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The Latest Grammy Nomination for the Gaither Vocal Band
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Gospel music mainstays the Gaither Vocal Band (Gaither Music Group) garnered a 2017 GRAMMY® nod for Best Roots Gospel Album, according to the recent announcement of nominations by the Recording Academy.

The Gospel Music Hall of Fame member quintet was honored for its recent all-new recording, Better Together, produced by group founder and bass singer Bill Gaither, group tenor David Phelps and Ben Isaacs (Jimmy Fortune, The Oak Ridge Boys). The title cut, penned by Gaither, along with Reba Rambo-McGuire, Dony McGuire and Chip Davis, is a timeless anthem that celebrates the power of unity in an age of divisiveness.
          
“At this time in the history of the world, we need each other more than ever,” commented Gaither, after hearing about the nomination. “The Vocal Band has so enjoyed encouraging audiences with songs that remind us to watch each other’s backs and extend a helping hand to those around us. Together, we can change the atmosphere and make this world a better place.”

That message is reflected throughout the 12-song collection that breathes new life into gospel classics and American standards including “Working on a Building,” “Dig a Little Deeper,” “Didn’t It Rain,” “Led Out of Bondage” and more. The recording also features the group’s unique rendition of “You’ve Got a Friend,” a pop treasure previously performed by Carole King, James Taylor and others.

The album debuted at No. 1 on the Southern Gospel chart and at No. 9 on the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan. It is distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and gaither.com.  

For over three decades, Bill Gaither has been bringing together some of the most well-respected gospel music vocalists, creating the benchmark tradition of the renowned Gaither Vocal Band. Members David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Todd Suttles, Adam Crabb and Gaither continue the group’s streak of award-winning lineups, showcasing intricate vocal arrangements and intimate blends with this new release.

Creating unity with diverse talent has become a lifelong trademark for Gaither, who is a six-time GRAMMY® Award winner and a 41-time Gospel Music Association DOVE Award winner. He has hosted one of the largest concert tours in the Christian music industry for over two decades, joining the hands of artists, old and young, bridging generational gaps and varying musical preferences.

The 59th GRAMMY® Awards will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.