The Gaither Vocal Band was a hit
at September’s National Quartet
Convention. Everyone sounded
strong, though poor Michael was
suffering with an infected tooth
(note the swollen cheeks). Mark
brought laughs as he fulfilled
the time-honored tradition of
describing his motorcycle accident.
The audience howled as he talked
about the cadaver bones in his
now twice-broken leg (“I hope the
people were saved,” he quipped.
“Otherwise when the Rapture happens, is my leg just going to fall off?”)
[Wes, Bill, David, Michael and Mark]
David Phelps took home “Tenor of the Year” honors at the NQC Music Awards, but his powerhouse vocals were not the only topic of conversation. At the Homecoming Magazine table raged the debate among those who observed a nearby banner bearing David’s photo — clean-shaven, with close-cropped hair. Onstage, David sported the more familiar curly mop-top, with a mustache and shaggy beard. “I’m glad the curls are back,” said one fan, while others pleaded, “Keep it short, David!” and “Tell him to shave off that beard!” In the spirit of Christmas, folks, I think we can all agree on one thing regarding the Vocal Band: Though the “wrapping” may change (hairstyles, clothes, beards), the “gifts” remain the same — the great music and, more importantly, the gospel message within.
— DEB PATTERSON