

Other voices will include Mark Lowry, The Martins, Gordon Mote, Gene McDonald, Charlotte Ritchie and Kevin Williams.

The collaborations of Bill and Gloria Gaither have resulted in more than 700 popular gospel songs including the hymnal standard “Because He Lives,” “The King Is Coming,” “Something Beautiful,” “He Touched Me,” “It Is Finished,” “There’s Something About That Name,” “Let’s Just Praise The Lord” and “Loving God, Loving Each Other.”

Bill and Gloria have collectively won eight Grammy Awards and more than a dozen nominations, and they have received more than two dozen Dove Awards from The Gospel Music Association, earning the title of Gospel Music Association’s “Songwriter of the Year” eight times.

“Our calling is not just making music, but communicating the reality of Christ,” the Gaithers say on their Web site (www.gaither.com). “That might mean birthing a song about him or simply offering a cup of cold water to someone who needs it. Gloria and I have never claimed to have God figured out, but we do know that if he could use two imperfect people like us to communicate his truth to the world, he can use everyone sitting in the audience, working on our staff or singing with us. If we have done anything right over the years, I hope we have built bridges where people could connect with God and with each other. That is what started us writing and what will keep us going for the rest of our lives.”

The Gaither Vocal Band’s roster consists of Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, Phelps, Michael English and Lowry.

“God is up to something here,” Bill Gaither says of the current group. “I continue to be amazed at the extraordinary ways he communicates the power of the gospel not only through our music, but through our lives.”

All tickets are general admission; there is no reserved seating or VIP reception for this concert. General admission tickets will be $35; seniors (age 60-plus) will be $30; children (age 12 and under) will be $30.

You can buy tickets through premierproductions.com at 1-800-965-9324, at itickets.com or at all Oklahoma City and Edmond Mardel stores.