The quintet’s trend-setting harmonies breathe 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 newly-written title cut, penned by group founder and bass singer Bill 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. Produced by Bill Gaither, group member and tenor David Phelps and Ben Isaacs (Jimmy Fortune, The Oak Ridge Boys), Better Together 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.
“This current lineup of voices is capable of doing about any style of music out there,” says Gaither, “but we have stayed with the classics on this recording, and we are singing songs that have stood the test of time and will for many years to come. And Gloria has done it once again. She has created a moving lyric to the classical favorite ‘Aura Lee’ and it is very, very special.
“We have heard it said that our strength lies in our diversity. But I’ve come to believe that our strength lies in coming together in spite of our differences. I still believe that there is more that unites us than divides us, and I believe the songs on this recording celebrate the things that bring us together.
“Our nation’s motto, which is printed on our currency, is E pluribus unum, which means ‘out of many, one.’ This is something we believe in as a group. We each bring our part to create beautiful harmony, and we are truly better together than we are individually.”
For over three decades 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 line-ups, 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.
Better Together comes on the heels of the group’s Sometimes It Takes a Mountain and Happy Rhythm DVD releases, which debuted at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots respectively on the Music Video Sales chart according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The Gaither Vocal Band was awarded Southern Gospel Artist of the Year at the 2015 GMA DOVE Awards, and they were nominated for Best Roots Gospel Album at the 2015 GRAMMY® Awards.
The Hall of Famers are seen regularly on 17 different TV networks that carry the Gaither Gospel Hour weekly. Songs from Better Together will air on PBS, RFD, TBN, DIRECTV, Gaither Television Network (DISH TV Channel 276), AT&T U-Verse, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT, TLN and GaitherTV (available on the internet, Roku TV, Sony TV and Google TV). The product campaign will also air in Canada on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, Grace TV and CTS.
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Better Together CD Song List:
1.) Working on a Building
2.) Led Out of Bondage
3.) Heart O' Mine
4.) When He Set Me Free
5.) But I Need You More
6.) Dig a Little Deeper
7.) Moses Smote the Water
8.) We'll Talk It Over
9.) Didn't It Rain
10.) You've Got a Friend
11.) Better Together
12.) Walk on the Water
ABOUT THE GAITHER VOCAL BAND
The Gaither Vocal Band has been making music since the early 80s when four men gathered around a piano before a Bill Gaither Trio concert and began harmonizing on the quartet classic “Your First Day in Heaven.” More than a quarter century later, the list of men who have comprised the Gaither Vocal Band over the years reads like a “Who’s Who” among gospel music’s best-loved male voices.
One of the most lauded and award-winning groups in gospel music garnering five GRAMMY® nominations, two GRAMMY® Awards and 18 DOVE Awards, these Gospel Music Association (GMA) Hall of Fame honorees continue to headline one of the largest tours in the field of Christian music annually; and their groundbreaking successes continue to raise the standard in male harmony. The group is comprised of Bill Gaither, David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Todd Suttles and Adam Crabb.